Gulfstream Cafe
Gulfstream Cafe

Gulfstream Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gulfstreamcafe.com/
  • Phone: 8436518808
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday:10:00am -2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm;
    Sunday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar, Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Authentic, big flavors from the South are available including appetizers like N'awlins Shrimp and Grits and large party favorites like Low Country Seafood Boils and freshly steamed Oyster Roasts.

    Delivered direct to your home with an optional full service staff for any order, small or large. Convenient same day ordering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Gulfstream Cafe’s Sunset Deck is as unique as the restaurant itself. With romantic views of the sunset, its own entrance and bar– it’s like having a small restaurant reserved just for you and your guests.

    The deck and bar can accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated event or up to 100 for a cocktail reception. Our main dining room can also be reserved for larger private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Kirk 8436518808
  • Entertainment: Seasonal live entertainment on the Sunset Deck.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Atlantic Avenue
  • Public Transit: Water taxi is available at Marlin Quay Marina.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details:
    Free self-parking is available for cars, golf carts and bikes. Boat docking is available at Marlin Quay Marina.
A word from Gulfstream Cafe
Voted “best restaurant with a view” & “most romantic” by The Sun News. Watch the sun set from the upstairs deck and savor the creamy She-Crab soup, jumbo lump Crab Cakes or Southern favorite, fried Lobster Tail. Offering seasonal Oyster Roasts, Sunday brunch and offsite catering.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Gulfstream Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (145)great for outdoor dining (88)special occasion (64)romantic (59)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (43)great for brunch (41)kid-friendly (31)fit for foodies (30)great for lunch (9)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Very poor service
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It took 30 minutes before we got water and drinks. The food arrived in about an hour and we could not get ketchup until the meat and potatoes were cold. The side dishes were not what we ordered but we did not want to wait any longer for them to be replaced. It was a very bad experience except for the view. The worst part was that there was no soap in the men's room and when we told the receptionist she just laughed. This is unsanitary and should not be allowed in a restaurant bathroom.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't waste your time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    They have stripped the menu down to be a quick in and out restaurant that is designed to feed the masses. From the time we checked-in at the hostess stand they were trying to get us in and out to make room for the next party of 6. Food was also nothing to brag about.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great Bruch, Great inlet views...we went on Sunday before Labor Day @ 10:30 the restaurant was packed (they open @ 10 am) the line for the buffet was long but move fairly quick. The only improvement they need to make is the cook to order egg station even thought the station had three pans going at all times they need another station. Once you got your buffet plate fixed then waited in line for eggs to be cook the only thing hot was the eggs by the time u returned to your table. But over all very good & worth the $12.95 price
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was great...service a little slow. Limited menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Father of chef and food snob
    ADMK
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The view of the inlet was spectacular.. The waiter was inexperienced. The fresh was was very fresh. Fried shrimp were good. Grouper was excellent. Scallops were very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice place between river and ocean, nice terrace unfortunately only for drinks, I travelled 20 miles from Myrtle but it was good. very friendly waitress, we had crab cake, Mahi Mahi and king crab, perfect, I can recoment it
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food...great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We stay in Surfside so this place is very close by. The inlet view was very nice, which we could still see from our inside table. The other reviews were accurate. It is warm inside and service was slow, but the waitress was very attentive. She brought fresh bread which helped us pass the time. I had a mojitio which was ok. The wait for our food (30 min) was worth it, as it was the best meal we have had this week. I had the crab cakes which were mostly lump crab meat. My wife had the grouper which was excellent. My mother had the fried scallops which she said were the best scallops she has had in quite some time. It wasn't crowded when we left around 7, so you may want to try to go for a late dinner. The sunset would be amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always enjoy our dinner at this restaurant . We go every time we go to Garden City. Never a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed our visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had dinner there last year too, but the flounder dinner this time was amazing, as were the steaks. The crab cakes were the absolute best. Look forward to coming again nest year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our waiter was not very attentive- We are a regular customer & are used to good service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Personal Favorite
    FoodIsLove
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My first visit to Gulfstream Cafe was on a recommendation from the manager of the Holiday Inn where my husband and I were staying. It was a horrible night with torrential downpours. The horrible weather prevented us from enjoying the wonderful view overlooking the water. However the menu offered just what we needed, some comfort food in the form of She-crab soup with a shot of sherry. In addition, the manager Tim made us feel welcome and came by our table a couple of times to make sure that our meal was fine. We have since purchased a home in Myrtle Beach and make sure to take our guests to Gulfstream for dinner. I plan to book my Thanksgiving reservations ASAP, since they fill up fast. We love everything about this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A/C needs upgrade
    johnnotless
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    On a hot summer night, the restaurant was entirely too warm. Thermostats showed the temps inside to be well into the 80's, making for an ncomfortable dining experience. A shame, because the food was quite tasty and the views beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations
    Halo4mee
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    So many places at the beach don't even approach reservations. I commend the Gulfstream for tackling the eager tourist and our appetites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so nice
    Table42
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were seated next to a window, as we had requested, to view the setting sun on our 44th wedding anniversary. Two tables away was a screaming child, the waiter seemed to forget we were there and the room was not a comfortable temperature. I asked for mustard with my crab cakes, that never came. The French Fries were uneventful as was the rest of the options. I must say, the crab cakes were much better than any others I've had in SC, not that they were great, just better. In all, not a memorable meal. Aren't you sorry you asked.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It came highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    GulfStream Cafe did not disappoint, it met and exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant
    Mike
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I Have been going here for years. Even though the menu is limited, there are some great dishes to enjoy . My favorite is grouper francais. It is outstanding . They also have fish specials that are good . If fried seafood is your desire, they have it also. Lobster tails are great . The steaks are also good . We always get appetizers and the firecracker prawns are outstanding . Service was great and is always good. Food comes out at the right pace. They also take reservations so I rarely ever wait at all. It is just my favorite place and close to my home in Surfside Beach.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ExcellentChoice
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I dined for the first time at the Gulfstream Cafe and we were very pleased. The menu is limited; however, there were plenty of choices for all pallets. Everything was hot, served together, and delicous. We will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Sunset View
    hbj654
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great view and excellent Mahi Mahi. We couldn't believe we were able to get a table with an hours notice on a Saturday night! At 7:45. This place is a little off the beaten path and I believe a good many people have no idea it is there. The food was excellent, and the sunset view was gorgeous..
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    foodyumm
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Gulfstream Cafe never disappoints. Their food is delicious, atmosphere great, and servers who know their stuff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu is great!
    MlRey2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We liked our meals, but the Grouper Francaise was not very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal I've had on the beach
    Pittsburgh724
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food. Very well prepared fish, sizeable portions, awesome dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I thought good soup lobster over done and tuff. I brought my sister there for her Birthday and for amount of money I spend Birthday dessert on the house would have been nice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed this time
    Chessie237
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    After several 5 star visits, this visit was disappointing and embarrassing. We had 8:00 reservations but weren't seated until 9. Our table was pointed out to us and we were told the guests had paid and we were just waiting for them to leave. It was perfectly placed in the center of the restaurant. When the guests left, our table was given to another party and we were told they were seating us in a more suitable spot. We had to wait an additional 5-10 minutes for a table facing the window into the wait and dish washing station. We had highly praised your restaurant and assured our party that the food and view were worth the hour drive that it required. While our food was amazing, our seating, even with a reservation, was anything but.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a Dissapointment
    beachbum
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We made reservations for 7pm and were sat on time. We wanted a window table but none were available, which is understandable because there are not many. The server was Jason and he was excellent, very knowledgable. Food was great and we are already looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here years ago and were eager to return. We weren't disappointed. Our server was fantastic and the food was delicious. I had the crab cakes and my wife had the daily special (tilapia). If you choose to sit outside, be careful of the time of day--at sunset some tables are directly facing the hot setting sun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    food and service excellent. view outstanding. we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation, which I thought slow as we had little children and the hour was late
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gulfstream Cafe
    Sesrun
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was great, service was good, but the house drinks lacked flavor. Simple drinks were good after we reverted to them. The restaurant also was lacking in scotch and burbon selection. Overall it was not to bad.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist venue
    LaComelona
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Focus is fast unremarkable food. Our table's prior occupants left mounds of saltines all over floor-very unpleasant. Crab cakes where pedestrian & not served hot. The creamed spinach was made from frozen greens. Green beans fresh but poorly seasoned. Wine list grocery store quality. Server unscrewed the cap and pored the entire bottle out into our 4 wine glasses. Very disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food / service
    Good2food
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was good and service was good, just had a lot of noises going on with other people in the restaurant where we was seated
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Dinner at Gulfsteam
    GoodToEat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Haven't been here for a couple of years but just as good as I remember it. Service was great. Food delicious and the view spectacular. Best part is they take reservations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GulfStream
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was great but the portions were small. Service was excellent. We had reservation for 6pm and was seated within a few minutes of the reservation time. Would recommend the restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    FinderKeeper
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Gulfstream Cafe. Our server was terrific, his name was Michael (from NJ). He was very gracious and a pleasure to talk to. But the FOOD! Oh my goodness, it was absolutely the best seafood we've ever had - and believe me - we have tried PLENTY. The menu is limited, but only because what they serve is very special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typicalfamily
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We sat outside. It was a very pleasant evening (although a storm was rolling in just as we were leaving.) At first sight, the menu seemed very small and limited, but all three of us decided on our entrees. The food was VERY good. I had the seafood platter, my son had the flounder, and my husband had the steak. The restaurant is off the beaten path unless you are staying on that end of Garden City, but is well worth the drive. LOVE the fact that they take reservations, although we didn't need one as there were empty tables. Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful views
    chsfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The views of the marsh and inlet are stunning. Don't miss coming here at least for a drink and app if you're in the area. The menu is pretty limited - the whole thing fits on one page - but there's something for everyone. The oysters Rockafeller had way to much cheese for my taste - it completely buried the oysters and you couldn't taste anything but the cheese. Some people in our party loved them though! The house salads were a hit with everyone. I would definitely recommend the crab cakes (all crab - no breaking or fillers) and the fried flounder. The portions were huge - everyone had leftovers. The fried lobster tail did not get as good marks - I was told it was flavorless and rubbery and the portion was small. All in all very good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Morning
    happybeachcouple
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Wonderful experience as always, continues to be our favorite place to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winesbydmac
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The menu was far too short for making good choices. Everything was on 1 page 8 1/2X11. We are permanent residents here in MB and found this to be a major deterrent to coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service
    lawman
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Four of us had dinner here, food was very good, waitress was very nice, but very busy, we had to ask for drink refills, nice view from our table, couple large groups near our table, little noisy, maybe tables need to be re-organized to separate large groups from the couples or 3 and 4 people tables, over all everything was good, will return
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Have had dinner there many times, love it. This was the first time we brought grandchildren with is and was very pleased with the children's menu .nice selection and good portions and good price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not nice & cozy
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Beautiful back view of the inlet. Service was a bit slow and the food seemed a bit overcooked.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ginny
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Eat here every time we are at the beach-service & food always consistently good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.