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Gulfstream Cafe
Gulfstream Cafe

Gulfstream Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gulfstreamcafe.com
  • Phone: (843) 651-8808
  • 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, Southern, Wine Bar
  • 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 (843) 651-8808
  • 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent place for dinner on the inlet! Great food and service. Love it!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "When you walk in the door you get this awful dirty dishes smell. My family and I almost didn't even stay for our reservation from the smell. Our waitress however was fantastic I don't think I ever saw her once not running around doing something for someone. As far as the food goes describing it as terrible is giving it more credit it then it deserves. There were six of us and only 1 of the meals could be described as decent. The appitzers in the words of the 10 year old in my family they were gross. The view is beautiful and the service was good but if your looking for great seafood this is not the place."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our lunch was excellent. I had the 220 Salad and my friend got the black and blue burger. Our food was on time, tasty, and our waitress was very attentive."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Fried seafood over battered, over cooked and too salty. Calamari and oysters are mostly batter. Crab cakes are safest option. Side servings are plentiful. Lots of low priced wine choices. Go for ambiance and service not for the food,"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Excellent service from Randy!!! Excellent food, had party of six. Fabulous sunset!!!! Plus extra Mon. fireworks after dinner on the roof on the inlet."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Initially picked, this restaurant, along with one other, because of the fact that they took reservations. Just moved to Surfside and did not want to compete with the tourists for wait times. Was pleased to find that the reviews, I have researched, were spot on !!! Now that I am a resident I will be using Gulfstream as my go to place ! Best Mojito that I've ever had !"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A very nice restaurant with a phenomenal view. Seafood platter was very good, and my wife thought that the Chicken Parmesan was great! The service was very good, and the best part is that this restaurant takes a reservation, which during the summer months is something to consider! We highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated his birthday with dinner and a magnificent view of the marsh at sunset. The menu at Gulfstream is limited. The seafood is fresh, but our server told us it is not local. We enjoyed Shrimp n Grits and the fried seafood platter. Our visit was relaxing and pleasant. We would return."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The view was good. The service was disorganized, the cost was high for so so food. Our dinner can out before our appetiser and dinner had to be "recooked". Really puts a bad spin on a birthday celebrations. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food and service was excellent.I highly recommend the crab cake, she crab soup, and the fried shrimp. View was excellent."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The Gulfstream is one of our favorites at the beach, mostly because of the views. The menu is only so-so and the service used to be good, but here lately, it has been going downhill. The server we just had on the 4th didn't seem to know the menu very well and when we asked her questions about it we got wishy washy explanations with a snide attitude about her. The menu was very limited on the 4th. We had a hard time finding something that we wanted. It wasn't their normal menu, which is also limited, but this one was only one page long for everything. We were overcharged on drinks given that they were very small. They played loud music during the dinner and fireworks, which took away from listening to the fireworks. But it was a nice view!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our dining experience on the Fourth of July was excellent! I am a "nutritarian"/gluten free eater. Our server was a student in holistic nutrition and was able to advise me on suitable choices. One of the specials was tuna. I got it very lightly blackened and it was one of the best I have ever had. So grateful to have a scenic Inlet view restaurant with our server, Mandy, to make our dinner an exceptional evening."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Restaurants say they serve Maryland crabcakes but they never seem to quite get it. However, the Gulfstream does. They were filled with wonderful tasty crabmeat and just barely enough breading to get them to stick together. YUM! Our dinner companions had the yellow fin tuna that was a special that evening. Each one had a very large piece and cooked perfectly for them. The green beans were fresh and plentiful. The baked potato was large with buttery salty skin - so tasty without having to add lots of butter and sour cream. We had a wonderful view of the inlet and the service was attentive. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • " It's been a long time since whole family was together and it was the first time we have ate at Gulfstream Cafe They made our whole evening memorable In one word OUTSTANDING Will be back for the crab cakes Pawleys Island SC"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Very busy, even right after opening. Excellent cheese grits. Good value for the price."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our overall experience was great, I ordered a side salad that was served at room temperature, it obviously had been sitting out of refrigeration for a long time. The restaurant was really busy, however, I still expect a cold salad."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The price, the wait, the noise level ... all have been excuses I've heard that folks did not like Gulf Stream. Well, these hurdles exist at every restaurant in the Summer. The food is amazing, the view is as well. We return to this location for these reasons every year."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Best restaurant we found while on vacation. Great service, great food!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We were seated promptly at the time of our reservation. I asked for a table out on the terrace. Our waiter was very prompt, brought us our drinks quickly, some good crunchy bread and took our order. My wife had the filet mignon, which she asked to be cooked medium well. It came back seared on the outside very well but the inside was very under cooked, so much that we had to send it back to cook it some more. By the time it came back, she had filled up on bread, soda and eating my hush puppies. I had the southern fried seafood platter, which consisted of fried shrimp (4), fried oysters (4), fried scallops (very small in size) and 2 pieces of fried flounder and the afore mentioned hush puppies. The food was OK. Probably won't go back"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My crab cake dinner was especially salty. I could barely eat it. The spinach was impossible to eat."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We were there with family & friends and the meal & ambience was very enjoyable. Next time I think we would prefer a table instead of the round booth. Too much sliding around for seniors."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "As a resident of Garden City this is one of my favorite restaurants. I can't seem to avoid ordering the Grouper Francaise. So light a refreshing!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have eaten at the Gulfstream several times and the food is always excellent. The brunch buffet has an great selection of tasty items, as well as made to order omelets. We chose to eat outside on the deck, which gave us a wonderful view of the marsh and inlet. The wait staff was very attentive. They even bring you warm cookies at the end of the meal. This is a Sunday brunch you don't want to miss."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed Sunday Brunch, a little something for everybody. We visit Myrtle Beach almost monthly. Always try to get to Gulfstream as you will always get Great Food, Service and Value."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We made reservations which was the best way to go. We were sat quickly and we choose to sit outside on the lower deck. The view was great and we watch the sun set which was amazing. The food was great but expensive. Our server seemed very busy and distracted. He forgot to put my soup in the system so I didn't receive it until I ask and got after my meal. But we still had a great experience and would recommend it to anyone that is in the area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "best restaurant on north side of inlet. Very scenic, Extremely friendly professional waitstaff, and of course, the food was delicious"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Hubby wanted grilled instead of fried shrimp, very accomodating. My grouper was delicious, menu did not indicate fried...light crust, would have preferred grilled. Service was good. Corner table gave us a great view of the inlet."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Large portions, salmon had great flavor maybe a touch over cooked if you like your fish cooked medium rare, blackened mahi was great, calamari typical fried but not over done, attentive service because it was a slow night, green beans were delicious We sat upstairs on bar area and was quiet since it was early and we liked the view"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "After several meals (Brunch and Dinner) we thoroughly enjoy Gulf Stream. The service is alway outstanding and the food quality and price are commensurate with our expectations. We really enjoy the Sunday Brunch and this has become part of our monthly visits to our beach house. The wait staff is always sharp and professional. The menu, although not extensive, is perfect for our taste. It seems the focus is on the quality of each dish. Looking forward to our next visit July 4th week!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Aside from the per person price increase from $9.95 to $12.95, brunch was great. My only food complaint in the large variety of buffet offerings was the precooked scrambled eggs. They just didn't have the texture or flavor of fresh eggs. To say again, our waiter was great! He was attentive, timely, and cordial."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Father's Day brunch was memorable and delicious. Our family immediately declared brunch at Gulfstream Cafe a new annual tradition!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our family loves to make this one of our regular dining spot every year on vacation. The food is excellent with a great view if the waterway and boats entering the docks!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Blackened swordfish may have been the best I have ever had. The creamed spinach is also excellent. Specials always seem to be very good. Great dinner spot with awesome view of water way"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Amazing sunsets, terrible food, and service was slow and not attentive"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great spot on the water. Good service and food. Sunset was a bonus on their outside deck."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Our rating would be higher, for all the windows the A/C was not enough. The food was good the service was great. The views were awesome! The upstairs table in front of the bar sits in front of late day sun was uncomfortable. Walking in to the restaurant you could tell it was going to be warm."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Always love to come to Gulfstream when we're at the beach. I must honestly say we were a little disapponted for the first time. Our seafood platter was overcooked and the service was a little lacking."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had a a group of 4 and loved sitting outside overlooking the inlet. Food was good, but our waiter didn't go over menu and never filled drinks. We had to ask for anything we wanted. He could care less about taking care of his customers. Most of the other servers seemed to take care of the tables but our guy was horrible. Think his name was Mike or Michael."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Made an online reservation, walked in, got seated immediately at what I think was probably the best table in the house. Our waitress was friendly and great. When the food is ready it's brought to you by whomever is available so we didn't wait. Great view and lovely restaurant. Food was very good as well. I had the calamari app, he had she-crab as app followed by filet for me and crab cakes for him. My steak was cooked great (medium), though oddly a lil crispy on one side. He said the crab cakes were great. Good choice for us!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was excellent but took inordinate amount of time to get it out. Waitperson was friendly and trying almost too hard, but not as professional as one would expect for Gulf Stream Cafe."
    Dined on 6/5/2014