Louis's at Sanford's
Louis's at Sanford's

Louis's at Sanford's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://louisatsanfords.com/
  • Phone: 8432375400x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Low Country, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Louis Osteen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ocean Hwy
  • Parking: No
A word from Louis's at Sanford's
James Beard Best Chef Southeast, Louis Osteen’s upscale renditions of Lowcountry classics and the piquant pleasures of his food are on display in a menu of scrumptious, impeccably-prepared, regional dishes. The area’s rich culinary heritage and its amalgam of African, Caribbean and European flavors are reflected in dishes that include: SC’s finest She Crab Soup, Grilled Scallops with Shrimp Hash.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLow Country
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Louis's at Sanford's reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (11)great for outdoor dining (11)neighborhood gem (8)great for lunch (6)scenic view (6)good for groups (4)fit for foodies (4)great for brunch (2)special occasion (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • NO LOUIS
    artsmk
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were not informed when we made our reservation that Louis Osteen "was no longer involved" in the restaurant. It was irresponsible of new ownership to use his name but fudge on the actual facts.We made special mention of our long association with Louis in our reservation so ignorance is not the problem. Shame on "Lakeside at Sanfords" which IS DEFINITELY NOT NOR WILL EVER BE LOUIS AT SANFORDS. After having reservations for nearly two weeks not only did management not find it in themselves to let us know the above, they sat us between two slamming screen doors with kids running in and out. Now the food was essentially fine, but not the karma. Beware of false promises.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were great
    JCinVA
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Nice place, we sat outside with a view of a manmade pond (?) which had turtles in it, the occasional egret and a sign stating not to feed the alligators! We didn't see him, but supposedly he was in the area the week before. I ordered the pulled pork platter, which it had a really good smoked flavor, but I didn't care for their sauce. I'm always in the minority and like my BBQ Lexington style, which is sweet sauce. Their sauce seemed to have a vinegary taste to it. Not my thing so I ate it plain. My husband had the beef brisket, which was really good and you could really taste the smoked flavor in it. The person smoking their meats does a great job. They served it with a mustard and BBQ sauce, which my husband really enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The shrimp n grits is the best around. My wife and daughter love it. I had the scallops with a fabulous shrimp hash. Louis' is on our schedule every vacation to SC. Sometimes twice in the week.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    Michelle
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner with mom. Enjoyed fish and chips and amazing steaks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Fun place to eat with families-great atmosphere. Good food. Great cocktails too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SouthernGritfailure
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband's entree's St. Louis Ribs (full rack) were undercooked. Very disappointed because this was his special birthday dinner. I included the occasion on the reservation, however no one gave it any attention (no special dessert, etc..).
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sanford's
    Fishman
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We went for the fried shrimp that we cannot leave Pawley's Island without having. They we great, as always. Loved our wait person. Dani. But the kitchen was very slow. took 1 hour and 15 minute to get our shrimp. Also the beer out of the tap was cold. That happen to us last time as well. But server made it right on the beer by replacing with a cold bottle and her smile and gracious service made it OK. They miss and need Louis to get the kitchen back on track.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    Sally
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Food was good but the shrimp and grits was not as good as last year. Service ok
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    Fishman
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Always love this spot. Louis's recipes are always the best. Miss Louis himself though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    UncleGeorge
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Such creative entres. I've never been disappointed in my order here. Each time there has been something new and different. Tonigty's order was a delicious and healthy chicken, chick pea and kale soup. It was wonderful. Main course of scallops also a treat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Louis anymore!
    Disappointing
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Name has changed and the menu was quite different than what was shown on opentable. If I can not rely on your information then I can not use you anymore.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food OK, Service very slow
    Subpar
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This was our second choice the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. While the food has improved a little since the last time we had been there, it still did not compare to the many excellent restaurants in Pawleys Island. The service was very slow, both food and bar service. There seemed to be a limited number of servers so between that and the slow kitchen and bar our experience with my 16 month old was not great. If they could get the right food, service and ownership there it could be a great place. It has a great location. Unfortunately the location does not help the rest of the dining experience here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every One was satisfied
    UltracsicVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had a golfing group of eight. It is never easy to satisfy all. Every one left perfectly happy with Louis's. Most had a seafood dish and they all were excellent. Service was also very good. Can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the Louis's at Sanford's reviews archive.
  • Eat here often
    Out2eatVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We go here the first night on every beach trip to Litchfield Beach. Really enjoy the food and wine. Pleasant surroundings and this time great live music on the porch. The menu is very creative and this is one of our top three places to eat in this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's still "Louisy"
    Flinnjamin
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We learned that Louis is gone but the food was still outstanding. We used to do any holiday that we chose to eat out with Louis so we took our crowd here this Easter. Deviled eggs...Louisy. Shrimp and grits...louisy. The fried okra where very louisy! They are cut long ways and fantastic. The best I know of and I wasn't the first person at the table to say it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad to have Louis back
    SailingSuz
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our waitress was excellent, taking special requests in hand and staying cheerful and friendly on a busy Easter Sunday lunch. The gentleman handling the front entry was not so great. He asked us our name 4 times after checking us in on the computer. He was not welcoming and was curt with other customers arriving. The food was excellent - shrimp and crab dishes were obviously fresh and with plentiful portions. The fried okra and parmesan encrusted fried calamari were delicious for appetizers for the table. The only disappointment was that the grilled shrimp BLT sandwich had no bacon.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pear and gorgonzola salad
    JnRfromBurlington
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I was hostess to 14 neighbors and was very disappointed by the experience. My lunch: I anticipated poached pears with a fair amount of cheese and lettuce with a nice dressing. Pear slices were almost nonexistent. Cheese sparse. Was this suppose to be a side salad? Not for the price.
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  • Great grits
    Jody
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Shrimp and grits very creamy and bacon bits galor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • incredible food
    herbqueen
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    really gourmet food. got there at an odd time--1:45 pm. Everything was wonderful. Highly recommend the duck and sausage gombo. the liver was also delicious. don't miss the desserts. the chocolate bread budding was out of this world. don't let the beach look fool you. This is an up-town restaurant in a comfortable setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to go for great food
    David
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Great She Crab soup! Fish prepared very well with nice presentation. A must visit place when in the area again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Service
    TazDevil
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    The service was outstanding! Food was great. A little pricey for lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Louis'
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    The food was very good and so was the service, but the place was nearly deserted. Nice outdoor seating over looking a pond. We will go back for both the sautéed flounder and the shrimp and grits,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had the swordfish special
    Out2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Had the swordfish special and it was outstanding! Get a table outside in nice weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding beach get-together
    Rick3812
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    A celebration of our daughter's recent new job and reunion with long-time friends. Great meals and wonderful service! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a stranger to Louis's.
    scfrontporch
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Not a stranger to Louis's. As expected, excellent food and great professional service. Always look forward to eating here when we are in the area. Top of list of the many places to dine on the Grand Strand!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    janetVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Louis has very delicious food! It is always a treat to dine there! The crabcake was especially good with lots of lump crabmeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be careful ordering
    Red52VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Five of us had dinner here and our food ranged from very good to poor. The she crab soup was mediocre and a big dissappointment. The fried oyster appetizer as well as the shrimp and grits and the baby back ribs were excellent. The lobster with spagetti was overcooked and did not have enough sauce. The swordfish was good but not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Food & Service
    IrishEyes
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    I brought my grandparents for dinner. the staff was very friendly and accommodating of my grandfather's needs ( he is hard of hearing and the server was very patient)! The Scallops dinner was phenomenal with shrimp hash. My boyfriend had the beef ribs and said they are the best he's ever had. I highly recommend Louis' at Sanfords!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant has a great
    Jetjockey
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    This restaurant has a great relaxed feel. The food is wonderful. I love the desserts, too. The bar area is a little small but cozy. The night we were they featured a two-man band playing a mix of pop and country. Great feel. Louis is a wonderful chef and staff is very caring.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food. Very loud bar
    james
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    Mediocre food. Very loud bar with live music which competes with the too loud piped in music in the dining area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Major Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    We went middle of the week but the restaurant was almost deserted. Everyone else knew what we would find out - this is a very ordinary restaurant in every respect. No ambiance, view, or fabulous food. I had the brisket,my husband the ribs, and my daughter the vegetable plate. While the brisket and ribs were good (not great) the sides of black beans and corn on the cob were overcooked and very ordinary. In the middle of summer I expected local Silver Queen corn not yellow corn boiled hours ago and left on a steam table. My daughters vegetable plate did have the best thing we tasted all night - squash casserole. The waitress was inappropriately chatty and couldn't open the bottle of wine we ordered - a screw cap. We won't go again.
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  • Beach vaca night out
    CQfoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We went to Louis's at Sanford with our family (party of 8) during a weeks vacation at Litchfield Beach. We have vacationed here for a combined 40 years and love being on the coast (originally most of family is from Chattanooga, TN). I have been to Louis's at Sanfords twice but it was everyone else's first time and they were overly impressed, and gave me lots of great credit for suggesting we go to L's at S. Our table started with the deviled eggs, both with oysters and salmon, and they were AMAZING. Several of us had the BBQ which was good. However I will definitely get a seafood dish when we visit again at Christmas. Our server was fabulous and I would also like to mention the beer and wine list is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Low Country cuisine at its finest!
    geegollymm
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Every detail of the food and drink at Louis is beyond expectation. It was, simply put, delicious! I will be back. The decor and the view are wonderful, but the food is awesome. Lots of outdoor seating available. And the bar is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never eat there again
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    vacationers beware!!!! this place has some of he worst food I have had in years. From the appetizers to the main course overcooked, greasy and canned food. To top this the waiter was slow, nervous and seemed unsure of where he was.
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  • We had a great time and meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    We had a great time and meal at Louis Sanford's. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    gottaeat
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    It was great. Food was wonderful and everything was well balanced and matched with each entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was fair. Swordfish tasteless,
    Sharon
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Food was fair. Swordfish tasteless, grilled vegetables bland & overlooked. Outside dining decent. Service young & timing of food delivery off, however very friendly.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dinner, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Our large party of 9 enjoyed a great dinner with truly outstanding service from our server Brooke. Appetizers were especially good, including the candied bacon, fries blackened peas, and smoked salmon deviled eggs. Also, the tomato pie was excellent. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice local spot
    Jtwine
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Overall good experience. Bar service was a bit slow. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were disappointed that
    Pete
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We were disappointed that we with could not have a table as the booth we were seated in was cramped. The bisque appetizer was not good. The fish of the day was good, the ribs were not.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic