Cypress Room - Island Vista Resort

4.3
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
Welcome to the Cypress Room restaurant, where oceanfront dining meets southern charm and hospitality at it's finest! The Cypress Room's floor-to-ceiling windows offer a spectacular view of the palm tree lined ocean front. We proudly offer a menu of "New American" Cuisine with a southern flair, created by our award-winning Chef, Mike McKinnon. All food is prepared in house and to order with the finest fresh local ingredients. The Cypress Room is an up-scale casual and family friendly restaurant with live entertainment and a full service bar and cocktail lounge boasting an extensive selection of domestic and imported wines. Enjoy our HAPPIER HOUR DAILY FROM 4PM TO 7PM offering special pricing and menus. We look forward to seeing you!
What 144 People Are Saying
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Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE LOVE Cypress Room! The View and Food are outstanding and I love the staff-they are always nice and caring!

LD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time that we have gone as a family to a restaurant for Thanksgiving. The buffet was outstanding and how can you not love eating right on the ocean?! Absolutely wonderful!!

L
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were greeted promptly, and welcomed by the friendly staff. Service was excellent, and our server went above and beyond to accommodate my food allergies. The food was prepared perfectly. The best part of the experience was the musical entertainment provided by a talented guitarist, who performed requests as well as his own music. We will definitely return to this restaurant.

OT
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere! Great food!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

My husband and I have had breakfast in this restaurant and the experience was great. Decided to entertain clients, the service was horrible, the food was good, but the lack of attention to detail and service tarnished the previous experience.

FF
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

A. Pleasant experience. A good spot for everyday dinner while on vacation. Good value and casual resort style ambiance. A

D
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a nice evening. The view from the dining room is wonderful and the cypress paneling and decor gives a warm feel. The hostess was very gracious and the food and drinks were excellent.

We were a little befuddled as when we showed up for our reservation we could not be seated, as the kitchen was not ready, yet the next several couples/groups that came in were seated immediately. Probably just a misunderstanding as we arrived a little early.

Also 18% tip is already included in the bill, so be aware of that.

Overall just the kind of place we were looking for; quiet, good food, service, and beach view.

WG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Steak was delicious

F
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location with beach view. Wonderful decorations inside. The food was fresh, delicious and served relatively quickly. We would go back again.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

The place looked beautiful and view was great! Server was sweet but the man serving bread and water looked angry and had no smile at all. Could have dealt with that but food was terrible and if only taste was bad that is one bad thing but I was sick in the middle of eating till last the next night causing us to miss a day of family fun on vacation!!

SD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food,good atmosphere with a great musician. Not too noisy, just perfect

ZB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would definitely go back to this gem! Everything was delicious and great

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed the ocean view aspect of the restaurant but our chicken dish was served with too much sauce. Swimming in it would be the best way to describe it. That could have been the chef's intention but it would have been better with much less sauce. The salads were nice as were the rolls.

Cypress Room - Island Vista Resort
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you Janet for your. We strive for excellence and appreciate your feedback. We hope to see you again in the Cypress Room

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B
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We've stayed at the Island Vista resort several times and each time, they give us a credit to use at their restaurant on the site, Cypress Room. While perhaps not comparable to the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach, the quality has continued to get better each time, and the atmosphere is casual and pleasant. It is nice to be able to look out and see the sun hitting the ocean during evening hours. Our food was very good and prepared exactly as we requested it. We were especially impressed with Michaela, who assisted us during the evening. She was prompt, attentive, and had an extremely pleasant demeanor. My only recommendation is to consider expanding the depth of the appetizer selections; there was only one item on it that interested any of us. Overall this was a very good experience and we look forward to our next stay at Island Vista and our next meal at the Cypress Room.

Cypress Room - Island Vista Resort
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your dining experience. Michaela is a gem and always offers excellent service to her guests. We are delighted your meal was prepared to your liking and the views from the Cypress Room are lovely! We will be offering new menu options for the upcoming year and look forward to seeing then

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SC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food presentation was very creative. We all ordered the special. It was green shallot whipped potatoes and grilled fish. The fish was very fresh and delicious. Brooks was our server. He was very attentive and the cocktails were refreshing. I would highly recommend this restaurant. The ocean front views while you are dining are amazing.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Worst dining experience. Waited 1.5 hours for food, thankfully the kids got theirs in about 20 minutes. The waiter practically gave up, didn't see him after the 50 minute mark. They automatically added 18% gratuity on a table of four for the worst service I've ever seen. Charge $32 for an overcooked sirloin, labeled as a "bistro steak." Avoid this place, so many better choices.

SC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cypress Room is a lovely restaurant with an amazing Chef and incredible oceanfront views. The dinner we had was truly delicious. The fish was so fresh and prepared beautifully. Shannon was very attentive as our server and did an amazing job. Having a guitar player at this beautiful oceanfront restaurant is such a nice added touch. We had a wonderful evening.

T
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The view of the ocean is very nice. The service was very good. The food was average: really nothing special. I had the bistro steak and it lacked any seasoning. The sauce that came with it was really no better.

For the cost it was really nothing special. If I had not gone, I would feel as though I missed out on something special.

PP
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The wait staff was nice, but dinner took too long to arrive. In my opinion, the food was mediocre and overpriced. Overall, disappointing.

JL
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been enjoying dinners at the Cypress Room for several years. We have never been disappointed.

CS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Calamari perfect. The wait staff was wonderful. We will definitely eat there again when we return.

N
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Cypress Room at the Island Vista. Our food was great and the service attentive.
They had a guitar player that played relaxing music. Our table had a wonderful view of the palm trees and ocean.
Don’t know why the restaurant was not full, but there were plenty of empty tables.
We ate dinner there, as well as breakfast, during our stay at the Island Vista. The breakfast was amazing!

NS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined many times at the Cypress Room. Love everything it has to. offer. Although it is on the high side cost wise, it is worth it. You are catered to, the food is outstanding, beautiful ocean view. Also very romantic with soft music in background played by a gentleman on guitar. When we have out of town guest this is our go to place.

B
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and good service. Nice ambiance.

LP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service is great. There was a guy singing while we were eating & he did a wonderful job.

D
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ocean views are great
The live music provided the right
Ambience.
We enjoy their filets. Service is always excellent

BW
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food served in beautiful surroundings. Really enjoyed the music during dinner. Will return.

MN
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The live music is enjoyable. The entrees were good. But 18% gratuity fee as a standard is ridiculous.

BC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our server was very nice, but overall the restaurant was understaffed. The food was OK, but definitely overpriced. Great view of the beach. We tried it, but don't see us returning.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We felt the waiter didn’t seem like he really didn’t want to be there. Very lackluster service.

JE
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We loved the Easter Sunday buffet. All the staff members were gracious and hospitable. Excellent service, very good food and lovely view. We especially enjoyed the guitarist/vocalist Glenn Taylor(?) because we could recognize the songs and enjoy them while still having a conversation! It's hard to find that! We plan on coming back.

b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful beachfront location and views. Small room so no crazy crowds. Acoustic guitar player was great and not so loud u couldn’t have a conversation

L
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had both dinner and breakfast at the Cypress Room restaurant and enjoyed both very much. In the evening they had a guitar player/singer who was really good. We sat at a table by the window to see the ocean which was really nice too. Ambience overall was very nice. The servers and service couldn't have been any better. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

CT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding! We are local and tried it for Valentine's day. It was a pre-set menu. Oysters Rockefeller were amazing. Filet was cooked to perfection as well as the lobster. The mashed potatoes were average but overall we couldn't have been happier. I just wished I could have finished dessert. The decor needs some updates but not a big deal. We will definitely be back. Well done.

S
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We picked this restaurant based on menu and location. It really was a nice find. Being in a hotel setting we were a bit apprehensive but food was terrific. We were celebrating a 96th birthday and our guest of honor is a very picky eater. He loved the boulliebaisse (?) and everyone in our party was very complimentary. Would have been a 5 star if wine selection as a bit more in depth, some were not available and if the 96th birthday was acknowledged by staff.

Still a great find....

JL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner. Last minute reservation. Great food great experience.

SD
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The guitarist was fantastic and the service top notch.

D
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Locals who continue to enjoy great food by an excellent chef and excellent service.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

LS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our group of seven was booked about a month ago. Our reservation was at 3:00 pm but sat down at 4:00. My sister had to get a waiter to come to our table and take our order. Everything was delicious on the buffet except the ham and gravy was very salty. They ran out of fish and apple cobbler.
We celebrated my Mom’s 90th Birthday Party at the Cypress Room. Usually the service is impeccable but they must have been short staffed on Thanksgiving Day.