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Gulfstream Cafe

4.6
2275 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Thank you for your continued support. We have missed you and cannot wait to welcome you all back! We have implemented new operational standards to keep everyone safe, including limiting large parties greater than 8. Read more on www.gulfstreamcafe.com.

For more than 30 years, Gulfstream Cafe has been a sought-after spot for birthdays, anniversaries and more thanks to the picturesque waterfront view and authentic coastal cuisine. The laid-back atmosphere at this Garden City institution complements the fresh seafood and southern favorites, choice options include broiled Lobster Tail, creamy She Crab Soup and jumbo lump Crab Cakes. Head back for their seasonal Oyster Roasts or watch the sunset on the rooftop deck, all wildly popular (and Instagram-worthy).

Support Gulfstream Cafe during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2275 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.7
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service will definitely be back.

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opentable
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated promptly at my reservation time, restaurant was busy. Service was prompt and efficient. Food was incredible. The she crab soup and crab cakes are a must!

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vipRandallD
Greensboro
26 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t even leave reviews but damn this place was fire! Will be back for sure.

MP
MaryP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recently moved to Surfside and have been looking for that “Perfect Place” to take guests when visiting. Gulf Stream cafe is the place. The atmosphere, food, service and views were outstanding!! We tried most of the restaurant in Murrells Inlet, which were all great, but wanted that quieter place with all the same views. Would highly recommend Gulf Stream Cafe and will be returning with or without guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always visit here every beach trip

JA
JohnA
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Simply understaffed. Reservation apparently meant nothing as we waited and waited. Finally seated. Ordered a bottle of wine which didn't arrive until after the appetizers. Fortunately the appetizers were finger food because table setting didn't arrive until the entres. Food was good and the waitress was friendly and tried hard but was spead waaaay too thin. We won't be back until we see some reviews that indicate their service issues have been addressed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Beautiful spot, very scenic and great ambience. We had a 7 pm reservation, and got right in. From there it went downhill. Our server had way too many tables to manage, the kitchen was slow, and they were out of many items. It took 2.5 hours to get through our meal, we never got our desserts, and the steak was cold. The fried platters and she-crab soup were delicious, but not worth the time.

JB
JohnB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Limited menu. Average service. Average food. Nice venue.

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Debbie
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gulfstream is my favorite place to eat when I come down. It never disappoints!

Debbie

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RosemaryL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. We ordered from the early Lite Fare menu around 5:15 pm. Masks required. Tables spaced accordingly for social distances. Service was good.

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davidd
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

30 minutes to get water, 1:30 to receive food.
Drinks made very week.

BP
BarbaraP
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful location, sat outside. Our waitress was wonderful, (even took some pics, even though she was busy) The she-crab soup was excellent. The food was okay. The crab cakes were very salty

CB
CliffordB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

All was good but it was a bit cold...at least at our table and it was also very dark at our table. It seemed to be worse at our table than others.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went for Easter dinner with my family of six. Had a reservation but the table wasn’t ready for 15 min or so. That was fine but it was pretty crowded considering the pandemic so the only safe place to wait was outdoors and it was quite chilly. Social distancing was not enforced. The place is beautiful although we had a seat facing the street which was probably due to the size of our table. The food was average. For the price and the great reviews, I had much higher expectations. I had the broiled Mahi-mahi which was good but not great. The she-crab soup was delicious but could have used more sherry in my opinion. The green beans were undercooked. Honestly, the best of my dinner was the salt crusted baked potato.

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vipCeriH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Simple menu but the food is sooo good.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We attended the Easter brunch buffet and our time slot was close to the end. Although they assured me food would be fresh, it was definitely the dregs. Server was attentive but it seemed like they were in a rush to turn over to the regular service.

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StephanieP
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Myself and my two teenage daughters Loved everything we ordered. We all had plenty to take home for another meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for Easter dinner because we were unable to get a time for the brunch. Other than the hostess experience, seemed bothered and we had to wait for an extended amount of time without even being spoken to. The server experience, food and view all made up for our experience. Loved the peel and eat shrimp and the flounder was the best we’ve had. Pricey but worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My friend and I shared Easter dinner here. It was the first time for both of us. The menu was limited to just a handful of entree options, but the food was amazing. The service, however, left much to be desired. Our waitress, Gwendolyn, was rude, condescending and extremely inappropriate. All four of my children are or have been in the service industry and I would be horrified if they ever spoke to their customers in the way she spoke to us.

Bunita Whittington

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LisaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I will not be back. A gorgeous view does not give free license to poor service. We literally had to get our drinks ourselves. We have had this waiter once before. He is always full of excuses. Brought us the wrong salads,
too. Extremely unattentive and forgetful. This time he blamed it on a "MIA coworker". Too bad. The food is good and the place has great ambience.

LK
LeslieK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very noisy. On top of being noisy they had awful music playing in the background. It made it hard to carry a conversation. The next time I go, and I will go again because the food was excellent, I will sit outside

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. The best tasting grouper I have ever had. Service was excellent. We went Easter Sunday and was extremely busy. Only complaint would be extremely noisy but food and service made up for the noise.

DP
DeborahP
Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The view is spectacular but the food and service left a lot to be desired. The buffet table was not tended to at all. Most of the serving dishes were empty when I was in line. I spoke to two servers and they said nothing...after holding up the line I went to the table. What was there was good, but the food wasn't hot.

JA
JenniferA
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unique and scenic location with marsh views. Excellent, timely service for our party of 4 adults. Good variety of dinner items and they had several gluten free choices marked clearly on the menu. Quality of food was very good, our group had fried seafood, baked seafood and a pasta special. Recommend this place to anyone, good atmosphere for couples, families and adult groups.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and it was awesome

Service was excellent

The view was amazing

JS
JohnS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal for all 8 of us was superb! Very delicious and hot. Kids meals were well liked also.

DF
DamianF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was amazing !!! I took my wife out to dinner for our anniversary she was not expecting it! We arrived there at 6:45 after making reservations for 7:00 pm I went to the hostess stand and said I had reservations for 2 gave my name and they seated us on the spot the server attended to us right away took our drink order and appetizers. Food came promptly after drinks arrived. She then took our main course order the atmosphere was great the people were great and attentive. Our meal arrived and it was amazing!! We sat there enjoying our dinner and everyone was attentive to our needs . The prices were very reasonable. It is definitely a great place to come eat and see the view. I will be visiting them again very soon the evening was great !

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MILocal
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gulf Stream never disappoints. All three plates were great. We had the Grouper, the Swordfish and the Crabcake dinners. If I had a negative it would be the small tight parking available. If u are lucky enough to be there at sunset, u will get a bonus!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Best part about the restaurant are the views and sunsets. We’ve been here twice and service has been really slow both times. Food was good but they were out of 3 different types of wine- really? Gulf Stream is one of the only places that accepts reservations which is nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great view of the sunset, food is ok, ordered the fire cracker shrimp not much fire in the sauce it came with, had the crab cakes, again ok, not the best I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was fine, but the food was not good at all. Comparable to Golden Corral.

JG
vipJeffG
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Gulfstream Cafe. The food is excellent and the scenery is beautiful.

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vipTraca
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the restaurant was about 30 minutes from our resort we gave it a try. We are so glad we did. It was the best restaurant we visited during our 5 day trip. The oyster shooters, shrimp and grits and the pasta couldn't have been better. Our server was waiting many tables, but she checked on us often. We will definitely return!

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TracyH
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy going to Gulfstream Cafe. They have excellent food and excellent views - what more could you ask for?

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vipShawn1113
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was outstanding! We had the grouper and it was amazing, no wonder it’s one of the most popular items. Order the house salad and the chilled oysters, too. We’re going back on Monday.

CD
CarolynD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were good except for a cold baked potato that was promptly replaced.

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Esl5
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inst time at a restaurant in over a year! A great choice to celebrate a special birthday with a friend. Food was wonderful and outside, overlooking the marsh was perfect. Thanks!

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DaveNColl
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Great wait staff. And of course the fantastic view.

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You can order delivery directly from Gulfstream Cafe using the Order Online button. Gulfstream Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 651-8808.

Gulfstream Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 2275 OpenTable diners.

Gulfstream Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://centraarchy.com/purchase-gift-cards/?restaurant=gulfstream-cafe.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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