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About Gulfstream Cafe

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 Sunday brunch, seasonal Oyster Roast or watch the sunset on the rooftop deck, all wildly popular (and Instagram-worthy).

1536 S Waccamaw Dr
Garden City, SC 29576
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Southern, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4pm - 10:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday:10:00am -2:30pm;
Sunday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm;

Cross Street:
Atlantic Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 651-8808

Website:
http://www.gulfstreamcafe.com/

Entertainment:
Seasonal live entertainment on the Sunset Deck.

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.

Parking Details:
Free self-parking is available for cars, golf carts and bikes. Boat docking is available at Marlin Quay Marina, as well as a water taxi.

Public Transit:
Water taxi is available at Marlin Quay Marina.

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:
Jef Kirk: (843) 651-8808

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Gulfstream Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (48)
Scenic View (41)
Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
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Good for a Date (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Romantic (28)
Special Occasion (26)
Great for Brunch (23)
Casual (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Cozy (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Disabled Access (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Seasonal (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (9)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Business Meals (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Healthy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place great food and great customer service , would recommend to anybody that wants an awesome experience

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

When we come to the beach we always make sure we eat at Gulfstream. Good food and good atmosphere. Neither of us are big eaters so we enjoy the early menu with smaller portions.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

While not overwhelmed, the food was ok. Our server was good. Two persons replenishing the buffet struggled over refilling French toast and ended up dropping pieces on the floor, while I waited to serve myself.
However, upon arrival at the restaurant very few tables were occupied. I had requested a table with a waterfront view. I was led to probably the worst table in the restaurant while most were not occupied. This table was in direct line of the entryway. It was definitely very close to the table next to it by the window. On the coldest day of the year, with a reservation, I was given a table that literally Was located too close to guests at the next table as well as getting a cold draft each time the door opened for new guests to enter. I felt I was sitting in the hallway. I asked to change our table and was accommodated although less than enthusiastically by the hostess.

I have been to this restaurant before and I was quite impressed with food quality and service. I found this New Year's Day experience disappointing.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Gulf Stream is a must when in the area. I've never had a bad meal there. Last dined there on NYE and the service and food was great. Staff is very friendly and attentive, even on a busy night like NYE.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went to the Gulfstream for New Year's Eve, and as always, it was a very pleasant experience. Good food, good service, and admosphere.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We come to Garden City every year for vacation and we ALWAYS have to come to Gulf Stream at least once while down there. Amazing food, great service, & overall good experience!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great place to eat for any occasion and the stuff is incredible great customer service. I wood say what are you thinking for not trying Gulf Stream cafe

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

the buffet was terrible and definitely not worth the amount charged....burned chicken, no one at the omelet station, no menu service at 2PM, and the only seafood was fried cod chunks and mussels. scrambled eggs, over cooked bacon and link sausage, bagels, fruit salad pretty much sums it up. WE WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN. we didn't complain, merely chalked it up to experience. Did I mention this was New Year's eve?

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went for Brunch Dec. 31st 2017 - Excellent. Our Second time there and still as good as the first time we went, Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and excellent service. A quiet and friendly ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Best restaurant in Murrells Inlet . Hands down. Service is outstanding people are very friendly

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food as always, great waitress. Hostess was rude about a misunderstanding with needing a high chair but our waitress quickly and polietly remedied the situation

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

There's a lot to like about this place beyond the food -- beautiful view, excellent bar, great atmosphere, and the best key lime pie I've had. Unfortunately, the main courses are just OK, and I'm not sure why they don't address this problem. I'm not sure this restaurant group is really capable of creating fine dining cuisine. Still, we return several times a year because the other aspects of the dining experience do overshadowed the average food.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

"Cafe" doesn't quite describe the Gulfstream Cafe. It is a full service restaurant with a great ambiance and water views. Its off the beaten path, but well worth the short detour from the establishments on Murrells Inlet.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I have been coming to this restaurant for years and have always been very happy with the food and service. This time (12/28/2017), I was very disappointed. The service was still fine, but the food was not up to par. The crab cakes were dry, the flounder was over cooked, the grouper tasted fishy as if it were not fresh and the shrimp was just OK, nothing special. Our entire party of 4 felt the same way. And the music was certainly not dinner music (Led Zepplin, Tom Petty and Moody Blues don't cut it for a nice quiet dinner). This trip only makes us want to try some place else next time, and that is unfortunate. Maybe the regular staff was off for the holidays because our experience this time was not good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We love going to Gulfstream for early bird dinner a lot....reasonanle price and quality. The last visit was the Christmas Day dinner. Thanks for giving us a great place to eat on Christmas Day.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Waterfront, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our server Jessie was great. Lovely meal.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have been going to the Gulf Stream for Christmas Eve for the past 6 years, with close friends. The Grouper we had was the worst meal that we ever had. They were willing to give us another meal in exchange, but not a refund. We have second thought of returning here again.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent food, excellent view of the marsh, excellent service. My only complaint is that I called in advance to ask if I could bring in a birthday cake. They said yes, they would serve it and there would be a cost of $2.50 per person. I agreed. When we got to the restaurant they told me there would be a $25.00 charge for serving the cake. I told them was I was told on the telephone - a charge of $2.50 per person for cake serving. They did agree to honor this. They need to get their policy set on cake serving and be sure everyone is on the same page. It would be really nice if they offered cakes for special occasions. We will definitely eat here again. It is one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Breakfast with Santa!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

First time here for the Brunch. This restaurant has the best location with great marsh views. The brunch was very good with lots of choices and a great price for what you received. Would do this again, its better than the dinners there.
Santa was also there for the kids, Im sure they loved that. Negatives are the set up location, people were literally up the staircase waiting to access the buffet.
Maybe it was more crowded than normal because of Santa?
Plus its always cold in this restaurant, not sure if the heats off or its the windows.
Overall liked it and would do it again.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent service, food, and view. Every time we are in Myrtle Beach, we have Sunday brunch at the Gulfstream Cafe. Best value around.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have been here several time for dinner and now brunch. It was wonderful!!!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food with excellent service that is reasonably priced. Rare find.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Had Thanksgiving dinner with family. Restaurant was lovely if a bit out of the way. Food was standard but a great value for the price. Could have been served a bit quicker and while hot. Server was extremely friendly and attentive. Woudl definitley go again for a non-holiday meal

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This was our 4th year having Thanksgiving dinner at the Gulfstream Cafe. It was excellent. The food was great and the service also excellent.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We enjoyed it so much, Thanksgiving on the inlet is now a new tradition. Morgan C. also provided great service with a SMILE. Awesome setting, food and service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Waterfront, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was tasty and a great value for a complete Thanksgiving meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Best restaurant in the area. Great food and service. Would recommend to everyone

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Fun, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Me and the family came down for a Thanksgiving mini vacation! Gulfstream Cafe was recommended by a friend. So we made reservations, we loved the food and the service.

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Kid-friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Gulfstream Bar & Grill has always been a favorite of our family. From their early bird specials to their regular menu items to their Sunday brunches, they are our number one choice for dining out. We have never had a bad meal there, which indicates to us a very important aspect of an excellent restaurant......consistency. The inlet views, the ocean views, and the sunset views are amazing. The service is always friendly and timely and the food is excellent. So, Gulfstream was, is, and always will be our favorite. The only downside is that during the tourist season they get very busy and you may have to wait awhile to be seated. You see, a lot of other folks really like the place, too!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a very nice Thanksgiving Dinner. The service and food were great!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing dinner, Great views and the atmosphere was very pleasant. It was the perfect place to go on our honeymoon. Thankfully some locals recommend this gem for us.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

First time here will definitely be back food was excellent as was the service....

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have always celebrated Veteran's Day at Gulf Stream Cafe. They have always been so open and respectfully to our military men and women and then there was today. Our friend who usually comes with us brought his mother this time because his wife is going through chemo treatment for cancer. She forgot to bring her military ID so they would not honor her free entree. That was OK and we understood that they required the ID. What wasn't OK is that when he asked to see a manager to ask about it, the manager asked to see their ID's and then when we checked out our waitress said she needed their ID's for the manager to look at. We have never had this happen in the last 4 years we have been coming and feel like the manager was questioning our truthfulness. Granted there are people out there just looking for a free meal, but we had already shown our ID's and told the manager we understood their policy because his 86 year old mother could not produce hers and we would pay for her meal. We felt very disrespected by the manager on duty. We had other friends who dined there that night and they only had to show their ID's to the waitress at seating.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We actually went this day because of a sponsored Veteran event. I was told you could order from the menu. We were looking forward to it, but when we got there it was only a brunch. I would have rather come back and order from the menu. I asked and was told it was only the Brunch being offered to the Veterans. Therefore we stayed. Halfway through our meal a few other people came and thought they were ordering from the menu. They were told they don't have to do the brunch, and can just come back at 4. This is what we had wanted to do, but we're told it was only the brunch being offered. We like Gulfstream Cafe, but disappointed we weren't given the option like others.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Have been here numerous times , and always had a 5 star experience ! With the addition of valet parking , on various holiday , and other busy days , my only objection was cleared up .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

After reading the reviews raving about Gulfstream I just did feel it was that special...yes you can see the sunset from the porch and probably most tables, but the restaurant lacked in ambience. This was actually my second time visiting this restaurant and the first time was so unpleasant it took me 2 years to try again. Although they were busy, it wasn’t busy enough for the waitress to ask for our order when she had just delivered the appetizer. I had to tell her we needed about 10 minutes to enjoy our drink and appy before deciding. Not a lot of choices on the menu but our food was ok. Just my opinion but too many other restaurants I’d return to before going back to Gulfstream.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Waitress was cold and abrupt. Two parties ordered the Grouper and found it fishy. Was there once before and had a great experience .
Go figure

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