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Gulfstream Cafe

4.6
2174 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 2174 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PaulC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very accommodating. View was wonderful. We were very pleased and look forward to our next visit.

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vipwilliamb
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food in a casual environment. This place never disappoints.

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fred
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the best early bird deal on the beach. This place is my favorite place.

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ShirleyT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch is great. I especially like the cheese grits and fried cod. The warm cookies at the end is a very nice touch.

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StacyS
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Food was horrible

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NewYearsDiner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New Years Day dinner. I had grouper and my wife had crab cakes. The fresh bread was very good. Entrees were delicious. Only complaint is the lack of a variety of sides. 2 or 3 types of potatoes and green beans. Not very imaginative. How about some other beans, squash, slaw, asparagus or broccoli?

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vipDanalynvf
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Beautiful sunsets, awesome staff, delicious food! She crab soup is the best ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner second year in a row. Awesome service and food always !

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We eat at Gulfstream regularly so we are familiar with the restaurant. Over the year the restaurant has definitely stepped up their food quality and service. New Year’s Eve certainly was a set back as if their staff in a panic and could not handle the crowd. The service was extremely poor and our food was mediocre to say the least!

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Bill
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years eve

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HollyBrown
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Last subpar experience here. Let's begin with what was right - the salad and oyster rockafellers.
There was a small select menu tonight without a lot of options that I wanted. I wanted seafood but not fried; they only offered fried and we learned quickly they don't like to customize anything.
My husband ordered a specialty margarita from their menu and asked to upgrade the tequila to Patron and the waitress returned and said they couldn't do that but he could just order a regular margarita with Patron. What?? We cant pay more for a better tequila? He gets it and it tastes watered down.
He ordered swordfish and it was so bland and flavorless as were the nearly raw green beans which is the only "seasonal" vegetable they ever offer besides three different potato options. Completely flavorless so I had to ask for salt and pepper to try and give them flavor.
I'm done with the subpar food here. It's gotten worse every time we come and I'm just done. $120 for a meal that we didn't eat most of and came home and ate a ham sandwich two hours later.
Not worth our time or money for bland overpriced food.

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KurtS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and get there at sunset for a beautiful view.

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LauraT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was WONDERFUL. The food, view, service, everything. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend it. Their early bird specials are great!!

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Michael
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very good experience, no negatives but nothing spectacular very satisfied with our trip to Gulf Stream, it met our expectations!!!

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing stuffed lobster tail and several was excellent!

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vipRussell
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was truly perfect for us.

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GaryO
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During our mid-afternoon dinner, we enjoyed excellent food and top notch service in a very pleasant setting. The Gulf stream Cafe remains one of our favorite restaurants.

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LauraR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We reserved a table for 7:30 on Christmas eve and when we arrived were pleasantly surprised to see itcwas pretty crowded. Service was spot on and the food was delicious. Only issue was the restaurant was freezing, several patrons were wearing their jackets. Otherwise an awesome dining experience!

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charlest
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food but somewhat limited menu. Service was excellent!!!

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MaryK
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious,fresh and cooked to perfection. the staff are friendly and efficient.

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MonicaS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good evening out. Excellent food and service.

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Mags
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience fir my granddaughter. The staff went all out to make it a great experience

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BethW
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place!

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karena
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sunset views are amazing, able to eat outdoors in December! Early bird menu was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! December 13th and we were able to sit outside! Nothing better!

Gulfstream Cafe
Responded on December 16, 2020

Thank You!

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JoyB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This used to be our favorite restaurant, but it was very disappointing. Food was sub par, and cold. Not worth the price.

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DocR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary, and the staff was gracious and hospitable. The Gulfstream Cafe is awesome!

Gulfstream Cafe
Responded on December 16, 2020

Happy to hear!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday brunch for four. They still allow you to serve yourself and provide gloves. Felt very safe from the virus. You can order your omelette and they make it in the kitchen. They still have a Bloody Mary station too. So nice to feel very close to normal at a restaurant!

Gulfstream Cafe
Responded on December 16, 2020

Thank you. We do our best to adapt and stay safe.

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KimberlyB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience1

Mystic was blaring so hard to enjoy dinner and have conversation.

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Bill
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had thanksgiving dinner there after a long day of travel as we as snowbirds come to Myrtle beach for the winter. We go to the Gulfstream cafe regularly, it’s always a great meal stunning views and great service

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KarenH
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving dinner! Fantastic view, and great staff.

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ChuckT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our 3rd Thanksgiving dinner at Gulf Stream. Good value for the amount of food plated for the customer. I couldn't finish my dinner so boxed leftovers. We have been going to Gulf Stream for approx. 14 yrs now and have dinner there at least once a month. Started going there when we were "tourists" and continued when we became "locals" which should tell others something. The service is very good. The atmosphere is usually nice except when the music is too loud - should be background allowing people to have a conversation, not foreground as it sometimes can be. The food is very good. We have our favorites and often make it easy for the server to take our order.

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DonaldS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food for a reasonable price.
Gwendolyn was Our Waitress and gave Outstanding service. She was also very warm and personable. Will return. My Wife was glad She didn't have to cook!!

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner. Prompt, courteous service. Overall the food was delicious. Stuffing was a bit dry. Beautiful view of the marsh. Will definitely be back.

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vipRussell
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had Thanksgiving dinner here and it was great. The food came out promptly and was as good as I would have cooked myself. We will be back!

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RuthB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Gulfstream Cafe for Thanksgiving dinner was a very good experience, overall. We loved the setting overlooking the Inlet, the design and atmosphere are great. They served a well-designed, traditional Thanksgiving menu, service was prompt and our waitress was pleasant and attentive. It ran like a well-organized machine.
Since this was our first visit here, my husband and I agreed we'd definitely like to go back on a non-holiday to get a better sense of it. We'd like to see what the quality of food and service is like and have a relaxed meal without the feeling of eating within a time limit. Overall impression: very good. Will have to return for a regular, non-holiday meal to see whether it can be excellent.

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DANtheman
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was wonderful. We had never been there before. I saw some steaks go by that looked WOW. We will be back. Everyone was very helpful & friendly. Plate had everything we wanted for Thanksgiving.

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LovetheBeach
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Gulf Stream is a must do with each beach trip. Year round the food is consistently excellent.
The music was a bit too loud for our group this time.
We were very impressed with the provisions made for the COVID restrictions. All felt safe and this led to a relaxing, enjoyable outing.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with my wife. Loved the restaurant as soon as we arrived and was anxiously awaiting some good seafood. I love grouper but the entree had lobster cream sauce and I have shellfish allergies. The waiter never hesitated when asked if I could have the grouper without the sauce......also agreed to blacken the grouper for me. When the entree arrived I was told the chef didn’t like the way it looked without the sauce so he gave me extra grouper. The service was exceptional and the food was great. We will eat here every trip to the beach.

FAQs

Gulfstream Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 651-8808.

Gulfstream Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 2174 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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