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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in South Carolina

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in South Carolina? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of McGee's Irish Pub & Restaurant restaurant
4.9 (258)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Tucked into the heart of downtown Anderson, SC, McGee's Irish Pub & Restaurant offers a distinct alternative to regular eating and drinking establishments. Diversity is the key to McGee's special appeal. Business people appreciate the quality of our menu served in our private meeting room. Others prefer to linger, quietly enjoying the evening and forgetting the world outside. We offer a wide selection of ales and lagers, with a seasonal specialty brew always on tap to please the "stoutest" of beer enthusiasts. Our bar also offers an extensive list of top shelf scotches, Irish whiskies, and cordials.
However, the real pleasure of visiting our pub comes from our kitchen. McGee's Irish Pub's kitchen staff offers top quality, full course meals and table service on par with upscale dining restaurant in the region at a fraction of the price. We also feature an 80+ wine list designed by owner & Wine Spectator Award winner John Benca.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Excellent service, excellent food. Great place to go for drinks and grub!
A photo of Martini restaurant
4.9 (1859)
$30 and under
North Myrtle Beach
About the restaurant

Martini classic food, spirits and entertainment is North Myrtle Beach’s most unique restaurant and lounge. Entertainment performs nightly and includes pianists to vocalists and blues & jazz guitarists.

We host a fabulous happy hour each day from 4 to 7 in our lounge. Several small plates are offered under $10 that are perfect for sharing. We feature great drink specials and have a “martini of the day”.

Our menu is creatively classic, highlighting our area's local seafood as well as fresh steaks and pasta dishes. Daily specials and homemade soups are prepared from scratch daily for your enjoyment.

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Last night we enjoyed prime rib, dinners delicious I’ve never had a bad meal there service is always excellent
A photo of Octagon - Palmetto Bluff restaurant
4.9 (71)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Octagon welcomes guests to a lively gathering place where tales are told, laughter lingers in the air, and nothing is taken too seriously. Cocktails, food and life are shared in this social hub. A namesake to the “Octagon House,” one of the first plantation homes that stood on the Bluff in years prior to the Wilson era, Octagon features sharable bites, classic cocktails with a creative twist, locally crafted beers and our Signature barrel-aged Artillery Punch.
Top review
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Great service. Reliable dining experience. The live music was spot-on. Accomplished musician and knowledgeable song choices.
A photo of Ruby Lee's restaurant
4.7 (308)
$31 to $50
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
The new Ruby Lee’s on Wild Horse!
The new Ruby Lee’s offers more of what patrons of Hilton Head Island have come to love and expect in the past: delicious southern cooking and a comfortable yet stimulating atmosphere that offers the perfect way to enjoy sports or outstanding blues, jazz and soul from local and regional artists. If you’re not familiar with Ruby Lee’s, it’s a locally owned restaurant, started by Tim Singleton (known to Low-country residents as an athlete and head coach). The restaurant is named for Singleton’s late grandmother who is the inspiration for the Southern-style menu. The new and revamped version of the original; yet it still captures the Southern feel-good themes that have an uncanny way of making you hungry for fried chicken, shrimp and grits, corn bread, and sweet tea the moment you walk in the door. If, for some reason, you’re not quite ready to eat after walking in the door of Ruby Lee’s, you’ll notice a pang of hunger once you look at the menu.

Top review
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Fantastic Gem in Hilton Head!! The food is great, service is friendly and the drinks are strong. The live entertainment is good and it varies from night to night. I’ve seen two acts and both were solid. Ruby Lees is small so make your reservations early. Will definitely visit again and again.
A photo of O-Ku - Greenville restaurant
4.7 (389)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
O-Ku brings a high-end point of precision to sushi. Our menu focuses on new seafood and classic Japanese dishes, as well as classic and avant-garde sushi and artistic cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We appreciate the fresh fish at O-Ku. Service is always outstanding and the place is awesome.
A photo of Dray Bar & Grill restaurant
4.6 (578)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Owned by The Munnich Family - Owner Chef Bob Munnich was the 2022 Restaurateur of the Year for South Carolina - and Winner of "Chopped" in the Burg 2023
Chef Boz Munnich Head Chef / Ian Munnich General Manager / Cindy Munnich Pastry Chef
Dray's Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4-7
• $5 Cocktail of the Day
• $4 Wine
• $3 Bubbles
• $2 off Draft Beer
• $1 off Bottled Beer
Tuesday - $2 Bubbles all DAY!
Wednesday - 50% off ALL Wine Bottles
Thursday - $1 Oysters on the Half Shell / $5 Martinis

Nightly Specials - Check out Facebook for Previews https://www.facebook.com/DrayBarAndGrill/

Dray offers Live Local Music every night of the week. On nice evenings we host live piano music on our baby grand inside, as well as a guitarist or duo on the patio

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Food is consistently good. Service is friendly and attentive we always enjoy going to the Dray it’s usually our first. Voice when eating out
A photo of The Hangout Myrtle Beach restaurant
4.5 (159)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Myrtle Beach
About the restaurant
The Hangout is the place for great food and family fun. Come enjoy live entertainment, relax, let the kids play, and share good times! The restaurant features full-service dining, and a courtyard with a ton-of-fun; sand pile, foam pit, games, retail shopping, stages for live music and more.

Join us for our Pirates and Princess Breakfast from June 15th- August 18th!
Two seating times are available: 9am and 10am.

Lunch will be available at 11am every day.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
A lot of fun for the whole family, just be prepared for all the noise.
A photo of House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Myrtle Beach restaurant
4.4 (1720)
$30 and under
Myrtle Beach
About the restaurant
Discover authentic Southern-dining at House of Blues Restaurant and Bar located in Barefoot Landing. From our family style dishes and craft cocktails to the best in live music and folk art, our restaurants deliver an unforgettable experience. Enjoy signature menu items like our Voodoo Shrimp, Jambalaya or freshly smoked Barbecue alongside a full line up of craft beers and specialty cocktails. Whether it's before a show or just looking for a good time, House of Blues is the perfect place for a memorable dining experience. House of Blues will be reopening on March 14th!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Went to the Gospel Brunch. Typical but plentiful array of buffet breakfast choices. Our server Lakeida (sp?) was great! Music was awesome. A great way to start the week!
A photo of Tio's Latin America Kitchen restaurant
4.3 (190)
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Chef Lynden Zuniga grew up in Honduras, CA and worked in kitchens through high school to pay rent. He quickly realized making people happy through his cooking would be his lifelong passion. Shortly after marrying his wife Sally, they dreamt of their concept of Tio's and in 2018 it became a reality!

Quality matters. We're committed to serve the highest quality steak, pork, chicken, and seafood. Our proteins are always fresh- sourced locally and domestically across the United States.

You'll hear the sizzle of the grill in our open kitchen as each meal is made to order. Pairing our high-quality proteins with our delicious salsas and vegetables, rice, beans, and tortillas is a winning combination. We pride ourselves on making great tasting food made with simple ingredients.

You might be entering Tio's for the first time as a guest, but we hope you leave as a friend. We hope you enjoy your experience. Thank you for dining with us.

Lynden & Sally Zuniga

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
So grateful my sunglasses were found after forgetting them the night before. Muchas gracias!!!
A photo of Clearwater Oyster Bar & Grill restaurant
3.8 (50)
$30 and under
Myrtle Beach
About the restaurant
At Clearwater Oyster Bar & Grill we believe that exceptional seafood should be savored amidst extraordinary surroundings. Come join us for a culinary journey where the flavors of the sea are complemented by the best views in town. It's not just a meal; it's a feast for the senses. Whether you're a seafood connoisseur or a casual diner seeking an exceptional meal, we invite you to savor the ocean's bounty in every bite. Let's embark on a journey of taste with our carefully curated selection of oysters sourced from pristine waters, in a maritime-inspired ambiance that seamlessly blends coastal elegance with a relaxed, inviting atmosphere.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a group of 9, 6 adults and 3 kids and they were very accommodating! Cocktails were great and the fried okra appetizer was yummy.
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