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Capt. Dave's Dockside Restaurant

Capt Dave's Dockside Restaurant

Hwy. 17 Business,
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 651-5850 | DavesDockside.com
Located along Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk 

Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant History and Location 

Mr. D. Frank Owens Jr. and his brother Kenneth opened Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant in its original form in 1975. In 1980 Mr. Owens bought the restaurant outright and continued its operation under his watchful eye until 1991 when he handed the reigns over to his son David F. Owens III. Throughout the more than 30-year history of Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant many changes have been made to both the décor and the menu. The original restaurant was a small waterfront eatery serving fried seafood platters for $2.95.

The building grew and expanded providing more seats and eventually an outdoor deck in 1990. The menu changed too with the addition of more sautéed and grilled items and of course the prices went up. In 2002 a roof was put on the deck and it was enclosed giving diners the option of eating “outdoors” even in the chilling winds of December. 2005 brought the decision by David to demolish the old building and erect a new edifice to the high quality meals that Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant had been serving for years. On January 9th 2006 the wrecking crew went to work and in less than a week only an empty lot remained. But spring and its notions of rebirth were just around the corner.

On March 20th 2006 the first “boxes” were set into place and over the next few weeks things began to take shape pretty fast. May 17th 2006 was the first day back for the long time fans of Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant. The new building reflects the cool and casual attitude that is prevalent in the Low country of South Carolina and our menu reflects the culinary delights from the regional cuisine. Many diners were surprised when they saw our new Natural Lump Charcoal Grill and delighted when they tasted the wonderful flavors of both steaks and seafood when cooked in this way. The menu did change with the addition of the new grill but diners were also glad to see the return of some old favorites such as the Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits and our signature dish, Pan Crusted Grouper. 

The view of Murrells Inlet is another attraction for our guests and with the new building we have capitalized on this view with the use of many windows and a second floor dinning area. For many watching the variety of wildlife that abounds in this saltwater tidal inlet provides a delightful respite to an otherwise hectic lifestyle. Commonly referred to by the locals as “The Creek”, Murrells Inlet is full of life both fish, fowl and human. It is a tidal saltwater marsh fed by the Atlantic Ocean through a pair of jetties located at the Southern tip of Garden City Point and the Northern tip of Huntington Beach State Park. Looking east one can clearly see the homes of Garden City Point and looking south one can see the forested and dune covered tip of Huntington Beach State Park. 

Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant is located in historic Murrells Inlet approximately 15 miles south from Myrtle Beach and 20 miles north of Georgetown, on Highway 17 Business on the waterfront. From Myrtle Beach one may take 17 business south through Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach, bearing left into Murrell Inlet when in front of The Inlet Square Mall to your right, at which point one merely has 1 mile more to travel and Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant will be on your left. 

Or one may choose to travel highway 17 by-pass south from Myrtle Beach. On this route one would cross highway 501, then highway544 and next Glenn’s Bay/Homestown Road at which point the driver will pass the Inlet Square Mall to his left and continue under the overpass and turn left at the next traffic signal onto highway 707, proceeding to the stop sign and turning right onto highway 17 business in Murrells Inlet. One will only need to travel an additional ½ mile and Capt. Dave’s Dockside will be on his left. 

From Georgetown one may only travel highway 17 business from Georgetown to Murrells Inlet bearing right into the waterfront district approximately 1 mile beyond Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens. Now one only needs to travel another 2 miles and Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant will be on his right.

The Capt. Dave's Dockside Restaurant Mission Statement

To provide our guests with freshly prepared quality meals, served in a vibrant and social waterfront setting, with a level of service that will exceed their expectations.

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