Grillin Crab - Hidden Gem of Area Seafood Restaurants

At the Grillin Crab you get fresh seafood with a view.

Living near the beach means there are dozens of fresh fish restaurants near me. It’s one of the

wonderful reasons to be here. I particularly like shrimp, whether grilled or fried Calabash style. Unfortunately, I sometimes get stuck on one place, whether for the food or the view, and I have to kick myself into a change.

So it was that, after more than a year of passing by it numerous times and saying to ourselves we really must try that place, Nick and I finally stopped and had lunch.

Good decision.

The Grillin Crab is one of those Myrtle Beach area seafood restaurants that, once you’ve been there, you say to yourself why didn’t I find this before? It’s not fancy (who goes fancy at the beach) but it’s not a shrimp shack either. They offer you cloth napkins, well weighted flatware, and real plates, no plastic and paper here.

Grillin' Crab sign

If you’re familiar with Filet’s in North Myrtle Beach, you’ll know what I mean. The Grillin’ Crab is another yummy brainchild of long-time Myrtle Beach restaurateur Kevin Richard. In 2015 he teamed up with Chef Kevin Pyle with the concept of Southern Coastal fare with a personal twist.

Finding Seafood Near Me

When I say near me, I mean the north end of the beach, as in North Carolina. It always sounds far away, especially if you’re in Pawleys Island or Murrells Inlet. But a daytrip to the Brunswick Islands is a great getaway, offering a different perspective of the Grand Strand.

Just off Main Street in historic downtown Shallotte, the restaurant overlooks the Shallotte River and features stunning natural views. You can come for the lunch specials or enjoy a glass of wine or a beer as the sun sets over the marsh.

Shallotte RiverWhere the Shallotte River meets Main Street

Grillin Crab Menu and Specials

The Grillin’ Crab features seafood, of course, but they also offer soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, and pasta. I had the shrimp corn chowder, which was out of this world. I should have stopped there, but for $7.99, I had to have the seafood platter. It was huge, with a pile of shrimp and a beautifully filleted piece of haddock.

Lunch size seafood platter at Grillin' Crab RestaurantLunch size seafood platter that satisfies

Nick reveled in the She Crab soup, one of his favorites and teamed that with the fish sandwich. I can’t pass up fries, although you can choose other sides like fresh collard greens, roasted red potatoes, and mac-and-cheese. The kids menu includes a corn dog, chicken fingers, a kid-sized shrimp basket, and pasta with red sauce.

Worth The Trip?

Definitely! The food and views are great, and there’s a lot to do in the area. You can pop down to Ocean Isle Beach to see how the Atlantic looks on the North Carolina side of the state line. You can also visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina or have a go on the zip line at Shallotte Swamp Park.

Grillin' Crab Seafood Restaurant in Shallotte, North CarolinaThe Grillin' Crab Seafood Restaurant

The town of Shallotte itself offers some antiques and consignment shops to browse, a great new family park with a kids’ playground, and a general slow-down of the crazy big city rush. So, if you need a great excuse to explore Myrtle Beach restaurants beyond the city limits, check out the Grillin' Crab.

4812 Main Street

Shallotte, NC 28470



Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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