One of the best things about spending the holidays in Myrtle Beach is the abundance of great places to eat for Christmas brunch and dinner. Although several local restaurants keep their doors open for the holidays, there are a handful of eateries that go the extra mile with dinner specials and brunch buffets on Christmas Eve and Day.
Guests at Long Bay Resort are fortunate to be located a short distance from some of the best spots for holiday dining, but proximity is only part of the equation. The popular demand for a table at these hot spots during the holidays requires advanced reservations and a little planning, but the dining experience is well worth the work. Here are five of our favorite places to enjoy a holiday feast on the Grand Strand this Christmas Eve and Day:
- Chestnut Hill: Located on Restaurant Row only a few miles from Long Bay, this fine-dining facility provides the perfect environment for a festive family feast or a romantic holiday meal. Although Chestnut Hill is closed on Christmas Day, be sure to reserve your spot for their popular Christmas Eve dinner, served from 4-8 p.m. If you are planning a gathering for after the holidays, Chestnut Hill's Sunday Brunch is one of the best on the beach. Featuring Slow-Roasted Prime Rib and a tasty carving station, as well as breakfast favorites like the Eggs Benedict and French toast, Chestnut Hill is a great place for a great holiday meal.
- Croissants Bistro & Bakery: This French-inspired restaurant puts out a lavish spread for Christmas Eve dinner, which is served from 5 to 9 p.m. In addition to offering the regular menu, which is filled with European classics with a Lowcountry twist, Croissants is serving a “Feast of Seven Fishes” special featuring delicious dishes of shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, crab, lobster and grouper, along with a selection of side items. Enjoy Roasted Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon and other house favorites at this upscale eatery.
- Greg Norman's Australian Grille: Greg Norman made his name on the golf course, but he's also developed a reputation in the kitchen with his upscale restaurant at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Inspired by the flavors of his native country, Norman’s puts out a special holiday spread on Christmas Eve and Day. Featuring entrees like Stuffed Goose, Cider-Glazed Swordfish or Norman's famous Wood-Fired Steaks, the menu is as extensive as the international wine list. Norman's serves from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.
- The Melting Pot: This national chain has a location just two miles south of Long Bay on Kings Highway, and this upscale fondue eatery is open Christmas Eve for a unique holiday meal. Featuring four-course meals that are prepared at your table by the staff and your party, The Melting Pot is more of an experience than a restaurant. Select a five-course feast from the regular lineup or try the holiday-themed specials, including an amazing dessert of melted chocolate and goodies for dipping. The Melting Pot is open Christmas Eve only.
- Thoroughbred's: This locally owned establishment on nearby Restaurant Row will be serving its award-winning steaks, chops and seafood on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well some holiday specials featuring house favorites like slow-roasted prime rib, wood-plank salmon, rack of lamb and roast duck. Based on a horse-racing theme, the menu includes tasty desserts like Kentucky Derby Pie or the Kentucky Bourbon Bread Pudding.
After your holiday feast, it’s time to retire back at Long Bay Resort for a relaxing Christmas on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront.