10 “Must Visit” Restaurants During Your Trip To Folly Beach

It wouldn’t be a true Folly Beach vacation without indulging in some of the area’s well-known restaurants. Whether you are seeking a decadent brunch or something fresh and unique that you can’t find anywhere else, Folly Beach offers an option to please even the most selective palate. From lively oceanfront dining to cozy beach cafes – and everything in between – satisfy your cravings at some of these “must visit” restaurants during your Folly Beach vacation!


1.) Taco Boy

Indulge in a flavorful, homemade margarita and fresh, homemade hand tacos at Folly Beach’s favorite south of the border eatery – Taco Boy. A true Charleston original, Taco Boy serves up several creative taco concoctions, including several vegetarian options. Tacos not your style? No problem. Taco Boy also serves up several rice bowls, quesadillas, nachos, and tasty desserts. Call (843) 588-9761 for more information.

2.) Black Magic Caféchicken and waffles

Start your Folly Beach mornings on a high note with a gourmet coffee and brunch at Black Magic Café. Nestled off the main downtown drag, Black Magic serves up a wide array of breakfast and lunch classics, including their famous chicken and waffles. Visitors can also sip on a fresh creation from the espresso bar menu or splurge on one of the café’s signature breakfast cocktails. Call (843) 633-0025 for more information.

3.) Folly Beach Crab Shack

Seeking fresh, local seafood in a casual, “come as you are” atmosphere? If so, look no farther than Folly Beach Crab Shack. This shabby-chic local joint is the perfect spot to refuel after a busy day at the beach. Visitors can nosh on a wide array of seafood creations, including dishes with shrimp, scallops, flounder, oysters, clams, and plenty of crab – of course! Don’t fret if you’ve got a few picky eaters in the group, the Crab Shack also offers a few burgers and sandwiches as well. Call (843) 588-3080 for more information.

 4.) Lost Dog Café

It wouldn’t be a trip to Folly Beach without breakfast at Lost Dog Café. This hole in the wall café is known for being a favorite among families and Fidos alike. As the name suggests, furry friends are welcome on the patio and the entire eatery embraces man’s best friend. The menu offers a variety of breakfast and lunch classics in addition to a few signature concoctions, like their famous “whistlin’ Dixie” shrimp and grits. Call (843) 588-9669 for more information.

5.) Bowen’s Island Restaurant

Located just a short drive north on Bowen’s Island, this hidden restaurant is a true lowcountry gem. The building is reminiscent of a true beach shack and the menu is simple and to the point. Visitors and locals alike flock to this hole in the wall for one thing – fresh, local seafood. Shrimp, oysters, and flounder are their specialty and after a few bites it won’t be hard to figure out why. Be sure to go early, as lines form as soon as the doors open, though we promise it is worth the wait! Call (843) 795-2757 for more information.

6.) Planet Follywood 

A true Folly Beach original, Planet Follywood is a quirky, local stop, ideal for visitors craving a juicy burger and an ice-cold beverage. If you’re looking for the one item Follywood does best, order THE Garlic Cheddar Burger, a generous hand-pressed burger made with a secret blend of seasonings, sharp cheddar, and tons of fresh garlic. Planet Follywood also serves up southern fried baskets, sandwiches and wraps, salads, and much more. Call (843) 588-7380 for more information.

7.) Chico Feo

Simple and understated, Chico Feo serves up fresh tacos and sandwiches, all of which channel distinctive Asian flavors. Their menu is highly seasonal and incorporates local ingredients whenever possible. A few favorites include the Num Pang, a house-smoked pork sandwich, the taco trio, which includes one of each of their three seasonal tacos, and their seasonal acai bowls. Call (843) 906-2710 for more information.

8.) The ‘Wich Doctor 

Exhausted after a busy day of beach adventures? Or, do you need to grab a quick lunch before you hit the surf? The ‘Wich Doctor makes mealtime a breeze with a variety of gourmet sammies and pizzas that are great to enjoy at the restaurant or to take back to enjoy on the go! Selections include classics, like margherita and pepperoni pizzas and traditional hoagies, in addition to more adventurous options, like the creole shrimp and white clam pizzas and the chicken and waffle sandwich. Call (843) 588-6666 for more information.

9.) Jack of Cups

Craving something different? If so, be sure a visit to Jack of Cups is on your Folly Beach bucket list. This popular downtown Folly Beach restaurant offers a creative, fresh, and affordable menu with a distinctive Asian flare that can’t be found anywhere else in the area. Selections vary, but can include their lemon ricotta dumplings, red curry mac n cheese, watermelon burrata salad, and ramen bowls – to name a few. Jack of Cups offers a full interior seating area and a sunny back courtyard. Call (843) 633-0042 for more information.

10.) Rita’s Seaside Grille 

Kick back, relax, and take in the beautiful Folly Beach views from Rita’s Seaside Grille. Located oceanfront in the bustling downtown area of Folly Beach, Rita’s is known for serving up mouthwatering cuisine and great live entertainment. Guests can enjoy a wide array of salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, and seafood, in addition to a full selection of tasty cocktails. Call (843) 588-2525 for more information.


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