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The Boathouse at Breach Inlet, Isle of Palms, South Carolina

101 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms , South Carolina
Tel: 843 886 8000's insider take:

This is the best spot to watch the sunset, making it well worth a jaunt over the bay to the Isle of Palms. The cozy Boathouse feels like a comfortably sprawling beach house, with views of lush marshland, the intercoastal waterway to the west, and the Atlantic to the east. Request a table on the enormous screened-in back porch to enjoy the warm salty breezes off the water, then go upstairs to grab a pre-dinner cocktail at the roof bar. When the sun goes down, if you're still waiting for your table (and you might be even if you have a reservation), head down to the friendly dockside bar to spy boats heading back to their piers in the twilight. The mostly seafood menu is full of local favorites, simply prepared: Get the catch of the day grilled, with collards and a creamy blue cheese slaw; or the can't-miss crab cakes with grits. The same owners also serve up local seafood at the Boathouse on East Bay Street in Charleston, but the relaxed vibe of the waterfront location is a better way to wind down after a day of exploring the dunes.

Open Sundays through Thursdays 5 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 11 pm, Sundays 11 am to 2 pm.

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