Where to eat in Shelter Cove

There are all kinds of wonderful flavors and unique fare served at Shelter Cove. Everything from Mexican to Mediterranean and Italian restaurants can be found, many of which are run from international families. Don’t forget about all of the fresh seafood, straight from the local waters, that the restaurants serve. And there’s no better way to enjoy these great meals than sitting outside under the shaded patios overlooking the harbor.

San Miguel’s

Tucked into a southern corner of Shelter Cove is a buzzing cantina serving Mexican on the marina. Start your meal off right at San Miguel’s with chips and some chili con queso, guacamole or bean dip. Order a margarita while you decide whether you want steak, chicken, beef, pork carnitas, chorizo, shrimp or fish tacos.

IMG_3816If tacos aren’t your meal of choice, then consider the variety of quesadillas and chimichangas they serve. With spinach, veggie and wild mushroom, in addition to their typical cheese and fajita quesadillas, there’s a little something for everyone. If you want seafood with Mexican flair, then the crab and shrimp chimichanga or the fish tacos with chipotle mayo and pico de gallo are great options. And their fajita, burrito and enchilada specials with rice and beans are just as good.

sm musicSan Miguel’s stays pretty busy on weeknights with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, where an outdoor patio and bar is entertained with live music. It might just be one of the very best restaurants in the harbor.

About $4 – $20

9 Shelter Cove Ln

(843) 842-4555


Mediterranean Harbour

The newest edition to Shelter Cove is Mediterranean Harbour, a restaurant serving family recipes straight from a kitchen in Lebanon, which include a Shawarma mix, shish kabobs and falafels. Simon Mikhael and his mom moved from Lebanon and together they run the restaurant with fellow Lebanese chef Munjid Yousif.

mh outside dining 2It’s not just their recipes that come straight from the Mediterranean, but their spices too! Their chicken and lamb shish kabobs and Shawarma are all seasoned with spices imported from Lebanon to get an authentic flavor.

It’s a restaurant that’s friendly to all kinds, with gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as burgers, chicken nuggets and hot dogs for kids.  Their gluten-free, vegetarian options include the hummus, baba ghanouji, grape leaves and falafel.

mh inside bar copyBe sure to start you meal off with a Greek, Tabouleh or Fattouch salad and try their one of their oven baked pita pies – spinach with feta or ground beef with roasted pinenuts, diced tomato and onion. And don’t forget to order some baklava or key lime pie for dessert.

About $6 – $34

13 Harbourside Lane Unit B

(843) 842-9991


Scott’s Fish Market

Seafood is best eaten casually by the water and Scott’s knows that.  Their waterfront restaurant is a great stop to make in Shelter Cove, especially if you’re with friends and family who want fresh seafood. The restaurant has been on the island for over 20 years serving fried, baked and blackened seafood, as well as filet mignon and strip steaks, pasta and even chicken sandwiches.

IMG_3839Amid their crabs, oysters, mussel and shrimp starters, they offer bacon-wrapped oysters with sweet and sour sauce and the popular Lump Crab Cake. They also have shrimp and tuna salads, she crab soup and gumbo to get you ready for your main course.

IMG_3842Grilled salmon, blackened tuna and Cajun seared tilapia, grilled swordfish, shrimp and sea scallop fettuccine, steamed mussels and the herb parmesan-crusted grouper are just a few of their fresh seafood selections. Their Charbroiled Mahi Mahi is a hit with a ginger teriyaki marinade, topped with grilled scallops and pineapple rum butter.

They also have sandwiches and chicken for those wanting something other than seafood. And for kids, they serve popcorn shrimp, hot dogs, pasta and chicken tenders with fries.

About $8 – $24

17 Harborside Ln

(843) 785-7575


ELA’s Blu Water Grille

If you’re looking for a more upscale bistro with great wines and excellent views of the harbor, then head on over to ELA’s Blu Water Grille. This family-run establishment is a step away from all the crowds, past San Miguel’s, at the eastern most tip of cove, serving seafood and steaks with a little southern flair.

elas barCheck out their extensive wine list, with bubbles, chardonnay, Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and fun reds from all over California, Oregon and France, New Zealand, Spain, Italy and Australia.

Start with Mama’s fried green tomatoes, fresh catch skewers, buffalo shrimp or their Margherita pizza and be sure to order one of their decadent salads. It doesn’t matter whether you get the Maine lobster bisque, pear arugula or steakhouse chopped wedge; you really can’t go wrong.

ela viewSome of their most popular classics include the Ahi Tuna Tartar, which is a marinated ahi tuna over a fresh cucumber and avocado salad, and the shrimp cocktail with citrus poached shrimp and their specialty cocktail sauce.

Their variety of entrees are sure to please and might keep you staring at the menu, because they’re all so great and you just can’t decide. Their pan roasted grouper, grilled Atlantic swordfish, flounder, famous crab cakes, steamed lobster and pan seared duck are just a few of their fine dinners.

About $8 – $40

1 Shelter Cove Ln

(843) 785-3030


Frosty’s Italian Ices

If you need a cold pick-me-up, a cool treat to enjoy after a day filled with fun out in the harbor, then stop by Frosty’s. They have all kinds of cold, sweet snacks to enjoy, from ice cream, Italian ice and slushies to cappuccinos and coffee.

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They also sell candy, cotton candy, pretzels and they’re known for their delicious homemade fudge (which can even be ordered). So whether it’s an ice cream bar you’re after or a chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake, their sweet treats are sure to make you smile.

About $1 – $10

9 Harbourside Ln

(843) 341-5423


Bucci & Murray’s Pub

If you’re searching for Irish and Italian cuisine, look no further. Bucci & Murray’s has created an environment where you can enjoy both, while taking in the views of the Shelter Cove harbor.

Their passion is to provide customers with an experience that combines great food, live entertainment and a love of sports in a fun and friendly environment.

Eggplant Rollatini, Shepard’s Pie and Shrimp Fra Diavolo are just a few featured items on their extensive menu. The newly designed restaurant has 205 seats and will take reservations for 69 of those seats. In addition, the plan is to have the best happy hour on the island. The bar was built so everyone can see the gorgeous view of the harbour as they are enjoying drinks, food, and great conversations. Last but not least, enjoy the breathtaking sunsets!

Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Harbour is family friendly, dog friendly and casual friendly. If you’re looking for a place to go after a day at the beach or on the water, then come on down.

About $6 – $24

13 Harbourside Ln

(843) 785-3300