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North Myrtle Beach Italian Restaurants

It’s not a true vacation without splurging on a few decadent meals, and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offers no shortage of options for any taste or budget. 

 

While many associate our seaside city with fresh and fried seafood (which we do have plenty of!), many are pleased to find a myriad of other food options, including several authentic Italian restaurants that are sure to please any palate. 

 

Check out these top spots for Italian food in North Myrtle Beach, and pencil in a few to your culinary bucket list. 

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Villa Tuscanna

European cuisine meets southern hospitality at Villa Tuscanna, a hidden gem for Northern Italian favorites. The menu includes all of the staples, including fried calamari, an antipasto plate, and generous salads in addition to several succulent pastas—including “Momma’s Lasagna”—and various chicken and veal preparations. All entrees are served with fresh bread and your choice of soup or salad. Homestyle Italian fare and fast, friendly service at a price that won’t break the bank. Reservations are recommended!

Italian • Tuscan • Central-Italian

Our Rating:
4/5

Address: 97 Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Website: villatuscanna.com

Phone: (843) 280-2288
Hours: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday – Thursday; 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday

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Benny’s Trattoria

Family-owned and operated for more than 20 years, Benny’s Trattoria offers the complete package. The charming “ristorante” atmosphere is chock full of tiny details to make the dining experience memorable. And, in an effort to keep the Italian food fresh and seasonal, the menu changes daily—but don’t let that scare you away! Many favorites stay in the rotation, like the sauteed mussels in white wine sauce, baked manicotti marinara, chicken ala vodka, and ribeye gorgonzola—to name just a few. Benny’s also offers an extensive wine list and mouth-watering homemade desserts. 

Italian • Asian • Vegetarian Friendly

Our Rating:
4/5

Address: 1453 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Website: bennyrappas.com

Phone: (843) 361-1056
Hours: 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Saturday; Closed, Sunday

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Umberto’s at Barefoot Landing

Real food from fresh ingredients—that’s the Umberto’s motto. A homey Italian steakhouse, this Barefoot Landing classic is the second location for the Pittsburg family and truly embraces the tradition of Italian dining. Each meal begins with Italian beans and salad, followed by a pasta course smothered in Umberto’s signature marinara. As a steakhouse, meats are where Umberto’s really shines, with favorites including the “veal antonio”, “chicken umberto”spring lamb chops, and charbroiled New York strip steak. Umberto’s also offers family-style meals to feed a crowd, including their famous “Nina’s Surprise” dessert (we won’t spoil the surprise!). For fine dining with an Italian twist, you can’t go wrong with Umberto’s! 

Italian • Vegetarian Friendly • Vegan Options

Our Rating:
4/5

Address: 4886 N Kings Hwy, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Website: umbertos.com

Phone: (843) 272-1176
Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Daily

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Olive Garden

If getting your fill of soup, salad, and breadsticks is on your vacation agenda, you’re in luck! North Myrtle Beach is home to an Olive Garden, so you won’t have to go far to get your fill of OG favorites. A family-favorite and safe-bet for picky diners, Olive Garden offers an array of Italian-inspired options. Pasta is at the heart of the Olive Garden lineup, with everything from cheese-stuffed ravioli and fettuccine alfredo to chicken parmesan and baked ziti—and everything in between. Olive Garden also offers a “create your own” pasta option and a dedicated kids menu for the little ones. 

Italian • Vegetarian Friendly • Vegan Options

Our Rating:
4/5

Address: 4701 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Website: olivegarden.com

Phone: (843) 272-7530
Hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Daily

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Benito’s Brick Oven Pizza Pasta

Pizza and pasta—what could be better?! Benito’s wood-fired oven is the restaurant’s star and produces some of the best pizza and baked Italian dishes along the Grand Strand. The pizza steals the show with the option to indulge in a speciality pie or create your own masterpiece. Other notable favorites include the chicken florentine lasagna, classic spaghetti and meatballs, shrimp and chicken in “pink sauce” (alfredo + marinara = a match made in heaven!), and the oven-baked sandwiches. Ideal for a casual dinner with family and friends or a hearty lunch, Bendito’s pizzeria is a great spot for any occasion. Or, enjoy a homestyle Italian dinner from the comfort of your home with Bendito’s delivery—now available in North Myrtle Beach. 

Italian • Pizza • Vegetarian Friendly

Our Rating:
4/5

Address: 1598 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Website: benitosnmb.com

Phone: (843) 272-1414
Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday; 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday – Monday

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Midtown Bistro

Are you seeking a high-end Italian eatery for a special occasion or vacation splurge? If so, Midtown Bistro is calling your name. This recently renovated bistro and wine bar offers “simple food with simple prices”—boasting all entrees for under $30. Steaks are a popular staple at Midtown, with hand-cut selections including ribeye, New York strip, filet, and prime rib. 

 

Other Italian-inspired favorites include fettuccine alfredo, sausage and peppers. Eggplant parmesan, and shrimp scampi. Pair that with a bottle of wine and a few good friends and you’ve got a night to remember!

Italian • American • Seafood

Our Rating:
4/5

Address: 2004 Hwy 17 S #3, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Website: midtownbistro.com

Phone: (843) 427-4720
Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday; 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday – Monday

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Carrabba’s Italian Grill

A great option for groups and families, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is another national chain with a bustling presence in North Myrtle Beach—and people love it! The homestyle menu features Italian-inspired cuisine with options including light soups and salads, creative pasta dishes, hand-cut steaks and shops, and wood-fired pizzas and calzones. Carrabba’s also offers a full wine list and succulent homemade specialty sangrias, the perfect addition to any meal! 

Italian • Vegetarian Friendly • Vegan Options

Our Rating:
4/5

Address: 1015 Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Website: carrabbas.com

Phone: (843) 281-9222
Hours: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Sunday

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Antonio’s Restaurant & Bar

Nestled in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach, Antonio’s is a local favorite—and it’s not hard to figure out why! Featuring a robust menu of Italian favorites, early bird specials for early diners, and a busy event and live music schedule, there’s always something happening at Antonio’s! Start on a high note with an appetizer like Antiono’s cheesy bruschetta, which features a decadent drizzle of bacon aioli, or the famous steamed crab legs. 

 

The entree options are endless, with everything from homestyle pasta plates and sizzling chops to specialty flatbreads and more! Make yourself at home in the expansive dining area or order online for takeout or delivery (via Grubhub). 

Italian • Bar • Vegetarian Friendly

Our Rating:
4/5

Address: 806 Sea Mountain Hwy, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Website: antoniosrestaurantandbar.com

Phone: (843) 281-0620
Hours: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Daily

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Chianti South

You’ll feel right at home at Chianti South, which is located among ancient oaks in a historic old home that was built over 100 years ago. The charming, historic setting makes a unique atmosphere for a decadent Italian kitchen. 

 

The thoughtfully designed menu takes a creative, modern approach to Italian cuisine, with items like the “prosciutto di parma e melone”—which translates into a delicious combination of salty and sweet with prosciutto with melon and honey. You’ll recognize many of the entrees, which just add a little “something special” to the traditional approaches. 

 

Recommended dishes include the tagliatelle with Italian sausage in tomato cream, homemade gnocchi with vegetable sauce, and the “Cotoletta Di Vitello”—Chianti’s signature veal chop. Don’t forget to pair your entree with a selection from the award-winning wine list!

Italian • Asian • Vegetarian Friendly

Our Rating:
4/5

Address: 2109 US-17, Little River, SC 29566
Website: chiantisouth.us

Phone: (843) 249-7888
Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday; Closed, Monday

We promise you won’t find any shortage of Italian food in North Myrtle Beach! Indulge in your favorite pizza and pasta at one of these spectacular local restaurants. 

 

Want more vacation inspiration? Check out our North Myrtle Beach restaurant guide on our blog for more information on the beach’s top spots to splurge! 

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