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Navigating Your Way Around the Raw Bar On a Myrtle Beach Seafood Buffet

A raw bar is a staple in a seafood buffet restaurant, especially in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. Right up there with crab legs and Calabash seafood, the raw bar is among the most popular attractions on the buffet. Veteran seafood buffet visitors know their way around the raw bar like the back of their hand, but it can be intimidating to dive into the raw bar during your first visit or two to a seafood restaurant. To help, here’s a little background into what you can expect to find on the raw bar at a seafood buffet in Myrtle Beach, SC. Keep in mind, you can always (at least at Captain Benjamin’s, anyway) get any of these items steamed as well. We recommend giving that a try for most items if you haven’t had the chance to do so yet!


Oysters are regarded by most as the main attraction on the raw bar, and rightfully so. A delicious, fresh oyster is an experience like no other item on the buffet. Grab yourself a few oysters, add some hot sauce as desired, and enjoy slurping down some delicious, fresh Myrtle Beach oysters.

Peel & Eat Shrimp

Peel-and-eat shrimp is one of the most popular items on the entire buffet. There’s something about biting into a freshly peeled shrimp dipped in the perfect amount of cocktail sauce that sets the stage for the rest of the meal. Be sure to try these steamed, too.


Fresh clams are a salty, chewy shellfish that are commonly enjoyed fresh off the raw bar, steamed, or cooked in a variety of ways, such as Calabash style or in clam chowder – all of which are available at Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Buffet in Myrtle Beach. Be sure to get a few from the raw bar for some of the most flavorful bites you can find.

Black Mussels

Frequently compared to clams, mussels are softer and more tender. They are sometimes referred to as the “chicken of the sea” in taste, but mussels have a mild fishy taste to them as well. They are certain to make your mouth water when enjoyed both fresh off the raw bar as well as steamed and dipped in melted butter.

Be sure to stop by and visit our raw bar – as well as the rest of our seafood buffet! – the next time you’re in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. Let us know which raw bar items are your favorites by tagging us in your social media posts!