Looking for a place to watch the sun set over the lake, a perch to see the boats go by or to admire a big-water view? Lake Murray, the sparkling jewel of South Carolina, has lots of options for just those things. Here are our faves:
Liberty Taproom on the Lake: owned by Homegrown Hospitality of Charleston, this two story restaurant near Irmo features three outdoor decks (two covered and one in the sun). Open everyday from 11am. Menu options range from sandwiches and pizza to signature steaks and house favorites. Menu here.
D.W.’s Lakeside: Those familiar with Fusco’s Market in Ballentine know that this restaurant is their lakeside spin-off. Located on the grounds of Timberlake Plantation Golf Course near Chapin, this delightful spot offers dinner on the deck or indoors with lake views. Menu varies from Detroit-Style pizza to ribs and steaks. Open Tuesday – Sunday. Visit their website here.
Buffalo Creek Marina: This is old-style lakeside fun. Lots of boats, lots of fun folks and dining on the deck. They serve hot dogs, sandwiches, breakfast (til 11am) and are open seven days a week. Located near Prosperity. More on Facebook.
Rusty Anchor and Catfish Johnny’s: Located beside Lighthouse Marina in the Ballentine/Chapin area. Rusty Anchor offers indoor and outdoor dining with a menu that spans sandwiches to great entrees. (If you think the menu looks like a J. Peters’ menu, you’re right… it is!) Catfish Johnny’s is on the deck and is casual fare with baskets of fried catfish and wings and sandwiches. See menus and more here.
Fiddler Blues: Located next to Black’s Bridge on Hwy 391 near Prosperity. This newer addition to lakeside dining has received great reviews for its food and its views of the lake. Dine outside or indoors. Open Tuesday – Saturday. Visit their website here.
CLOSED TEMPORARILY: Fishwater Beer Garden @DockYacht: The only floating dining spot on the lake, dine aboard the former Spirit of Lake Murray cruise boat near Leesville. Super casual, open Friday – Sunday. Come by land or by boat. Order tacos, hot dogs, craft beer, wine and frozen drinks. More here.