River City Cafe

11 N Seaside Dr, Surfside Beach
(843) 232-9797

Recent Reviews


my go to place when visiting surf side myrtle beach area. food is good. not much beyond burgers, sandwiches and salads. but the burgers are awesome! wait staff has always been nice and they are always super nice to my kid. the only bad thing to say is they need to get rid of the one toilet bathrooms. always a wait to get into the br even to wash your hands coming off of the beach.


The best burgers around! The onion rings are huge and so good. We ate here late afternoon before the dinner crowd with no wait. Wonderful service and view to go along with the delicious food!


We always come here when on vacation. Great views and excellent burgers and the onion rings were to die for. Lexi our server was awesome and so helpful and friendly. Prices excellent and make sure to great there before 5pm or be prepared to wait.

Levin V.

Honestly from all the local bars and grills in this location, I will say this place carries more flavor and options that are mouth watering. Ordered the baja blt chicken, a Buffalo chicken sandwich, an order of sweet potato waffle fries. Each option we selected was just so DAMN flavorful. Got a order of drinks. Got the pier punch which is a great infusion of pineapple juice and mango vodka. Also tried the bay breeze which was also great. Our waitress Shannon was very helpful in making our selections of food easier and helped guide us with delicious drinks. Not only did she help us, but the other staff was very friendly upon entering, truly showed their team effort and dedication to a friendly and nice vibe establishment. Great current music, delicious food, amazing drinks, why more could you ask for?! Will definitely recommend coming here to anyone that has taste buds! I would of taken more pictures but the food was too good! Devoured in seconds! Edit: also got the grape Ape drink and mannnn, so good!


We were looking for a quick lunch spot and just happened to be on the beach, only downfall was the massive construction site next door. The onion rings and cheese pops were delicious. I got the surf & turf burger and was surprised how good it was, something different. The ranchero burger was just ok and my fiance ordered the 3 alarm burger and wasnt hot enough for him.

Lauren P.

We've been wanting to try River City after eating at and loving one of their sister restaurants, Bubba's Fish Shack, which is located across the street. We went at 11 o'clock sharp right at opening. We got an outside table right away. They were out of several things including all salads. We ordered the "cheese pops" (curds) for an appetizer and they were awesome! One of my favorite eats our entire vacation. We got two burgers and popcorn shrimp for our son. It was all good, no complaints. We will be back next vacation!

Steve L.

We have frequented this restaurant for years. It has a great location and a good, casual menu. Unfortunately, their food quality and service has gone downhill drastically. The waitress seemed to laugh off how many items they were out of: grouper, mac-n-cheese (really?), bottled water, lemons, and countless more. Our table was sticky, everywhere. They tried to set up for a party of twelve adjacent to our table, and one of the seats backed right into our table. Fortunately they ditched when they told them they were basically out of chicken. We always enjoyed the souvenir cups, but of course they were out and gave us foam cups. Sadly, it seemed like they have chosen to use COVID as an excuse to be mediocre. View or not, we will not be back.

Britney N.

They shouldn't take on so many customers at once Because they're service is terribly slow. Been sitting here 45 minutes and still waiting for food. The whole deck is packed in (all tables) and no one has gotten any food. The people next to us came a few minutes after and the people a couple tables down were here before us. Very unhappy with service.


This is a burger place. Yes there are some options that are not burgers but this is THE place to go for a burger. I had the black and bleu and it was amazing. Fries were great as well. Whole family’s food came out hot. Took a bite and need to take a drink of my cold beer hot. Even the fries. That never happens anymore at any place to eat. And Deseree, she was fast, attentive, polite and over all amazing. I never like to go back to the same place twice on a vacation but this place changed my mind. You want a burger anywhere in the Myrtle area, you go here or go somewhere else and be disappointed.

Theresa L

We were recommended this restaurant by the hotel. We knew service would be slow, due to staffing issues, initial service was ok. We waited 20 minutes for the check and finally asked the hostess to help. It definitely irritated our server, but we felt like it was our only option. The burger was ok and sweet potato fries were dripping in grease. We will not go back. The positive, it has a great view.

Aubrey S.

Long wait, over an hour, not unheard of for a beachfront restaurant. They were out of several items, which was advertised on a sign when you entered. However, we ordered a $6 alcoholic drink, which was watered down, fully intending to get a souvenir cup as advertised, but they brought the drink in a styrofoam cup because apparently they were out of these too. This also pertained to the kids meal that was supposed to come with a souvenir cup. The food itself was average, nothing exceptional. Seafood options were limited, which was surprising (they were out of grouper). The waitress forgot several items, never bussed our table or offered to refill our drinks. We waiting for her to take our check for at least 15 minutes after we completed our meal. We are staying at the hotel next door for the week but we won't be back. Hoping the other nearby restaurants are better.

Jeanie Marsden

Just as amazing as the last time! We will be back before we head home!

Chantel C.

River City makes the best burger ever (continental burger). The view is beautiful and the staff is friendly. The wait can be long and they do not have beer on draft. Overall I still really like the vibe. I would recommend this place to friends and family no doubt!

Glen H.

If you're in the mood for a burger, there are a ton of choices here. Very good and will eat here again.

Caroline A.

If I could give this place 0 stars, I would. I found a curly, thick, dark, pubic hair in my house salad while eating. In case you weren't aware, hairs don't belong in the food you're about to eat. Imagine pulling that out of between your teeth mid bite. Unpleasant right? Exactly. Nothing more sickening than finding a thick short hair in your food. Made me gag profusely infront of my peers, nearly losing my breakfast AND lunch. Horrific.

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