Caricature Pirates Now Lives on the Front Deck

July 1, 2021

Providing delicious family fun is what Pirate’s Table Seafood Buffet in Myrtle Beach is all about, and now happy vacation memories are even more abundant.

A family of caricature pirates now lives on the front deck of the 500-seat restaurant. Two adult pirates and their two children stand ready to frame smiling faces as they enjoy summer excitement.

Additional photo opportunities abound inside Pirate’s Table, which is designed to give the feeling of being inside a wooden sailing ship. Mermaids swim in a tropical lagoon under a waterfall, pirate servers leap to care for every need, and crew members ensure that there are plenty of crab legs, shrimp, oysters, fishes, prime rib, barbecue ribs, fried chicken, desserts and much more to keep guests full and happy.

Pirate’s Table Seafood Buffet is at 1100 Water Ave. in Surfside Beach, SC, just a few minutes from oceanfront hotels on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Families have made visiting Pirate’s Table their vacation tradition for more than a decade. Come find out why! Doors open at 3 p.m. daily.


Haley Mermaid Offers Advice

June 11, 2021

Haley Mermaid is the head mermaid at Pirate’s Table Seafood Buffet, and she had to learn a lot to become the professional mermaid she is today.

Haley has always been a mermaid at heart, and she started making mermaid tails for herself when she was 11 years old. She got her first realistic tail when she was 13, and had her first job as a mermaid at age 17.

To train to become a professional mermaid, Haley began by learning and practicing dolphin kicks with a monofin, which is a flipper that holds feet together so that the swimmer gets extra power with each kick. Haley says she practiced for years before feeling confident that she could swim like a professional mermaid.

Haley Mermaid also pushed herself to learn how to swim with her eyes open underwater, and she took an underwater modeling class to learn how to feel comfortable and look pretty while swimming.

But being a mermaid is also about water safety, so she earned her Scuba and lifeguard certifications.

“Being a lifeguard is important to me, because I am often left in a pool full of children who aren’t the best swimmers, and I need to be able to keep them safe.”

A great mermaid is also comfortable in playing her role, so to further that skill Haley has taken many acting classes, including improv, and in 2019 earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre.

Every night Haley answers many questions from children, like “What do mermaids eat?” and “Do the sharks try to eat you?” Her training helps her perform her role like the professional she is.

Haley also takes her role in the community seriously, and she often talks about mermaid tail safety on her website, which is, and on her social media: @haleymermaid on Tiktok, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.

“Mermaids are very popular,” Haley Mermaid says, “and tails are readily available online. It’s extremely important to know that not all of these tails are properly made or safe to use. You need an appropriate and safely made monofin inside your tail. In order to swim in a mermaid tail, you must be a strong swimmer who is age 6 or older, and be able to pass a basic swim test…Full safety information is available on my website.”


Pirate’s Table: A Unique Family Seafood Buffet

May 26, 2021

The Myrtle Beach area has several seafood restaurants, including Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet, and choosing where to go is as easy as finding one that meets your needs.

Here at Pirate’s Table, what makes us stand out is:

~ A 115-foot buffet that looks like a wooden sailing ship.

~ The buffet is approachable from both sides, so guests don’t have to wait in line to select food.

~ We do not have a staff member who doles out crab legs one-by-one. Instead, our guests are welcome to choose their own and fill their plates with as many clusters as they like. We keep two steaming pans on the buffet at all times.

~ In our main dining room is a 10,000-gallon mermaid lagoon, complete with waterfall and live mermaids who splash and play and interact with guests.

~ Our restaurant has 500 seats, which means reduced wait times during busy periods (like 6-8 p.m. on a Saturday night).

~ We have room for large groups. If your group numbers more than 20 or you need a private room, please call us at (843) 712-2939.

~ Our servers dress like pirates, and are extremely friendly and welcoming!

~ We have a strong family atmosphere with plenty of food choices with children in mind, plus several non-seafood entrees including barbecue ribs, prime rib and fried chicken.

~ In addition to Alaskan crab legs, seafood lovers appreciate our crispy Calabash-style shrimp and oysters, steamed oysters, sauteed scallops, peel-and-eat steamed shrimp, oysters on the half shell, whole sides of salmon, seafood-stuffed shrimp and much more.


Getting Steamed Over Crab Legs

May 4, 2021


Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet offers steamed crab legs on its buffet, and this seafood delicacy is the family-friendly Myrtle Beach restaurant’s most popular dish.

We steam crab legs rather than boil them, because boiling lets too much moisture inside the shells. This causes the meat to be mushy, and cracking boiled crab legs open can be quite messy due to water gushing out of them.

Steaming crab legs, on the other hand, quickly warms and cooks the meat without softening it too much. That makes the meat easy to slide out of its shell and pop into your mouth.

Here is an interesting fact about our crab legs: we do not season them. It is our opinion that Alaskan crab leg meat tastes just right as it is, without salt or any other seasoning. The sea salt they lived in makes their meat perfectly sweet and salty.

Some of our guests come aboard our buffet ship specifically for the crab legs, because it is such a treat to be able to eat as many as you like. We provide clarified butter and plenty of lemon wedges as condiments.

On a busy night, we serve as much as 1,500 pounds of crab legs!

You are invited to come fill your plate with crab legs (and a lot of other tasty dishes) at Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet, located at 1100 Water Ave. in Surfside Beach. We are convenient to the oceanfront hotels in Myrtle Beach. Your children will enjoy their special dishes, along with pirate servers and a live mermaid swimming in a tropical lagoon under a waterfall.


Choosing a Myrtle Beach Seafood Buffet

May 2, 2021

When choosing a Myrtle Beach seafood buffet, here are several factors you can consider for your decision.

1. The quality of the seafood of course! This is easy to tell right away by look and by taste. You want plump and sweet-smelling oysters, juicy shrimp, meaty crab legs and savory fish.

2. Variety of dishes. The buffet needs to have a variety of dishes for all palates and appetites. Toddlers may not appreciate juicy prime rib or know how to crack a crab leg, but they know their french fries, mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, cheese sticks and hushpuppies! Teens really go for crispy Calabash-style fried shrimp, while others appreciate being able to build a customized salad topped with sauteed scallops, steamed shrimp and baked salmon. And hey, if you want to start dinner with a variety of desserts, no one will judge.

3. Cleanliness and safety. If a family buffet isn’t clean and safe, then your experience is ruined. The floors and tables should be clean and free of stickiness, hot and cold foods must be at correct temperatures, and guests are required to use disposable gloves before touching communal tongs or spoons. At Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet, we also take the extra step of using masks when not seated at tables, continuing to allow extra distance between tables, and disinfecting tables, highchairs and booster seats after every use.

4. The Fun Factor. Don’t just go out to eat – go out for food and fun! Every night we hear “Wow!” from children and adults who visit for the first time, because the first things they see are our tropical mermaid lagoon with its own waterfall, and our buffet that looks like a huge wooden sailing ship. It gets better from there as pirates serve the tables, children interact with live mermaids and a professional photographer is on hand to record the memories.

5. Price. A buffet that includes all-you-can-eat crab legs and prime rib is not inexpensive, but it is a fantastic value if you consider that the same price you pay at a good seafood buffet is about the same you would pay at a decent sit-down menu-based seafood restaurant for one appetizer, one entree, two side dishes and one dessert.


Crabby Prices

April 21, 2021


It’s no secret that Alaskan crab leg prices have increased lately, so here’s the scoop on how this affects Myrtle Beach seafood restaurants.

Or perhaps we should say increased dramatically, because a seasonal lighter harvest in the spring compounded with industry workforce shortages due to Covid-19 has caused a supply chain issue that drove prices up quite a bit – to the tune of up to $22 per pound, depending on where you are buying them.

Now consider that the average person eats about two pounds of crab legs when they sit down and get serious about it. It is easy to see how a $42.99 price per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes crab legs is an extremely great value.

At Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet, we always serve the biggest and choicest crab legs we can procure. When the price increased so dramatically, we chose to increase the per-person price of our buffet by only a few dollars. 

Other area buffets have chosen to add $20 per person to their buffet price to include crab legs. A nearby menu-based seafood restaurant offers three crab leg clusters in a steam pot for $39.

However, if you want to treat yourself to excellent food and friendly service for a fair value, then come aboard Pirate’s Table. It will be our honor to serve you as many crab legs as you like.


Fun off the Beach

Many of our guests ask us for recommendations of places to visit and things to do around Myrtle Beach other than hitting the sand. Here are a few places near our restaurant sure to please a variety of interests and ages:

Myrtle Beach State Park has easy hiking trails in its maritime forest with plant identifiers along them. The park also has a nature center with frequent programs and events, a playground, a fishing pier and a long stretch of unspoiled beach. There are plenty of restrooms, several picnic shelters that can be rented out and outdoor showers to rinse sand off.

If there is a rainy day and your children need to burn off energy, your salvation is Big Air Myrtle Beach. This indoor trampoline park lets kids flip, bounce, play games and more. It is also located a short distance from our restaurant.

This recommendation is more for adults and teens, and if you’ve ever wanted to throw an axe like you see in the movies, here’s your chance at Jack Axe Throwing Myrtle Beach. The trainers will guide you through the process so you can say you have a new skill!

People of all ages enjoy Brookgreen Gardens, which is the world’s largest outdoor sculpture garden. This unique site is exquisitely beautiful with plantings, and with sculptures from some of the finest artists in the world. One section of the garden is charmingly planted with children in mind, and another features live lowcountry animals. The rascally otters in their stream are a huge hit with everyone!

One of the best escape rooms in Myrtle Beach is called Myrtle Beach Escape Rooms. There is a big parking garage about a block away from it, so parking is easy. They are always changing the room themes to keep things fresh for return escape artists!


Pirate Crew Excited for 2021

March 29, 2021

The crew at Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet in Surfside Beach is excited for the upcoming 2021 season for many reasons.

First of course we are thrilled that a Covid-19 vaccine is available! However, while our crew has started getting vaccinated, we are still wearing masks and providing disposable gloves to use while in the buffet line. We have disposable masks available at the hostess stand for any guest who wants one.

We are now open seven days a week starting at 4 p.m. and offering all of our customers’ favorite dishes, especially including all-you-care-to-eat crab legs and prime rib. Judging from how busy we have been the past week, our guests are eager to dine out again!

In light of how busy we are this spring, Pirate’s Table is hiring for all positions. If you or someone you know would like to join our crew, please stop by the restaurant any day after 4 p.m.

We have had many inquiries about when the mermaids will return. When the weather is consistently 75F or higher, the pool will be warm enough for them to happily interact with children and perform their athletic flips and tail slaps.

For the first time ever, we are going to have a Happy Hour during the month of May. If it does well, we will consider extending it beyond May. Stay tuned for details!

Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet is at 1100 Water Ave. in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, just a few minutes from oceanfront Myrtle Beach hotels. It is open daily starting at 4 p.m.


Hobcaw Hike 2020

Most visitors to the Myrtle Beach area, as well as many locals, have never heard of the ecological and historic treasure that is Hobcaw Barony.

The property encompasses 16,000 coastal acres just north of Georgetown, SC. Before the Civil War, there were 10 separate rice plantations. After the war, in 1905, a South Carolina native and Wall Street financier named Bernard Baruch purchased the properties and consolidated them to become Hobcaw Barony.

Many well-known political figures visited Baruch at Hobcaw Barony to hunt and vacation, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Grover Cleveland. Slave descendants who lived on the property when Baruch bought it, in former slave cabins that had no running water or electricity, were given the option to remain in their homes and have jobs. Many stayed, and the last of those residents moved out in the 1950s.

Eventually, Bernard’s daughter, Belle Baruch, purchased the property. Before her death in 1964, she ensured that Hobcaw Barony would be preserved as a marine, coastal forest, wildlife and history treasure with the establishment of the nonprofit Belle W. Baruch Foundation.

A visitor’s center is open to the public during business hours, and many tours are available with prior reservations. The tours, from hiking and horseback riding to busses, include the Baruchs’ homes as well as cemeteries and slave cabins.

Visit to learn more, and to book a tour reservation online.

Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet is proud to showcase the rich history and natural beauty of the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area. The 500-seat restaurant has a 105-foot buffet that looks like a wooden sailing ship. Servers are dressed as pirates, and live mermaids splash in an indoor pool with a waterfall. The buffet offers crab legs, prime rib, oysters, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, salad bar, dessert bar and much more, including child-friendly choices. The restaurant is located at 1100 Water Ave. in Surfside Beach, across Highway 17 Business from Ocean Lakes Campground and a few minutes south of Myrtle Beach oceanfront hotels.


Myrtle Beach Area Off Leash Dog Parks

The staff at Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet regrets we do not have outdoor dining accommodations for dogs. However we all love dogs, and when we are not at work we often take our companions to the following public off-leash dog parks:
Myrtle Beach Barc Parc South

670 Mallard Lake Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC

Located beside The Market Common, this 14-acre park has three areas: one for small dogs, one for large dogs and one for all dogs. The centerpiece of the area for all dogs is a large pond where water-loving dogs play fetch and splash. There are benches, walking paths and doggie fountains.

Myrtle Beach Barc Parc North

5000 Claire Chapin Epps Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC

Find this 3.3-acre off-leash park just off Highway 17 Bypass at 62nd Avenue North. It has separate fenced areas for small and large dogs, doggie fountains and plenty of shade for hot days.

Waggin’ Tails Dog Park

Inside the North Myrtle Beach Sports, Parks & Recreation Complex

150 Citizens Circle, Little River, SC

Big dogs and little dogs each have their own fenced areas, and there’s a canine hydration station.

Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet is proud to showcase the rich history and natural beauty of the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area. The 500-seat restaurant has a 105-foot buffet that looks like a wooden sailing ship. Servers are dressed as pirates, and live mermaids splash in an indoor pool with a waterfall. The buffet offers crab legs, prime rib, oysters, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, salad bar, dessert bar and much more, including child-friendly choices. The restaurant is located at 1100 Water Ave. in Surfside Beach, across Highway 17 Business from Ocean Lakes Campground and a few minutes south of Myrtle Beach oceanfront hotels.