Bennett's Calabash Seafood - North Myrtle Beach Restaurants & Seafood Restaurant Reviews

Bennett's Calabash Seafood

Seafood Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach

Bennett's Calabash Seafood

Bennett's Calabash Seafood
Highway 17 South
North Myrtle Beach
843-361-9743
Rated 3 out of 5
There are currently 109 user submitted reviews for this restaurant.


Reviews of Bennett's Calabash Seafood

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:09-08-2013
Mount Holly, North Carolina

My family ate at this restaurant this week! The food was poor and overpriced. $29.95 per adult! We felt we had been robbed without a gun! We will not eat at this place ever again!
ref: 27028

Food:Four Stars
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:08-09-2013
Burlington, North Carolina

My husband and I come down to Myrtle Beach at least once a year and we ALWAYS eat one of our meals at Bennett's for the CRAB LEGS!!! They are the best. Our waitress was a very sweet older lady and I've been a waitress before and it's no easy job. So, she got a big tip. I appreciated the quality of the food which offset the price for me. I will take quality over quantity anytime even if it is a buffet which my husband will tell you that I detest buffets but, Bennett's is always a winner!
ref: 26951

Food:Four Stars
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:05-21-2013
Nmb, South Carolina

Well, the food is fine & waitstaff are good. What IS disturbing is how the hostess deliberately gives everyone a NIGHT-PRICED MENU at 2 pm in the day. This menu has $20-$26 ITEMS!!! (EXCUSE ME--but if WE have this at lunch, YOU must spend lots more & make the place NEW inside to charge "UPSCALE" in the daytime!!! Anyway, thankfully since the hostess was ready to "run off business" as she did have a party that came in after us that didn't go for "her" prices!!!--THEY LEFT!!!) Luckily, the waiter understood the terms "early birds" and "LUNCH" prices!!!!
ref: 26638

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:05-17-2013
New York, New York

Calabash Bennets you are the best!!! I hate to see all these negative comments!!! I guess people don't know that just eating a couple of clusters of crab legs cost as much as the whole Buffett eating in some upscale restourant!!! The best crab legs on the beach!!! I think if you are a seafood lover you would love this place!!!! The service is excellent!!!! Don't hate the place just because you didn't do your Maths before even considering eating there!!!! I would recommend this place to anyone who loves SEAFOOD!!!!
ref: 26624

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:02-03-2013
Statesboro, Georgia

Never spent so much money on a meal. Food was good but certainly not worth the price. I have had seafood buffet for a lot less.
ref: 26325

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:01-04-2013
Hampstead, N.

The T-bone steak , crablegs and all fried seafood on the buffet were overcooked to the point of being inedible. Upon requesting fried chicken legs, manager promised these but they never appeared. Desserts were stale. Upon advising the manager of the of the state of the buffet food , he advise to tell the waitress so other food could be cooked . I doubt they would have replaced the whole buffet as it was all terrible. Worst food ever. We will never go here again and will advise others the same !!
ref: 26268

Food:One Star
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:10-09-2012
Columbus, Ohio

This was our first night in Myrtle Beach in 35 years. The food was horrible. It was bland and not hot or even warm. I don't know how people did not become ill. We thought at least the desserts had to be good. wrong again, the pudding was even warm and it should have been cold like the rest of the food. The server had to know this as she would not even make eye contact with us I am 61 years old. One of the other servers knocked into me whne I was walking back to my table. All he did was roll his eyes. This shows how much class or lack of it the place has. It was over $70. for the two of us. That is a total rip off.
ref: 26061

Food:Top Rated
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:09-11-2012
Saint Albans, West Virginia

Excellent food! Service could have been better, but overall, one of my favorites so far!
ref: 25956

Food:One Star
Service:One Star
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:05-16-2012
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

If you like seafood, definitely DO NOT eat here. I love crab so when I go to a seafood buffet that has crab cakes, crab imperial, and other seafood I expect it to be quality. The crab cakes were just that, cakes. There was literally no visible crab in them at all, they looked like muffins and tasted like week-old cheese-bread from red lobster. The cram imperial was fake crab-meat in some sort of pasta salad sauce served cold. All the scallops were fried so you couldnt enjoy a good scallop without all the breading and grease. I did however, enjoy the crab legs. Only problem was they put out maybe 3 claws at a time so you had to wait in line for 5 minutes each time you wanted another claw. Also, they had a big 'ole pan of fake crab meat right in the middle of the seafood buffet that was labeled "Crab Meat". HA!
ref: 25128

Food:One Star
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:05-07-2012
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We saw a fair number of good and bad reviews for this place, but we decided to give it a try because we liked the menu selections listed in the coupon book. Don't be fooled by their ad- the food is terrible! I had the "Baked Jack Daniels Salmon"- it was tough, rubbery, about 4 or 5 days old and reheated! The stuffed shrimp tasted sour and rancid. The salad and pick - and- peel shrimp were decent, but everything else was old and tasteless! Some items listed in the ad were nowhere to be found,e.g.- grilled tuna, mussels in marinara, tilapia- and there were almost no vegetables. I hate to be this harsh, but my husband and I both considered this " highway robbery"- over $50 (including $5 off coupon) for two. Don't do it!
ref: 25073

Food:Three Stars
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:05-01-2012
Olive Hill, Kentucky

I don't understand some of the reviews we've been eating here for the last 6 years. The food and service have been excellent. Will be back.
ref: 25052

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:02-25-2012
Longs, South Carolina

OH NO they didn't charge me $57 for 2 people...FOR WHAT!!!!!! My daughter didn't even have crab legs...she only had vegetables (which were cold) & I only had crab legs...totally felt ripped off. I live in this area and I will never go back & will never recommend this place!
ref: 24701

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:01-21-2012
Hickory, North Carolina

We ate there this evening. I will never eat there again. The hostess was the most rude person that we have encountered in a while. When we complained to the Mgr, he said there must have been some misunderstanding. The food was dried up and in extreamly small quantities available. The desserts were a joke. Our waiter was very nice, but what could he do for the food quality, Right?. When we got the check, we found out that the price advertised on the sign out front of 19.99 was without crab legs. Our price was $28.99. We were never told this even by our rude hostess. We come to Myrtle Beach 4 or 5 times a year and our hotel suggested we try it. As soon as we returned, we told them against suggesting it again. Never again!! Food prices are a joke for the ow do they stay open?
ref: 24526

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:12-25-2011
Fayetteville, North Carolina

The quality of the food was not good...obviously chosen to cut their cost, not provide quality. No oyster knives for the steamed oysters (at least visible on or around the bar), most patrons got melted butter(?) for the crab legs but we didn't...Theirs were brought automatically by the waitress. Our waitress was not available/rushed so we didn't get any. Tried to ask but she across the room before I got my mouth open. The fried oysters were tiny. Overall the food had little taste. Capt Benjamin's was closed so this place was close and open...Next time we'll just go eat pizza or something. Don't think I'm a tourist fom the Midwest either ...I've grown up living in Miami,Fl., Fort Lauderdale,Fl ,and have spent alot of time vacationing up & down the Southern Coast and Gulf. This is one "joint" we won' be eating in again.
ref: 24417

Food:One Star
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:11-23-2011
Roxboro, North Carolina

After ignoring our initial desire to leave the restaurant after seeing the menu choices and prices, we made the mistake of staying. The food quality in no way matched the price for a party of 3 adults and 3 children we spent 133 dollars not including the tip. The food had obviously sat too long on the buffet. It was an extremely disappointing and expensive lesson learned, even the desserts were lousy. A member of our party is allergic to shellfish and had to eat other items on the buffet and suffered severe diarrhea and vomiting. We will NEVER go there again and will not recommend to anyone, of course. We will go to Bimini's this week, we know that will be good and worth the price!!
ref: 24318

Food:Four Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:09-09-2011
Buena Vista, Virginia

Soooooooooo good I ate way to much!!!!!!!!!
ref: 23916

Food:Two Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:08-17-2011
Raleigh, North Carolina

Don't waste your money! Horrible experience. Prices are too high for below average food. My 13 HR old can't eat seafood. Nothing else on the menu for him to eat. Could not leave as I was with others. Not willing to pay $30 for a steak that he could not finish. I ordered the steak to share with him. They charged $1.00 for him to share my food. Will not go back.
ref: 23708

Food:Four Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:08-10-2011
Athens, Georgia

this is a great seafood buffet one of the best i have been to in the myrtle beach area
ref: 23630

Food:Two Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Two Stars
Posted:06-17-2011
Raleigh, North Carolina

If you like crab legs, this place is great. As for the rest of the seafood, very poor. You'd be better off going to the Golden Corral, spending half the money, and getting twice as much food.
ref: 22971

Food:Three Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:06-14-2011
Toccoa, Georgia

We paid 28.99 I think for the buffett per person, and there was alot of stuff on the bar but not a lot of variety and everything was fried. Nothing really different and not alot of veggies besides the salad bar.We had a 30 off coupon and it still costed 32.00 bucks!!
ref: 22941

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:06-10-2011
Decatur, Georgia

I was very impressed by the waitress. She was new and gave excellent service. She took the time to talk and laugh with us, yet she never missed a beat taking care of her other customers. They food was good. Pricey, but good. Next time we will go for lunch and use the $6 off coupon. We were able to use the $2 off coupon in the 6 pm hour. I would recommend them.
ref: 22911

Food:Top Rated
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:06-06-2011
Knoxville, Tennessee

It was Great . I'll be eating there in my upcoming trip on the 16th.
ref: 22863

Food:Two Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:06-04-2011
Raleigh, North Carolina

If you like crab legs and eat a lot of them it's great. Otherwise you'd be better of going to the Golden Corral, paying half the price, and getting 4 time the selection of food!
ref: 22844

Food:Top Rated
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:04-11-2011
Louisville, Kentucky

Crab legs were great as usual. Ate them for over 2 hours. Still a little pricey but alot better than the other 3 calabash restaurants we went to on the trip(crabby mikes,benjamins, and giant crab).
ref: 22325

Food:Four Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:03-13-2011
Charlotte, North Carolina

Great food will be eating their Tuesday .
ref: 22063

Food:One Star
Service:One Star
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:One Star
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:01-05-2011
Sparta, Tennessee

By far the worst restaurant ever! Extremely poor service and the food was terrible, not to mention the price for the quality was absurd!
ref: 21571

Food:Top Rated
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:12-23-2010
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We live not far from the bennet's in north myrtle beach ,sc and it is a swell place to eat seafood. I never get indigestion from the food there. It is always fried to perfection . Must use very good grade oil! I recommend it to all who wants good seafood.!.
ref: 21482

Food:Three Stars
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Two Stars
Posted:11-21-2010
Concord, North Carolina

The Buffet was advertised as $20.00 and as containing more then 80 items. Hardly, the steak was supposed to be a "T-bone" It was more like a fat-laden sirloin, thinnlt sliced. the seafood was adequate and the dessert bar was sparse and not very appetizing. It was extremely overpriced and while we will be staying at Myrtle Beach again. We will NOT be eating at Bennetts again
ref: 21308

Food:Two Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:11-15-2010
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

I have lived in Myrtle Beach, SC for almost 30 years. This place is not a local recommendation. Try Prossers if you want buffet. All the good stuff is in Murrells Inlet. There is no telling where Bennetts gets their seafood from. Frozen bags shipped in a box probably. Better fish can be purchased at Captain D's or Long John Silvers. ha ha. Most locals wont eat at Bennetts if they have free coupons.
ref: 21270

Food:Three Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:08-13-2010
Madison, Virginia

We ate there last year and this. When we arrived this year and saw the screwy way they sat people, I was less than excited. Not sure why they can't take your name like other restaurants, but one person from your party has to stand in line and they do it first come, first served. That means that parties of two or four get caught up in line waiting for groups of six or ten to be seated, even though there are smaller tables available. I digress... the food was good, but the crab legs were EXCELLENT. We most definitely got our money out of it. True, the waitstaff are mostly Russian and can be difficult to understand, but they were attentive and tried hard and we left a very generous tip of over 20%.
ref: 20222

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:07-14-2010
Pippapasses, Kentucky

We have been to the Myrtle Beach Area many times and have passed your restaurant,,, If it wasn't for the boat tour we still might not have tried it,,, My family was impressed and very happy,,, we will be tellling others,,,and have told others that are coming down this year,..
ref: 19771

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:07-06-2010
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We are going this weekbecause we heard that the food inspector will be there for a surprise inspection - no worries and great crab legs.
ref: 19642

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:07-01-2010
Fallbranch, Tennessee

We had an excellant waitress who had only been there a month and did a great job. We had a party of 10 and they had great patience with us. We had part of our group lost for 30 min and they were so kind let us stay at our table until everyone showed up. Our waitress and another kind waitress talked to the other half of our party giving them directions to where we were. The food was excellant. We had no complaints. It is a little expensive but so is every place in Myrtle beach. When we come back in the summers we will be eating here again. Thank you again for your kindness and the excellent food.
ref: 19596

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:06-30-2010
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

My very favorite all-you-can eat seafood restaurant on the grand strand! it is much smaller and less crowded than any other all-you-can eat seafood restaurant anywhere. And their many food bars are wonderful! service is instant with no waiting. I always advise all my visiting family and friends to go there. Whenever customers to my business the sign man of north myrtle beach (only a few blocks south of the restaurant) ask for an all-you-can eat calabash style restaurant, I always recommend bennett's of north myrtle beach. I would eat there much more often if I were not so fanatic about keeping my waistline slender. It is delicious! i'm proud to give my name: steve jameson, local resident..
ref: 19582

Food:Two Stars
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:06-24-2010
Danville, Pennsylvania

Family party of 6 just eat there last night and after experiencing many other all you can eat seafood places up and down the east coast, I can say that this was by far the worst one we have ever eaten at. It appears that the Snow Crab is the major attraction, but you had better bring your own crab cracker. Our party destroyed 4 forks trying to open the crab lebs.I watched all the tables around us struggling to open their crab legs. Our server was russian and i swear didnt understand half of what we said. The fried foods tasted exactly alike from Scallops to Fish to the fried OKRA... there was no difference in the taste.Line inside for the buffet line frequently reached 30 feet from the start all the way next to my table. Certainly not what I was expecting .Philips offers much more for a few more dollars.( and I am not an employee of Philips.) Look around... There are other options... Hindsight is always 20/20
ref: 19501

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:06-21-2010
Marietta, Georgia

Our visit was June 21, 2010. We had a party of 8, and we were seated almost immediately upon our 5p arrival. Service was quick, and the food was delicious. The non-seafood-eaters in our family had plenty to tempt them, and the seafood lovers were thrilled. As someone else stated, the oysters were fabulous. Scallops were also large and juicy. Clams, not so good (tough and stringy). Many shrimp options, most of them quite good. I was not a fan of the crab legs (too dry), but there sure were a lot of people eating them. We used a coupon, and the bill came to about $21 a person plus tip and drinks ($2.00). We'll go back. Maybe even this trip. Going early was a good idea - there was a line when we left at about 7:00.
ref: 19474

Food:One Star
Service:One Star
Atmosphere:One Star
Value:One Star
Seating:One Star
Noise:One Star
Posted:05-30-2010
Greensboro, North Carolina

My family felt like like we were just robbed! The website appealed to seafood lovers everywhere with fresh seafood and crab legs, and we were served anything but fresh. We were told to wait in a clustered waiting room, and after tables were sat before us, we were ushered through a crowded waiting room and told to wait for our server. After our first round through the long waiting line of the hot bar (with several items out - including crab legs), we were served the check and told to pay the server. The food was warm and not fresh. When we glanced at the check it was $28 per person, not including tip. For a party of 5, we spent $150. The only thing I can complement was the free hush-puppies, which the server had to steal from the hot bar line (and were far from free). My family sulked back to the house licking our wound, which unfortunately, tasted better than our meal!
ref: 19158

Food:One Star
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:04-28-2010
Dunn, North Carolina

My husband wanted crablegs, so I went along, as we were there for the night. I will never make that mistake again. 22.00 plus drinks, per adult, even if you don't want crab legs. the food was gross. No flavor nothing The steak was dry, & nastless.. I ended up getting shrimp. I know shrimp, I eat shrimp I like shrimp. But their shrimp had this god awful smell to it. It smelled worse then a beer fart. If that can even begin to describe it... Which I don't believe it could. So I told my waitress, five minutes later she comes back with an attidude from heck, & tells me that shrimp should smell like that. & that they ate some & it was fine. That I didn't know what I was talking about. Ummm I don;t think so. My four year old got a upset tummy from it. I will not be going back. EVER!!! Over 60 dollars for nasty food, & a not so nice waitress. Next time Joes Crab Shack will get our money....
ref: 18882

Food:Four Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:04-08-2010
Durham, North Carolina

My husband and I usually go at least once a year and it's a great place for a seafood buffet. Other restaurants with similar names are no match. The food is excellent!
ref: 18723

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:02-24-2010
Kingston, ON

If you don't want to be disappointed avoid this restaurant. We found the food terrible and at $50 for 2 it was outrageous.
ref: 18323

Food:Three Stars
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:01-07-2010
Hamlet, North Carolina

Well---we have eaten here every year for over 10 years, but 2 years ago during the summer, while visiting with family, 2 days b4 my 50th birthday we ate there....and it was a disaster...tasted good, except the "fried" clams, they did not taste bad but were not hot at all, so I did not eat very many of them....the next day I had the most horrible case of food poisoning and called them to tell the manager(2 days afte--i could do nothing but throw up violently etc. For 2 whole days--until I was dehydrated. The manager just said that no one else had celled to complain.......i was the only one in my party of 10 who ate the clams---and I was the only one who got ill...the crab legs are good and worth it if you eat a lot....but I will never again eat anything in there that is not hot--and never again eat any type of clam in there....my friend got sick another time and she thinks it was the salad dressing.... There is always a chance of getting food poisoning in any restaurant---but when a customer calls to tell them and they basically act like you are lying---that is wrong! I guess I should have kept what I threw up and taken to the emergency room and let them shut them down until they were inspected??? horrible way to treat customers, especially those who have gone there and sent other customers there for years :( :( :( unfortunately, it is the only place there that has good all-you-can-eat crab legs and my family still loves the place...but if it were to ever happen again to anyone I know I would have them go to the emergency room, and get compensation..
ref: 17989

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:11-18-2009
Hammond, Indiana

My family just love it there. Calabash seafood . Is the greatest! the people are so polite , and helpful. We head for your place , when we get into town. We all love crabs , and oysters . And you have the best! thanks again, shelby lewis . Hammond ind. 46324. Hope to see you real soon! Have a happy thanksgivings to you and all your staff and familys !.
ref: 17709

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:09-05-2009
Marietta, Georgia

Wow. What an awful dining experience. We ate there on 9-4-09. We pulled up a list of seafood restaurants on our GPS, and after driving by and seeing the parking lot full, we decided this must be a decent spot. Boy, were we wrong. Clearly there are a TON of gullible, undiscerning diners is this area. WAY overpriced for the horrible quality of the food. Wouldn't have minded the $25 per adult price if the food were worth it. I suspect any of the overly positive reviews on this site are plants. Can't imagine anyone finding this much of a positive. Overcooked, bland, imitation everything, WAY oversalted crablegs, poor quality fish. If a gun were put to my head and were forced to say nice, it would be that the complimentary hush-puppies were pretty good. STAY AWAY!!!
ref: 17011

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:One Star
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:08-24-2009
N Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This is the worst seafood buffet in the area! Bad quality, bad selection, and bad prices. I hardly ate anything, and my wife ate NONE of it. We complained to the waiter, who deducted the price of one dinner. He agreed the food is not good here! The hot food was COLD, and the cold food was WARM! That is illegal and can get you sick. The little I ate was cold, overcooked and rubbery. When I asked the waiter why the food is so bad, he told us they don't do much business anymore, so instead of wasting it and throwing it out, they just keep re-heating it. Mmm...YUMMY! The decor matches the food. It smells musty, old, and is unappetizing! There are much better seafood buffet's in the area than this so don't waste your money.
ref: 16849

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:08-02-2009
Vinton, Ohio

We visited this restaurant on Friday, July 31, 2009 at around 8:30pm. There is nothing really special about this restaurant at all. The price for us was $22-something and the food was no better or maybe worse than seafood night at our local Golden Corral, except maybe for the crab legs, which we didn't eat, but a lot of people did. There was not a large buffet bar, but what they did have was a large selection of fried foods, all of which tasted the same, except for the hush puppies, which were good. The broiled/baked fish section was a disappointment to me b/c although the fish there looked good, it really had no flavor. The place seemed rundown. If you like a lot of fried foods, this place may suit you, but we won't be back.
ref: 16466

Food:Two Stars
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:07-25-2009
Marietta, Georgia

Wow, this was not a good experience. My family went here for the buffet on 7/18/09. The food is mediocre and is way overpriced - $$$$ including a drink and tax.
ref: 16295

Food:Top Rated
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:One Star
Value:Two Stars
Seating:One Star
Noise:Two Stars
Posted:07-12-2009
Raleigh, North Carolina

No one told us any specific wait time. We waited for at LEAST a half hour in a huge line and there was no waitlist. The poor couple in front of us was told there was a five minute wait for a party of two, but they ended up waiting about fifteen minutes. The hostess looked very confused about generally everything. As we were in line, a couple cut through the line, spoke to someone working in the restaurant, and later on was able to be seated right after us even though there was a huge line in front of them. I thought that was pretty darn unfair!!! The food was AMAZING to me, but my friend's food was very cold and tough. Our waiter seemed very indifferent and we could barely understand what he said, but he did come frequently with refills!!! I thought the price was pretty outrageous, especially since the menu did not specify what the price was, it just said MARKET PRICE which was very confusing and we didn't have an option of buffet without crab legs, which most places I've been before have had. If you go here, be prepared for a long wait, line cuts, and big prices!!! Good food though.
ref: 15988

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:06-23-2009
Iowa City, Iowa

All food was overcooked except the raw bar. Buffet had food trays placed in labeled locations, except that some of the food was in the wrong place. There was fish in the place labeled french fries. Not a good experience for the price at all! 06/22/09
ref: 15643

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:06-21-2009
St. Henry, Ohio

I went to Bennett's on 6/16 2009 with my family of 6...we walked in got seated, ordered our drinks and started going through the buffet line. The food tasted fresh and there was plenty to choose from. The hush puppies were amazing. While you are walking through the buffet line you can see the cooks cook the food going to the line. Also there was a salad bar and a raw bar. The dessert bar had many types of pies and there was a self serviced ice cream machine with hot fudge and caramel topping available. Our waitress was very dependable with drinks and meet expectations. If you have a chance look for the coupons they will not hurt. Overall very good food, service and would definitely return and recommend it to a person who enjoys seafood and their desserts.
ref: 15614

Food:Four Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Two Stars
Posted:06-17-2009
Aiken, South Carolina

I ate here on 6/16. We arrived at 5:00 and asked for the early discount. We were told we had to have a coupon. I explained that we were on vacation and don't carry a printer with our laptop to print coupons. No deal, the manager was insistent that they have the coupon. We had the buffet which was goo but the service was good. I did have to wait a long time in line to get crablegs even at that early hour. The cost was quite high ($25) + tax and beverage.
ref: 15532

Food:Three Stars
Service:One Star
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:06-16-2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I was in North Myrtle, the week of 6/6 - 6/13 of 2009. I was extremely happy with the quality of the food but the service was terrible, you need someone to seat you and then they have a server that brings silverware, drinks and napkins if needed. Since it is buffet you serve yourselves. I went with my 4 children under 7 and my husband and had a waiter that was really trying to work the tip but he just came off as annoying and was at our table every 3 minutes!!! So annoying that my 7 year old would spot him and say here he comes again!!! When we got our final bill my 8 mos old was crying and the kids were rowdy from sitting for a long period of time while I ate the crab legs which were good. I signed the bill of $86.00 and told my husband to leave a $10.00 tip after all he only got us drinks and napkins and interupted our meal continuously my husband felt this was to much for drinks and napkins but because I was a server before I said give him at least $10. I had one soda and he had 2 beers and the kids well, they left full sodas on the table. When I returned home from pittsburgh I was reviewing our accounts and paying bills that were due and realized that the charge from Bennets Calabash was 106.00 debited from my account. Searched and found my receipt and knew that my total was 86.00. I called my bank and they said they would dispute my charge but no immeadiate satisfaction, so I called Bennetts long distance and asked for a manager, did this server add 20.00 to my bill because he was not happy with my cash tip! I realized in my rush to get screaming kids to the car I signed and left, not putting a line through the tip to indicate none to be added, however someone did add money to my bill with out my consent. Working as a waitress through school I sometimes was unhappy with a tip that a customer may have given me but I would never have the courage to take it upon myself to rectify the situation. I would not take money out of someones pocket, furthermore I would not take money that was not mine. The good side of the story was that I spoke to management, they credited the money back to my account as far as the server I do not know what happened to him but I would not want him working for me! After all is said and done, it was worth the money we paid, it was good food and other than this one annoying waiter I would return my kids ate the food,loved the deserts and there was plenty to pick from. One suggestion would be pay cash or be certain to write 0's or a line through the tip!! You might get that one rotten apple who thinks stealing is ok!
ref: 15522

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:One Star
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:06-09-2009
Fortson, Georgia

We waited way too ling to be seated. There was no clear waiting list for parties of 5 or more. The seafood bar had a huge selection of food. Grilled tuna.....this tuna was great. However....I would not go again...too expensive...they wanted to charge an extra $6 for the kids if they were eating crablegs...while it was included on the adult bar...We waited about 30-45 minutes just too have stomach aches for 2 days...I guess we weren't used to that much seafood at one time or something was not prepared correctly because we ALL got stomach aches even the ones who didn't "load up". The bill for 2 adults, a teenager, a nine year old, and a 2 year old baby was around $120...It wasn't worth the money! One side point, however, our waitress was wonderful.
ref: 15347

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:05-03-2009
Conay, South Carolina

I love this place! As a local I come here as often as possible the crab legs are awsome and the oysters ( my personal favorite) are always great! Don't forget to try the soups! Only place worth my money for all you can eat seafood. Can't wait to have the stuffed shrimp again!
ref: 14833

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:04-13-2009
Siloam, North Carolina

This place was awesome! This restaurant had absolutely anything and everything you could possibly want to eat...from crablegs, tilapia, and shrimp..to prime rib, t-bone steak..and then the dessert bar was like being at a church function..good pecan pie, cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, and banana pudding. I highly recommend. But, just like the last post..you need to expect to pay $26 or $27, but it's totally worth it!
ref: 14578

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:01-14-2009
Hampstead, North Carolina

I have read all the reviews up here and I decided to leave one. Man, my friends and I left the gambling boat and we went hunting for a crab leg buffet. Boy, did this place hit the spot. I thought the price was reasonable. YOUR ALWAYS GOING TO PAY AT LEAST 20.00 DOLLARS FOR ALL YOU CAN EAT CRABLEGS DUHHHh!!! Anyways sorry about that. I just couldn't believe all the people talking smack about this place. Our waiter was nice and the crab legs never ran out. They were hot too. The meat came out in strings and you only had to really crack like the big claws (which were full of meat). The fried shrimp, scallops, and oysters had a great flavor and it was AWWWEEESSOOOMMMEE!! I forgot about the 120.00 I peed away on the G-Boat. Definitely try this place out but you are going to drop at least 26 a person so don't be whining about in your review. I swear though you won't be disappointed.
ref: 13641

Food:One Star
Service:One Star
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:One Star
Posted:01-08-2009
Durham, North Carolina

I was shocked at the prices and food....I would have rather eaten seafood at a fast food restaurant!!!! I will tell everyone I know not to spend the ridiculous $25.00 per person (not including a beverage) and not to consider eating at Bennett's Calabash Seafood Restaurant, ever! Extremely disappointed!
ref: 13597

Food:Two Stars
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Two Stars
Noise:Two Stars
Posted:12-26-2008
Charlotte, North Carolina

This resteraunt needs to get it together, maybe fire the manager, and change managing attitudes. They have an obvious choice of either improving the food, and attitudes, or they can lower the price to be just another Buffet style resteraunt that serves uneatable crap and knows it. Based on all the poor reviews I've read, I wish I would have read them before I ate there. Maybe it's the owners fault, or the managers, I don't care, I will never eat there again.
ref: 13487

Food:Two Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:08-31-2008
Charlotte, North Carolina

I felt that $26.99 fwas an unfair price for stuffed flounder that had been baked until it was as dry and tough as leather, crab cakes that can better be described as "tasteless paste cakes", bland cold shrimp that only has flavor if you put cocktal sauce on them, bla bla bla...you get the idea. The overall buffett selection and quality was good but I think Benjamins has to either learn how to prepare seafood so that it tastes somewhat like seafood or get out of the seafood business. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere second to none.
ref: 12651

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:One Star
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:One Star
Posted:08-24-2008
Endicott, New York

Please, do yourself a favor and stay away from this ripoff establishment. Total bill for 2 adults and 1 child came out to 85 bucks. The waitress quickly took our menus before we knew what the fare was, and then stuck me with the astronomical bill, even though the kid only had chicken fingers and fries. For 28 bucks a piece, you can find a lot better places than this.
ref: 12574

Food:Top Rated
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:08-07-2008
Palmyra, Pennsylvania

I'd go there any day way over going next store there over priced slow rude and not clean at all for anything. My family and I go to bennetts atleast four times in a six day trip we love it dont change a bit you guys are perfect....i love everything about yas even that darn good honey butter you guys make,yum! im headed to see yas in three days cant wait:).
ref: 12298

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:07-07-2008
Colfax, North Carolina

We always eat at Bennett's when we come to N. Myrtle Beach. Without a doubt the BEST crab legs you will find anywhere. They always have an ample supply and never seem to run out. You never stand in line waiting for them to refill items. The price's are great especially for all-you-can-eat crab legs. Anywhere else you would pay that price alone for the crab legs without all the other choices you have. We love it here...it is a 'family tradition' to go to Bennett's.
ref: 11783

Food:Two Stars
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:One Star
Noise:Two Stars
Posted:07-02-2008
Tanetytown, Maryland

Tried this place next to last night of our vacation.Wish we hadn't.Crab legs were good but the rest of the buffet was lousy.rubbery fried ,bad flavor. My 11 year old daughter doesn't get to see her college aged brother very often so she wanted to crack his crab legs for him.When she was doing this the waitress approached me and said that she was going to have to charge me for a full price bar for her because the manager saw her doing this and thought she was eating the crab legs.I told her to get the manager for me if he has a problem with my girl cracking his crab legs for him.I never saw the manager and I didn't get billed a extra buffet price..Hey Bennetts not everyone is a crook and just maybe you might offend someone trying to enjoy they're hard worked for vacation .Get a grip,will never return to Bennetts Calabash.
ref: 11717

Food:One Star
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:One Star
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:07-01-2008
Rock Hill, South Carolina

One of the worst decisions I made taking a group of 8 here! School cafeteria food is better than what they serve, how can anyone mess up macaroni and cheese? Everything tasted like a can or a cardboard box.
ref: 11685

Food:One Star
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Two Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:06-13-2008
Sandusky, Ohio

I have had better seafood in the frozen section at wal mart. I would not recommend this seafood buffet to anybody coming to myrtle each.
ref: 11371

Food:Four Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:05-04-2008
Eatonton, GE

We have been to Bennett's many times in the past 5 years, and have usually been very happy with the food and service. This last trip, we went twice, and once the food was excellent, but 3 days later the food was below average. Go figure? I think it has to do with how busy they are. If they are half full, the kitchen keeps the food fresh and hot. If they are too crowded, they run out of everything, and if they are almost empty, the food gets old on the bar. We usually go for lunch or an early supper (5:30 or so) and have been pleased most times. The calabash shrimp, fried oysters, and fried scallops are my favorites. If you get fresh, hot ones at this place, they are GREAT.
ref: 10864

Food:Three Stars
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:04-24-2008
Lake Lanier, Georgia

Our waitress was wonderfully attentive and helpful with our young daughter who fell asleep during the meal. The buffet ordered lots of variety, for instance four different preparation of shrimp. Some were great and some were good. The prime rib was overcooked. Excellent variety with varying quality. Would go back for early bird specials.
ref: 10767

Food:One Star
Service:One Star
Atmosphere:One Star
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:04-16-2008
Hackensack, New Jersy

This place is a joke. I read all of the reviews and just couldn't believe it was this bad. Well after a 120 dollar bill for four people for lousy snow crabs and end of the nite fried leftovers I guess I got my answer. Go buy your own fresh seafood and pay someone to cook it. It still has to be cheaper..
ref: 10666

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:03-01-2008
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

I live in Myrtle Beach and have tried all the buffets around in the area, and I give Bennetts the best rating. It is a bit costly but worth the price when it comes to the crab legs. The crab legs are fresh and have a sweet( light sugar taste) taste with a hint of salt. Like I said. You will shell out some money but at cheaper restuants the crab legs are dry and bland. Craby Mikes is my #2 spot for crab legs.
ref: 10184

Food:Three Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:02-21-2008
Lancaster, South Carolina

This was a so so experience. The food was edible and the service was good.
ref: 10100

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:02-16-2008
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The food was full of grease we called the manager and left only paying for the not so good salads. Diners beware!.
ref: 10042

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:01-30-2008
Alexandria, Kentucky

I love seafood and was itching to go to a buffet during our time at Myrtle Beach. What a HUGE disappointment. The food wasn't that good and the price was ridiculous. If I ever make it back to Myrtle Beach Bennett's Calabash Seafood will NOT be on my list of places to eat.
ref: 9890

Food:Three Stars
Service:One Star
Atmosphere:One Star
Value:One Star
Seating:One Star
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:01-29-2008
Milledgeville, Georgia

I have had better for the my money.
ref: 9879

Food:Two Stars
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:01-21-2008
Winston-salem, North Carolina

We tried Bennett's because our favorite buffet was closed. BIG (and expensive) MISTAKE! Even though there was no crowd, the crab legs continuously looked like picked-over leftovers. I've owned shoes more tender than the prime rib. Three of us, buffet each, water each, before 4pm, minus $4 each (coupon), still charged $60.12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I realize this was an "off-season" visit but we sure paid for first class!
ref: 9825

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:11-30-2007
Charleston, South Carolina

Calabash is the greatest-we'll be returning real soon.
ref: 9376

Food:One Star
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:One Star
Noise:One Star
Posted:10-25-2007
Baltimore, Home Of Real Seafood, Maryland

It was horrible. I was embarrassed to take my new wife and our friends to this place. The food, if you dare call it that, was all deep fried and cold or was a sign with an empty container. This was a great learning experience for me though. I learned to stay clear of any place that says all you can eat... It's like Vegas the house always wins! Andrew C. Bennett Sr.
ref: 9047

Food:Four Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:09-25-2007
Columbia, South Carolina

We have frequented this Bennett's since 1999 and about once per month for 2007. The food at Bennett's has been consistently good over that time. Not excellent but above average. Bennett's fried and broiled dishes on the buffet are better than what I experienced at non-buffet seafood restaurants in the area. The price is high due to the all you can eat crab-legs, which I don't eat. If you don't eat crab-legs this won't rate well on the value for the money. During the off season (Jan-Feb), Bennett's will alternatively close the restaurant row or this location. The food at the other location is consistent with this location.
ref: 8466

Food:One Star
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:One Star
Value:One Star
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:09-21-2007
Clayton, North Carolina

Having lived in Baltimore, MD for most of our lives, my boyfriend and I were horrified by the food on the buffet and then when we received the bill at 2 p.m. lunchtime for over $50....well let's just say we will never go back to Bennett's Calabash. Always make sure you ask the price and then look at the buffet before you commit. I was disgusted by the quality of food and the selection of food. I don't know who these people think they are charging $25 a person but they need a reality check....I would have preferred Wendy's to Bennetts. I hope you read this manager or owner of the worst calabash seafood restaurant....I wouldn't eat here if it were free.
ref: 8390

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Two Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Two Stars
Posted:08-16-2007
Concord, ON

If you like a limited selction of deep fried seafood then this is your place. For the all you can eat who don't care what they eat.Little value for money and long lineups. I still do not understand why. A classic tourist trap, never again.
ref: 7642

Food:Four Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:08-12-2007
Saltville, Virginia

The bar dosen't offer as much as some of the larger seafood restaurants in the area, but this place has the BEST crab legs in Myrtle Beach-hands down! We have tried many restaurants over the years, but none have beat their crab legs. For $21 a person, the price is less than most.
ref: 7562

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:08-08-2007
Morgantown, West Virginia

The food was not that great for the price. There are better places to eat seafood in Myrtle Beach.
ref: 7499

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:08-07-2007
Pineville, West Virginia

Very nice seafood & crab legs buffet which offers more than seafod for the more finicky in your party. The crab legs are very, very good - much better than most. Not any kind of wait when we were there - a little early at 4:30. Anyway, the service was spectacular. Our best eating experience thus far.
ref: 7466

Food:One Star
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:One Star
Value:One Star
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:07-30-2007
Huntington, West Virginia

Terrible food. Undercooked, not worth the gross overpricing. The waitress took our drinks and refilled them when it was unnecessary to do so. Seems they try to push you to go to the buffet for seconds. Next time I'm in Myrtle Beach, I won't even go here for firsts.
ref: 7325

Food:Two Stars
Service:Two Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:07-16-2007
Dover, Pennsylvania

Most of the food was cold, the crabcakes and crab imperial were nothing but breading, the soft ice cream machine was out of order, most of the rest of the desert was inedible. except for the lemon meringue pie. The King crab legs were very good but if i had to do it again I would try another place or just stick with one of the major chains. Would not have been as bad if it was only around $14.99, but at $21.99 it was highway 17 robbery.
ref: 7035

Food:Two Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:06-27-2007
Portsmouth, Virginia

The food was terrible. The crab legs were mostly water, in fact every time we would crack one open water would run down our arms, yuck, would never eat there again.we ate there on 6-9-07.
ref: 6565

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:06-21-2007
Hartsville, South Carolina

My family has been coming to Bennett's for 15 years or longer. The food has been good in the past, but my last visit 6/7/07 the food was not as good. I don't know if they have changed chefs / cooks or what the problem was. It was below the average of my past visits there. I used to look forward to going every summer but will think twice about it next vacation. (The crab legs are the best thing on the buffet).
ref: 6432

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:06-14-2007
Marietta, Ohio

I have not been to Bennett's since October, 2001, and I still talk about it constantly, and if and when I get another chance to visit Myrtle Beach, it will be the first dinner I have. The folks who have written bad reviews intrigue me, because I have never heard these detrimental comments about Bennett's, and I have been to Myrtle Beach close to 20 times! I think that some of these folks are never satisfied, so they would rate any restaurant badly.
ref: 6327

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:One Star
Seating:Two Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:03-06-2007
Wilmington, North Carolina

By far one of the worst meals I've ever had, and definitely the worst seafood. We went on a Friday evening--everything looked and tasted as if it had been prepared the day before. The tuna was very over done, and like the "prime rib," steak, and other fish, it was floating in a pool of brown liquid. The salad dressings were watered down, the boiled shrimp had an unidentifiable flavoring, and the pulled pork barbeque had been doused with "liquid smoke" from a bottle. Neither of us finished our first plate of food before leaving. I grew up going to Calabash for seafood--this place had little in common with Calabash fare. Folks not from eastern Carolina may think Bennett's is good, but if you go, please don't assume this place is typical of good Carolina seafood!
ref: 5036

Food:Four Stars
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:02-06-2007
Hickory, North Carolina

We love to go to Myrtle Beach and eat a Bennett's they have been in the seafood business a looooog time. It's a fact that serving food on a buffet is a hard way to insure quality food. Totally different than serving on platters from the kitchen where most meals are made as you order..However we have found the best time to eat at a buffet is about 30 minutes after the buffet is set up. we never go to a buffet after the rush hour..so there are some tips to eating buffet style and insuring yourself a good meal. I would definitely reccommend Bennetts. North Carolina
ref: 4799

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:01-22-2007
Canton, North Carolina

My wife and I have been coming to Myrtle Beach for over 50 years and have been a patron of Bennett's every chance we had. The first week in January 2007, we visited again and were very disapointed.

We both ordered the buffet. The fried oysters were very small and over cooked, the fried shrimp had been rinsed in iodine and still had the iodine taste, bourbon salmon was overcooked and the bourbon taste was too strong, the keylime pie was not fresh and was too limey.

Sorry for the bad review, but there are too many other good restaurants for me to waste money for sub-standard food
ref: 4718

Food:Four Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:10-16-2006
Atlanta, Georgia

We enjoyed our Bennett's experience; after reading reviews of several restaurants through this website, we chose this from all the others. Mid-October, 3PM, Friday afternoon, w/ $4 coupon, 4 adults, one toddler. It was not crowded. Seated and served fine. Food was good - crab legs, prime rib, and few other selections were very good. Some pieces from salad bar not so great, but you get those in each bushel once-in-a-while. The price is fine for what you're getting; it's not Golden Corral so expect to pay more. We'd go back there.
ref: 4119

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:08-16-2006
Raleigh, North Carolina

The greatest seafood restaurant on the planet!
ref: 3558

Food:Four Stars
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Four Stars
Value:Four Stars
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:07-22-2006
Nyc, New York

Consider it is a buffet place in a tourist trap, it is consider as good. Make sure someone in your party enjoys crab legs and Steamed Oysters in shells (hard to open but fun).

Price is decent. Make sure you clip one of those coupons that will save you 10% or more (depends on what time you dinn in).

The only draw back is the long wait for the crab legs. Once they are out of the kitchen, they are gone in 1 minute.

The rest of the food is OK. If you stuff yourself with fried food, then it is not worth the $22. My husband ate like 4 dozens of steam oysters and may be 5 pound of crab legs (you only eat the legs, so it is like less than 1 pound of crab meat). You do the math if he ate his money worth.

The crab legs are much better than other buffet place around the area. Definitely an ideal place to go for seafood.

We are very picky about our seafood and consider it is only $22 a person, this place is a steal.
ref: 3186

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:07-22-2006
Hanscom Afb, Massacheusetts

We visit this restaurant every year when we go on vacation. We love it. We will be returning in August this year and it will be one of our first stops. It may be our last stop too! Twice in a week would be great. I know that my husband and I eat $40 in crab legs alone. Our children have so many items to choose from at the bar too! They are just happy its not another chicken nugget type dinner. Adding the tip in does not bother us. They deserve every cent! Only two more weeks until our vacation.CANT WAIT!!!
ref: 3183

Food:Two Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:07-16-2006
Princeton, West Virginia

We ate there this past week 7-13-06. The only thing that was enjoyed by our party of 9 was the crab legs. The ones of us that didnt eat them were just out of luck. The salad bar was horrible !!! Rotten tomatoes were sliced and put on the bar now come on anyone can do better than this,and for that kind of price. And also the rest room was so bad I couldnt even let my 3 year old grandson use the potty. Water all over the place. And to beat it all one of the girls working there came out looked at the mess and walked out.
ref: 3109

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:06-11-2006
Aiken, South Carolina

Great Food and Great Service. We eat here a couple of times each year on family vacation. It's a shame that people complain about the tip added to the bill. I was a waitress many years ago and I would have appreciated my employeer adding my tip to the bill to make sure that I would get paid. There are many people out there that would not pay much of a tip or none at all even though they got good service because they are cheap. I don't mind paying them the 15% tip. I would pay it even if it wasn't added to my bill. This is a Great Restaurant and it's nice to know that they take care of their employees and make sure that they get the tip that they work for.
ref: 2660

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:06-10-2006
Harrogate, Tennessee

My family had the buffet on our first trip to Myrtle Beach last year. It was wonderful. My children loved the pirate. The food here was great. In the previous reviews some people complained about the price of 20.95 per person. I know myself (I am a small person) that I will definitely eat more than that in crab legs alone. The atmosphere was great and we have pictures to prove it!!
ref: 2645

Food:One Star
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Four Stars
Noise:Four Stars
Posted:06-06-2006
Crofton, Maryland

Bennett's is horrible and over priced even for a buffet and the coupon for $5 off isn't enough to compel you to try it. You get charged for crab legs even if you don't want them. The only good news at Bennett's is there is plenty of selection and the wait staff is friendly. This is the worst seafood buffet we've ever tried. We agree with the other reviewer that everything was overcooked, dried out, mushy, bland, no flavor. We also live near the Chesapeake Bay and looked forward to trying Calabash seafood. If you want Calabash seafood, drive up US 17 a little way into Calabash, NC and try one of the restaurants on River Rd off Rt 179.
ref: 2608

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Two Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Two Stars
Posted:05-29-2006
Cheraw, South Carolina

Bennett's is ok if you don't mind spending too much money. The food is like any other buffet restaurant on the beach. Plenty of selection to choose from just over priced.
ref: 2550

Food:Top Rated
Service:Top Rated
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:05-25-2006
Kimberling City, Missouri

Enjoyed eating there very much. The food was great, place was clean and was a great value for seafood. We ate before 4 p.m. to save $4 a person.
ref: 2525

Food:Three Stars
Service:Three Stars
Atmosphere:Three Stars
Value:Three Stars
Seating:Three Stars
Noise:Three Stars
Posted:05-25-2006
East Hartford, Colorado

Bennett's was very good. I thought the price was very reasonable and the service above average. The crab legs were yummy and the price was below average especially with a coupon. The tips are part of the program and I was on vacation so spending was what I came down here for. I'm coming back in August for more. Advice to all who go to buffet. Go early and you will have no waiting problems. C. East Hartford, CT
ref: 2521

Food:Top Rated
Service:Four Stars
Atmosphere:Top Rated
Value:Top Rated
Seating:Top Rated
Noise:Top Rated
Posted:05-17-2006
Clemson, South Carolina

Without a doubt, this is the greatest seafood restaurant of all-time. What a super set-up with SO much selection. The fried shrimp is the best on the beach, edging out Dockside's in Calabash, NC. The crab legs are great, and the roast beef on the buffet is also excellent. If you are a hardcore seafood fan, this is it. You will not leave out of here without finding something. It is truly one of the highlights of my visit to Myrtle Beach every year. I can't think about our vacation to Myrtle Beach without thinking of Bennett's.
ref: 2465