The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Myrtle Beach
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  • Sara E.
    "The crab legs were amazing, but there was definitely a crowd."(23 Tips)
    Brandon C.
    "One of the best all you can eat seafood places in the area."(17 Tips)
    Tripp
    "The new crab cakes are EXCELLENT!!!!!! Def check it out."(5 Tips)
    Courtney
    "Delicious food for a great price... Definitely try the prime rib"(4 Tips)
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  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WenzelSeptember 22, 2013
    (4*) $29.99 adults $12.99 kids. Best buffet in MB! Come hungry!! If you want 5* seafood dishes without the buffet atmosphere head up to the "Flying Fish" at Barefoot Landing. (Shoes Required)
  • Arlene T.
    Arlene ThompsonJune 3, 2015
    Pricey but good food overall . Crab legs a hit. If you are not a seafood fan seemed to have great buffet variety to suit most desires! Hush puppies great! Our waiter was very personable and helpful. M
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CainJuly 23, 2015
    One of the best all you can eat seafood places in the area. Place gets extremely busy at dinner so I highly advise go before 4pm. Bring coupon from monster coupon book!!!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LemonJanuary 7, 2013
    Probably my favorite restaurant of all-time. I am from NY but I can remember everything about visiting this very delicious, very theme-y place on a trip to SC. & GREAT HUSHPUPPIES YES!
  • Shiyana B.
    Shiyana BellamyJanuary 8, 2015
    Pretty expensive, but you can eat all you want at this buffet. Great atmosphere and you get to take a photo with the captain. Did I mention they have some addictive hush puppies? Yummmmy!
  • Claire A.
    Claire ArdisJune 12, 2013
    We came here for crab legs and hush puppies and were not disappointed! Crab legs are fresh and well-cooked (though some were dryish) and the hush puppies were amazing. Rest of the bar is bland but yum
  • Psiyina D.
    Psiyina DavisAugust 2, 2013
    Go early so you won't have to fight to get a park or wait in long line. Love the crab legs!!! Everything was delicious!! Key lime pie for dessert - fantabulous!!
  • Sarah Jamillah
    Sarah JamillahSeptember 17, 2013
    Really friendly and helpful staff! Great waiter (who seemed to magically appear with napkins the moment our son spilled his juice). Very family friendly!
  • Andre
    AndreSeptember 3, 2012
    The crab legs were epic and the hush puppies put sparkles in my eyes. We come here every year for vacation and I'm always happy (and stuffed!) afterwards.
  • PHILLIS P.
    PHILLIS PETERSONDecember 29, 2014
    170. Items,on the menu,u,can't GO wrong..delicious..great service,prompt,waitress cleared tablet as crab bowls were being filled....great!!!
  • Adam B.
    Adam BurrellJuly 17, 2015
    Quite the experience. Soooo much to choose from but most is subpar quality food. Come for the crab legs.
  • Kathy
    KathyJune 30, 2013
    Their hush puppies are to die for but hold off on it until the end of your buffet. Come after 6pm if you don't like the hustle and bustle of the crowd.
  • D D.
    D DivitaJuly 13, 2015
    Call first. Long drive, tired and hungry, we searched for places open a little later. Benjamin's lists a closing time of 10:30, but the Pirate turned us, and at least 6 other parties away @ 9-9:15.Ugh
  • Derrick W.
    Derrick WilsonMay 5, 2012
    By far the best seafood buffet in myrtle beach. Way better than seafood world, seafare, or giant crab. Make sure u go to THE ORIGINAL Benjamin's though
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JordanJune 2, 2012
    Love it. Eat here every year for our big meal. Crab legs here are great! Costly, like 30$/person but worth it. Stay away from the crab cakes
  • Zach T.
    Calabash= lightly breaded , deep fried. Huge buffet but they turn the food over very regularly so you are always getting something fresh.
  • Brad S.
    Brad StewartAugust 12, 2012
    Best things we ate were the jumbo and the coconut shrimp. Prime rib was good as well! Staff very friendly. Will come back for sure!
  • Grace
    GraceAugust 29, 2013
    Every single year I save a day to visit this place. Never fails, best buffet here! Endless snow crab legs, amazing service
  • Carlito M.
    Carlito MojicaJuly 13, 2012
    Come hungry! Big appetite, small plates. When they ask you if a flight of stairs is ok say no. If you say yes, they will place you downstairs...not fun going down the stairs with full plates of food.
  • Christy J.
    Christy JenksNovember 29, 2013
    Avoid the prime rib (it's tough as leather) but the crab legs are amazing!!
  • Justin B.
    Justin BongardSeptember 23, 2014
    Incredible selection and food. Best seafood place there is. It's expensive for a reason. Value is only there if you eat a lot.
  • Carla N.
    Carla NorvilleMay 30, 2016
    Starting off with the best tasting hush puppies ever that then leads to 170 choices of food...
  • Angel L.
    Angel LeeDecember 31, 2015
    Food is good - had some good stuff and some yucky items, staff is wonderful, extremely crowded, seat assignment is fun
  • Pure S.
    Pure SerenitySeptember 7, 2015
    Largest selection of food in the area. Greatest service! Long wait times, but the lines do move fast for the amount of people.
  • Kristy L.
    Kristy L.July 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Our favorite seafood buffet. The crablegs are amazing and the rest of the food is delicious too!!
  • Tripp
    TrippSeptember 21, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Amazing food! Amazing atmosphere! Amazing staff! The new crab cakes are EXCELLENT!!!!!! Def check it out.
  • Shannon O.
    Shannon OJune 15, 2012
    Greatest hush puppies ever! And that says a lot, coming from a northern. I would pay for the recipe!!!
  • Tiffany R.
    Tiffany RussAugust 2, 2013
    Great buffet for competitive prices! Even the pickiest eaters can find stuff they love here!
  • Esau H.
    Esau HarrisDecember 2, 2015
    Loved it! I have an allergic reaction to seafood, but so what!!! They're the bomb!! I a repeat customer and I will keep going!!
  • Madison and c.
    Madison and cookiesOctober 16, 2015
    The popcorn shrimp and crab legs were good. It was expensive. You need to come hungry! A lot of the food was cold but the staff was pretty nice. The desserts could have been better.
  • William S.
    William SimpsonJune 24, 2012
    Best all seafood u can eat around. Been going every year for 5 years!
  • Austin B.
    Austin BausermanAugust 19, 2014
    Wonderful environment. Very crowded. Not for agoraphobics. Ask for Becky if possible.
  • Steve U.
    Steve U.March 4, 2012
    What a UNIQUE dining experience! Highly Recommend! Great For The Whole Family!
  • Jill B.
    Jill BraileyOctober 7, 2012
    The all you can eat crab legs are out of this world! Meaty, sweet, and juicy.
  • Carol T.
    Carol TownsendFebruary 3, 2016
    The seafood is delish and fresh. Prime rib is so good.
  • Kristin
    KristinJuly 5, 2013
    Make sure you're appropriately dressed. The pirate at the front door refused to let a woman in because she was only wearing a t-shirt and bikini bottoms. Pants are a good thing, y'all!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CarterSeptember 11, 2013
    Seafood heaven! Lots of choices and good service.
  • Danielle G.
    Danielle GraySeptember 3, 2015
    Good was ok. The food was not hot. The answering machine said $27.99 but it was really $31.99. Hush puppies were great. Not worth the $$. Go to Captain Georges!!
  • Gary R.
    Gary RupertFebruary 23, 2013
    Great seafood. Best I have ever eaten. You must eat here.
  • Charla W.
    Charla WSeptember 16, 2011
    Amazing food! Best in MB! The only downside - small plates.
  • Johnny M.
    Johnny MossMarch 15, 2016
    Amazing selection, tad pricey though, but good.
  • Alexis L.
    Alexis LegueOctober 24, 2012
    Omg the food is amazing! I'm in crab leg and coconut shrimp heaven!
  • Truly F.
    Truly FarealSeptember 19, 2013
    Great selection of seafood, get there early.
  • Catherine W.
    Catherine WestJuly 23, 2012
    Crab cakes not so good hush puppies are amazing:):)
  • Robin C.
    Robin ChalkleyJanuary 19, 2014
    Avoid the nice person near the door as you exit. He/she is trying to get you to do a timeshare tour.
  • Ev D.
    Ev DwightApril 15, 2012
    170 item buffet, but all I needed were the crab legs!! Hit'em hard and often.
  • Helena L.
    Helena LeighJune 26, 2011
    We've vacationed here for years & love this place.. But Tommy the Crab is better. :)
  • Courtney
    CourtneyJune 7, 2012
    Delicious food for a great price... Definitely try the prime rib
  • Catie M.
    Catie McCauleySeptember 1, 2012
    You have no idea what too full feels like until you've left this place. Also get the lemonade.
  • Christine M.
    Christine MountsSeptember 16, 2011
    They have the beat and juiciest crab legs ever! And Laura is the beat sever ever!!!
  • Paige M.
    Paige MillerAugust 6, 2015
    Amazing crab legs. My mother ate 10 plates :)
  • Courtney A.
    Courtney AllenMarch 14, 2015
    Don't forget your coupon!
  • Troy S.
    Troy ScottJanuary 1, 2014
    Well it's ok if you like buffet seafood, if you are expecting red lobster or better quality try elsewhere.
  • John M.
    John McGarrahJune 8, 2010
    I was referred by a friend and enjoyed it. Seems like there's dozens of places like this but here is very good!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RedmondAugust 11, 2016
    Arrived 1 1/2 hrs b/4 closing. Food was overcooked, burnt & dried out. Nothing got replaced. Only thing fresh was the crab legs. Waitress was rude. Go to Captain George's same $$ better quality!
  • DQ
    DQAugust 11, 2012
    Best hush puppies in the city!
  • Sheed H.
    Sheed HargroveAugust 31, 2013
    Crabs were awesome food is thee best!!
  • Allison B.
    Allison Brooks-BowesAugust 5, 2011
    Very good food and service. Worth the price!
  • Delaina C.
    Delaina CurrieMarch 29, 2014
    Scallop cakes were awesome.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole S.August 19, 2013
    Food is great and the staff is wonderful
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa CommissiongSeptember 16, 2013
    Key Lime Shots are great!
  • Paul C.
    Paul ClaytonAugust 12, 2014
    Crab legs, crab legs, crab legs
  • Tamika F.
    Tamika FarmerJune 14, 2013
    Pick up one of the coupon books for great coupons at Benjamin's.
  • WisdomSince70
    WisdomSince70June 28, 2013
    170 items on the menu...let us see how this will go
  • Sara E.
    Sara EdmondsApril 15, 2014
    The crab legs were amazing, but there was definitely a crowd.
  • Dawn W.
    Dawn WellerJune 14, 2013
    Love this place..... It's worth the price!
  • Mike R.
    Bring your stretchy pants!
  • Heather N.
    Heather NunnallyMarch 9, 2014
    Best fried shrimp ever!!!
  • Kim L.
    Kim LeeJune 17, 2013
    Service was amazing! Thanks Vanessa..
  • Pam S.
    Pam ShulerJuly 31, 2016
    Best buffet in Myrtle Beach!
  • Brock H.
    Brock HarrisJune 2, 2014
    Very pricey, but great food.
  • Elton
    EltonMay 27, 2014
    Come hungry!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BrownJuly 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    WAY too crowded and hectic. All you can eat bar is decent but way too stressful.
  • Arlene T.
    Arlene ThompsonJune 3, 2015
    Crab...shrimp...dessert:ranger cookies!
  • Donna S.
    Donna SamsJune 19, 2013
    Fave place for seafood!
  • Angie L.
    Angie LusbyMay 20, 2012
    Oyster Rockafella is YUMMY!!!
  • Kristin
    KristinJuly 5, 2013
    Eat your weight in crab legs.
  • Christine M.
    Christine MountsSeptember 16, 2011
    Best buffet ever! The crab
  • Knute H.
    Knute HeadleyMarch 25, 2012
    Come hungry!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BrownJune 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The clam bake is delish!
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BoyerSeptember 12, 2012
    Totally Amazing!
  • Michael P.
    Michael ProctonNovember 28, 2014
    If you're not a big seafood person, don't waste your time. Everything else is mediocre at best.
  • Glinda H.
    Glinda HarrisMay 29, 2011
    Crab legs are gooood
  • Tim S.
    Tim SmithMarch 12, 2011
    Skip the crab cakes
  • Baylee S.
    Baylee SheetsMarch 25, 2013
    Very pricy for food that is sub par.
  • Alex E.
    Alex EverhartAugust 18, 2011
    Don't eat the crab cakes. Over priced food was not very good. Crab legs were very salty.
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