Bistro 217

10707 Ocean Hwy. • 843.235.8217 • • A Non-Smoking Restaurant
Lunch Mon.-Sat. 11 AM-4 PM, Dinner Mon.-Thurs. 5-9 PM, Fri. & Sat. 5-9:30 PM • Find them on Facebook & Instagram

Bistro 217’s Co-owner and Executive Chef Adam Kirby is an accomplished chef who has garnered a multitude of awards. He was named one of four SC Ambassador Chefs for 2017. The Chef Ambassadors program seeks chefs who embody the best of South Carolina’s food scene, both in the quality of their provisions, as well as their dedication to using healthy, locally grown ingredients. In addition to this recognition, Chef Adam took top honors as Best of the Fest at the 2017 Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. With that said, there’s little wonder Bistro 217 has a satisfied throng of regulars. The food is creative without being pretentious. The Bistro’s other owner, Anne Hardee, has a couple of decades of food industry experience and sees to it that operations run smoothly and each guest is graciously attended to.

Bistro 217 is in Downtown Pawleys. These folks don’t serve food … they serve cuisine – beautifully presented and unfailingly delicious.  Anne, Adam and their colleagues are constantly brainstorming new ideas. Menu specials change every day and showcase the best, freshest seasonal ingredients. Portions are satisfying and reliably delicious.  There’s plenty of variety, too.

One not-to-be missed lunch option (the Editor’s all-time favorite) is Pan Sautéed Grouper. A generous portion of grouper is dressed in a delectable lobster sauce and served over crispy house made chips and fried spinach. The Monster Bistro Burger was voted as one of Carolina’s Best Burgers by Southern Living. The Reuben 217 is made up of pulled, slow-cooked, beer-braised corned beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and melted Swiss on rye with a petite Caesar salad and Bistro fries.  The Bistro has its own in-house butcher shop. If beef is your weakness, you should know they grind their own and serve only Certified Angus Beef®. It’s as mouthwateringly good as it sounds. Crunchy Thai Shrimp Salad consists of mint, fresh cilantro, romaine, roasted peanuts, bean sprouts, fried wontons, red coconut curry, peanut sauce and a ginger vinaigrette. The fish tacos are crazy popular, too.  Bistro 217 ups their game when dinner rolls around. The Seared George’s Bank Scallops may be illegal in some states. Served with lobster and pea risotto, honey-glazed baby carrots, lobster carrot butter, it’s a no-miss proposition. Braised Beef Short Ribs (with buttermilk-mashed potatoes) and Grilled Filet Mignon are two of several dishes that feature their CAB®.

Lunch or dinner, start with Tomato, Crab and Jalapeño soup or Lobster Ravioli, with green onion, tomato, and caviar in lemon butter sauce. Spring for a side of fried okra with spiced-just-right Jalapeño Remoulade. Go hungry because you cannot forego a sweet ending.  Chef Adam’s homemade ice creams are churned in the kitchen – fresh every morning! Mouthwatering flavors like Roasted Banana, Chocolate Cayenne and Pistachio, Salty Caramel, Cinnamon Pecan and Key Lime Pie (Chef Adam actually folds the luscious, housemade pie into the ice cream!) – one and all are chock full of the finest ingredients.  The casually upscale décor is tasteful. An unobtrusive staff delivers professional, impeccable service. The bar has its own menu (although you can eat from the regular menu, too). Smaller plates suit smaller appetites, as well as guests who want to try several items and share, and those who like to mix and match a hearty meal.  Choose from dozens of wines; twenty-plus are available by the glass and most are chosen for taste and affordability. There’s a slew of craft beers, too. This popular restaurant has been churning out palettepleasers for more than ten years. Stop in and enjoy. Lots of mirrors, velvety music and candlelight make the atmosphere soft. Also, check out their website for media praise from Southern Living, Sun News, Discover South Carolina and more.

Bistro 217’s al fresco bar and dining area is made comfortable to suit the season. It’s a great spot for bridal luncheons, business functions and other celebrations, too. Reservations are suggested. Offsite catering is available, too. Please take a moment to ask to speak with Anne or Chef Adam and tell them we sent you!

Kimberly Duncan