Meet our Executive Chef Robert Astraikis at the Marina Inn

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach is excited to welcome a new member to our stellar team. We’re happy to have a new Executive Chef, Robert Astraikis, creating masterpieces and bringing a whole new flavor to the kitchen in our award-winning on-site restaurant, WaterScapes.

Chef Astraikis is originally from New York and has spent most of his career polishing his skills in areas of southeast North Carolina. Chef Astraikis says his inspiration for cooking comes from his mother. With a natural flair and passion for all things food, he graduated from the Culinary Institue of America in New York. Chef Astraikis is bringing in bold flavors and highlighting Southern European cuisine in the new dishes for our onsite restaurant, WaterScapes. In order for our guests to familiarize themselves with our new Executive Chef, we had him answer a few personal questions such as details on his cooking style and what ingredients are a must have in his kitchen.

 

Q: With all of this experience, what is your cooking style and your favorite cuisine?

“I love cooking mostly Italian food and fresh seafood. The flavors of Southern Europe, South America, and Asia are my favorite overall with cilantro, garlic and chili peppers being my ‘go to’ flavors.”

Q: Who influenced you to become a chef?

“My mom is a great cook and I learned to love cooking from her.”

Q: Tell us about your cooking style and how you evolved into this style:

“Italian/Southern European with a love of Indian and Hispanic flavors.”

Q: What are the top five ingredients that you must have in the kitchen at all times?

“Chili peppers, garlic, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, fresh thyme”

Q: What is your own personal favorite meal to prepare?

“Chicken Tikka Masala”

With over 27 years of experience, we are incredibly excited to welcome Chef Astraikis to our team at WaterScapes Restaurant! He has already created brand new menu items for both the WaterScapes dinner menu and Reflections Cafe Happy Hour menu.

 

WaterScapes Restaurant:

Our dinner menu at WaterScapes Restaurant is making some room for new creations by Chef Astraikis! But don’t worry, you can still order your favorite WaterScapes classics like Diver Scallops, Filet Mignon, and Shrimp & Grits. Chef Astraikis’ signature style of cooking highlights Southern European cuisine featuring Indian and Hispanic influences. This combination of flavor and pizazz is just one of the reasons Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is thrilled to have Chef Astraikis as the head of our team at WaterScapes.

Some of the new dishes include Chili Shrimp, Coconut Clams, Seafood Paella, Moroccan Chicken, and so much more! If you happen to have food allergies or diet restrictions, we offer a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free menu items for you to choose from. And for those with a sweet tooth, finish your meal the right way with a decadent treat! Choose from items like our rich Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake and a delicious Honey Lavender Creme Brulee.

Reflections Cafe:

After spending the day exploring Myrtle Beach, come check out our brand new menu at Reflections Cafe. Reflections Cafe is open for Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Some of the yummy new menu items include a Pork Milanese and a Short Rib Ragu that will pair perfectly with any style cocktail. Happy Hour also includes reduced prices on beer, wine, house brand drinks, and select appetizer plates. Take your appetizers and cocktail outside and enjoy spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Talk about the perfect way to unwind!

When you book your next vacation to Myrtle Beach with the award-winning 4-star resort Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, check out our specials page to see what kind of deals we’re offering. And make sure to visit WaterScapes Restaurant for a truly rewarding culinary experience from Chef Astraikis and his team!

Must See List at The MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet

When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxury 4 diamond resort in Myrtle Beach, you’re just a short drive from the beautiful MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet! The MarshWalk features various dining options with a view of the water and live music from local performers every night! Locals enjoy coming down to this area for a relaxing night away from the action of downtown Myrtle Beach and fresh seafood. While there are many things to brighten your night during your visit to the MarshWalk, we’ve listed what you can’t miss!

Goat Island

Although you aren’t allowed on the island, (goats only!) you can view the goats from various spots on the boardwalk. The goats were originally placed on the island during the summer months to help with undergrowth and have since become beloved and admired by visitors and locals alike! You won’t want to miss seeing Goat Island during your visit to the MarshWalk!

Dead Dog Saloon

A great spot for families, Dead Dog Saloon offers a menu with all the classics that everyone will love.  Seafood steam pots, burgers, and tacos, oh my! You won’t be able to resist the pairing of fresh seafood with incredible live entertainment. Dead Dog Saloon also serves breakfast every morning so you can fuel up before a boat day along the inlet!

Wicked Tuna

A yummy spot for delectable sushi, Wicked Tuna also has a unique addition to the fresh seafood. The Tuna Shak is a bar outside the restaurant where visitors can order food and drinks while enjoying the view of the marsh. The Tuna Shak is also where live performers play every night, so grab a drink and a front row seat for a perfect summer night!

Bubba’s Love Shack

Bubba’s Love Shack is a local favorite for great drinks and even better live music for the coolest atmosphere along the MarshWalk. Outside of Bubba’s you’ll find patio tables and colorful rocking chairs to soak up the summer night air and the warm breeze from the inlet.

BrewBoat

Hop aboard the best place to watch the sunset over the inlet while enjoying a cold one with friends! BrewBoat is a pedal-powered party boat where you can bring your own beverages to sip on while exploring the inlet.

Pirate Ship Adventure

If you’re looking for an interactive adventure that the kids will go crazy for, the Pirate Ship at Murrells Inlet is it! The kids will receive pirate names and gear to board to ship and then the show begins. While battling pirates on the inlet, this giant pirate ship is the perfect adventure for your little treasure hunters!

It’s not too late to book a summer getaway to Myrtle Beach with our Ultimate Summer Sale offered now through August 31! Book today to get the best deals and begin making memories with your family in Myrtle Beach!