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Frank's Restaurant & Bar and Out Back at Frank's

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American, International, Mediterranean
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10434 Ocean Hwy (Hwy 17 S), Pawleys Island, SC 29585
843 237 1581
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Now entering their 25th year of operation, Salters and Elizabeth McClary...
Now entering their 25th year of operation, Salters and Elizabeth McClary have established what is irrefutably one of the Lowcountry’s best and most sought after restaurants. The story behind the dream-come-true is interesting. The restaurant was named for Frank Marlow – the gentleman who operated Marlow's General Store (for forty years!) where the restaurant now sits. Natives remember the store – and Frank – with obvious fondness.Salters worked as a bag boy at Marlow's during high school. Some years later he confided his dream of opening a restaurant to his former employer. Frank promptly announced his intention to retire and proposed his old store as the perfect spot for the new venture. In a matter of months, one Island institution was transformed into another. History repeats itself in that folks clamor to get to Frank’s. Then and now, Frank’s is a Pawleys classic.Featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Southern Living, National Restaurant Magazine, and South Carolina Living Getaway with Sandra Lee, Frank's is really two restaurants in one. In the main dining room, there's candlelight and white linens and a bustling bistro atmosphere that is both intimate and energizing. The food is award winning. There is an extensive selection of appetizers for those who enjoy exploring lots of options or eating a bit lighter, as well as several new entrees. The ambiance here is decidedly elegant, but in no way stuffy. Don’t wait for a special occasion to give it a try.Frank's Outback is – quite literally "out back" of Frank's. Here, beneath an umbrella of trees strung with lights, there's a marvelous open-air bar, expansive decks, an enormous fireplace and a cozy indoor dining area, as well. Private rooms are available. It’s a bit more casual than Frank’s, but no less appealing. Lots of appetizers, small plates, gourmet pizza from the wood-burning pizzas and several specials daily.It must be noted that Frank’s and Frank’s Outback Bars have great atmosphere and are favored by locals. Many meet at Frank’s for an end of the day celebration. The wine list, hand-selected by the owners, is reasonably priced but reads like a who's-who of the world’s vineyards. Many of them are available by the glass. Both bars open at 4:00 PM. With free Wi-Fi, one could finish their work in a relaxed environment, grab a favorite appetizer or stay for dinner to make it the perfect ending to the day.There’s no place quite like Frank’s and Outback. The best advice comes firsthand, so ask any local where to eat. Chances are Frank’s will be at the top of their list. The professional wait staff is outstanding. Reservations are essential, so please call ahead!
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Always very good and consistent

My husband and I like the atmosphere and the food is always very good and consistent. We are never disappointed and always recommend it to out-of-town guests.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Eileenbridgetgrubb
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina, United States
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My husband and I like the atmosphere and the food is always very good and consistent. We are never disappointed and always recommend it to out-of-town guests.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

On a recent golf trip to the Myrtle Beach area, our group decided to try Frank's based on a local recommendation. What a treat! The service was excellent, matched only by the quality of the food. While not cheap by Myrtle Beach standards, the price was justified by the quality. We will be back.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I was vacationing in Pawley's Island with another couple and my boyfriend. All 3 of them had been to Frank's before and talked about how great this place was. I was told I need to be somewhat dressed up for dinner at Frank's which was not a problem at all. We got there and were seated right away with a... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Frank's is a longstanding landmark at Pawley's Island. Last Friday night, our first night of vacation, eight of us had a dinner reservation at Frank's Outback, a tented outdoor garden setting. Over drinks and dinner, it was a wonderful casual setting to catch up with old friends. My wife and I each had a different seafood entree salad, both of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We arrived on time for our early reservation and were seated immediately in the inside area of the Out Back at Frank's restaurant. The service was excellent. We both ordered the small plates: Short Ribs and Beef Tenderloin, and one small Caesar salad. The beef dishes were delicious. The Caesar and the dessert (blueberry cobbler) were okay. With one drink... More 

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Greenville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The atmosphere is magical and the food is great. The small plates are very reasonable and very generous portions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

same kitchen but more casual. excellent creative food selections. great staff, strong drinks, and very good wine selection. we ordered 4 appetizers, shared the dishes and kept the cost down

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Great food great atmosphere great service. You will not be disapointed with this selection, regardless of menu it's all very good. It's a great take a date out for ja special evening or family birthday or anniversary. Inside is best for those special occasions, but outside is casual and if the weather is cool then go for it. It's expensive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Suggest that you make reservations in advance for the time date that you desire. Seated promptly upon arrival for our party of 6 adults. Had opted for the Outback dining area based on the total menu. We had Bob as a waiter. He was very attentive and timely as we weren't in a hurry. All entrees were well presented, very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My husband and I were at Pawleys for our 5 year anniversary. The trip was wonderful, and we loved the area (beach, restaurants, friendly people, etc..). We planned our last and most special date night at Frank's because we read all the wonderful reviews. We were so excited to have a romantic, delicious dinner after reading about the live music... More 

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Additional Information about Frank's Restaurant & Bar and Out Back at Frank's

Address: 10434 Ocean Hwy (Hwy 17 S), Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone Number: 843 237 1581
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Pawleys Island
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
Cuisine: American, International, Mediterranean

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10434 Ocean Hwy (Hwy 17 S), Pawleys Island, SC 29585
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Pawleys Island
  • Phone Number: 843 237 1581

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, International, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Bar scene

Description

Now entering their 25th year of operation, Salters and Elizabeth McClary have established what is irrefutably one of the Lowcountry’s best and most sought after restaurants. The story behind the dream-come-true is interesting. The restaurant was named for Frank Marlow – the gentleman who operated Marlow's General Store (for forty years!) where the restaurant now sits. Natives remember the store – and Frank – with obvious fondness.Salters worked as a bag boy at Marlow's during high school. Some years later he confided his dream of opening a restaurant to his former employer. Frank promptly announced his intention to retire and proposed his old store as the perfect spot for the new venture. In a matter of months, one Island institution was transformed into another. History repeats itself in that folks clamor to get to Frank’s. Then and now, Frank’s is a Pawleys classic.Featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Southern Living, National Restaurant Magazine, and South Carolina Living Getaway with Sandra Lee, Frank's is really two restaurants in one. In the main dining room, there's candlelight and white linens and a bustling bistro atmosphere that is both intimate and energizing. The food is award winning. There is an extensive selection of appetizers for those who enjoy exploring lots of options or eating a bit lighter, as well as several new entrees. The ambiance here is decidedly elegant, but in no way stuffy. Don’t wait for a special occasion to give it a try.Frank's Outback is – quite literally "out back" of Frank's. Here, beneath an umbrella of trees strung with lights, there's a marvelous open-air bar, expansive decks, an enormous fireplace and a cozy indoor dining area, as well. Private rooms are available. It’s a bit more casual than Frank’s, but no less appealing. Lots of appetizers, small plates, gourmet pizza from the wood-burning pizzas and several specials daily.It must be noted that Frank’s and Frank’s Outback Bars have great atmosphere and are favored by locals. Many meet at Frank’s for an end of the day celebration. The wine list, hand-selected by the owners, is reasonably priced but reads like a who's-who of the world’s vineyards. Many of them are available by the glass. Both bars open at 4:00 PM. With free Wi-Fi, one could finish their work in a relaxed environment, grab a favorite appetizer or stay for dinner to make it the perfect ending to the day.There’s no place quite like Frank’s and Outback. The best advice comes firsthand, so ask any local where to eat. Chances are Frank’s will be at the top of their list. The professional wait staff is outstanding. Reservations are essential, so please call ahead!
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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