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

10434 Ocean Hwy (Hwy 17 S), Pawleys Island, SC 29585
843 237 1581
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Continental
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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!
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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80 reviews 80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Ok...I admit I am not a fan of grits.....but Frank's has made a believer out of me. Had a fabulous meal of local flounder and grits and it was truly one of the best meals I have ever had. Actually came back two weeks later for round 2! If I had to change ONE thing, it would be nice if... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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93 reviews 93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Service completely over shadowed the food for all of the wrong reasons. The experience felt disorganized and the server seemed over tasked and under trained. I was underwhelmed.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Frank's is a guaranteed good evening. We try to have at least one night during every visit to Litchfield Beach where we can have a "grown up" meal and they never disappoint with the food, the service, or the atmosphere. 25 years of doing it right says a lot.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My family has been going to Franks for years and while we continue to try and seek out other restaurants around SC that is better, we have yet to find it. The atmosphere whether you sit inside or out is terrific, the service is always the best, and the food is consistently awesome. In fact, we have been there more... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This place really is awesome. As a group of 20 coming down to Myrtle from Connecticut, we wanted a great dinner with solid ambiance. This place has it. The only down fall was when we showed up at 8:00 for our 8:30 reservations (that were set up a month in advanced and doubled checked two days prior to coming down)... More

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USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Has indoor and outdoor seating - but "outback" is preferred, it is covered and they have fans and heat provided. The atmosphere is outstanding, service is excellent, and food is superb. We go at least once every trip....but make reservations well in advance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was by far the greatest dining experience we had while staying in Myrtle Beach for a golf vacation. Great ambience, amazing food, and our waiter was more than willing to offer up top notch advice re: food/wine paring etc. I hope to come back one day

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This has been our favorite restaurant since we first walked down the garden pathway to this awesome dining experience! The decor is only surpassed by the great food- no matter what you order! Please save room for dessert, whether it is the most spectacular caramel cake or the berry cobbler. We have been bringing our beach guests Frank"s for a... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Well, we've been fans of Frank's (and Out Back) for many, many years now! What can I possibly say? It is ALWAYS great! The food is divine (the Blackened Mahi was DELICIOUS) and the service is always impeccable! We have had Chip as a server several times and he has not disappointed us! The Grouper is always a great choice,... More

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Woodlawn, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

On a recent trip to Frank's Out Back I had some delicious lobster ravioli. The others in my group were also pleased with their meals. One thing that was odd to me was that we had to walk through the kitchen to get to our table. I don't think I have ever done this at a restaurant. We enjoyed the... More

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