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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
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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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Farmington, Maine
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We went to Franks hoping to eat outside, but that area wasn't open. We ended up in the bar for happy hour and stayed for the best dinner we had in the two weeks that we were in the area! The filet was cooked perfectly and melt-in-your mouth good. The atmosphere in the bar was very nice with jazz music... More

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Charleston, WV
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Went with friends to Franks for dinner. We had terrific service and the food was excellent. I had the salmon and it was the best salmon I have ever eaten. Everyone enjoyed their dishes.

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Bethany Beach
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Saved this for our saturday night special meal. I imagine if it was cooler and we had eaten outdoors our experience might have been better. Love the menu options with varying sides and even a small taste. It was crowded and very noisy, and our waiter's 4 tables were all seated at the same time, not his fault, so needless... More

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salters m, Owner at Frank's Restaurant & Bar and Out Back at Frank's, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am sorry that the restaurant was noisy but on a Labor Day weekend, the beach is terribly crowded. It is one of the top busiest weekends of the year. As for the Smoked Salmon dish, we serve it "deconstructed" with fingerling potatoes and cucumber rounds so you can put the salmon on those. Our... More

Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Out Back at Frank's had been recommended to us by my husband's sister and brother-in-law who live in Pawley's Island, SC year round. We are making our annual visit from Staten Island, NY a bridge and tunnel throw away from Manhattan Island where the restaurants are plentiful and plenty delicious. We were delighted at what we found here at Out... More

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West Hartford, CT
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We arrived at Franks on a Thursday night without a reservation but were able to grab seats at the bar. The bartender was definitely overextended. He made our drinks promptly but it took a while to place our orders. I had the scallops over risotto - delicious! Huge scallops, perfectly carmelized, The risotto could have had a little more seasoning.... More

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St. MArys, GA
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My wife and I were steered to this restaurant by our waitress at the Brookgreen Gardens lunch pavilion, and it was the best tip we received. We showed up at Out Back at Franks on a Thursday evening without a reservation, but were quickly seated in their community dining area, which is actually a long highboy table that seat10-12. The... More

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Las Vegas
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Great atmosphere. We sat outside and it was great. Service was timely and professional but not overwhelming. Jody was an excellent waiter. Food was excellent. Great salad selection.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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209 reviews 209 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

Our family of eight ate here and everyone agreed the meals were great. We started with the pimento cheese appetizer and you had to be on your toes to get some. It was very good. The special of the day, mahi mahi lightly crusted over sautéed spinach with a lemon butter sauce, was great. Others had scallops which were expertly... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Rather than rewrite a review I copied and pasted the email that I never received a response to: I wanted to follow up on my recent experience at Franks Outback. We were vacationing from Charleston in the Pawleys area two weeks ago. My wife and I were able to leave our children with family for a bit Saturday, August 9th... More

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Stratford, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I had the pleasure of Dining at Franks while on vacation. The food was excellent and our server Mac was great. Our children also liked the experience. Beautiful atmosphere, great live entertainment and the food was on point. I will recommend to anyone and if I come back to Myrtle Beach again I'm definitely eating here again.

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