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

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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: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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
Great Restaurant

Frank's has become a must go to whenever we visit friends in and around Myrtle Beach. The food was just as described and everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was top shelf from our waiter and everyone raved about the deserts. We will return.

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5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Wrightstown, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Wrightstown, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Frank's has become a must go to whenever we visit friends in and around Myrtle Beach. The food was just as described and everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was top shelf from our waiter and everyone raved about the deserts. We will return.

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Frank's and Frank's Outback have both been two of my all time favorite restaurants in Pawleys Island as long as I can remember. I don't think I've ever been disappointed in anything I've ordered at either, however, I actually prefer the more casual outdoor atmosphere of Frank's Outback to the white table cloth atmosphere of Frank's Bistro, but that's just... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We had dinner last week at Franks and the food and service continue to be some of the best in the area. The sautéed Caribbean conch appetizer is still one of my favorites year after year! I tried the seared yellowfin tuna special and my wife had the cornmeal encrusted grouper. Both were served promptly following our dinner salads and... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We have been dining at Franks for over 20 years and we love it! The setting is amazing with twinkling lights everywhere in the garden. cooler months enjoy the fire in the fireplace. The food is always superb. The service is top notch! It's truly a magical place for any special occasion!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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301 reviews 301 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This was my second trip to Frank's Restaurant and it was exceptional. We split three appetizers and enjoyed each. They were fried goat cheese medallions which were the size of a golf ball and very tasty. Other appetizers were their pimento cheese and chips( a must to try) and fried deviled eggs. For entrees we had lobster and crab cakes... More 

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Murrells Inlet, SC
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

There was not much on the small plate menu to my liking. I ordered the Chilled Lobster Pesto Pasta: Angel Hair Tossed with Homeade Basil Pesto and Cold Water Lobster. The Lobster seemed over cooked and it is cold pasta--just not to my liking. The Caesar salad was very good. The last few times I have been there I have... More 

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Columbus, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Always love coming here - I have never had a bad meal - its always delicious especially the carmel cke!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

First time visit to Frank's and it was awesome! Great food! Great waiter! Will go back again! Had scallops and husband had the special both happy with our choices.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Everyone loves Frank's. It's an icon of Pawleys Island. Very hard to get a reservation in the summer. . . call at least a week ahead of time. They have a few communal tables in the bar that can be run if you don't have a reservation. We usually get scallops, steak, risotto, calamari, lamb, and plenty of wine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Last night my wife and I, along with a few friends, enjoyed yet again an amazing dining experience at Franks Outback. Everything was more than exceptional; the cuisine, drinks, service and ambiance. We were seated in a dining area that you had to walk through the kitchen to get to and it was a very neat experience passing through. All... More 

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Restaurant Details

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, Mediterranean, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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