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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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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This is one of the favorite places of our golfing group for dinner during our annual golf week in the Myrtle Beach area. The food is great, varied, and well prepared. Particularly like the "small plate" selections. The wine list is excellent. The service is attentive without being intrusive and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Mike M
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
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133 reviews 133 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is one of the favorite places of our golfing group for dinner during our annual golf week in the Myrtle Beach area. The food is great, varied, and well prepared. Particularly like the "small plate" selections. The wine list is excellent. The service is attentive without being intrusive and food prepared to perfection. Dinner here is an annual tradition... More 

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Cleveland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Dined here with my wife and teenage daughter on spring break, and the food was exceptional. My wife and I both had seafood specials and my daughter had the filet. Each was exceptionally prepared and artfully presented. This place came highly recommended by friends that have a house in the area, and we can certainly see why. We'll definitely be... More 

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New Hartford, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Our group of 8 golfers held our annual "Champion's Dinner" at Frank's Outback last week. Our server was Jody. Everything was just excellent. The quality of the food, the way it was prepared, and the service were superb.One of our guys can't stop talking about the Tuna Nachos. My filet mignon was the best I have ever had. We all... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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717 reviews 717 reviews
519 restaurant reviews
359 helpful votes 359 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Food is good, but the atmosphere is great. We entertained our friends Dan and Kathy from California. Our waiter was very attentive and funny too. Beat salad was my favorite, the small plate was OK, but would have selected another next time. Decent wine menu. Wine by the glass is affordable and choices pretty OK.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I wouldn't skip this place, stop reading this review and make your reservation, you won't beat it. The food, staff, ambiance it's all top notch.

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Avonmore, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The most consistent place for a great meal in Pawleys Island, SC. The food and the service are always fantastic. The atmosphere is just as pleasant. Pricey, but worth every penny!

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Georgetown, South Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I've been here several times and franks and franks outback never disappoints! They were packed solid and I still was seated at my reservation time. We weren't really that hungry so we decided to have an assortment of small plates and the kids had pizza! Wow! All in all a great experience!

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

For the last 15 years, our family has made it a tradition to dine at Frank's Out Back every single time we visit the beach. This restaurant was one of our favorites, and the dining experience overall was always exceptional. Sadly, this time around, things were a little different. The last time we went to Frank's was the summer of... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Once again the Beauty and I visited Franks. It has always been our favorite. We enjoy sitting at the bar indoors. Lance is an excellent bartender with great customer service skills. The salads at Franks are all great. The beet salad and the chopped salad are my two favorites. On our last visit I had the trio of lamb chops... More 

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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207 reviews 207 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Enjoyed dinner with a close friend on Monday night. Intended to dine out back but it was closed so we sat at the inside bar. The food, wine and service were top shelf. Always enjoy dining at Franks, however, it is quite expensive. In this case I did not have to cover the check for family and others. When others... 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: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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