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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
Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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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, SC
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144 reviews 144 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Does not live up the hype. So-so food, variable levels of service. Seen by some to be fine dining but I don't get it. Based on several visits over time, I would prefer to patronize any of the other excellent choices in the area.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

It is always a delight to get fresh fish cooked perfectly and the presentation was beautiful. Our waitperson was extremely friendly too.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Try to book at Franks Outback. You are in a covered garden with little whites adorning everywhere possible. The food is good if you order well. This is one of our local restaurants. You must book a table in advance. Expensive but delightful.

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Franks is a fixture in the Pawleys Island area. And for good reason. They have a creative menu and delicious food. This is not a cheap place to dine though, and great for special occasions.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If you plan on having a golf weekend in the area ...make sure to stop at Frank's the food is to die for and the wait staff are at your beck and call

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This restaurant has a fireplace and it's perfect for the colder months of the year- like December. We were there this past December and enjoyed a glass of wine near the fireplace. Not gas logs. We also sat at the counter where they prepare the food. The chefs are great. You can talk with them some and ask them why... More 

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40 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

During the winter Frank's has a burger special on most Tuesday nights. The burger is awesome - thick and juicy and cooked to perfection. Service as always was friendly and efficient. My only wish is that they would slightly expand their "wine y the glass" offerings.

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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143 reviews 143 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Two options for dining at this establishment; indoors or "out back". We opted to eat indoors because we wanted to experience a "finer" dining option. Wait staff was friendly and fairly attentive. Wine list was adequate but not extensive and fairly priced. Baked jumbo shrimp we ordered as an appetizer definitely not "jumbo". We would have scored them on the... More 

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Irmo, South Carolina
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Found this restaurant on our honeymoon many years ago and now it is not only our favorite restaurant in the area, but we have told all of our friends and family and they all visit when they are in the area. We just were lucky enough to visit twice in November - once for my bday and again during Thanksgiving.... More 

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Windham, New York
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Over the last six years, we have loved to eat at Frank's, and still do. Friendly service, great food, New Year's Eve a real winner too. Small plates a great idea.

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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, Mediterranean, Continental

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