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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: 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
Most recent review
Top notch restaurant in a beautiful setting!

I much prefer Frank's Outback to Frank's. The menu and the setting suit me better. Beautiful fountain, cozy fireplace, and nestled under the trees... And the shrimp and andouille over fried green tomatoes is to die for! Have them add a side of stone ground grits, doesn't get any better than this!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Robin W
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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377 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I much prefer Frank's Outback to Frank's. The menu and the setting suit me better. Beautiful fountain, cozy fireplace, and nestled under the trees... And the shrimp and andouille over fried green tomatoes is to die for! Have them add a side of stone ground grits, doesn't get any better than this!!

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have been dining at Franks and Franks Outback for over a decade. The food is consistently outstanding, whether you dine inside or outback. We tend to enjoy the cozier atmosphere inside during the cooler months when there is always a fire by the bar. The rest of the year, we tend to dine outback where there is a certain... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've been going to Frank's for years and I have never had a bad meal. In fact, I've never had a meal which wasn't perfect. Frank's is by far the best fine dining in Pawley's Island. The menu is exceptional and the service is always phenomenal. It's the perfect place to go for that special occasion or anytime you want... More 

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This restaurant is one of the best in Pawleys Island and is located on the main road - Rt 17. If the weather is nice you may want the Out Back. Inside the tables are rather close together and the acoustics not that soft so conversation can become a challenge. The menu is rather extensive, the food excellent and the... More 

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Frank's is one of the oldest restaurants in Pawleys Island and there is a reason it has lastest so long and is still gong strong; consistency and good food. We enjoy the atmosphere of the OutBack area the most. It's more casual and fun. Great atmosphere helps both the inside and outside areas as well. You won't get a bad... More 

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South Carolina
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have only dined in Frank's Outback. The service and food are very good. The atmosphere is exceptional and should please any diner.

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Frank's is always excellent. Make sure you have reservations because it is ALWAYS difficult to get in. We like it because it is a small space and not loud. The menu is creative and the service top notch. Doesn't get better than this.

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Lewisville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was lucky enough to be visiting friends in Pawley's Island last year & went to dinner at Frank's...it was a warm evening & the outdoor lighting just added to the magical quality of the restaurant. The food was quite good, the wait staff, commendable but the atmosphere was the kicker...loved the whole entity that is 'Franks'.....it also seemed to... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The service could not have been more attentive, and the fried deviled eggs were awesome. When we added French Onion soup to our meal late, the waiter didn't miss a beat and the meal went smoothly. The Onion soup was tremendous, and the steak was great. Dessert was great, and when we walked outside and saw the outside portion of... More 

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Myrtle Beach, SC
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?