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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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48 reviews 48 reviews
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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45 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Franks has been around forever..and is always a favorite with locals and visitors.love the ambience of the outback. inside is nice too especially if you know which table to request...a banquet or by the fireplace.extensive menu,lots of choices.....outback menu a bit more casual.the arugula, goat cheese and lamb pizza is my personal go to favorite. Can't beat the small plate... More 

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Frank's Outback has been a long time favorite. Over the years the venue has grown and the food has been consistently good. When you are at Pawleys Island, SC this restaurant is a must.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Returning to Frank;s recently with a friend, confirmed why this is one of our favorites in the Pawley's Island area. We sat next to the "real" wood fire place; it was cold outside, so the welcome fire was enjoyed. We sharing several small plates with wine recommendation by the friendly and professional bartender; while he was busy, he gave us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

What a nice ambience--I sat in their courtyard in November. My server was excellent & the menu was varied with low country features. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Indoor outdoor feel with fabulous hearth fireplace central to the outback setting. Bar is buzzing. Nice Live music when we were there on a Friday and Saturday night. Definitely make reservations as it was hard to get in for just my guy and I. We requested a fireplace table and they delivered! Menu ... wine list is plentiful. Now about... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This was a business dinner with 8 other colleagues, including clients, so it was important that the venue "got it right." Our reservation was ready on the dot, with wonderful seat inside. (By the way, there is outdoor seating, too, but it was going to be a cool night so we elected for indoors.) I had the grilled grouper with... More 

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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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