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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
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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Louisville, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Of all the times we've been to Frank's, it has been at the Out Back restaurant. It is consistently delicious and service is very good. The atmosphere is tropical and upscale, yet with a casual feel. We love going to Frank's with a group or date night.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Frank's is an institution. The food is excellent and the menu has a nice mix of standards and more adventurous items. Everything is well-prepared and fresh. I especially enjoy their scallops. Service staff is professional and the decor is comfortable and pleasant.

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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I read the reviews and thought that dining at Franks Restaurant would be one of our trip highlights. But, it wasn’t. In general the restaurant reminded me of a steak house from the 70’s. The décor was dark and heavy. I had an overall impression that there might be a hidden cigar parlor to smoke and sip cognac in the... More

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Ware Shoals, South Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere,, everything we had was awesome and the waitstaff was excellent!!! If you are in the area, you got to give this place a try.

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We ate inside and had an acceptable dinner. It tends to be more formal inside, with ample portion sizes. I asked for my duck rare and it was closer to medium, but acceptable nonetheless. The wine list was among the best we saw during our week-long visit. Overall, I found it a tad pricey inside for the quality of food... More

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Love this place. It is a great dining experience. The atmosphere is wonderful with a lovely bar at the entry with a cozy fireplace. The dining room is great and offers dining iwth a seat overlooking the kitchen.

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Hamilton
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Friendly staff. Great atmosphere. A classic steakhouse. 20 oz bone in ribeye was tough. Not what I expected from a $46 cut of meat. It came a la carte and I added onion rings and creamed spinach at $6.50 each. The spinach was excellent. The rings were average. Appetizer was deep fried deviled eggs. Excellent. Companions also had similar experience... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A local must eatery. Low country elegance at its best. A little over priced, but I believe in paying for atmosphere and great service.

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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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Continental

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