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Frank's Restaurant & Bar and Out Back at Frank's

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American, International, Mediterranean
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Awesome experience

My friends and I were there to celebrate an engagement. We had excellent service and the food was exceptional! Highly recommending Frank's to others!

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I were there to celebrate an engagement. We had excellent service and the food was exceptional! Highly recommending Frank's to others!

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Garden Grove, California
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was very attentive, and accommodating to our requests. Good variety of selections. Each of the six of us tried something different and were pleased with out selections. Quiet, fine dining. We chose to sit inside on a cool evening, but on a quick exploration of the Out Back portion it seemed there were more people outside and it... More 

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the dining experiences you must have when visiting Pawleys Island. Good food and great atmosphere. Sauces can be on the heavy side, so you may want to get on the side. Good bar and wine list as well.

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Thank DieterCoVacations
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on the main hwy and decided to check Frank's out based on tripadvisor reviews and absolutely loved it! Indoor outdoor feel, great fireplace, excellent service, impeccable food (grouper for me, chicken for my husband) and heat lamps meticulously watched by waiter to ensure perfect temperature for evening dining. Live music was great by solo guitarist/singer with a range... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are frequent customers of this restaurant and normally are always pleased. But we had the worst experience on Jan. 30, 2015. We were seated in an area we never knew existed and had to walk through the kitchen to get to our table. We ordered 2 appetizers. The crab dip was so fishy we didn't eat it. I ordered... More 

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Thank Patricia U
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love, love, love this atmosphere! Outback is under a tent, surrounded by plants and great jazzy music. Food is always wonderful

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great atmosphere. Restaurant out back is fantastic. The food was great, service was top notch. Both bars were very nice with friendly bar tenders.

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Thank Steve P
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Beauty and I have been coming to Franks for several years. We usually sit at the inside bar and have always had great service and food. I will confess to being a germaphobe. We sat at the Outback bar Saturday night. Two gentlemen were handling the bar and provided prompt service. However I couldn't help noticing the lack of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Frank's in Pawleys Island, SC was everything! My husband and I went along with family to celebrate my sister in law's birthday! Well, it did not disappoint! We are from Atlanta but we have a place right there in PI and had always intended to drop in and check it out. So when we were invited to the celebration and... More 

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Thank Gayla T
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Atmosphere was great. Great place for a romantic dinner for two. Menu extensive, but a bit pricey for frequent visits.

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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, International, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children

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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