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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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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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
Delicious food, fun atmosphere

Been here several times. The food is incredibly delicious, and the waitstaff are attentive and helpful. It gets a little loud at times because it's always crowded. But it's a great place to go with a group of family or friends.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Lura G
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Cary, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Been here several times. The food is incredibly delicious, and the waitstaff are attentive and helpful. It gets a little loud at times because it's always crowded. But it's a great place to go with a group of family or friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Excellent dinner with colleagues. The service was impeccable with just the right amount of attention without feeling fussed over. We went off the main dining menu which had a great range of choices - I had the crab cakes which were delicious. Excellent wine list and (if you can manage it), go for the shared dessert option.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Great staff, waiters and waitress at this place. The grilled grouper I had was outstanding. I went back the following day because of such a wonderful experience the first time. Believe it or not I placed the same order. Lol.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We were lucky to get a table at this popular spot. We enjoyed the fried goat cheese appetizer. However, the steamed mussels could have used a little more garlic. The small plates provide just the right portion size. The lamb and beef tenderloin were both delicious. The crème brulé and blackberry cobbler were the perfect ending. Can't wait to go... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We have dined at Frank's many times and you will not be disappointed. Crab cakes are the best and fish dishes prepared top shelf.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This was an outstanding dinner for six of us inside Frank's. There is a different menu in the outdoor eating area which is very pleasant and attractive also. The food is high end, upscale, delectable, unusual tastes and mixes, and fabulous. We enjoyed a Wed. night special $20 bottle of wine, and we highly recommend the weird-sounding fried deviled eggs,... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Treated friends and business associates of ours. Part of 4 on a very very busy evening. Spent over $207 for the party (before tip) and was less than overwhelmed. Service was very good and provided by Laurie but the food (at least my entree) was a luke warm review. The winning treat was the Tuna Appetizer which was the best.... More 

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My husband and I met old friends from our hometown in MD for dinner here last evening. The food was scrumptious, the server was wonderful, and the atmosphere was elegant. We WILL return!!!

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

My husband and I like the atmosphere and the food is always very good and consistent. We are never disappointed and always recommend it to out-of-town guests.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

On a recent golf trip to the Myrtle Beach area, our group decided to try Frank's based on a local recommendation. What a treat! The service was excellent, matched only by the quality of the food. While not cheap by Myrtle Beach standards, the price was justified by the quality. We will be back.

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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: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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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