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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 29585-7742
843 237 1581
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate at Frank's after playing golf in Pawleys Island. After relaxing with a drink at the bar, we were shown to a very nice table for two in the corner. I had conch sautéed in garlic. It was a very nice portion and absolutely delicious. He had the clam chowder which he enjoyed. Then I had a small plate,... More 

Thank Fran E
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Frank's offers dining options in the Restaurant and Bar or Outback and Bar. Either way you will experience local freshly prepared cuisine at its finest. Excellent list of wines and other beverages. Whether you are in the mood for appetizers, small plates, entrees or specialty desserts, the choices are creative and bursting with flavors. To drive past their red building... More 

Thank 568JerryF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First timers.... Steaks were great and truffle fries were awesome. Dessert was out of this world. Ambience was amazing... Scenery was elegant and relaxing. To top it all off though, our server Zack was attentive, outgoing, and very knowledgeable of the menu and bar selections... Our anniversary was unforgettable and will be back again.

Thank John S
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a GREAT dinner here. I ordered a special of shrimp scampi... Came with a nice salad and pasta for $32. My husband ordered a $46 bone-in ribeye steak. Paid $5.50 for a very small salad and $6 for a bowl of mashed potatoes. Which made his dinner total $57.50. Thats a bit steep for a steak, don't you... More 

Thank JoAnne M
Charlotte, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I see why this place is famous for this dessert. It was out of this world good. I had the special feature kobia, fresh catch of the day, which was delicious. Hubby had the grouper with shrimp, can see why it's the most popular meal and has been on the menu since 1988. Goddaughter got the crab cakes which was... More 

Thank jadoc
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very good food and a great selection. We sat outside (Franks Outback). The ambiance was especially nice. we really had a nice time.

Thank Larry O
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We attended a wedding reception at Frank's and had a great time. There were close to 90 people for a sit-down dinner, but the food and service were great! It's amazing how quickly they served all of us and the food was hot and delicious. We got the choose between a grouper/shrimp dish and a filet, and each was delicious.... More 

Thank Meg250
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is consistently one of the best restaurants on Pawleys Island. I eat here every time I travel here. Cozy, intimate, dark atmosphere inside... tropical, fun Key West atmosphere outside with palms, white canvas drapes and fountains. They have to keep expanding this place due to its incredible, well deserved popularity. The menu is huge. They have fabulous seafood, steak... More 

Thank Carolyn M
Greenville, South Carolina
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks to reading prior reviews we decided to try Frank's. I was worried when I called that we would not be able to get nt. However, there was a table in the bar available and we were there in 15 minutes. Darrell was our server and he was awesome. After a day of driving the casualness of the bar area... More 

Thank irenebadams
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we had the lobster ravioli and mahi they were excellent. french onion soup was also very tasty definitely a place to return to in the future

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $50
American, Seafood, International
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10434 Ocean Hwy, Hwy 17 S, Pawleys Island, SC 29585-7742
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Pawleys Island
  • Phone Number: 843 237 1581
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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