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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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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an excellent restaurant. 8 guys on a golf trip looking for a relaxing dinner, good food and wine. Lots of food choices and a part of the menu includes "small plates." A salad or other appetizer and a small plate steak, fish, short ribs, seafood meant there was plenty of room for dessert and no one walked out... More 

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Charlotte, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have visited Frank's many times, unfortunately, the last two times we visited, the quality of the food preparation has slipped. For so long, Frank's was the benchmark for the Grand Strand, and the 'go place' for dining. I believe that has started to change. For the last two visits, the food was only average. Not necessarily because of the... More 

Thank Dwaine H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Frank's for dinner last night at the recommendation of a friend. So glad we did! The food was delicious. For an appetizer, we had fried deviled eggs (never heard of that) and WOW they were so good. We followed up with a marinated pear salad which could have been my entire meal. But then my husband and... More 

Thank RLBuckingham
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Eight friends went out for dinner and had amazing food. I had a giant crab cake with pimento cheese grits and collard greens. I AM NOT a southern girl and ordered it on a bet. Taste sensation! Chef said he was from Boston, but he definitely cracked this. Everyone else was also pleased with the food. Atmosphere and service was... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Frank's is my spot for entertaining and celebrating. The quality of service and food are the best in the area.

Thank Julia H
powder springs, GA, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed dining in the outdoor area at Franks. Food was good, especially the crab cakes, but a bit pricey. Service was good. We didn't have a reservation and got the idea we might not be seated without one (we arrived just before dinner opened at 5:00pm) so a reservation is a good idea.

Thank David H
Chatham, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent night of Food, Drink and Friends. The Gin Martinis were perfect, incredible wine choices and the steaks and fresh fish were superb. Not to mention the highly enjoyable outdoor dining and service. A special night!

Thank Eddie H
Trinity, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Frank's is top notch! We always dine inside but Franks' Outback is extremely popular. Even dining in the bar is a treat. We enjoy Lance's pleasure nature there.

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Belturbet, Cavan, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The ambience of Frank's was incredible; somewhere between your own backyard and a five-star restaurant. The beer and wine selection would make anyone happy and the bartenders are happy to make a cocktail with all of the other options. We had the mushroom ravioli (awesome), the Mahi and the lamb/goat cheese pizza. All was amazingly delicious and presented in an... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once again we had a great meal at Frank's. Our waiter, J. R. Was extremely helpful and attentive. Like most Pawleys Island part time residents, we count on Frank's for a special time!

Thank FLK1946

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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, Takeout
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
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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