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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
843 237 1581
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What more can I say..excellent just like this first time I dined there in 1999.Great atmosphere and food selections with good quality. Always one of y top favorites in Litchfield.

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Thank Jim R
Sevierville, Tennessee
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant sets the bar high. Service is impeccable. Menu is amazing. Chef specials on my visit included grilled peaches wrapped in proscuto. Wine list is excellent. From appetizers to dessert, you will be impressed. I dream of this restaurant during the year until our beach trip. Amazing.

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Thank Deborah S
Alpharetta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What else can you say about Frank's? The food is fresh and perfectly prepared. The staff is professional, knowledgeable, courteous and welcoming. The atmosphere, inside or out, is upscale but relaxed and definitely not stuffy. We had dinner three times during our two week stay!

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Thank ott2014
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food is always wonderful here. Love the Outback more than the inside of the restaurant. Make sure to make reservations early as they book quickly especially on the weekends.

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Thank Lynn G
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been traveling down for several years and Frank's has yet to disappoint. From the lovely outback atmosphere (my fave) to the impressive cuisine, it remains an absolute must on your dining roster!

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Thank JessiG627
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the top two restaurants at Pawleys Island... Perrone's is the other. The atmosphere at this place is amazing whether dining indoors or out. Beautiful and lush Low Country landscape dotted with hundreds of tiny white lights. Great live music outside. The food is simply delish with crab stuffed grouper being the house specialty. So wonderful for a couples... More 

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Thank Kay R
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Yes, I have been dining at Frank's for over 25 years now; the only changes are the amount of people that now flock to Frank's and as a result, the addition of the hugely successful Outback. Other than that the food and service is still excellent--great wine list, and because of the greater dining population, a valet service has been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner as a couple at Frank's on a Tuesday evening and the food and service were excellent. We sat at the counter and JR was our server and he did a fabulous job and told us the specials in great detail. He is a pro at his job. Paul was behind the counter preparing the food and he... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The most amazing dinner and the outback was beautiful. The service was outstanding. You must save room for the warm caramel cake!

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Thank Dawn J
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Frank's is a very nice restaurant with good menu that provides options for all, excellent food and service. The dining area is very nice and sets a good tone for the evening. Not sure why the hostess set us back by the kitchen area when the restaurant was nearly empty. Thus my very good rating vs excellent. The evening improved.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $50
Cuisine
American, Seafood, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
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
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
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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