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“Excellent Dinner”

Frank's Restaurant & Bar and Out Back at Frank's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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!
Reviewed December 4, 2013

It has been 2 years since we last dined here and it is still one of the best places in the area for dinner. We had the taste of She Crab Soup, wonderful salads that came with our entree, the 6oz. Center Cut Filet of Beef with Warm Potato Salad, Grilled Asparagus, Crispy Fried Onions with Brandied Shiitake Mushroom Cream Sauce Excellent and cooked to perfection) as well as the Chicken Breast Stuffed with Proscuitto and Fontina Served with Mashed Potatoes and Exotic Mushroom Pan Sauce, also excellent. We had a leisurely dinner thanks to Dennis, our waiter. Frank's wine offerings are very good and reasonably priced. It is a pleasure dining here.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

The small plates are excellent, salads creative and the ambience warm. Enjoyed our interaction with our waiter James.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

The pizzas are fabulous. I ordered take out at bar. The best pizzas in town were ready in minutes. Perfect for kids at home

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Ate at Frank's Out Back, lovely atmosphere, huge tents with a fireplace and heat lamps if needed. Good selection of appetizers, main courses, great steaks, seafood and chops. Not inexpensive but good value for the quality and quantity of food. They also have a happy hour which we missed. We will be back !

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Frankly speaking, this restaurant is excellent, not only in their foods, but also in their decor, service and ambience! We went for steak and were not disappointed! Each of us ordered a different selection and price. The dishes were very well prepared. And our desserts were sweet! The key lime was worth the drive over from Litchfield Resort!

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