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“Such a fun place with great atmosphere!”

Frank's Restaurant & Bar and Out Back at Frank's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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!
New Bern, North Carolina
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Such a fun place with great atmosphere!”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Stopped by Frank's Outback for drinks after dinner. They had a live band, heaters on since it was a cool night, and it was packed with people of all ages. We really enjoyed the atmosphere. What a great time! Can't wait to come back and possibly have dinner here.

Visited April 2014
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Connecticut
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225 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Best on Pawley's Island”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

The ambiance is to die for and the food is beyond delicious. First day tried the lamb and mashed potatoes cooked to perfection. The bar is a wonderful place to sit and drink and enjoy the appetizers and the fireplace. The bartender is quite accomodating and helpful in decision making time. The hostess and wait staff are friendly and accomodating. No rushing just great customer service.

  • Visited April 2014
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Charleston, SC
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Franks from a Local”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Very good choice for a fine dining venue. Franks has been around for at least 20 years and is still a tough reservation, so call early. Great seafood and steaks and a nice little bar up front.
They also have Franks Outback on the same property which is more casual with outdoor seating and a great outdoor bar. Pizzas there are really good. Locals tend to gravitate toward Outback mostly because easier to get in and more casual.
They have a great wine list and the service is always pleasant and efficient.

  • Visited October 2013
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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“Always Consistent. Always great.”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have been coming to Franks since the early 90's. We have never been disappoined with
the food or service. Say hello to Salter and Woofie. It is the best restaurant in Pawleys Island,
Georgetown or Murrells Inlet. Outdoors is very special.

  • Visited February 2014
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Pawley
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Restaurant for that Special Occasion”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

By default, the Out Back is the place to go on that special occasion. Mainly it's the ambiance of the place that brings one back. Food ,service & price are about what you'd expect and it all fits together with the setting to create a pleasant dinning experience. Live music weekend evenings adds to the charm of the place.

  • Visited February 2014
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