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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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!
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Superb.”
Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

I have been enjoying Frank's since 1989, and this place just keeps getting better and better. Not only is this a fine Low Country dining area experience, it is among the best restaurants in the United States. So many delicacies from which to choose, combined with a fine wine list, excellent service and a most unique as atmosphere and ambiance make this a spot I hope to continue frequenting for another 25 years. Do yourself a favor and just go.

  • Visited July 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Frank's Rules”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Since I am a local I frequent many of the excellent restaurants in the Pawley Island area but Frank's is by far my favorite. The waitstaff is knowledable, professional and friendly. The bartenders Lance and Chris (inside) are the best. Talk abount an excellent martini ! Lynn, the hostess is special. The most important man in the place is the chef, Pierce Culluton. He is the "heart" of Frank's with his creative, innovative dishes. I have NEVER had a bad experience at this restaurant.

I would like to comment on a recent reviewer who said he waited an hour beyond his reservation to be seated and the hostess was cold. It is my understanding that the owners, Wolfie and Salters have a long standing rule that you are seating immediately upon arriving for your reservation and are greeted by the waitstaff shortly upon being seated. Perhaps this person was at the wrong restaurant. Doesn't sound like Frank's to me.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank clamar
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing!”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Frank's Outback is one of my favorite restaurants. The restaurant itself is beautiful. It is a very intimate setting and perfect for a date night. The service is top notch. All of the staff members are willing to accommodate any needs/wants that you may have. The food is to die for! I love the lamb and arugula pizza! The pimento cheese is some of the best I have ever had. Oh and the braised beef short ribs melt in your mouth. Top it off with some creme brûlée and you will not regret it! If you have not been, you have to go!

  • Visited May 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

We had a great meal at Frank's. Entrees of flounder with shrimp, and duck breast (both specials if I recall) were perfectly prepared and sumptuous. The low country egg roll was inventive and delicious and the goat cheese appetizer was exceptional. We were too stuffed for dessert but the 14 layer caramel cake was tempting. Efficient and attentive service in a festive atmosphere.

Visited August 2014
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Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Golf trip”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

Overpriced and over rated. Had a 7:30 reservation and we were not seated until 8:30. The hostess was cold.

Visited July 2014
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