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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
+1 843-237-1581
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17:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Sneads Ferry
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved the outside seating at Frank's Outback! It was a chilly evening and the heaters and cozy fireplace kept us toasty! The food was amazing - started with crispy calamari and had small plates of mahi-mahi over risotto with lemon caper sauce and meatballs with papardelli. All yummy! Service was excellent!!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a popular restaurant and for good reason. The menu is full of delicious suggestions and the quality is unsurpassed. We ate dinner there with friends and everything was just perfect. They offer small plates which when paired with a salad or side are just right for a light meal. I had the full size portion of stuffed flounder... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Frank's Steakhouse was outstanding (again) during our recent family reunion (eight guests). A shout out to our waiter JR (John R) who was very entertaining as well as a great waiter. Frank's is the best in Pawleys's Island: great food and great service.

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Thank PatAndCarol2013
Southport
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We steered our party of 4 couples here during our reunion in Pawley's because we'd had 2 previous positive experiences. And Frank's once again came through "bigly". From the moment we sat down at our comfy round table in one of the original warm and cozy rooms near the open kitchen, our waiter (J.R.) entertained us all yet remained professional... More 

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Thank Susan E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely a dinner worthy of its importance. A dinner i would rank in the top ten world wide. Those who know me well know that I am honest about worldwide. I have traveled across continents and countries.

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Thank rita s
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on a girls night out. It was in the 30's but the with the sides down and heaters on, the patio out back had to be around 70. No coat required... So don't let the cold weather stop you from eating out back. The tropical atmosphere, wait staff (Jody), food, and martinis (French!) were great! Nothing bad to... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Most Fine dining establishments can be snooty, but at Franks there is a unique atmosphere...You can come with your golf buddies after a round or celebrate a special occasion....I believe this is accomplished by the professional staff....They can be personable and friendly but they never step over the line... You get a great pour with your drinks and the food... More 

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Thank Greatlakessailor
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Frank's Restaurant has been the premier dining destination in Pawleys for at least 25 years, and it has been consistently top-notch throughout that time. Mr. Frank Marlowe, the long-time proprietor of the local grocery/hardware/variety store that occupied the space forever before his retirement, would be proud of the fact that "Old Pawleys" people and newcomers alike continue to flock to... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our evening started out slow. It took the waitress 40 minutes to get my ice tea. Our wine came in 20 minutes. It was a busy Friday evening but that's a long wait for drinks. I ordered the fried goat cheese & spinach salad, unfortunately the goat cheese is fried in the same oil they use to fry fish. Since... More 

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

Excellent service food was great I had the steak , the outside gardens with the ponds water falls and live entertainment is the myrtle beach areas finest eatery

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
17:00 - 21:30
Saturday
17:00 - 21:30
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: +1 843-237-1581
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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