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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went with friends for a nice dinner. Had reservations but probably didn't need them at 5:30. Started getting busy around 6pm. Service was very attentive. Food was wonderful. Mahi was cooked perfect. Would recommend the lamb chops, either the small portion (3) or the full rack (7). Tender and great taste. There is a higher end room behind the main... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went with another couple who frequent Frank's Outback, & were not disappointed. Wife had the delicious crab cakes, while I had a quality steak. Great wine selection, too. Will definitely be back!

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

Food and service is the best in Pawleys Island,SC. The food is prepared perfect every time we have been here and wait staff are so attentive to your every need

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful family dinner. I had the crab cakes dinner with pimento grits and grilled brussel sprouts, it was very good everyone else at the table loved their meals as well. The service was first class Sarah was our server, she took excellent care of us.

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Thank Suzi K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has never left me disappointed. We frequent for more of special occasions but last night we visited for our daughter's birthday and it was wonderful as always. I highly recommend the fried oysters. Great service, great food and great atmosphere!

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Milford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing ambience with twinkling lights everywhere you turn. Great band, menu and service made this a very satisfying New Years Eve night. Delicious fried oysters w green goddess dip. She crab soup and Parmesan crusted flounder were prepared deliciously. Highly recommend a visit to this popular location.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A group of 10 -13 of us have dined at Frank's Outback just before Christmas for the past several years. We are always well served and have excellent food in an atmosphere that's very enjoyable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Food is always delicious at Franks. You can graze on the appetizers, have small plates, or order a full dinner. There's a happy hour Monday through Thursday. They're both inside and outside bars, inside dining room and outside dining areas. In the cooler months there are space heaters outside. The Fire Pit is especially inviting when you're having a cocktail.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We heard so much about the burgers at franks we just want to go down and try them. When we went into the place we set at a table for eight the only problem is there was 11 of us. Since there was only one other table with people i'm surprised they didn't want to make us more comfortable. Let's... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

We went in for a couple of drinks, and while there decided to order a pizza to go. Great service, pizza was pretty good too!

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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
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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