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Frank's Restaurant & Bar and Out Back at Frank's

10434 Ocean Hwy, Hwy 17 S, Pawleys Island, SC 29585-7742
+1 843-237-1581
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
10434 Ocean Hwy, Hwy 17 S, Pawleys Island, SC 29585-7742
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Made reservations on Thursday for 7:30 dinner. Had a wonderful bartender named Chip, GREAT COCKTAILS! Was seated at at 7:30. We had requested our server, Lewis! Lewis has served our entire family, for 25 years now!! Couldn't think of having a meal at Frank's, without...More

Thank sterling52
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We come to franks every time we are in pawleys. Food is just fantastic, the other day they had live music which was just lovely. We have a person with a bad food allergy to a fairly common ingredient, and everyone from the server to...More

1  Thank kc_Greenville
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was cold when we went to OutBack at Franks but we were sufficiently warm with the heaters. The staff was good, the bar was packed as always. I can't recall what I had but it was good and the staff was willing to work...More

Thank jthompson52
Reviewed 1 week ago

the outback is a wonderful place to have a nice special dinner. The venue and the service was top notch. The food presentation was very nice. The taste was not worth the price.. Mahi Mahi was absolutely tasteless and so dry I was looking for...More

1  Thank John O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good things included high quality food, friendly waiter, great ambiance. Bad things this time included: no one to greet us when we entered, service below par (waiter cleared my spouses plate and brought entrees while I was still finishing my appetizer) - bad planning by...More

Thank Aristotle22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the more formal setting and quiet atmosphere. Dinner and service above average although a bit pricey. Will return again.

Thank Janet T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every time we go we have the best time, Greatest food ever! This Restaurant is the top of the line. You feel like you have been catered too!

Thank Chrissy M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The setting is great...outback is outside and beautifully set up. Longstanding best place around. Wedge and short rib were phenomenal as we're my friends meals according to them. Southern fare.

Thank lala405
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything was perfect. From the waiter (Drew) being very attentive to the delicious food. We had the pear salad and tuna poke as apps which were delicious. For the main course my husband had the beef short ribs and mashed potatoes, and I had the...More

Thank Lorraine D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very varied menu and nice relaxing outdoor atmosphere. Prices range from moderate to rather expensive (steak) depending what you order. They have a small menu that is not expensive yet has a variety of options that are very reasonable, Salads are great, pasta was good...More

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I am trying to decide between this property and the HI Express. I am looking at a package and the difference is $93 (more for the Gateway). I am trying to determine what makes one of these HI hotels better than the other. I like the FREE breakfast at the basic HI express, but I have read so many good things about this Gateway. We have kids 5, 7 and 10 and they want to SWIM. We will be in one room, so we need SPACE. What is the price range for food here and I read kids eat free. We are staying at one of these Holiday Inn's just not sure which one.....
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
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, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
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
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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!