Family-friendly Restaurants & Coffee Shops

DOWNTOWN FLORENCE RESTAURANTS

Town Hall Restaurant and Bar

(Town Hall ambiance)(Quail entree for dinner)

Located in a historic building that was once the town hall of Florence is a very new restaurant called Town Hall. They also have an impressive bar in the restaurant main room and a rooftop bar called Dispensary on top of the building as well! The food is a modern twist to southern comfort and the specialty drinks are mixed very well with an extensive beer and wine menu. This is a great place for locals, tourists, dates or just a night on the town. See my more thorough review with more pictures about my first visit to Town Hall Restaurant for our wedding anniversary. Address: 101 W. Evans St., Florence, SC 29501


Victor's Bistro

Located inside the beautiful boutique hotel, Hotel Florence, this restaurant is classy with excellent food and service. The prices for the quality you get is very good. They don't have a kid's menu but they have always been stroller friendly. Victor's Bistro Address: 126 W. Evans St., Florence, SC 29501

Wholly Smokin' BBQ 


With excellent fresh ingredients, this is a great place to get BBQ in downtown. The restaurant is spacious and the service is personal. Try their samplers to taste every meat and sauces! Wholly Smokin BBQ Address: 150 S Dargan St, Florence, SC 29506

Venus Restaurant & Catering

(Breakfast from Venus Restaurant)

If you are not in a hurry to get breakfast, this is the best spot for some. Every waffle and pancake tastes like they are made from scratch. Everything is always coming out piping hot. The price is also very reasonable. Service can be a bit slow but the wait is well worth it. Venus Address: 471 W Palmetto St., Florence, SC 29501

Long Grain Cafe

 (Thai Basil Chicken from Long Grain Cafe)

This is a great place to have breakfast. Many churches have gathered here for large parties. The place is even bigger in the back than in the front. Check out their fountain in the back if you are coming there for the first time! Prices are reasonable and there are Asian dishes on the menu as well. I highly recommend this place for a good sit down. Be ready to wait awhile when they get busy as they take care of their food service but it is worth every wait! Long Grain Address: 260 W Palmetto St., Florence, SC 29506

MALL AREAS RESTAURANTS

Red Bone Alley 

You get free ice cream from their ice cream truck that is stationed inside the Red Bone Alley restaurant! The inside of the entire restaurant is a replica of Charleston so the decor is beautiful and spacious. They also have an upstairs section and kids play area. In addition to being kid-friendly with a great ambiance, the food is excellent and a great fare of the south. Red Bone Alley Address: 1903 W Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29501

 

Mellow Mushroom

(Calzone from Mellow Mushroom) 

The decor and ambiance at Mellow Mushroom is so fun and colorful. They also have a kid's menu and offer crayons for the kids to color their menus. (Cheese pizza and apple slices from the kid's menu at Mellow Mushroom) 

Service can be a bit slow so make sure you make up your mind fast when the server approaches. They make everything from scratch. Mellow Mushroom Address: 120 Dunbarton Dr, Florence, SC 29501 

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet

Located in the same shopping center as Golden Corral and Toys R Us, this Chinese/Japanese restaurant is located in a large shopping center across from the Magnolia Mall. Kids 2 and under are always free to eat. There is always seafood on the buffet line among other meat and vegetable dishes. Don't skip the hibachi line in the back! They cook what you pick to put in your chow mien or fried rice and it's all part of the buffet. Prices are very reasonable. Hibachi Buffet Address: 2600 David H. McLeod  Blvd., Florence, SC 29501

Chuck E Cheese 

Chuck E Cheese is a great entertainment place for all kids. With Chuck E Cheese as the mascot and many games your kids can pick from, your kids' faces will light up as soon as they walk through the door! They also sell food like pizza and has a salad bar. It's free to get in and you just have to pay for tokens to play. Chuck E Cheese Address: 2701 David H. McLeod Blvd., Florence, SC 29501

Magnolia Mall Food Court 

There are several restaurants you can pick from at the food court at Magnolia Mall. It's always a favorite because you can pick from so many options and have a nice seating area with neat fans going on at all tops.  Selections include Chic Fil A, a Chinese food restaurant, a pizza/pasta place, hibachi restaurant, gyros and wings and Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches. Plus, you can walk your meal off afterwards by shopping at the mall. If you want a more formal sit down, go to Ruby Tuesday. It is also in the mall but not at the food court. Magnolia Mall Address: 2701 David H McLeod Blvd. Florence, SC 29501. 

Red Bowl Bistro 

Red Bowl Bistro is located a block from the Magnolia Mall and has a kid's menu for $3.99. The place is very nice and roomy inside. They also have a bar area with TVs. It's an Asian fusion restaurant with an extensive sushi and non-sushi menu. 

(Calamari appetizer from Red Bowl Bistro)

(Sushi from Red Bowl Bistro)

This place has the freshest sushi in all of Florence so head here if you are really craving some sushi. Red Bowl Bistro address: 2417 David H. McLeod Blvd., Florence, SC 29501

Golden Corral 

Golden Corral is an All American buffet restaurant with a lot of  dishes to pick from. Kids under 2 are free. They also have a chocolate fountain in the dessert area. Everything is well cooked and the salad bar is very fresh. Golden Corral Address: 2530 David H. McLeod Blvd., Florence, SC 29501

OTHER RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS

Local Motive Brewing Co in Downtown Florence (Craft Beer and Food) NEW!

Seminar Brewing and Kanza Restaurant on W. Lucas St. (near downtown) NEW Location!

Jennifer's Taqueria at the Florence Flea Market

(Tacos from Jennifer's Taqueria come with all the fixings)

If you are a big fan of authentic Mexican food, then you'll need to make a visit to the flea market in East Florence on the weekends to try the tacos of Jennifer's Taqueria. It is located in the heart of the  flea market outside. They have a patio covering and it can get busy during certain times. They only take cash but once you order a taco from them, you will be daydreaming about having their tacos again! After you have your snack or lunch there, stroll around the flea market with your kids to get some fresh produce, snow cones and good deals. Flea Market Adddress: 4001 E Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506

Julia Belle's Restaurant 

Located through the same gates of the Pee Dee Farmers Market, this restaurant serves the best southern food in Florence. It is located inside of the red barn on the right as you enter the gates. They try to use as much fresh ingredients from the farmers market as possible and everything tastes amazing. 

I recommend their chicken and waffles and blue plate specials. Their prices are reasonable and they are only open for lunch on Tues - Thurs and lunch and dinner on Fri and Sat. Don't forget to try their desserts! You won't regret it. Julia Belle's Address: 2513 W Lucas St, Florence, SC 29501

COFFEE SHOPS & DESSERTS

Dolce Vita Cafe Chocolate & Wine Tasting Room

This wine bar that sells coffee all day as well! They also make their own desserts and chocolates!!! It's more of a mother's place than a kid's place but I included it here because it's definitely worth trying! I have brought my baby here in the morning for coffee before. This is a very special place in downtown and everything tastesvery good. It's also a great place for mom's night out with the girls! Dolce Vita Address: 152 S Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506


Lula's Coffee Co

Lula's Coffee is located in South Florence and is a local coffee shop that hosts shows and open mic in the evening. Their coffee is always spot on! They take their time with their specialty drinks so if you are in a hurry, just get a regular cup of coffee.  They have an outdoor area where it's easier to talk to a friend. It seems to echo indoors so if you don't want people hearing your conversation, I'd recommend hanging out outside. Lula's Coffe Co Address: 600 Pamplico Highway, Florence, SC 29505

Soule Cafe

Located in downtown Florence, this is the newest and friendliest coffee shop around. With regular open mics, special nightly events and also a toddler time, this is really a community coffee shop and we're lucky to have one here in town. They really believe in the craft in coffee and it shows. Soule Cafe Address: 130 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501


Starbucks at Florence Mall 

There are 2 malls in Florence: the Magnolia Mall (big indoor one) and the Florence Mall (outdoor shopping center). They are about 5 min away from each other but the Starbucks stand-alone location is located at the Florence Mall. You know this town isn't that small if there is a couple of Starbucks in town! Yay for us! Starbucks Address: 933 W Palmetto Street; Florence, SC 29501


Starbucks inside Barnes & Noble at Magnolia Mall

There is also another Starbucks that is located inside of the Barnes & Noble at Magnolia Mall. They don't take the Starbucks gift cards but will take the Barnes & Noble one. They also serve more food! It's a great place to take the kids here for some Cheesecake Factory desserts and then head over to the Kid's area at Barnes & Noble for some book-reading or story time. Check out free Storytime information at Barnes & Noble on our events & activities page. Starbucks inside of Barnes & Noble Address: 2701 David H McLeod Blvd #1200, Florence, SC 29501

Starbucks inside Target

Yes, there is a total of 3 Starbucks locations in Florence! This one is located inside of Target in West Florence. It's a smaller location with very little seating but it takes both Starbucks and Target gift cards! Target address (also Starbucks inside): 2791 David H McLeod Blvd; Florence, SC 29501

Bruster's Real Ice Cream (Florence Mom's favorite!)

(Florence Mom's ice cream waffle cone from Bruster's)

It is such a treat to have an ice cream place like this in Florence. Located in the Magnolia Mall area, they really do have real ice cream and everything is always served carefully. They have a drive-thru, which makes it very convenient. They also have shakes, ice creams and cakes but you must try their ice cream! I always get my toddler, the kid's dino sundae! Bruster's address: 116 Dunbarton Dr, Florence, SC 29501

Sweet, A Cupcake Company (Florence Mom's Favorite)

If you are craving something sweet and don't want to buy a whole cake at the store, you can buy individual cupcakes at Sweet, A Cupcake Company. They make everything from scratch and you can see the workers bake their craft through the see-through window! They also sell coffee and specialty drinks. Sweet, A Cupcake Company Address: 1257 Celebration Blvd., Florence, SC 29501


Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt in West Florence

Located near the Magnolia Mall and next to Red Bowl Bistro, is Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt. They offer a lot of fat free options and you pull the handles and add the toppings yourself. You pay by weight and you can enjoy it there or take it togo. The place inside is very inviting and colorful and a great place to bring the kids. Sweet Frog Address: 2417 David H. McLeod Boulevard, Suite C
Florence, SC 29501