Downtown Florence is rapidly becoming a dining destination for the Pee Dee Region. With over ten independent restaurants nestled in the historic district and more on the way, there is something for everyone and every occasion. Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a fine dining experience, Downtown Florence’s restaurants are full of flavor and ready to serve you.
When owner Bill Travis says that Wholly Smokin’ is about BBQ, ribs, and a whole lot more, he isn’t fooling around. Wholly Smokin’ is Downtown Florence’s only BBQ joint, with an expansive menu of pulled pork, chicken, brisket, and don’t forget about those “burnt ends” they are so famous for! What started as a BBQ hobby has turned into one of the most sought after BBQ experiences in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, and one you don’t want to miss. Wholly Smokin’ is featured on the SC BBQ Trail, USA Today’s 10 Best Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches in South Carolina, and Only In Your State’s Top 15 BBQ Joints in South Carolina. The pitmasters at Wholly Smokin’ have also won numerous BBQ Association awards. Stop in and enjoy the casual and friendly atmosphere at Wholly Smokin’ Downtown.
Voted Florence’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Victors is the only restaurant in Florence to be awarded AAA’s 3-Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award. Victors is located in the lobby of Hotel Florence, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our full service bar features one of the largest selections of specialty beers, wines, and liquor drinks in the Pee Dee. Victors steaks, seafood, and wine selection, along with our variety of craft beers, make dining with us an event to remember. Our banquet facilities are perfect for social or business functions, and our professional catering staff can also bring the Victors experience to you with tailored catering options designed to fit your needs. From weddings to corporate events to business meetings, Victors is a tasteful experience your guests will remember.
Top Hat Special-Teas is a great place to bring friends and family for a truly unique dining experience. Housed in Downtown Florence’s only hot pink building, Top Hat is filled to the brim with teapots and antique treasures to feast your eyes upon while dining. Top Hat is also Florence’s only full-service tea house, serving daily high tea and all of the traditional accompanying delights. Lunch is served daily with whimsical (and tasty) specials, and be sure to try the scones with house-made lemon curd and Devonshire cream—and did we mention all of the house-made specialty TEAS?! Top Hat is also available for catering and private parties.
Stop in at Downtown Florence’s only eclectic taqueria and margarita bar, which was opened in April 2017 by three gringos looking to serve up unique tacos and other taqueria-inspired fare. This little gem of a restaurant serves lunch and dinner and is proudly part of the Downcountry Dining Group which also owns Florence favorite, Tubb’s Seafood & Shrimp Co. and Sweet Cupcakes.
Enjoy the taste of fresh-brewed coffee, specialty café fare, fine wines, and chocolate at Dolce Vita in Downtown Florence. Recently re-located into a larger space on Restaurant Row, Dolce Vita has expanded its menu offerings to include artisan flatbread pizzas and specialty sandwiches during the lunch hour. Stop by each Wednesday for Wine Down Wednesdays with drink specials and live music. Don’t forget to check out the rotating local artworks hung throughout the restaurant. Dolce Vita is also home to Flo-Town Cold Brew coffee, the only locally-produced and bottled nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee! Take home a few bottles or a whole growler.
The menu changes with the seasons, and features a selection of starters and entrees with both familiar and unexpected ingredients, some of which are from our nearby family farm. Locally and responsibly raised meat, pork and seafood options are prepared on our open wood-fire grille, and are served alongside family-style sides. Located in the historic Kress corner on West Evans and S. Dargan Street, Town Hall also offers an extensive list of American spirits, local beer, fine wines and well balanced cocktails. Town Hall is also home to Downtown Florence’s only rooftop bar, The Dispensary, open daily for cocktails and bar snacks. With incredible downtown views and a great list of hand-crafted cocktails, The Dispensary is a great place to unwind or meet up with friends. You may also find a local beer tasting, home-brew seminar, live music, or even yoga on the roof!
If you’re looking for authentic Thai food and fresh made sushi look no further. Thai House and Sushi bar has been a staple in downtown Florence for 6 years. Owner and chef Sompong was born in Thailand before moving to the united states 25 years ago. Only the freshest ingredients and authentic Thai spices and herbs are used. Thai House is known for their Pad Thai, Curry and Tofu. They have an extensive menu with over 100 choices, fresh made to order sushi and many vegetarian options.
The Dispensary boasts 3,500 square feet of rooftop bliss sitting atop the modern American restaurant Town Hall. The drink menu consists of creative, craft cocktails along with exquisite wines and beers from local breweries. Accompanied by a menu that is Southern at its roots, The Dispensary offers a list of elevated bar fare, carefully prepared by executive chef of Town Hall, Bobby Hodge. Able to accompany private parties, The Dispensary is a versatile and lively venue for corporate gatherings, luncheons and special functions of many sizes. For more information or to inquire about your next private gathering.
Local Motive Brewing Company is excited to be part of Downtown Florence! We offer a comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy a local brew and a simple menu. Part of the Kress Corner revitalization project, we are located at 121 and 123 North Dargan Street. We typically offer 12 unique brews on tap. Brewing on a compact three barrel system, the venue has the ability to brew smaller, more specific batches and offer a variety of styles. In addition, the food selection compliments the feel and intent of our space.
Soulé (So- Lay ) coffee + art/music space is a place built for the artists/innovators/visionaries/social leaders/teachers or patrons who feel that Florence is in need of something different. Did we also mention Soule is a coffee and smoothie bar? Stop in for nightly entertainment, open mic nights, or even a salsa class. Need wi-fi? Soulé has some of the fastest around and welcomes patrons to come in, take a seat, and create something new. Try the avocado toasts and maybe even get to meet international jazz artist and owner, Ezra Brown!
CHECK OUT ALL OF OUR EXCITING 2018 EVENTS!
October 19, 2018: Florence Chamber Kickin’ Chicken & Chili • 100 Block S. Dargan St. | 5-10 p.m.
October 20, 2018: Downtown Florence Heart Walk • Start location TBD | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
October 26, 2018: Florence After Five featuring PaperWork • 100 Block S. Dargan Street, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
November 3, 2018: SC Pecan Festival • Various Downtown Locations | 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
November 21, 2018: Victors Thanksgiving Eve Rock Party• James Allen Plaza | 5-9 p.m.
December 7, 2018: December 31, 2018: Downtown Holiday Light + Music Show | Nightly 5-10 p.m.
December 7, 2018: Downtown Christmas Magic • 100 Block W. Evans Street | 6-9 p.m.