Florence, South Carolina’s Red Bone Alley Review #sponsored #visitflo

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We recently took a trip down the road to Florence, South Carolina. While there, our guide, Kathy, took us to a really popular local restaurant, Red Bone Alley. She said it was one of her local favorites and that she visited the restaurant often. After dining there on our first evening in Florence, we certainly understand why she recommended it. I want to come out and say firsthand that this was my personal favorite restaurant of all the ones that we tried while in the Florence, South Carolina area.

Red Bone Alley Review

Red Bone Alley has been locally owned and operated by Dale Barth since 1993. It is located in what used to be an old J.C. Penney store. Named for the owner’s daughter’s Red Bone Hound Dog, Red Bone Alley offers a completely unique experience in that it caters to both an adult audience and children alike. There is even a children’s area complete with its own ice cream truck! But, the adults can have their own fun with a large variety of tasty meals and alcoholic beverages. They even offer flights of beer for those who would like to sample their unique craft beer selection from Seminar Brewing.

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If Mr. Barth was looking for a certain atmosphere, he nailed it. The inside of the restaurant is made up of faux house fronts that resemble those historic homes found in Charleston, South Carolina, where he attended college. This gives Red Bone Alley the feeling of an old southern-charmed restaurant along the Charleston water front. The music and atmosphere, however, make it feel modern. I was right at home there.

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So, how about the food? Well, the menu consists of many local dishes as well as some more well-known staples. Appetizers and salads are a big part of the menu to get you started off on the right foot. I will tell you this though: You really don’t need an appetizer at Red Bone Alley. The main courses are huge and offer a lot of food. I am a pretty big eater and I couldn’t finish my meal.

Dawn ordered the Low Country Shrimp and Grits. She had been wanting this ever since coming to Florence, so there was no way she was going to miss out on the opportunity. She was well satisfied with her order. The grits were near perfect and the shrimp was awesome. It was, of course, too much for her, so we had to box it up.

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I ordered the Chicken Pontalba, which is a combination of spicy chicken, potatoes, sausage, mushroom and onions. It was divine! If my poor stomach could have handled it, I would have eaten it all night. Unfortunately, it was a bit too much for me, so I boxed it up and took it back to the hotel, where I finished it later that night.

Without a doubt, if you are ever in Florence and looking for a place to eat, we highly recommend Red Bone Alley. They offer something for every member of the family. Whether you are a kid or an adult, we think that you will love it for sure.

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About Jay Crawford

Jay enjoys cooking, music {his favorite artists are KISS, Def Leppard, the Eagles and a lot of the newer country music}, and sports {Carolina Panthers, Tarheels and the Appalachian State Mountaineers}. He also enjoys grilling out and cruising around with the radio up and the windows down.


  1. I live near Florence and we eat at Red Bone Alley often. It’s a favorite with my grandkids. I also like Percy and Willie’s in Florence. It’s a good one too.

  2. First off I love the name Redbone Alley. Looks like a wonderful place to go and enjoy a great meal and fun time.

  3. This looks amazing! I don’t live in that area, but will make a point to stop by there if I ever am! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sounds delicious. I do love a good shrimp and grits and now you have me craving some. Grits are going on the shopping list! We spent a fair amount of time in Charleston but I don’t recall that we were in Florence. Sounds like we missed a good meal

  5. The place looks so pretty! And that food sounds divine too.

  6. I love discovering new places to dine. This looks like such a fabulous restaurant with great food and a wonderful ambiance. If I’m ever in this area, I’ll check this place out.

  7. That sounds like a wonderful place to dine! I love that atmosphere and the food looks amazing. It’s the best of everything!

  8. I have never been to South Carolina. If I ever make it down there, this place sounds fantastic!

  9. Alaina Bullock says

    Yum! That sounds like a great place to eat! next time we go through Florence, we will have to stop and give it a try!

  10. Looks like you had a great meal. I always love when I can pack up some of my meal to reheat and enjoy later on. Saves me from cooking, and makes the meal out last longer!

  11. Those low country shrimp and grits look amazing. I’ll make sure to order them the next time we are in Florence.

  12. It’s awesome that you were able to check this place out. The Chicken Pontalba did sound good. I might have picked that too!

  13. Oh this looks awesome! I will have to remember it when we head down there this spring!

  14. Ann Bacciaglia says

    The food at Red Bone Alley looks so delicious. I would love to give it a try. My family would love it.

  15. Claudia Krusch says

    I will be in that area in the summer. I will have t check out Red Bone Alley. The food looks so delicious.

  16. Thanks for this great review! Whenever I travel I always rely on recommendations from friends as to where to get dinner and lunch! And I will definitely keep this place in mind when I’m in the area!

  17. How cute! This looks like a place I would want to eat at just to see all the faux houses! And I’m sure the beer sampler wouldn’t hurt, either ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. OMG how I miss grits! Like seriously missing all the southern food staples ๐Ÿ˜€
    The place looks so pretty and the food looks delicious.

  19. Their food looks delicious! This makes me want to go to South Carolina right now! ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. That sounds terrific!! I love grits – I don’t know why so many people don’t, but I’m told it’s a love or hate thing. I went thru the south only one time and the food was all SO GOOD!!

  21. wow red bone alley looks amazing. the cook and the atmosphere is so inviting.

  22. The interiors are lovely. I like how the owners planned the restaurant – like having something for adults and for the kids, too. I’m sure their food’s great and what adds more to their appeal is that they’re family-friendly. I hope I get to dine at Red Bone Alley one of these days.

  23. I have to visit Florence one day. That is one place I have never been,. Especially looking at all of your photos. It looks like a beautiful place to see in person. Thank you for sharing this.

  24. What delicious looking meals you had, when I saw Florence I thought Italy but no its south carolina lol. Italy is closer to me than the USA but your never know.

  25. That sounds like a great place! I am always looking for restaurants to try and should I find myself in Florence, I will definitely stop by here! The shrimp and grits look divine! I’m glad you had a wonderful dining experience!

  26. Sounds like a great place. I am always looking for a great shrimp and grits dish so I would try that one out for sure!

  27. I love shrimp and grits and would have probably ordered that as well!