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Bessinger's Barbecue

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1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-6257
843-556-1354
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10:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Buffet

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Simple Dining, Good Food

Just outside of downtown on 17 Highway, Bessinger's is comprised of three elements: a buffet dining room open Fri sat and Sun, a take out, and a "sandwich shop" which is a get at the counter and sit at a table restaurant, (no alcohol license) featuring BBQ ribs, burgers and various sides. I had a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Just outside of downtown on 17 Highway, Bessinger's is comprised of three elements: a buffet dining room open Fri sat and Sun, a take out, and a "sandwich shop" which is a get at the counter and sit at a table restaurant, (no alcohol license) featuring BBQ ribs, burgers and various sides. I had a rack of ribs, coleslaw and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Stopped in for dinner early in the evening on the buffet side. Staff was very friendly. Food was not very good. Everything was very bland and the pulled pork had very little flavor. I would have expected a BBQ place in the south to have peach cobbler, but there was none to be found. Not worth $14/person.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This was your typical Southern Style BBQ. Walkup counter order service with pick-up when name called. The place is clean and looks like a BBQ joint! The service was also quick and food good. The St. Louis style ribs were very good.

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Chillicothe, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We stopped at Bessingers because it was close to our hotel. The service was great, very friendly staff. The food was good, fried chicken was great, cole slaw was okay, didn't care for the raisins in the sweet potatoes. My son ordered chicken tenders and he really enjoyed them. I would say the food was average.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

the coleslaw was the highlight of my visit. the bbq pork was good but the slaw was where it was at. i was excited to see fried green tomatoes on the menu as well. if you are in town, check this place out. it is worth your time!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Food was pretty good. We ate at the buffet with friends. Collard greens were too sweet, but ever thing else was good.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Wow. Just wow. I don't get to West Ashley very often but I had an appointment recently in the area and was pressed for time and stopped by Bessinger's. Oh my gosh. I have obviously been living under a rock. My wife and I ran in and we both were floored at how awesome both of our meals were. She... More 

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Crozet, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Stopped in here for the first time while vacationing in the area. Drive thru was very busy. Barbeque sandwich and fries excellent, but chicken tenders over fried to a crisp. Not many choices if you have any dietary issues. Not many healthy choices, but if you like barbeque then pretty good. Food just average, staff was friendly. Probably won't return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

Me and My Father stop by every time we go to the VA in Charleston. Coming from a military family and traveling, I've had my share of BBQ but nothing compares to the food at Bessingers.! Its a must have, very tasty food, very friendly environment!

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Honea Path, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

If you want really good bbq then this is the place for you. The buffet has a wide variety of food including salads. The shrimp macaroni salad was delicous. The bbq is so good. They offer a several varieties of sauces. When in Charleston, don't miss Bessinger's.

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Additional Information about Bessinger's Barbecue

Address: 1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-6257
Phone Number: 843-556-1354
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-6257
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: 843-556-1354

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?