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Bessinger's Barbecue

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Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen
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1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-6257
843-556-1354
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11:00 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: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Buffet

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  • 124
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    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
GREAT BBQ!

This restaurant was recommended to us by a local. He said it was the best BBQ in his opinion. Our family agrees. There were 3 separate sauces to choose from and the meat was tender. There was a bit too much salt, but that is pretty typical for BBQ. The price was a good fit for what you got... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Missoula, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We had the lunch buffet on the weekend and had big expectations going in due to the large banner that said they won some BBQ award from a magazine. It was just ok. Nothing really had any pizzazz or flavor. The pulled pork was mixed with mustard - yes, MUSTARD what??? The beef had some sort of weird slime on... More 

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Pooler, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you like sweet mustard BBQ sauce -- this is your place. Unfortunately, we do not like mustard sauce and unknowingly stopped in only to be disappointed. Please understand - when you come to the southeast there are numerous ways to make BBQ, but the meat is most always pork or chicken. In NC the sauce is a vinegar base,... More 

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South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I never have heart burn. We have eaten there twice and both times we all felt lousy afterward. To much $ for what you get.

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Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us by a local. He said it was the best BBQ in his opinion. Our family agrees. There were 3 separate sauces to choose from and the meat was tender. There was a bit too much salt, but that is pretty typical for BBQ. The price was a good fit for what you got and... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I was a little disappointed with our visit. We had the large pork sandwich combos and the Q was pretty ordinary. The onion rings were good but had a little too much breading and were a little greasy. Table was wiped clean but was still sticky. Next time I think I will look elsewhere.

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Ocala, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Stopped in after a long day of travel and did not realize it was a buffet instead of an order from menu. We decided to give it a try and found it to be quite good. There was pulled pork with mustard sauce - did not look very good but it was second helping delicious. The fried chicken was also... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Wasn't to bad, pork was decent,the bbq sauces flavorful, coleslaw ok, beans good, sweet delicious. The cashier seemed to have and a fulfilled day already considering it wasn't even that late, complaining about how tired she was...not professional but I can get over that. They put are order as a to go order instead of a dine in order which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is what I was looking for when I came to Charleston. Some good old fashioned southern BBQ. I got the little pork sandwich with mac and cheese and baked beans. Man oh man, that ranked in the top two bbqs I've ever had. Loved their signature sauce and then sides were just delicious. I felt nice and full after... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Delicious, home cooked buffet! Great for in and out quick food. We had a little of nearly everything and it was all good. Fried fish, pulled pork BBQ, Brunswick stew, salads galore. Good people great service. Thank you!!

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south carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My wife & I returned for the first time in 35 years, really looking forward to the visit. The restaurant was very busy, with a buffet side &a sandwich side. We ordered on the sandwich side, getting 2 sandwiches, iced tea, & onion rings. The ice tea was great, & the sandwiches were good, but not anything super. The onion... More 

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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, Delicatessen

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?