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Melvin's Southern BBQ & Ribs

James Island
American, Barbecue, Hamburgers
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538 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-3473
843-762-0511
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  • 29
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Southern Bbq

My husband and I enjoyed lunch at this quaint place. There are booths and tables. Orders are taken at a counter and you pick up from the counter. Good sauce choices, nice smokey flavor in the ribs. The lunch special was plentiful with cornbread and a side.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Marsha H
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Amherst, New York, United States
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Amherst, New York, United States
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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed lunch at this quaint place. There are booths and tables. Orders are taken at a counter and you pick up from the counter. Good sauce choices, nice smokey flavor in the ribs. The lunch special was plentiful with cornbread and a side.

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Richlands, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Just had our first meal at Melvin's BBQ. A friend recommended it and we stopped by after our visit to Patriot's Point. Bonus that it was about 5 mins away! We went on Saturday and it was buy one, get one 50% off for the "Meat Plate" (with a name like that it can't be bad right?) We enjoyed the... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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164 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Nothing else to say really...that is it. Brisket is "to die for" although I had the bbq turkey with Mac and cheese and fries. Everything that everyone else had was amazing looking too! Just writing this is making my mouth water and it is 11pm! Would go again...right now if I could!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We just ate at Melvin's Legendary Bar BQ for the first time and it was marvelous. Had some of the ribs, brisket and pork and it was all fantastic. Sides were also excellent. I can't say enough good things about this menu. We are from Florida and have eaten Bar BQ all over the south and this is some of... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The BBq was really good. The prices have gone up however. There are other BBq places that have just as good of food. There is nothing special about this place.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Our first time here, and glad we didn't missed it while we were on our recent vacation here at Charleston. Awesome ribs, and friendly environmental. Highly recommended and will definitley visit again.

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Frederick, Maryland
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99 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I expected the pork to be good. My husband had the Big Joe and I had the ribs. Both were delicious. I ordered the ribs dry; the rub on them was excellent. They were so good I didn't add any sauce. But the onion rings were the best surprise. They were huge, and fried in what I'm guessing is a... More 

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Woodbridge, VA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited Melvin's for the first time this week while in Charleston. We have eaten many times at a competing BBQ place, but now that we've been to Melvin's I am sure we will return here in the future. Their restaurant on James Island is clean, friendly, decorated without being overdone and efficient. We orderded a bulk order to go... More 

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Franklin, TN, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I am a long time BBQ lover, so I feel somewhat qualified to review a BBQ joint. I was raised on KC style BBQ, but my first two visits to Melvin's BBQ and his mustard-based sauces might have changed me forever. I highly, highly recommend Melvin's BBQ and especially their pulled pork. The pulled chicken is stellar. It's so good... More 

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Melvin's is a great fast-food restaurant with something for everyone. My family has never been disappointed by anything on the menu. We vacation every year in Charleston and our trip to Melvin's is a much anticipated event each time. It's great for families, couples, whatever... Just don't go on a Sunday. They walk the talk and are closed so their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 538 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-3473
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > James Island
  • Neighborhood: James Island
  • Phone Number: 843-762-0511

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Hamburgers

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