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True BBQ

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1237 D Avenue, West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 791-9950 ‎
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Wed - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best restaurant BBQ in Columbia SC area

I had heard this place had good BBQ but was skeptical since I had heard about other "great" BBQ places but have found them to be a great disappointment. Not this one, best I've had in the area. Wasn't all that hungry when we passed by but stopped anyway. Husband and I each ordered the small Z BBQ... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I had heard this place had good BBQ but was skeptical since I had heard about other "great" BBQ places but have found them to be a great disappointment. Not this one, best I've had in the area. Wasn't all that hungry when we passed by but stopped anyway. Husband and I each ordered the small Z BBQ sandwhich. Waited... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I'm not even a big BBQ person but I love their BBQ! Their vegetables are also great, I have never had a bad meal here and either has anyone dining with me.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Yum!!!!!!!!! Everything was excellent, especially the hash and chopped pork. Clean place, very friendly. We were traveling with a baby and it was no problem at all. Thanks True BBQ!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

it is kind of out of the way and small but the BBQ is some of the best i have eaten. try the collard greens. get there early if you can because it gets very busy at lunch time.

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huntington, wv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

won't get any awards for ambiance, but the bbq was top notch! you get a plate of pulled pork and can choose 3 different sauces: "sexy lady", their sweet sauce, a mustard based sauce and a vinegar one. All are good, but none great, which keeps me from rating this place higher. Very good "hash and rice"--not sure what it... More 

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

The food was good but the place is too small. I appreciate the effort but there is just too much clutter in the store. I also don't like having to decide if I am supporting a race situation while at lunch. Be a restaurant or be a talk show

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

These are very nice people who run the restaurant but the was ok but not the best BBQ. I don't think I would go back but everyone has their own taste. They seem to do a good business. It might have just been my taste.

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Matthews, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I enjoyed my beef brisket dinner as much as the service. The food was tasty, very well-priced, and good portions. The service by Milton and his family was excellent and I will definitely come back when I am in the area for work. This was an overall enjoyable lunch visit.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I saw that True BBQ was rated 4.5 stars on that review site that starts with a "Y", so I went to True BBQ with 11 of my friends while we were visiting he Columbia area. I will never trust that site again. I do not know how to put it any simpler. This place has the worst barbecue that... More 

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

BBQ is smoked at the door and very good but I've liked others better. Sauces are very individual and their three, which you can put on yourself, were not my favorites. Hash was excellent, as was their baked beans and slaw. Establishment and surroundings are showing their age but staff was wonderful.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1237 D Avenue, West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  West Columbia
  • Phone Number: (803) 791-9950 ‎

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Barbecue
Open Hours
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

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