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Bessinger's Barbecue

1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869
+1 843-556-1354
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“onion rings” (104 reviews)
“pulled pork” (60 reviews)
“southern bbq” (17 reviews)
Opens in 24 min
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered the pulled chicken platter for takeout, and found it delicious and a new taste for someone who had only been used to pulled pork. The onion ring proved disappointing.

Thank EugeC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I still keep going back and it’s fairly reliable. I get the little joe basket and will also buy bottles of their original sauce to have at home when we smoke our own Boston butts. It’s definitely not a fancy place, but it’s an old...More

Thank Tigerfan85
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a buffet style restaurant (Father’s Day). The service was very efficient and pleasant. Unfortunately, the food was, at best, mediocre except for the desserts. There were no ribs or brisket on the steam table and, sorry, you cannot include the name ‘BBQ’ if...More

Thank DaJmon
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

After years away from Charleston, we visited & had to go back to Bessinger’s for their Onion Rings. Yes, they were good but could have slid out the door with all of the grease they used. I tried to blot them with paper towels but...More

Thank JenniferSenior
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

Business travel. Associate used to live in this area and recommended Bessinger’s. Choices of Pulled pork, chicken, brisket, chicken wings and turkey. Kids menu has hamburgers, grilled cheese and cheeseburgers. Sides are Cole slaw (excellent) onion rings, fries, baked beans, corn bread, etc. The beef...More

Thank Mrfiz
Reviewed June 30, 2018

Traveling back to Myrtle Beach from Hilton Head and can't go through Charleston and not have our BBQ fix from Bessinger's BBQ and can't miss location.. We had the Little Joe BBQ basket with FF and Huge Onion Rings.. Always good, always hot and always...More

Thank Dick B
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

Our son had eaten here before and said he preferred this to a few other BBQ places that he has gone to in the Charleston area. My son ordered the brisket sandwich, and was told that they had run out of brisket so he ordered...More

Thank Andy L
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Great pulled bbq chicken dinner! Nice and close to the Sleep Inn, you can walk over! Green beans were ok.

Thank April T
Reviewed June 25, 2018

I was here for the first time this weekend. I had the pulled pork platter, collards and cole slaw. The serving was so huge I took some home and it lasted for two more meals. It also comes with a piece of cornbread, a pepper...More

Thank tripper123
Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

Very good food and fast service! We got the pulled pork platter with Mac n cheese and coleslaw. The food came quickly and was very delicious. The bathrooms were also clean which was a plus

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Questions & Answers
May 10, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from hobiesmom | Reviewed this property |
Fri./Sat. buffet begins at 5 p.m.. Sundays at 11 am. Stays open til 8 or 9 pm. Call to be sure of closing time. Same on Fri/Sat.
richard p
March 4, 2017|
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Response from Michael B | Property representative |
Hello, we sell our ribs by the rack or half rack.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
10:30 AM - 9:30 PM
10:30 AM - 9:30 PM
10:30 AM - 9:30 PM
10:30 AM - 9:30 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-556-1354
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