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Bessinger's Barbecue

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1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869
+1 843-556-1354
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lunch at Bessinger's. First time and it was a little different. The sauces are mustard based which was different to us. My wife had the hamburger, which was good but hugh. I had the brisket sandwich which was great. We got the basket which includes fries and one onion ring. The fries are great. They are proud of... More 

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Grapeview, Washington
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442 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thought we would try this place since it was close to where we were staying. Our dinner was pretty average. Not a place we will rush back to.

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Thank Jim B
Charleston, SC
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would otherwise give it 3 stars, based on other recent visits. Would have given 5 starts prior to the retirement of their head cook. Not the same place anymore. But THIS review is all about Thanksgiving. We've often enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal at Bessinger's (before the head cook retired), so I was aware of the long wait on that... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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241 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For those of you who don't live in Charleston, this is the place to go for BBQ. Now, it is the mustard type BBQ but it has the BEST BBQ pork or chicken in the low country. All is made right on property and it's smoked perfectly, every time! It's very conveniently located on Savannah Highway, along the Auto Mile... More 

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Thank Dick B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the BBQ sandwich and the sauce that came with it! I have had similar bbq in the past from other places and this was definitely a step up from those. I will be ordering from there again!

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Kuwait
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93 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being new to the area we passed this place a few times and wanted to try it. We were not a fan of the sauces, but the meat was good. We decided to dine in, we sat at a booth by the door which turned out to be a bad idea. I was the only one at the table that... More 

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Thank Catie I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

I've had burgers all over. This is the best real traditional cheeseburger in Charleston. Some places put all kind of novel things on their burger or may have some kind of huge thick piece of meat, but this is just a good ol' cheeseburger. Get it on the fast food side. Sunday buffet on the buffet side is sure to... More 

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Thank Richard S
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62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

We walked here since it was close to our hotel and we were tired of fighting the traffic. Great find! We had brisket sandwiches. Being from Texas, we know barbecued brisket and this was the best. Also, affordable. Had side of steak fries and the onion rings were awesome.

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Thank jolyblonde
Kansas City
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Brisket sandwich was good. No sauce on tables, first time there. Monster onion ring on basket with different flavor of bread g, very thick breading. Would have given 5 stars, but no soap in bathroom and no wipes provided with meal, c'mon it's bbq! But then I'm from Kansas City. ...

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Charleston, South Carolina
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

This is an all you care to eat restaurant serving fine Southern style cuisine with an emphasis on BBQ. The food it always 4 to 5 stars, the price is a little on the high side for this type of food around the low country. The deserts used to be awesome but the little old lady preparing them has left... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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
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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