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Bessinger's Barbecue

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1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869
+1 843-556-1354
10:30 am - 9:30 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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a friend to Bessingers for the first time last week and she can't wait to go back! Amazing from food to staff.

Thank Purrlvr
Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best buffet in town. Great service. A wide variety of fresh homemade food for a mere $14. Can't beat it!!

Thank Pamela T
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239 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This BBQ smoke house was touted as the best smoked pork restaurant, but it was just so so. I've had better pulled pork in Toronto. They called it "chopped" pork but it's the same. On the plus side it was, however, smoky and moist; just not special like we were looking for. You order your meal from the front counter--in... More 

Thank DanoCanada
Lugoff, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This BBQ is buffet style. The salad bar had everything you would want on a salad and the ingredients were fresh....from the mushrooms to the spinach/lettuce. The pull pork was awesome and the flavor of the honey barbeque melted in your mouth. I tried all three of the wing flavors and all three were outstanding. I was not expecting such... More 

Thank ChuckD D
Walterboro, South Carolina, United States
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135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love BBQ. Growing up here in SC, its a staple. I heard so much about this place for years so I finally tried it out. For the price, I expected more. My favorite food here was the onion rings, which tells you something. The BBQ was nothing special to write home about. I know people love it there but... More 

Thank Faith N
McDonough, Georgia, United States
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This BBQ was walking distance to our hotel so that was nice. The employees were all very young, not as caring as older adults. Tea containers were both empty, food was good but seemed rushed. A little e pricey for the amount you get

Thank Trixie419
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

This is my favorite BBQ restaurant, the food is always amazing and the staff is always friendly. Only BBQ place I will go to!

Thank Purrlvr
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Don't confuse this place with Melvin's in Mt Pleasant. They are both from the Bessinger family, but they couldn't be more different in quality and service. The order staff was not very knowledgeable or helpful. Actually a bit on the surly side. Had a brisket and chopped chicken sandwich. Chicken sandwich was ok. The brisket sandwich was unacceptable. About one... More 

Thank NathanKelp
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Husband and I were super surprised to find out that Bessinger's has a BBQ buffet on Friday and Saturday nights. We thought we had died and gone to Heaven!! Fresh salad makings, pasta salads, greens, taters, beans, bread, pulled pork, fried chicken, fried catfish (with the tails!), stuffed catfish and desserts as far as you can see! It was absolutely... More 

Thank Angie B
Valparaiso, Indiana
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86 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?