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Melvin's Barbecue

Certificate of Excellence
James Island
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538 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-3002
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only restaurant that I consistently go back to every time I'm in Charleston. The portions are generous, the prices reasonable, and the food is DELICIOUS!

Thank Stephanie B
Conover, North Carolina
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We had asked for a suggestion from some folks at the straw market and they mentioned Melvin's. They said it was the best, so we gave it a try. We were not disappointed. The meat was tender and the beans were great. Good portions and quick service. I will definitely be back the next time I am in Charleston.

Thank pastor1611
Charleston, South Carolina
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160 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I wanted a quick lunch and this looked good. There are daily lunch specials as well as an extensive menu with hot dogs, burgers, BBQ and sides. The daily lunch special was pulled pork, one side and cornbread for $8.99. The prices are a bit high, but the food is good. The pulled pork was very good. The sauces are... More 

Thank Terrie J
North Carolina
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Good food, good service. Prices are reasonable. Family friendly environment too. This is the second year in a row that I was out of town in Charleston and decided yet again to stop here to eat based on the good experience from 2015. I will be back in 2017 because the food is that good.

Thank Maseprops
Maumelle, Arkansas
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

First, I am from Arkansas where we like the tomato based bbq sauce. The Carolina's favor a mustard based sauce, and I am not a big fan of it. I ordered a plate of "salt and pepper brisket" which the order taker could not tell me why it had the name "salt and pepper." What I received was a metal... More 

Thank John C
Nashua, New Hampshire
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Nice neighborhood joint, friendly staff and more importantly, great BBQ! I have been here a copula' three times and each time I try something different, this last trip was for lunch and I decided on the smoked chicken, wow! I almost lost a finger because I was chewing so hard.. the endless sweet tea and their Mac N cheese did... More 

Thank Gino372k1
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

Stumbled across this gem because I missed an exit. It was time to eat so we tried a local BBQ called Melvin's. Great choice! Very friendly and the food was outstanding. If you're in the area, take time to find this place.

Thank daniel f
Cambridge, Ontario
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115 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

I like to try BBQ when we travel south. Often I find, even with tons of sauce the meat itself is dry. Not so here. The pork we had was moist and tender. We really enjoyed their mustard BBQ sauce. The girl taking our order was helpful, telling us what the best sandwich to order was. I would definitely recommend... More 

Thank mamamoose
Milton, Vermont
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Stopped here thinking we would grab a bbq burger. Turned out to be better than we thought. Pulled pork sandwich was excellent, sauces on the table were delicious and the pickle "bar" was great. My daughter loved the mac n' cheese and the sweet tea really hit the spot!

Thank Michelle R
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

We visited Melvin's for the first time ever by meeting family there while travelling to South Carolina. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the great service, the clean, family atmosphere and the pickled pepper bar which was free with your meal. The food was great, fresh, hot and promptly prepared, the restaurant was family friendly and the signature mustard barbecue sauce... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 538 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-3002
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > James Island
  • Neighborhood: James Island
  • Phone Number: 843-762-0511

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?