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“Cute venue, lousy food.”

Lone Star Barbecue & Mercantile
Ranked #7 of 36 Restaurants in Santee
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
Medford, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cute venue, lousy food.”
Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Visited on St. Patricks day in late afternoon while traveling down 95. The atmosphere was old country store and very cute. However the buffet left a lot to be desired. We read numerous recent reviews for this place and everyone raved about the place so we decided to try it. The fried chicken was dry, the pulled pork was dry and the unlimited Sunday desserts were sad and limited. The tomatoe pie and coleslaw were decent. Overall, overpriced, quality was certainly not home cooking, just very disappointing. Won't be our " must stop" in SC.

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
“Best dinner stop ever”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Wonderful place to stop on a road trip on I-95. Very close to highway--go through the town, take a right onto Santee State Park Road (at the edge of town) and you are there. The food was WONDERFUL--tomato pie and bread pudding were particularly notable. It's a buffet, something like $12/adult and half that price for kids, but for that you get a ton of food, iced tea/lemonade, dessert, plus a very enjoyable atmosphere. They were having a bluegrass concert the night we were there, and it was terrific. The servers are very helpful and kind, and we really enjoyed the old-timey atmosphere. We'll be back!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Molly S
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A place time forgot”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

Great food in a very unique setting. Good music from local pickers. Don't be turned off by the exterior appearance of the Lone Star. This is a must stop for dinner in Santee, SC.

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Florida
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Awesome experience and great food!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We were spending a few nights in the cabins at Santee State Park, and through the previous reviews, decided to stop at this restaurant. The buildings were charming and well decorated, and the food was delicious. There was a girl named Tristina singing bluegrass, country and folk songs who we stayed to listen to for about an hour and a half. The owner walked around to each table to get to know everyone, and promoted the singer. This was a quaint restaurant that had a down home feel and a proud owner.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Matthew S
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Columbia, SC
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“Great 'cue, awesome sides, cool setting”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

A great spot for barbecue and delicious 'down-home' sides. Also offering crispy fried fish and fried S.C. shrimp baskets. Chef Chris Williams' double-fried potato skins are addicting. And don't miss the tomato pie. About an hour from Columbia, but an easy stop for those traveling I-95. Going back soon for Bluegrass and BBQ.

  • Visited January 2013
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