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Bessinger's Barbecue

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1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869
+1 843-556-1354
10:30 - 21:30
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Sun 11:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Chatham, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

food was ok but the bbq was very dry. all you can eat smorgasboard. wings were good, honey, hot, teriyaki. good dessert choices

Thank Donna P
Youngstown, New York
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We loved this place. Sign out side said 'Best BBQ in South Carolina' and it was. The Little Joe's pulled pork sandwich hit the spot. And the onion ring was different than anything I've ever had. The batter was thick. It was more like a hush puppy with an onion ring on the inside. Outstanding!

Thank Oddly127
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

quick service with various types of BBQ food, we had chicken basket that included onion rings and french fries. We were going to have key lime pie or peanut butter pie but were too full after eating our chicken dinner.

Thank 190laurienm
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love their Giant Onion Rings (more like Onion Donuts!!) and teh Big Joe pulled pork sandwich.the mustard based BBQ sauces are GREAT and their ribs were so yummy too. I also like the atmosphere and cleanliness of the place. Will definitely go back everytime I am in Charleston. For something different, the place also has a buffet for $14.... More 

Thank Martin G
Leland, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in Charleston late and were tired and hungry, and we didn't feel like searching for a place to eat. We chose Bessinger's because it was right next to our hotel. The food at the buffet was good and solid but was definitely not spectacular. It was filling and good value for what we paid. The service was excellent.

Thank Anthony R
Sylvania, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very disappointed that we had to order at the counter and the menu was very hard to see. They were out of rolls and wrapped a hamburger bun in paper and served that! Portions were large, though. Actually the sides were better than the barbecued meat.

Thank Kathy2161951
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last weekend, we visited Bessinger's for some BBQ. We arrived at the restaurant around 7:00 pm. Ordered the brisket and was told that it wasn't ready yet, but would be available in about 15 minutes--this should have been a dead-giveaway, since brisket is slow-cooked for 28-36 hours, a quarter-hour wouldn't make a difference. Anyway, waited a bit and got a... More 

Thank Longhorn1977
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Just has dinner at Bessinger's. Both of us ordered the brisket platters. Meat was overdone and chewy. Baked beans had a strange taste. Green beans obviously from a can and very salty. Corn muffins stale. Overall - yuck! Indulge your barbecue cravings elsewhere.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The chopped chicken was not good. They do not pick out the skin and fat and it's covered in barbecue sauce, so you don't know it until to start chewing it. Get the half chicken instead. The baked beans were just okay, but the collards were good.

Thank angelalee511
Kannapolis, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Typical BBQ fare. We think the brisket is the best thing we are there . Bone on BBQ chicken a little dry. Pulled chicken seemed to have a lot of fat in it! Not too good! The sides of Mac and Cheese and cabbage just ok. We did not do the buffet.. just ordered and were seated.

Thank CDGTrips

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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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
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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