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Melvin's Barbecue

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
James Island
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538 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-3002
+1 843-762-0511
10:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 21:30
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102 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Clean , organized , good well prepared food ! Went on 1/2 price burger nite ( Tuesday ) . Came to table fast & HOT ! Fries were hot also ! Recommend it !

Thank Dorygirl22
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24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We always make sure we make a trip to Melvins for some BBQ. I have not had anything here that was bad. The burgers are really good too. The Shake and Sauces are great to take home as well.

Thank Wayne R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a good southern bbq near our rental house on Saint James Island. Our group of 6 adults and 2 children enjoyed the great variety of meats along with an extensive assortment of sides. Great meals for great prices

Thank Kelley R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Best mustard based BBQ anywhere but you better check out their cheeseburger as well. Absolutely mouth watering !

Thank John W
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 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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310 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 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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28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 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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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 538 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-3002
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > James Island
  • Neighbourhood: James Island
  • Phone Number: +1 843-762-0511

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