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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 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 21:30
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Udon Thani, Thailand
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good family owned restaurant. Local BBQ. Very fast and friendly service. Enjoyed the variety of sauces.

Thank ThaiDean
Beverly, NJ
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109 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Hubby and I always try to stop at Melvin's each time we're vacationing in the area. Their barbecue sandwiches are the best. Today, we were running errands and since we were at the local Lowe's, we decided to stop for a late lunch. The timing was great in that they're having a Happy Hour special between 3 and 5 PM... More 

Thank Seabrookgal
Warner Robins, Georgia
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Delicious BBQ, better than our regular Georgia BBQ. Brisket was as tender as can be. Also enjoyed the décor and the writing on their cups. They are closed Sunday too, showing their care for their employees.

Thank Andrea L
Potter, WI
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We're just blowing through town but wanted to give a shout-out to Melvin's! Our first visit to South Carolina and glad we found you. The barbecued pork was well seasoned, hat just the right amount of fat to add to the flavor, and well prepared for the pull apart YUM you'd expect from the experts. They know their stuff!!

Thank Amy Z
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102 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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28 reviews
12 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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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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

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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?