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Lone Star Barbecue & Mercantile

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2212 State Park Rd, Santee, SC 29142-9482
+1 803-854-2000
Sun 11:30 - 03:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 20:30
Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Sumter, South Carolina
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

With barbecue in their name, they only served pulled pork (which you poured your own sauce on) & ribs. My wife & I both were expecting much more. The whole buffet was no very big at all. The buildings were dated but had a nice nostalgic feel though. However, the floors are not consistent in level ness so watch your... More 

Thank Michael R
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have an interesting website but the buffet was of poor quality. The chicken was so so and the building has major problems on the handicap ramp - needs repair.

Thank Vernon R
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go early to lunch so you don't get the end of the pans in the buffet, have realistic expectations. The greens are good, fried chicken is great, everything is cooked on site from scratch, including the mac and cheese. This is authentic food, not Cracker Barrel so relax and enjoy the experience.

Thank David W
Charleston, South Carolina
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733 reviews
415 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This visit which was one of many was disappointing. The ambiance is the same with memorabilia from the past in a collection of several older buildings. One hour before closing the buffet was not very well replenished with fried chicken being very sparse. The choices were much slimmer than in the past. NO shrimp & grits, banana pudding, or tomato... More 

1 Thank Howard P
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quirky, which we enjoyed, but the lunch buffet we had was so-so, and a bit expensive. It might be better if there had been a different buffet selection, but not for us.

Thank Susan P
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were traveling back home to North Carolina after a brief visit to Savannah Georgia. My husband and I were hungry and debating which chain restaurant to stop at for a quick dinner. Somehow we stumbled upon the lone star and took the chance on an unknown entity. Boy are we glad we did! The decor and presentation of local... More 

Thank Wendy G
Columbia, South Carolina
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Low Country charm, great food and a good price. The night we were there, a couple performed blue grass music and it was fantastic. Well worth a stop just to take in the spectacle and enjoy the food.

Thank TerryUSA2015
Richmond, Virginia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Awesome food and cool atmosphere. Step back in time into this converted general store to enjoy down home treats such as collard greens,. cobbler, fried chicken. hush puppies, pork barbecue and more. Our waitress and cashier also rolled out a big helping of southern hospitality as well. This place is a little bit off 95 but worth the trip.

Thank Dan N
North Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Excellent ribs, my favorite. The tomatoe pie and sweet potato casserole are to die for.... Love the atmosphere, almost like a museum.

Thank Mary W
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped here with four kids 20 mo-14 and two adults. The food was delicious and fresh and the service was great. Plus it was only $55 with tip! The store is super cute and there was a live band.

Thank Candi N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 03:00
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2212 State Park Rd, Santee, SC 29142-9482
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Santee
  • Phone Number: +1 803-854-2000

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