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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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West Bend, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for a quick barbecue pick up, and Melvins served the bill. We had a half of barbecue chicken and two sides, and split it between the two of us. It was extremely tasty and we enjoyed our meal. We had baked beans and squash casserole. Their salad bar is excellent and took some pickled beets. The price was right... More 

Thank Luavaila
Lansing, Michigan
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't say enough good things about this place. The BBQ was amazing. I've had BBQ before, but this was by far the best of the best. The menu provided lots of variety with an affordable price tag too. The ambiance was unique and fun! Fantastic find all around!

Thank 911Michigander
North Charleston, South Carolina
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were on our way back from a Hyam's Nursery venture on a gorgeous spring day hungry from our plant buying. Our noses led us here. This spot with wooden booths has a good assortment of tasty barbecue in sandwich form and sliced or shredded meat form including barbecue on top of salads. You are first led to an order... More 

Thank cherylbX6403ZH
Udon Thani, Thailand
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74 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 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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116 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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
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
Reviewed 20 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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107 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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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?