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Lone Star Barbecue & Mercantile

$$ - $$$
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2212 State Park Road, Santee, SC
+1 803-854-2000
Sun 11:30 - 03:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 20:30
Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way to Hilton Head we got off the interstate and noticed a sign to the Lone Star. After driving a mile or two, we found the rustic, but charming, buffet restaurant and had lunch. The buffet was fantastic. Authentic southern food, friendly staff, great desserts; our family (of five) thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't hesitate to return.

Thank K M
Summerville, South Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must place to visit Food is very good. Southern atmosphere. Blue grass music on the weekends

Thank eatingout63
Daytona Beach, Florida
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Love this place. Good southern cooking served buffet style in restored rustic building. Excellent collards, green beans, sweet potato, rutabaga, pulled pork, fried chicken, bread and banana pudding, etc. Just about everything you would expect around grandma's table in the South. Well worth the ten minute trip off I-95.

Thank sailfishshooter
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82 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Right on Santee State Park Rd., this place is easy to find. This is a store and restaurant housed in historic buildings. Enter through the store door, which is where you will purchase your food for take out or buffet eat in. This is good SC home cooking. In season, special events are held here, and you can reserve the... More 

Thank Magma5
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This is a Buffett style restaurant with a nice at home feel. Fried chicken, pork, vegetables and desert . The food was great and the staff was very friendly and eager to make their customers happy. Great place for families to eat and enjoy each other. Would have liked to see BBQ chicken on the Buffett.

Thank brians0101
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
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151 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Went there for Sunday buffet around noon. The place says BBQ but only BBQ was pulled pork on the buffet and that was not what I was expecting when when place has BBQ in its name. By no means am I saying food was bad because everything I tried off buffet was great except for the pulled pork it was... More 

Thank dirttracker00
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This was my first time visiting Lone Star and I enjoyed every bit of it. The buffet was full of fresh home cooked meats and veggies. I was excited for the tomato pie and it was so delicious I could have ate a whole plate full. The dessert buffet was filled with cakes, pies and pralines. I had a hard... More 

Thank Joy P
Coral Springs, Florida
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We went for a late lunch during the week and were between the lunch and dinner buffet hours, which may have been the problem. The food was hot but didn't look very fresh or appetizing. Most of the selections were 1/2 filled trays and some of the food didn't look good from sitting there so long. The chicken was good... More 

Thank Cindy R
Branchville, South Carolina
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163 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Finally got to try this place! We ate at the Sunday buffet today for my parents anniversary. It was good - with lots of choices. The chicken was good as well as the hash. I don't eat all hash because I am just picky about it, but this one was good. I loved the old feeling of the mercantile. It... More 

Thank danamc01
Callahan, Florida
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We have eaten here the past several years after playing golf. I continually look forward to going back. Usually eat supper there on Friday or Saturday early evening. Always plenty of room with all the old buildings linked together. Often local talent playing / singing live music. I am not the most critical when judging cuisine and some may find... More 

Thank Treker583

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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 Road, Santee, SC
  • 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?