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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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Saint Augustine, Florida
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This was a rustic self serve buffet style restaurant. The Tomato Pie is excellent and worth the trip. Their fried chicken was moist and tasty and they had several vegetable dishes that were good. We were there on a Thursday which was Pot Luck, so I can't say how their barbecue would be on another evening. Check their schedule to... More 

Thank Joan G
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69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We entered at 1:30 p.m. for lunch after calling to make sure they had ribs. We found a buffet with lots of bbq usuals and filled up our plates. We quickly realized that the time to eat is probably around 12 as everything was a little dry and tasteless. Other restaurants in the area did not even have ribs so... More 

Thank Omer B
Charleston, South Carolina
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This restaurant has been here for a long time. The seafood is fresh and inexpensive. The fried flounder is really good. If you are looking for a place where the locals eat, this is it.

Thank Tom S
Spokane Valley, Washington, United States
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Great southern cooking! If you go on a Sunday make sure to get the desserts in the second room. Fried chicken was great.

Thank Ron S
Lake Helen, Fl.
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

I've eaten here many times on our annual golf trip to Santee. This time was a bit different as the owner made a speech about the history of the buildings and the business. This made the experience even more complete than just enjoying the wonderful food and service. Nobody ever leaves the Lone Star hungry as there is plenty of... More 

Thank Don L
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

From the front it looks 3 old cabins, but once inside it's a general store with a fresh lunch buffet along the back. You can wander in up to 3 dining rooms all with different antique filled walls. Help was prompt and friendly. I will bring visiting relatives to experience with me again.

Thank Debra L
Venice, Florida
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128 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Spotted the sign for Lone Star on our way back to our hotel in Santee from the golf course. Couldn't pass up the opportunity and I am glad we didn't. First, the setting: a dirt parking lot shaded by big trees fronts what appears to be four adjoining plank, sharecropper's cabins. Push open the wooden door, step inside and step... More 

Thank jerry t
Frederick, Maryland
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

We researched barbecue places close to 95 South.... And since this place had good reviews, we thought we'd give it a try.....looking for that tasty, but elusive, real "authentic" Carolina barbecue. Not worth getting off the highway for, though. Let's start with the Ambiance, which is great, if you want to be reminded of leaking roofs in community dining rooms,... More 

Thank Mdtravelpro
Raleigh, North Carolina
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I've had better barbecue than I got at Lone Star. I've had better ribs than I got at Lone Star. And I've had better banana pudding than I got at Lone Star. But I've rarely had a more pleasant or memorable meal than my family has had the two times we've stopped at Lone Star on our way home from... More 

Thank billk723
Fleming Island, Florida
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168 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Anytime we are near Santee, Thursday thru Sunday, and it is close to meal time we stop at the Lone Star for some "comfort food". It all depends on the day, Thursday is Fired Chicken,Friday Shrimp and Grits, Saturday Ribs and Sunday , just Barbecued everything plus live country music. You can order from the menu but I've never seen... More 

Thank Warren H

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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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups, 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?