doc-of-docsbbqThe late Dr. J. Frank Martin loved life. He loved family, friends, Gamecock sports, golf and fishin’. But most of all, he loved a good deal and good eatin’. That’s what we’re all about here at Doc’s… good service and good food at a good price. So, in the spirit of Doc, welcome! Enjoy yourself and please come again soon.

Doc’s Barbeque and Southern Buffet is located just close enough to Downtown Columbia and to I-77 to make it almost impossible to pass up as a frequent lunch-time meetin’ and eatin’ place for business folk, university staff and students, Fort Jackson soldiers and families from all corners of the metro-Columbia area Its barbeque and other favorites are good enough to make it a true destination.

Just a few short blocks down Shop Road from the State Fairgrounds, Doc’s opened to the public in May 2006 in the old Dreher packing plant. Partners Jimmy Stevenson, Kirckman Finlay III and Trae McCarthy – three Columbia businessmen who happened to be passionate about food in general and barbeque in particular — renovated the space and named the restaurant after Stevenson’s late father-in-law, Columbia physician J. Frank Martin Sr…. “Doc.”

Doc’s is as clean as a whistle, bright and airy, and full of atmosphere with paintings by “Funky Chicken Man” Ernest Lee adoring the walls. You’ll experience casual dining by either loading your plate up yourself at the buffet, or ordering a specialty sandwich, basket or salad delivered to your table by the most friendly restaurant wait staff you’ll ever meet.


Doc’s goal is to provide the absolute best southern cuisine at a reasonable price.

We’ll never try to be the quickest or cheapest food available… quality takes time and the freshest ingredients don’t come cheap. We think it’s worth it; and after eating with us you will too!

Jesse F. Bullard

If you are not working where can we find you? In the woods, on the water, or at the golf course. What is your favorite dish to cook at home? Ribeye Steak, Potatoes Au Gratin, Sauteed Asparagus, and Bananas Foster Cheesecake for Dessert. Carolina or Clemson? These veins bleed Garnet and Black


Lunch ServedMONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY11:00 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M.
1601 Shop RoadColumbia, South Carolina 29201