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Spanky's Restaurant

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American, Hamburgers
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101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
919-967-2678
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Good for:
Bar scene

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    Very good
  • 13
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice place

We stopped in for dinner place was packed we sat upstairs which was a little bit less noisy. Food was really good and the home made chips and ranch dip were really awesome. Servoce was fast and friendly will definitely be back next time in town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
1hungrychef
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Jacksonville, Florida
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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129 reviews 129 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I are great fans of shrimp and grits, and we usually have it wherever we find it. We've had it all over from NC along the coast down to New Orleans, including some famous restaurants in Charleston and New Orleans. We think Spanky's has the best. We've eaten other lunch entrees here previously and have also been... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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138 reviews 138 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We stopped in for dinner place was packed we sat upstairs which was a little bit less noisy. Food was really good and the home made chips and ranch dip were really awesome. Servoce was fast and friendly will definitely be back next time in town.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great service by the young blonde who looked like a college student, she certainly earns her tips. Ordered the half sandwich and soup. The soup was the special cauliflower soup and it was awful but the half club sandwich was great, loved the whole grain bread. The house made chips served with ranch were delicious.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Traveled to Chapel Hill for a conference and ate at Spanky's twice, once for lunch, once for dinner. Loved the atmosphere. The food was very good and the cornbread was the best I had ever had anywhere. My dining companion agreed.

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I had the BBQ plate and did not find it to be anything special that warranted it being $11 plate when I could go to a mom and pop type bbq restaurant and get twice the food for half the cost that is much more pleasing to the palate. Did not find the atmosphere of the "bar" to be anything... More 

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Charlotte, NC, USA
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188 reviews 188 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Spanky's Restaurant & Bar is an institution in downtown Chapel Hill. I have been going here since college and still enjoy each return visit. On this Saturday, we stopped in for an early lunch. We were fortunate to be seated near the front window, allowing us to watch the foot traffic along Franklin Street. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and... More 

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Greensboro, NC
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57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Stopped in for a beer and something to eat after a ballgame. We sat at the bar. We split a Reuben with sweet potato fries. Both were very good. Beer selection was good and wines by the glass were on special for $4.00. The bartender was friendly and engaging. People watching was good. I have been going to Spanky's since... More 

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17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A trip to Chapel Hill should include Spanky's. As a native I've known of it for 30+ years. A trip to Franklin St. will garner consideration of a visit. Consistently good food, much of it local sourced. Not too fancy, just solid faire. Well maintained and appointed with caricatures, it is typical Chapel Hill/UNC at its best.

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Athens, Georgia
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138 reviews 138 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We ate here on a weekday lunchtime. It was very busy. The tables are quite close together so this is probably not the spot for a romantic dinner. The tables are so close together that we had to be careful of our drinks as diners put on their coats to leave the restaurant. I had the Franklin Street Club sandwich.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The location of this is right by all the fun campus spots so you can't beat that. The food was pretty good as well. We got a bunch of sandwiches and nachos and everything was pretty good! Would definitely come back next time we're in Chapel Hill.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: 919-967-2678

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Hamburgers

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:30 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?