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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
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Bar scene
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food in a comfortable, casual atmosphere

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
tarheelblue89
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Charlotte, NC, USA
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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111 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Charlotte, NC, USA
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188 reviews 188 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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129 reviews 129 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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274 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
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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Cherryville, North Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

We were in town for a Tar Heel basketball game and decided to try Spanky's. My wife had a burger and it was fresh ground beef and came with some homemade chips. It was excellent and the dressings were homemade as well. I had some chicken wings because I was on a low carb diet, and they were good as... More 

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North Carolina
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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to me by a current UNC-CH student. I dined here with my family and was not disappointed. I ordered the club sandwich, fries and the house salad. The club sandwich was excellent. The amount of fries was very generous. The salad was good. My family was pleased with all their selections. The college town atmosphere was... More 

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Cut Bank, Montana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Overall I was very happy. Quick food despite being packed, service was great, everyone was personable, and the food tasted great. Awesome selection of beers on tap. Be forewarned, this place gets a massive college crowd.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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121 reviews 121 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

In Chapel Hill for the weekend, I stopped into Spanky's twice for a light lunch. On both occasions I was greeted warmly, and the staff could not have been more friendly. A good selection of local NC brews on tap, along with the familiar brands. The beef chili was flavorful with just enough heat to make it interesting. The Buffalo... More 

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San Clemente, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Traveling alone on business I stopped into Spanky’s. The place is a pleasant, college town restaurant and bar. I sat at the bar and the bartender was very pleasant and took the time to explain several of the items on the menu. On her recommendations I ordered the ribs. They were wonderful. Fell off he bone, sweat with Carolina tangy... More 

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?