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1318 Gaston Ave, Gastonia, NC 28052
704-866-8143
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10:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

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    Very good
  • 12
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  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Unfriendly staff!

We stopped at RO's because my dad used to eat there when he was a boy. He wanted to reminisce. The food was "okay", but the staff was almost rude. We would definitely not go back!

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Momma_x5forever
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Union, Missouri
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North Carolina
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128 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

A friend took me here yesterday to relive his childhood days. He raved about the slaw, the slaw, the slaw!! I could care less about slaw (I will eat a bit of vinegar based, but that's about it..)..and when i saw "slaw sandwich, no meat" on the menu I thought this was a place for the insane. So I ordered... More 

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Union, Missouri
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We stopped at RO's because my dad used to eat there when he was a boy. He wanted to reminisce. The food was "okay", but the staff was almost rude. We would definitely not go back!

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Apex, North Carolina
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Never go to Gastonia without eating at RO's. Not fancy, but great barbecue. I learned a long time ago not to compare barbecue with other barbecue. I had 5 barbecue restaurant in our company and they were Eastern (NC) style (prechewed ;-( ) chopped style. I finally learned to appreciate that style, but what you growed up with is always... More 

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Belmont, North Carolina
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We saw a food truck at a gas station that advertized Ro's Barbecue. We ordered 2 sandwich plates. They cooked the french fries when we placed our order so they were hot and yummy. The barbeque was not hot and the sandwich would have been better if the buns were warmed. It was good barbeque with an unusual barbeque slaw-(you... More 

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NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This place is a throwback to the time of carhops and curb service. You can also go inside to place your order at the counter, take a number, and then go pick your order up when your number is called. The BBQ isn't the best, but their slaw is! It is messy, so get plenty of napkins. You can buy... More 

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Orfordville, Wisconsin
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This place is a long time favorite of Gastonia natives, and is a must stop for us when we visit this area each year. It is an unassuming facility and location, with a no-frills interior. Orders are placed at a counter, and seating is just booths. The attraction is simply the food. There are many options and choices on the... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The pork BBQ smells rotten and tastes worse. Slaw is minced in some nasty sauce. Terrible..good burgers though.

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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This place is almost a ghost of its self...used to be a busy place...they still have the BEST slaw (more like a sauce ) ..but you are better off to just buy their sauce in grocery store and put on your own burger as their food is overpriced nowadays

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place has been in business for at least 50 years. The BBQ sauce is in the slaw. The bread buns are toasted. The Cherry Lemon Sundrop is excellent. The diner/burger joint is such fun and is a requirement every time I visit Gastonia.

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York, South Carolina
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I usually get Black's BBQ (another BBQ restaurant in town), however, they were closed for vacation this past week. My grandma and I wanted BBQ so she made the suggestion of RO's. I am glad we came, she used to come here as a teenager in the 50's-60's. She says it's the same as it has always been. The minced... More 

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Additional Information about Ro's Barbecue

Address: 1318 Gaston Ave, Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone Number: 704-866-8143
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Gastonia
Open Hours:
Monday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1318 Gaston Ave, Gastonia, NC 28052
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Gastonia
  • Phone Number: 704-866-8143

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm

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