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Judge's Riverside Restaurant

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128 Greenlee Ford Road, Morganton, NC 28655
828.433.5798
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Beyond great food, Judge's Riverside has a great atmosphere. From the wood...
Beyond great food, Judge's Riverside has a great atmosphere. From the wood and stone materials inside to the decks and serene river view outside, you'll enjoy more than just the taste. Click the images below to learn more...
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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great outdoor seating - delicious food!

Had a quick lunch with friends before a road trip and it was a great send off. Even though we arrived right during lunch hour on a Sunday, we were lucky to get seated on the outdoor deck overlooking the river. A perfect spot on a breezy warm spring day. Half our group ordered the buffet. It's a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I've been going to Judge's with my family since the mid 90s. Back when it was more of just a BBQ joint. The last two visits have been pretty poor to say the least. Service has gone way down hill. Understaffed. And everyone seems frazzled. Met my folks there for Mother's Day lunch. I'm fully aware that it's a big... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My wife and family ate here today for a early Mother's day Saturday lunch and just loved sitting outside on the patio. Looking at the Catawba river and eating the best smoked chicken I ever had in my life. So moist and tender. It almost melted in your mouth. As I am writing this I wish I could have another... More 

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Chicago
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331 reviews 331 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Had a quick lunch with friends before a road trip and it was a great send off. Even though we arrived right during lunch hour on a Sunday, we were lucky to get seated on the outdoor deck overlooking the river. A perfect spot on a breezy warm spring day. Half our group ordered the buffet. It's a great value... More 

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Lenoir, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Off Hwy. 70 and within minutes of I-40., near soccer complex and right on the river, lovely setting. There was a buffet today on Sunday and my husband said everything on it was good. He had a salad, potatoes, corn and chicken. I ordered off of the menu, and had a half of a smoked chicken and slaw and beans.... More 

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The ribs were really meaty and excellently cooked. The chicken breast was huge!! The sweet tea was excellent. LOVED sitting by the river... if you go that's is the place to sit!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Great service and great food We went on an Monday thinking the food would be old from the week end but it was very fresh . We wanted to try the ribs and Kathy Who was the best server. Sold them to us per item. That was great.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Nice place for a week night dinner. Busy but not crowded and the food is really good. Home made honey mustard is great. Friendly staff and beautiful setting

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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160 reviews 160 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

When traveling through the Morganton area on I-40 around lunch time I make it a point to stop at Judge's. It's just over two miles north of I-40 (exit 100). Although they have more than pork barbeque, I usually (maybe always) get Judge's Combo plate, which is some pork barbeque, fried chicken fingers, hush puppies and two sides (e.g., slaw... More 

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Marion, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Very impressed by Connie. She is very friendly and good at her job. Made sure we were top priority. Thank you Connie. Ask for her for your waitress, you won't regret it :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I had the best time here. PEARL, our server was the best ever. She took very good care of us, even though we gave her a rough time.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 Greenlee Ford Road, Morganton, NC 28655
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Morganton
  • Phone Number: 828.433.5798

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Description

Beyond great food, Judge's Riverside has a great atmosphere. From the wood and stone materials inside to the decks and serene river view outside, you'll enjoy more than just the taste. Click the images below to learn more...
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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