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Judge's Riverside Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016, 2018 Winner

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Smoked 1/2 Chicken
Our famous half chicken served with your choice of two sides and hushpuppies
Half Rack $12.99
Judge’s Famous Ribs
A full rack of our meaty slow cooked ribs smothered with BBQ sauce and your choice of two sides and hushpuppies
3 $6.99
5 $8.99
Chicken Tenders.
Just the way you like them. Hand breaded and fried, with your choice of two sides and hushpuppies
Small $7.99
Large $8.99
Pork BBQ Plate
Judge's classic BBQ served with your choice of two sides and hushpuppies
Smoked Chicken Sandwich
Smoked chicken piled on a sour dough roll and served with seasoned fries
Grilled Honey Chicken
Boneless chicken breast basted in honey mustard and topped with bacon, mushrooms, mixed cheese, and your choice of two side items and hushpuppies
The Judge.
BBQ pork, BBQ ribs, and a smoked chicken quarter served with your choice of two side items
All steaks are Chargrilled to order and served with your choice of two sides and toasted garlic 8 oz House Sirloin.
10 oz Ribeye
Sirloin Tips
Your choice of peppers and onions or mushroom gravy
Fried Shrimp.
10 shrimp hand battered and deep fried with your choice of two side items and hushpuppies
Shrimp and Flounder Combo
6 shrimp battered and deep fried with a flounder filet fried or broiled, with your choice of two side items and hushpuppies
Grilled Cajun or Honey Glazed Salmon.
Grilled 8 oz filet with your choice of two sides and toasted garlic bread
Fried or broiled filet, served with your choice of two sides items and hushpuppies
Chicken Alfredo.
Grilled‎ chicken breast, topped with alfredo sauce and parmesan cheese served over a bed of linguine
Greek Salad.
Spring mix tossed with feta cheese, black olives, grape tomatoes and pepperoncini topped with grilled chicken and special Greek Dressing
Grilled Chicken Salad.
Iceberg lettuce topped with Grilled Chicken, mixed cheese, grape tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, sliced egg, and onions
All burgers and sandwiches are served with your choice of one side item
Classic Burger / Cheeseburger.
Grilled burger topped with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, and onion
Judge's Juniors
Two mini burgers (with or without cheese) topped with ketchup, mustard, and pickles or try our BBQ or Chicken Tender mini’s
Bacon Cheeseburger.
Bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion
Famous Rueben.
Your choice of turkey or corn beef served on a marble rye bread topped with sauerkraut, melted swiss cheese, and Judge’s special sauce
Black Bean Burger.
Black bean and veggies make up this delicious burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion
Chopped BBQ Sandwich
Served‎ with a two ounce portion of cole slaw
Classic Chicken Sandwich
Our grilled chicken breast topped with lettuce, tomato and onion
Pepper Jack Cajun Chicken Sandwich.
Our‎ grilled chicken breast topped with lettuce, tomato, and pepper jack cheese
One Mini $3.99
Two Mini’s $5.99
Macaroni and Cheese
Judge’s Jr. Burger
Judge’s Jr. BBQ
Judge’s Jr. Chicken Finger Sandwich
Each kids meal is served with one side item, a dessert, and a drink
Ages 12 and under
Glass $3.00
Bottle $13.00
Cisillero del Diablo
Glass $3.00
Bottle $13.00
Calina Chardonnay
Glass $3.00
Bottle $13.00
Calina Cabernet
Glass $3.00
Bottle $13.00
Sycamore Lane White Zinfandel
Glass $3.00
Bottle $13.00
Smoking Loon Pinot Grigio
Glass $6.00
Bottle $22.00
Kendall Jackson Chardonnay
Glass $6.00
Bottle $22.00
Greg Norman Shiraz
Glass $6.00
Bottle $22.00
Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon
Bud Lite
Miller Lite
Coors Lite
Michelob Light
Michelob Ultra
Bud Light Lime
Coors Lite
Homemade Banana Pudding.
Strawberry Shortcake
Hot Fudge Cake
Chocolate Fudge Pie with Ice Cream
Sweet and Unsweet Tea
Diet Pepsi
Cherry Pepsi
Mt. Dew
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...
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
American, Bar, Barbecue
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I been here when the food and service is great and I've been here when it really stinks! The inconsistency lends me to rate this place poorly! For the price, it's too costly to go and receive less than mediocre food or service! Sad, because...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank hbound
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the flounder served here. Huge portions and average price on the meal. Can be recommended for a nice meal.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank M0nicaParr
Reviewed February 12, 2019

A local favorite for both lunch and dinner. great place after a long day o unwind and the deck is really nice to sit on and water the river roll by. lots of wildlife in the area so keep your eyes open.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank RawkinRob
Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

It was a pleasant evening for February and we got to sit out on the deck! Candice our waitress was pleasant and didn’t leave us lacking anything for long. The chicken tenders were amazing as always. This was however the first and last time I’ll...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 147chadc
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Ate with friends at Judges for a girls trip and was not disappointed. The salad bar was fresh, and the BBQ and chicken from the buffett were delicious. Be sure to ask your server for preference in sauce

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Lora E
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Great service and decent food at lunch on a snowy day. The view and waiter were top notch. BBQ is their specialty, but they also have lunch buffet or steaks.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank david d
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

I ordered burnt in Texas Brisket, was not impressed. Meat was slightly dry & tough. I've been to Texas & ate tender, juicy smoked brisket, this left a lot to be desired. However, the salad bar was excellent! My father-in-law ate from buffet & was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rangerwolf77
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Ate at Judge's with my family while visiting the area. Discovered a very nice restaurant that seems to be a local favorite, as well as a place that people will travel from around the area to enjoy. They offer a variety of food, and we...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Drew F
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Despite torrential rain, this was a wonderful place right on the side of the river. I imagine on a lovely warm day it would be even better. The food was good,plenty of choice, and our server was delightful. Definitely this restaurant is one of our...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Tuffley47
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Was very clean ,friendly. Little pricy so be prepared; but food is absolutely fantastic. Waitress kept checking on us constantly.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank babelutz
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I a not sure. I suggest you call them and ask.
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Response from russbcater | Property representative |
Hi Suzie, If you contact Judge's Riverside and ask for David Troutman (General Manager), I'm sure that he can help you. Restaurant number (828) 433-5798. If you have any trouble getting through my cell # (828) 403-3616 Thank... More
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