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Judge's Riverside Restaurant

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128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
828.433.5798
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The best part is definitely the mozzarella sticks - they're huge and delicious! I got the judges special which included pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. For me personally I didn't care for the bbq sauce and the ribs were too fatty to eat. This definitely wasn't a bad experience just not my taste.

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Thank Tina D
New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is what I would call a 'rustic' BBQ restaurant; very authentic, and fun! It was fun having lunch here with family. Our server was very sweet and efficient and we enjoyed the unusual (for us northerners) very much.

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Thank SuzieQ044
Morganton, North Carolina
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is awesome and the view is beautiful. Love the Judges combo with the chicken fingers and bbq on the same plate.

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Thank Sherry D
North Carolina
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the best places I have been lately. If you are vegetarian as I am this restaurant does not have many options but it is still worth trying. Great food, if you can sit on the.patio.

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Thank sassyNorthCarolina
North Carolina, USA
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Judge's use to be our number one place to take people who came in to town to visit. Over the years it has changed hands several times, and the food just isn't as good as it use to be. If you are looking for good BBQ locally, try Butches Restaurant off of exit 103, heading South. Yum!

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Thank Wantatravel22
Morganton, North Carolina
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is awesome and being right beside a lovely flowing river is a plus. Great family place! The wait staff is excellent and you can dine inside or outside.

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Thank wolfpackmom
Granite Quarry, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From outside deck you'll have a nice view of the river. Homemade fried cheese sticks, fried flounder, chicken tenders and hush puppies were awesome. I'm a bit of a bbq snob and their bbq was average at best. Decent salad bar. Few beer choices but the sweet tea was perfect. Cool place for the kids to hang out down by... More 

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3 Thank Eddie A
Columbia, SC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The menu at Judge's is varied with something for everyone. The BBQ chicken was perfect - moist and tender. The sides were uniquely seasoned and delicious. The service was attentive and friendly. Eating on the covered patio overlooking the river was a special treat. We are glad we found Judge's and will return when we're back in this area.

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Thank katiebug_56
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the barbecue and the salad bar. To start off salad bar is average. Was not impressed too much with the pasta salad or the macaroni salad the rest I would say is average. The bbq was really bland tasted like there were little or no seasonings involved but it did taste like it was cooked over wood. The... More 

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2 Thank Bill D
Mooresville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The chicken tenders and honey mustard and amazing, but I have to say the view from the patio was the winner. Sitting by the river, enjoying great food and good friends, who could ask for more?

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Morganton
  • Phone Number: 828.433.5798
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...

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