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Judge's Riverside Restaurant

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128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
11:00 am - 10:00 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We frequent here often. Front hostesses could stand to be a bit friendlier. Servers have always been great. Food never disappointing. My daughter loves the cookie skillet!!!

Thank Denise C
Morganton, North Carolina
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have eaten here several times with family. We really like their BBQ sandwiches. The waitstaff is always friendly and the atmosphere is very comfortable; get a table outside or by a window so your can enjoy the river view while you dine. They do have a lunch buffet but I haven't tried it.

Thank LeesaLooh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place by mistake while driving to Cherokee. We seen the huge billboard sign off of the interstate. We decided to go there for our anniversary dinner. Oh my goodness, I am so glad we did. It was absolutely wonderful!! We enjoyed it so much the food was fantastic the salad bar was out-of-this-world fresh and amazing. We... More 

Thank Billie S
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12 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

asked for the music to be turned down as we couldn't hear conversations at the table. Management refused. As we left the Morganton Police had arrived to ask them to turn the music down as it was interfering with a graduation across the river and they were in violation of a noise ordinance. Food is ok.

Thank theattic
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36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Enjoyed lunch here today, pleasant place and good food. Was disappointed, however in how sparse the amount of brisket was on my tasty sandwich, especially in contrast to the other one ordered at our table. All three of us enjoyed our meals but I won't order the brisket sandwich again.

Thank Ron W
Clearwater, Florida
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Good food. Nice atmosphere. Cheap beer. A mug of PBR for $2.50! A nice proportion of food. I got the small BBQ plate and it was plenty!

Thank Ashalachian
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We stopped for a late lunch after walking the Greenway. The beef brisket was very tender and the smoked half chicken was very good. Hush puppies are above average. Green bean almondine was delicious as well as sweet potato casserole. Will definitely return.

Thank Jill J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Have eaten here each time we visit, which is frequently, Morganton. Just enjoyed a nice meal this week again. Service was good and weather permitting, eating on the balcony with the river view adds a nice touch.

Thank martha w
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Great riverside restaurant with full menu and a Sunday buffet. Specialties are pork BBQ and fresh chicken tenders. Outdoor seating available and greenway nearby.

Thank Emily T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

A nice relaxing family oriented restaurant positioned almost on top of a river. During the evening hours the outside deck is nice to eat next to the river. The 1/2 smoked chicken is amazing, along with the honey grilled chicken.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?