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Reviewed January 26, 2024

This restaurant can be described in one word --- OUTSTANDING !!! I visited this restaurant today. Everything was OUTSTANDING !!! The customer service, food, location, cleaniness - OUTSTANDING !!! Very nice menu. I had their famous "The Gambler Steak". Highly Recommend. They have a banana...split, which is a signature of this historic location and is a MUST. Be sure to bring friends with you, when you order it. Please read the various reviews and history of this restaurant. You can feel the history of this restaurant, while dining here. I can't wait to go back and try more of their menu items. To my waitress today -- thank you. You were superb!! Outstanding Customer Service.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed April 9, 2023 via mobile

My wife and I met my daughter and her husband for a sweet treat at S&T! It is attractively decorated and serves a wide array classic soda fountain treats, deserts and ice cream! I loved sharing a chocolate milkshake plus small French fry with my...wife. We dipped the fries in the shake for a chocolate, sweet fried treat. This was a great meeting spot!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed August 31, 2022

I planned a visit with a friend to the S & T Soda Shoppe on Saturday. It was my second time here, but my first time on a Saturday. We were put in a back room with a family with smaller children which was loud...and made it hard to have a conversation and catch up. We both enjoyed lunch and of course - dessert. The food is good. The dessert is delicious and huge and well worth the trip. I'd stick to a weekday if your schedule permits so you can best enjoy your time there and the fun atmosphere.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 18, 2022 via mobile

Wonderful antiques and authentic old times soda fountain items. You must try the banana splits. They are humongous! Plenty to share. Everything was good. Service was really good.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed April 6, 2022

We took the scenic route back from golfing in Pinehurst and it took us through Pittsboro. The draw was too much - we had to stop by S&T for some of their awesome ice cream. As always the service was great (lots of smiles and...friendliness). I decided on the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream and my husband had Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. We decided to get takeout but when the order came they had put the order into one takeout box. Instead of asking them to put them into separate containers (hard to share when one is driving) we decided to just eat it there which wasn't a problem at all because I love the nostalgic atmosphere. So, we just sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed awesome ice cream.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed February 19, 2022

My spouse and I wanted to get a burgers, fries and split a chocolate shake. Simple. We arrive, got a booth very quickly, and the waitress took our order. About 3 minutes later our shake arrive - almost chocolate milk instead of a shake. 45...minutes later, after being told 'your order is on the way' our burgers finally arrived. One burger was cooked to a crisp and was the size of a large meatball. The other burger was smothered in cheese when it was specifically requested 'no cheese'. Sweet potato fries were good. French fries were not quite completely room temperature but close. It will be a long time before I walk in their door again.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed October 25, 2021

S & T is a charming old fashioned soda shop. Original tin ceiling, shiny dark wood, unique artifacts all create an interesting atmosphere. We went on a Saturday and it was very crowded. We were uncomfortable with the tables being so close together, almost touching....Service was as prompt as possible, given the crowded conditions. I ordered my usual-lasagna, aka "bowl of cheese". It was delicious and enough to share. Paper menus are placed underneath the glass tops of the tables for contactless reading.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 27, 2021 via mobile

Only my second time to visit for lunch but it did not fail to meet all my expectations! My pimento cheese sandwich and salad filled me up and sadly, I didn’t have room for the ice cream

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed May 8, 2021

Never again. The food was mediocre at best. We witnessed the incompetent owner harass her employee. While the other manager looked useless behind the register. Save yourself A hassle go anywhere else.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed November 8, 2020 via mobile

My husband grew up in Pittsboro so the Gambler Steak with fries and a rich creamy shake were a must. The service was friendly and prompt. The decor is as it was in the 60’s.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 8, 2020

We finally had the chance to visit and upon entering this gem in a quaint town, it was like stepping back in time. What a terrific experience all around. The service was so welcoming,friendly and on point. Refills given without having to ask. Food was...hot, tasty and fresh. My husband ordered a cheesesteak with curly fries and I had a burger with onion rings. All delicious. We even indulged in two sundaes. The ice cream was so creamy and dreamy. The preservation and display of old fashioned soda shop equipment, trinkets, signs and even the jukebox from 1941 were so fun to look at. Definitely worth a stop and even an out of town drive. Support this great business and everyone who runs it!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed December 10, 2019

When you walk into the S&T Soda Shoppe, you immediately know you have taken a step back in time. The look, the feel, the people and even the enjoyment of the customers all share a sense of what us old-timers once knew (or remember) from...days long ago. Then we can talk about the menu and the welcoming staff who let you know you didn't make a mistake coming in. I first passed through Pittsboro in 1963 and have lived just outside of town for more than 25 years now. This place is possibly my favorite other than my own home. Now let me talk about my meal -- that's where the time-travel really happened. The menu itself is fun to read through and frankly can make it difficult to make a choice -- but I had come with a purpose. Long ago in Chapel Hill there was a Carolina student favorite restaurant call the Rathskeller ("The Rat") which opened shortly after I was born (significant?). Sadly, it closed in 2007 (though rumors and dreams of re-opening recur). It was known for many dishes, but especially its unique lasagna (bowl of cheese) and its "Gambler" -- fried skirt steak, onions and fries on a hot skillet. S&T has tried to recreate these and, as far as the lasagna is concerned, has masterfully succeeded. (Can hardly wait to go back for a Double Gambler.) Enjoy all the timeless aspects and exquisite service of this wonderful place and be brave -- go for this heart-stopping lasagna experience (worth ever bite).More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 25, 2019

Great grilled pimento cheese sandwich and fries. The servers are so warm and friendly. I highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 24, 2019 via mobile

If you want to make kiddos happy, this place has big ice cream desserts of all sorts. The food is classic diner stuff. Wide selection. Waiters overwhelmed with the size of group, still got it straight. So a 3 only because not my cup of...tea and not a foodies place but is this what you are looking for when going there?More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

Absolutely love the food & service! TJ, Gene, Vicki & Steve run an amazing business there. Be sure to ask for the banana split, it doesn't disappoint!

Date of visit: November 2019
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They don't serve beef stroganoff. But it's okay, because the Ice Cream is awesome!
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S & T Soda Shoppe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5