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The Players Retreat

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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105 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605-1648
+1 919-755-9589
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The PR is a Raleigh institution and has earned its spot. The burgers a generous and there are toppings to suit every taste. The quality of the beef is outstanding and they cook the just the way you order them. My dinner companion wanted a well done burger and I wanted mine medium. They arrived at the same time and... More 

Thank ncinme
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bar and Grille, Within walking distance of Doubletree, about a block and 1/2. Food was good. Service fast. Seating upon arrival. Wait staff excellent.

Thank Patrick R
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took friends to Players Retreat who were in town to do college tour of State campus. Encouraged them to get the burgers since that is the 'can't go wrong item' on the menu. Everyone very happy with selections. Two of us ordered the 4 oz. burger and it was still very generous. Our out of town friends commented on how... More 

Thank Van86girl
Rochester, New York
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206 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked over from the Aloft for a late dinner. Couldn't have been happier. Busy, not cookie-cutter designer "sports" bar. Authentic, old, warm, inviting. Friendly staff, and good, simple, American bar food. Add cold beer and a nice bourbon selection, and you've got a strong dynamic.

Thank nmhen
United States
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442 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Chef Littlejohn has a newly refurbished kitchen and she knows how to use it! Most of the stuff here is standard sports bar food, but be sure to ask about Chef Littlejohn’s specials because that’s where you’ll see her talent shine. About $30 per person for dinner, with booze, before tip, no dessert.

Thank HomoQuiScitOmnia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017

Players Retreat(usually called just The PR) has been a staple college bar, near N.C. State, for many years, have gone there myself off & on for close to 50 years. While they have the standard bar fare, a couple of extras are that they grind their own meat, which means you can order burgers how you like them. They also... More 

Thank aallen18
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

We love the pr sampler. Yummy chocolate martini 🍸 prices are fair! Outdoor eating available. Only negative is they allow smoking outdoor😩

Thank Del W
The Woodlands, Texas
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

They had a good ribeye with potato and salad for a decent price ($24). Beer prices were good but $8 for a Jack Daniels seemed steep for the area. Atmosphere was good, historic bar feel.

Thank FrqntBusTrav
Rolesville, North Carolina
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257 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2017

We've been here a few times now and the food has always been excellent. The first time we both had one of their delicious hamburgers. They were awesome. This last time I had the What You Like with Noodles. A friend that was with us had it with Rice. Both were good but I liked mine best. My wife had... More 

Thank David H
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

What it is, is a great bar. I don't understand some of the negative reviews. This establishment has great ambiance and atmosphere. Great service, Gabby is a sweetheart. Tremendous selection of liquor especially scotch and beers. The burger and especially the onion rings are off the charts. I recommend this long time Raleigh watering hole highly.

Thank Seatow

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605-1648
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-755-9589
In 1951, Bernie and Mickey Hanula founded the institution known as the Players Retreat. Less or a bar and restaurant, and more of a family. With menu options for every appetite, the PR remains a popular respite for the young and the old, the rich and the poor.

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