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Ole Time Barbecue

#65 of 1,098 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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6309 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27606-1148
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was underwhelmed. The BBQ was okay but I was expecting more deep smoky flavor, but maybe that is just a regional difference based on my comparison with joints like The Dinosaur BBQ in NY. Ole Time had a very good and traditional Carolina BBQ sauce heavy on the vinegar. The fried chicken was lacking seasoning. Crispy yes, but bland.... More 

Thank Boomerang025
Huntington, West Virginia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is unbelievable. The lady, who runs the show, is pleasant & quite entertaining. The food is great, great, great!

Thank Jennifer P
Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place, inside is beat up and looks like every place I ate before 1970. Friendly staff - take some sauce home.

Thank Frank E
Cary, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pro: Great people -- very friendly and down to earth Place has character! Sides are excellent -- Hush Puppy, beans, fried okra Ice tea is excellent Con: Chicken was over cooked and dry Pulled pork needed sauce for flavoring We've been here a couple of times before the food was pretty good. It's got character in a small place but... More 

Thank viperflt
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The "Health Food" Challenge After turning 64 almost a year ago, one thing on my personal "bucket list" led to another. One of those culinary items was to consume a different North Carolina barbecue every month - or twelve times. (Somewhere in that guide book to healthy eating is a passage about expanding the definition of health food as long... More 

Thank Beacham M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

they have some the best BBQ, fried chicken. when me and my wife got married the owner was ruffling off a catering for 50 people. we did win but the food is really good.

Thank Melissa Anne C
Potomac, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

May God Bless America and the Ole Time Barbecue. This is America at its best. While some folks at my hotel called it a "hole in the wall" BBQ restaurant, I call it wonderful. My NC BBQ sandwitch was chopped pork. Cole Slaw on top with great BBQ Beans. Loved the home sauce. I sat at the counter (also had... More 

Thank themeetingplanner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

I've eaten a devil of a lot of NC style BBQ and fried chicken at a lot of places in lots of towns but this was hands down some of the best I've ever eaten. Come hungry cause you're gonna want to eat your weight in que and chicken.

Thank Christina A
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Loved this place. All by itself on the roadside - small with 12-15 tables. Very unassuming from the road - bright yellow at night! We arrived close to closing time on a Saturday night and didn't feel rushed at all. Very good ribs and barbeque, amazing homemade collards and coleslaw. Couldn't have asked for a better place to grab a... More 

Thank Scott B
Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

BLOWN AWAY by the service!! The food is flat out delicious. They put a lot of love into all their meats but I love their chicken and pastry. That dish is not over spiced and they leave it to you to kick up the flavor the way you like it. I even swiped some of my wife's chopped BBQ and... More 

Thank Coastkleer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6309 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27606-1148
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: 919-859-2544

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