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Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant

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1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
+1 252-446-2983
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First time I have barbecue from this place and it was really good,it got some kick on it and taste different from others and I'm now hooked for it.

Thank Flora B
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

We have a little more kick then the others but not too much. Our hogs are sourced locally and we hand pull our bbq before mixing it with our special blend of spices. Thanks for the great feedback. We love hearing great reviews! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow my family just loved the buffet an the group discount we recieved as a family. I mean 50 or more including the kids also. We cant wait to have another family event and hope an pray that we are able to locate a Gardners in somebody town. Once we decide where we are having it next year.

Thank pooloo63
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Our restaurant has private dining rooms at no extra charge but if you are not in town we also have a great catering service and for a very reasonable price. We have catered groups of up to 15,000 and we have over 43 years of outstanding catering experience. We bring everything, all you need is the place and prices are... More 

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food wide selection. There is so much to choose from on the buffet, also wide selections of desert

Thank Donnie S
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you from the family at Gardner's BBQ. We really appreciate your feedback. Our most famous dessert selections are the cobblers, our banana pudding (dine in) and home made cakes. We even offer ice cream all included in the buffet price. Thank you again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good NC BAR B QUE. collards cooked with good seasoning. Lots of good choices on the menu. Fried chicken delish. You can eat in or take out. Two locations that we go to in Rocky Mount NC.

Thank Nancha777
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Appreciate the wonderful review! Our collards and BBQ are hand made with the same recipe for over 43 years. We are happy that you love our good country cooking as much as we do. Thanks again. More 

Wiehle, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a pulled pork barbecue dinner for carry out. Meat and three sides. The pork was perfect barbecue! The sides, o the other hand were lacking the richness of flavor (no fatback or ham, perhaps) that is traditional with butter beans or string beans. But, they were reasonable. The quantity was a great value for the price and there's... More 

Thank Robert F B
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

What a great review! Next time you stop in be sure to try our cross cut collards and Brunswick stew as a sides. These are made on site and have oodles of flavor. And if you love our BBQ we also make a hand pulled turkey BBQ in the same fashion as our pork. It's a must try if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch on our way through town. It didn't seem like much from the outside but we were pleasantly surprised with the food and the friendly staff. The buffet was very reasonably priced and had a good variety of good southern cooking. The chicken was moist and tender, two barbecues to sample, and lots of southern style vegetables. I... More 

Thank Linda T
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review and details about all our buffet offerings. WE are happy that you loved our staff and food. Our building on 301 was completely renovated at the end of 2012 to provide our guests with a pleasant and safe dining experience. More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for a great place to enjoy a buffet. Think again. Yes, I've ordered the take out and it is really good food. I used to ask my husband to stop to get sweet potato jacks and turkey barbecue on his way home from Virginia when we lived on the coast. Not sure what has happened over... More 

Thank Tonia C
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

We just lost two of our best cooks who have been with us for a many years so we apologize if our food was not up to par as we train our newly promoted cooks. This review was sent directly to the GM and the COO to correct the situation promptly. Our turkey BBQ is handmade right in Rocky Mount... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Never ever go!!!!! Worst bbq experience of my life!!!!! Pork tasted like chemicals, slaw looks like regurgitated greens. DO NOT GO!!

Thank chase A
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Our pork contains no chemicals. It's all natural and there are no preservatives. We use a vinegar base in the typical eastern NC style that may be an acquired taste. Gardner's also offers two types of collard greens, a chopped style and a cross cut style. The cross cut is leafier. The taste is the same but you have to... More 

Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Great BBQ buffet includes everything you can think of in comfort food. Home cooked Collards,cabbage, black eyed peas, cole slaw, potatoes, I could go on and on. The dessert bar is excellent too, especially the blackberry cobbler! Come hungry!!!

1 Thank Cassjede
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate such a wonderful review. It means so much to us to receive a perfect 5 star rating and all those wonderful comments. We agree that you need to come hungry and come with a belly that enjoys some southern cooking. Hope to see you again. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

I have been eating at Gardners for years when visiting Rocky Mount for the Downeast Football Classic. Even though there is lots of tailgating taking place...I always have to get my "fix" of BBQ at Gardners. It's great - and I was introduced to turkey BBQ....great as well.

1 Thank Gloria S
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

What a wonderful 5 star review! Thank you for taking the time to let us know we are doing a great job. It really does mean so much to our staff. Happy you had the opportunity to try our Eastern Carolina Style Turkey BBQ. We have customers who wanted another option instead of pork so we introduced Turkey BBQ. It's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $15
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Rocky Mount
  • Phone Number: +1 252-446-2983
Gardner's Foods consists of three restaurants in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, as well as a catering and wholesale division. Everything began in 1972 when experienced food operators, Gerry and Jim Gardner, decided to develop a good ole country cooking restaurant that specialized in Eastern North Carolina barbecue, as well as Southern fried chicken and its famous Southern style collards. Our 301 North Location seats 250 people and has a huge buffet with such items as * Fried Chicken* Baked Chicken * Pork Barbecue* Turkey Barbecue* Brunswick Stew * Chicken Pastry* Cabbage* Squash* Peas* Boiled Potatoes* Rice & Gravy* Fish* Salad Bar* Dessert Bar Gardner Foods is USDA inspected. We cook only whole hogs, and our Barbecue is cooked Eastern North Carolina style. It's seasoned with crushed red pepper and vinegar as well as a few secret ingredients. Our barbecue is deboned and mixed by hand - prepared specially for you.Turkey Barbecue:Gardner's debones and mixes whole turkeys by hand, and is also prepared Eastern North Carolina style. Turkey barbecue is the perfect alternative for our customers who are not able to eat or do not prefer pork. Southern Style Collards:Gardner's southern style collards are cooked, seasoned, chopped. All Our southern style collards are a unique product that looks good on any plate. Gardner's also has a great thick and hearty Brunswick Stew that includes two meats and lots of vegetables. Our Vegetable Soup with chicken is also a local favorite. Voted Best BBQ in Rocky Mount 2012. Voted best hush puppies in Rocky Mount 2012.

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