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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 - 9:00 pm
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Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Abingdon, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have eaten at Gardner's BBQ, N.Wesleyan Blvd location, since they opened in 1972. However,I had not been there since 2009. My husband and I made a special 320 mile trip to Rocky Mount JUST to eat at this Gardner's. We arrived around 6 p.m.on Monday , Aug 22, 2016.The place was pretty deserted, but the buffet was fully stocked... More 

Thank Phoebe K
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Order the barbecue plate with potatoes and corn sticks it was very good. The service was fast and friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Gardener's offers a clean restaurant, friendly service, and most importantly amazing BBQ! The side dishes are tasty and the sweet tea is just right. A must visit for lunch or dinner.

Thank Colemans78
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and several friends went out for a nice summer day motorcycle ride on 8/13/2016 and headed to Gardner's BBQ in Rocky Mount for a nice lunch. We all ordered the buffet and were greeted with a most pleasant host who took our order and provided exceptional service to our group. Ice tea refills were quick and efficient and the... More 

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

Wow we love reading such detailed reviews and bikers are always welcome at Gardner's BBQ. Some of the back roads to get here are just amazing to cruise on and we have several great motorcycle dealers in the area to visit. Parking lot is large and fulled paved and we even have picnic tables if you prefer to eat outdoors.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gardners came out to Sunset Park on Sunday to cater our family reunion dinner. The staff was very prompt and efficient. They provided everything we needed and even packed up our leftovers for us. They do run a tight ship and the food was delicious as always. We had the pork and turkey barbecue, green beans, boiled potatoes, fried chicken,... More 

Thank kminga1
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

It's great to see feedback from our catering department. We travel to you for a very affordable price and with over 43 years experience things run smooth. So happy you and your family enjoyed all we have to offer and we hope to see you again next year! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 July 25, 2016 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 July 21, 2016

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 July 19, 2016 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 July 9, 2016

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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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, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Delivery, Reservations, Buffet, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
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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