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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been eating here for 20+ years and although we live out of the area now (across the US), we stop here without hesitation when in Williamsburg / I-64. It's history for us and the first place that we tried a pulled pork sandwich -...with slaw! (I know...we're not from the South.) It feels so familiar to us now and we can count on a good meal. We'll be back!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Never been before but heard was very good. Brisket was fair. Not much flavor and not too tender Ribs were excellent. Expected hush puppies to be home made - they were not. Cole slaw had way too Mayo. Next time I’ll order ribs and try...the BBQMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 7, 2022 via mobile

Not what it used to be. We've been eating here since freshman year in 1978. We moved away from the Burg in 86 and it's our first stop when returning every time. We order on the phone and overnight ship for every holiday and it...was great for new years 21. Yesterday, the JC special barbeque was mushy, tasteless and had 3 times the normal amount of slaw. Huge disappointment. One order of fries was terrific and 1 was hard as a rock. Something or someone changed the time honored recipe. Please go back to the way it was.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2022

I am sorry to hear you were disappointed in your recent visit after your long time support and patronage with us. We strive to produce the same great BBQ that made Pierce's what Pierce's is today, I will be sure to look into this with...More

Reviewed September 30, 2022

The BBQ at Pierce's is unique and iconic. It's hard not to pass up a pit stop and grab a bite there. The JC Special sandwich was as good as I remember them on past visits. Look forward to dropping by again soon.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2022

Thank you so much for your review and feedback! We greatly appreciate your patronage!

Reviewed September 12, 2022

We stopped here BOTH going to and coming from Nags Head. Seems it was about 1/2 way for us.. Food was hot fresh and quickly served. Large portions. Friendly staff. Outdoor seating An indoor as well. Great BBQ products!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2022

What a great review! We appreciate every word. Come again soon!

Reviewed August 30, 2022

Food was amazing! Staff was very courteous and patient with my children trying to decide what they wanted. Pleasantly surprised with how much the 5 of us enjoyed the food as we have very picky eaters! We will definitely be back next time we are...down this wayMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2022

Thanks for sharing your Pierce's experience. Such a great review! We always appreciate when customers get in touch. Andrea Hutchinson

Reviewed August 26, 2022 via mobile

Food was great as always! Service was fast. Outdoor seating was wonderful! Brandy at register was extremely to me and person in front of us as well!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2022

Your review is greatly appreciated! We get lots of raves about the outdoor seating. I will definitely talk with Brandy and let her know that any negative behavior is not acceptable! I apologize for her rudeness. Andrea Hutchinson

Reviewed July 26, 2022 via mobile

Had the smoked brisket roll and pulled pork sandwich. The brisket was moist yet slightly dry, probably from not being freshly cut. The brisket was nice with modest smoke and tender. The pulled pork was tasty with a tangy flavor from the house BBQ sauce....The pull pork was also somewhat too wet as if set in a steamer. The slaw was excellent as was the onion rings. The slaw was did not have any vinegar added. The staff seemed nice and friendly and willing to serve.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2022

Thanks so much for your review. We appreciate the fact that you took the time to share your experience with us! Come again soon. Andrea Hutchinson

Reviewed July 11, 2022

I'm a pitmaster myself, so I do understand that I can be more critical than most when it comes to supposedly "great" bbq places. Pierce's seems to have everything right except the food and prices. For a place that supposedly has the best BBQ in...the Williamsburg area, the plates themselves were a disappointment. A $25 Brisket Dinner included 3 fairly unflavorful slices (cut with the grain, making it like soft jerky), a pile of frozen crinkle cut fries, some bland grocery store coleslaw and a few hush puppies which were honestly the best morsels on the plate. For $25 I expected far, far more. The pulled pork sandwiches were acceptable, but it's hard to screw up a butt. The sauce they have in the pumps is a highlight, as it did make the brisket palatable. All in all, the hype around this place is obviously generated by folks who don't actually understand what good bbq is and is purely based on asthetic and ambience (which they do have in spades).More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2022

We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit.

Reviewed July 2, 2022

My husband and I recently visited Pierce's for the first time in 7 years while we were visiting Williamsburg. My first bite of my JC Special sandwich of pork bbq with the slaw on top prompted me to say, "this is just heavenly." The bbq...has just a wonderful consistency and taste: not chunky or grisly at all. We substituted our sides (instead of fries) with the baked beans (fantastic taste with the little slices of wieners and pork bbq), mac & cheese, and on our return trip for lunch (before we headed back home to PA), the potato salad. We also especially enjoyed eating outside with their large area of picnic tables. The wait staff was very helpful and courteous. This place is not to be missed when in the area!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2022

So glad you shared your visit with us. We appreciate your kind words! Come again soon!

Reviewed June 20, 2022 via mobile

We moved from Hampton Roads some 30 years ago. I have visited 2 times since. Today, while driving to Suffolk, my husband and I decided to see if the place was still open. It has been updated, but the bbq is still the best. It...is where I learned that bbq should have coleslaw stacked in the sandwich. People west of the Appalachian mountains think that is just weird- as I have gotten that reaction for the past 30 years when ordering bbq. Great onion rings too. Best bbq ever! What a wonderful day.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2022

Thanks so much for your great review! It's always good to hear that an established customer still enjoys our menu items. Come again soon! Andrea Hutchinson

Reviewed June 14, 2022

Well! I live not too far from Williamsburg and have read about awards given to this restaurant for years. We have not eaten here in a long time, and I do remember many years ago thinking the food was great. Well, I don't know what...happened but my experience here the other day was poor at best. I was showing guests from out of state the area, and we were pleased to see that Pierces was not overwhelmed with patrons. We entered and took a menu to select our choices. First, we were disappointed to see that one could not substitute another side for the fries....even tho the fries were more expensive than the others. So we made our selections and sat down and waited. We didn't need to wait long before our number was called. A plus! But once we received our food, we were disappointed to see both the quality of the food and the amount. The pulled chicken amounted to only about a tablespoon of meat on a bun. The pulled pork was slightly more but was just stringy shredded meat in a lot of sauce, not a single chunk, and yes, I know pulled is to be smaller pieces. Quite honestly tasted like a standard bottled sauce. No smokey flavor at all. I was embarrassed as I had been promoting this restaurant as one of the best. What has happened? Did they run out of food and tried to make do with a lot of sauce? It is nothing like it used to be. Quite honestly, we could have found better BBQ in a gas station or convenience store. I hardly ever give poor reviews but for over $26.00 for a lunch for three, I think people need to be warned. While staff was not rude, they weren't especially helpful either. Sadly, I will not be back nor will I ever recommend this place to anyone. It is not easy to get to and requires a real effort to get there, so it needs to be worth the trip and right now, it is not.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2022

I want to thank you for sharing your concerns with us. I will definitely let everyone know your concerns. Would you please email me at andrea@pierces.com, I would like to know when you came to the restaurant. Andrea Hutchinson

Reviewed June 6, 2022

Food was delicious. They had signs that they were short handed but we did not have a long wait for food. Brisket was absolutely delicious. Loved the outdoor tables and that there is an area where we could eat with our dogs.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2022

Thanks so much! We appreciate your business and are so glad that you and the doggies enjoyed the visit! Come again soon! Andrea Hutchinson

Reviewed May 24, 2022 via mobile

Had been looking forward to this almost as high point of trip. Still excellent brisket and pulled chicken. Hush puppies also were off the chart. Enjoyed eating outside on the new tables. Fast service helped as we were starved. It’s out of the way but...excellent.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2022

How great to hear your comments. We appreciate the fact that you shared your Pierce's experience!! Come again soon! Andrea

Reviewed May 17, 2022

I love to try BBQ when traveling. Who knew that one of the best in VA can be found in Williamsburg. After a long travel day, we opted for takeout. A whole smoked chicken, half a rack of ribs, mac and cheese and potato salad....Plus lots of their signature vinegar based sauce. The chicken was tender, the ribs were lean but not falling off the bone. Good flavor on the ribs. Mac and cheese was creamy and so delish. Potato salad had lots of flavor. I thought I could taste a hint of apple in the sauce. Unexpected but good. Although they were busy and training new staff, the service was very fast and our order was perfect. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. My only regret is that I passed on the homemade chocolate cake. It looked so tempting.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Andrea H, General Manager at Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thanks so much for the great review! We appreciate your taking the time to share your Pierce's experience. Come again soon! Andrea Hutchinson

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No. I apologize for just now seeing your inquiry.
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Good afternoon! We have chocolate chip, macadamia nut, and oatmeal raisin! Thanks for asking!
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We cook over hickory and white oak. Our pork has a light smoke flavor. Hope that helps!
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