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Judge's Riverside Restaurant

128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
+1 828-433-5798
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“smoked chicken” (26 reviews)
“ribs” (41 reviews)
“onion rings” (14 reviews)
Opens in 20 min
American, Bar, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The scenery is picture perfect as it was an old fish camp. I still can’t decide what was better, the hush puppies or the chicken fingers. If ur in the area, you can’t not go.

Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful place by the river to have a great BBQ experience. If you live within a hour's drive it's well worth the trip.

Thank jmyersjm93
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten at this place for over 30 years. Overall it has been a good experience. Unfortunately, my most recent experience was not good. I had gone there specifically for the ribs and salad bar. We arrived and were seated quickly and our waitress...More

Thank 899harveyd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two in our party ordered the full rack of ribs and they wish they hadn't. They were so tough and hard to even split. The barbeque sauce was good though. I ordered the Judge (combination) which came with the same tough ribs, pulled pork that...More

Thank JimOKelly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing better than a view with food. Judges gets a win on this one. I believe this is some kind ofd the better briskets I've had and the chicken was to die for. Menu is extensive so there are many choices. Definitely worth a visit...More

Thank Vincent W
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Was here back in winter and wanted to return to sit outside. Beautiful day to enjoy some great smoked chicken. Not to mention the view of the river. Great service.

Thank Anita M
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Judge’s easily has the best setting of any restaurant in Morganton.The porch overlooks the river so if the weather is nice,request to sit there.The food is good but it’s not going to blow you away.If you want a better quality meal,go to Treat or Root...More

Thank HardJax
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

They do tenders and BBQ, with the same old sides. They've done it for YEARS. If that's what you want, no problem. If you want something fresh, with flavor, and new then don't go here.

Thank Dean W
Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Judges variety of food will please everyone: BBQ, fish, vegetarian, low cal, salad bar. The portions are large. We always take home leftovers. The restaurant is right next to the Catawba river and Greenway. The restaurant has a large deck for the warm months and...More

Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Great setting for a great BBQ meal. Pork BBQ was top notch. Green Beans some of the best I have had and the sweet potato casserole was very very good. A little hard to find but worth the trip. Look for the sign in front...More

Thank David S
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Eddie A
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Response from William M | Reviewed this property |
I a not sure. I suggest you call them and ask.
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Response from russbcater | Property representative |
Hi Suzie, If you contact Judge's Riverside and ask for David Troutman (General Manager), I'm sure that he can help you. Restaurant number (828) 433-5798. If you have any trouble getting through my cell # (828) 403-3616 Thank... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
View, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Morganton
  • Phone Number: +1 828-433-5798
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Beyond great food, Judge's Riverside has a great atmosphere. From the wood and stone materials inside to the decks and serene river view outside, you'll enjoy more than just the taste. Click the images below to learn more...
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