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Cardinal Drive-In

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328 S Broad St, Brevard, NC 28712-4008
+1 828-884-7085
10:00 - 23:00
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Greenville, South Carolina
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233 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Cheeseburger, tator tots, grilled ham & cheese, chocolate shake - all delicious! Would definitely recommend these items. We like to go inside and order from the phone at the table - very fun. Great service.

Thank Karen R
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We were sorely disappointed in our lunch there recently. My fish sandwich was so dry & hard I couldn't swallow a bite without adding water to my mouth at the same time. My husband had a fried chicken dinner which was in his words 'not memorable'. The hard tack roll that came with it was stale & dry, fries that... More 

Thank Phylpot
Brevard, North Carolina
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Poor quality of food and terrible service. The worst hamburger I have ever gotten. Cute exterior like a drive in from the 50's but we waited q very long time for a server to come to the car. We initially thought they must be closed but not so.

Thank Lorie M
Jacksonville, Florida
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

I like drive ins and am a big fan of a few. This one though had average food. Spicy chicken sandwich was overdone and dry but the mozzarella sticks were a hit. Stick to the burgers and shakes for an enjoyable experience.

Thank evansjax
Brevard, North Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Reminds me of drive-ins in the 60's and 70's. Outside speakers, carhops, great burgers, wonderful onion rings very extensive menu.

Thank 26ehc
Fort Pierce, Florida
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4 reviews
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We were able to walk to the Cardinal from our motel in Brevard. The kids enjoyed ordering their food on the phones that were at each table inside. Food was good and prices were low. Cash only.

Thank Katie W
Los Angeles, California
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181 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

The Cardinal Drive-In has been around forever and is the go-to drive in for locals. Our favorite feature is the car shows held there regularly. The food is average, the service is great. Beware, it's cash-only. Our bookkeeping people only allow reimbursements for credit card purchases so we don't have business meals there.

Thank Channel70Productions
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Interesting concept and fun for the little kids but was a bit run down. Good prices for drive-in food.

Thank kapur99
Mint Hill, North Carolina
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89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We were looking for something quick without having to eat inside so The Cardinal was the right spot. The chicken tenders and burger were good and plentiful for the money.

Thank jporter704
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

They have typical kid-friendly food with some things more advanced palates would want (like grilled chicken sandwiches), but it's affordable and fun to show the next generation how things used to be!


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 S Broad St, Brevard, NC 28712-4008
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Brevard
  • Phone Number: +1 828-884-7085

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?