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17365 Cool Springs Rd, Cleveland, NC
+1 704-278-1619
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
Wed - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Winter hours in place. Arrived early at just before 5. Do not be in a hurry. It's not that kind of place. Sold out by 6:30. When it's gone it's gone. Unique place. Good chicken. But be prepared. It's done their way in their time which is not so bad. Worth the drive and the wait

Thank Danny J
Cary, North Carolina
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182 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Had been looking forward to Keaton's ever since it was recommended. Multiple people told me ahead of time it would be the best chicken I'd ever eaten. The people in line (there will be a line) told me it would be the best chicken I'd ever eaten. It wasn't the best chicken I'd ever eaten. It was good, but that's... More 

Thank JodyDavis
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is literally built around the founders chicken recipe and for a good reason - the chicken is fantastic!

Thank Tina D
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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223 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Stopped in on a Thursday evening and ordered three mild and one spicy hot halves to go along with two sides of mac-cheese and some spicy slaw. The chicken was well cooked with a spiced skin. The dark meet was fine but we found the white meat a bit dry. The mac-cheese was good as was the spicy "ref" slaw... More 

Thank MoBBQ
Huntersville, North Carolina
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

A friend has been recommending Keaton's for quite a while, but I wasn't able to get there until today. For some of the other reviewers, anytime you're in an "off the beaten path" place like this, always ask what they are famous for. You can't be that old with that "look" without being famous for something. Keaton's is famous for... More 

Thank jdflanag2016
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I happened to pass this place and thought it would be a good place to get some BBQ since the sign said Keaton's BBQ. I ordered a BBQ plate and had to pay $1.40 extra for some slaw. Now the red slaw was wonderful but the BBQ was way to spicy. Later I talked to a local that said to... More 

Thank Jason E
Mocksville, North Carolina
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

This is the nicest fanciest restaurant you'll ever see. It's a far piece off in the country. But locals will tell you it's good food. Like home cooked food your Grandmother would cook. I can only decided on the Bar B Que Chicken when I go. Because it's good. From mild to hot seasoning. They serve bar b que also.... More 

Thank Seldomtraveling
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

If you want to try an original take on barbecue chicken this is the place. Ignore everything on the menu EXCEPT the chicken, and red cole slaw, and you will love this place!

Thank Jim C
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Love some Keaton's BBQ! Little hole in the wall loved by the locals. Ignore the building and the lack of true AC! Your first bite will shadow the lack of ambiance. You will not be disappointing!

Thank Tanya L
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2015

Had not been here in 30 years so I took someone who had never been and the chicken is still wonderful. The only complaint I would have is the price

Thank Amy S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17365 Cool Springs Rd, Cleveland, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 704-278-1619

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?