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Judge's Riverside Restaurant

128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
+1 828-433-5798
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (41 reviews)
“smoked chicken” (25 reviews)
“onion rings” (15 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Judge's is on the Catawba River and has a great view. The food is delicious and is a place you should go when in the Morganton, NC area.

Thank Pamela C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've raved about this place in the past, but recent visits forced me to amend my recommendations. On two recent visits, the ribs were tough as leather and chewy (in the past, they've been fall-off-the-bone tender). Last night, the smoked chicken had a funky smell...More

Thank Imom007
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

We decided to stop and eat in Morganton on the way back from Asheville. Judges has a great variety on their the menu from steak to seafood. My kids enjoyed the chicken tenders, my wife and I enjoyed the the brisket and smoked chicken.

Thank M R
Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

This place is great. We had a super waitress who sat down and gave us the history of the Restaraunt and many wonderful suggestions. This is a laid back place with some very good smoked food and home cooked vegatables. Must do when in the...More

Thank Alan27605
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and myself had dined and Judges Riverside more than once and the service is usually pretty good but lately we have noticed a decline in service and the food has been less then desirable. We ordered the chicken tenders plate my tenders were...More

Thank 590gloriar
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Stopped on way back from Linville Gorge for dinner. It was too cold to sit outside, but the river is right there. Menu provided plenty of choices. The specialty was BBQ. They were out of the brisket, so I got ribs. They were not baby...More

Thank DGStravels
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Had a taste for BBQ so I ordered the small pulled pork plate with potato salad and red slaw. It was all delicious. The BBQ was moist and tasty. Potato salad and slaw complimented the BBQ.

Thank John E
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We had lunch on the deck on a lovely afternoon, overlooking the river. Nice view of river. We split The Judge between 2 of us. The pork was pretty good, the ribs were very hard to get the meat off the bone and the chicken...More

Thank Debbi D
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I visited Judge's with a group. We had reservations and were seated promptly on the porch when we arrived with an excellent view of the river. The onion rings are made on the premises and are excellent and recommended as is the smoked half chicken...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Late lunch on labor day. Had to wait a few min. but not bad. Food was great, but could have used more staff. We had fish-n-chips, brisket sandwich, and pulled pork sandwich. Everyone happy and full.

Thank Kenny P
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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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