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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 good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (44 reviews)
“smoked chicken” (26 reviews)
“onion rings” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:00 pm Hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have eaten here several times. The server staff and management are friendly and accommodating. Nice atmosphere with the Catawba River running behind it. Food is good and prepared well.

Thank nthilal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch on mother's day with family. They had a buffet lunch that was very good and reasonably priced.

Thank kar385
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have been there many times and also with friend. I never get tired of watching the river as we eat lunch or dinner. I think all the food we have tried is very good. My favorite add on now is the...More

Thank vlscott
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Food off the menu was really good. Salad bar had several empty containers. Buffet items were just OK. Service was almost non existent if you ordered from the menu.The wait staff we had was obviously non experienced. This is my second trip since new management....More

Thank Wesley M
Reviewed 31 July 2018

What a NICE surprise to be able to sit outside, right beside the BEAUTIFUL Catawba River in Morganton NC. It was the highlight of a day trip to Linville Falls and it was the perfect ending to a great day! Our large group was served...More

Thank esh1227
Reviewed 29 July 2018

The staff was friendly and helpful. BBQ is your best bet here. Not fine dining but definitely decent "southern" food. The location is on the water so if the weather cooperates (not too hot, humid or rainy) you can sit outside and enjoy the river.

Thank marqu72
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Judge’s is a nice place for families or couples to enjoy a meal in a pretty outdoor setting, if the weather is good. Food is OK, especially if you like BBQ. Salad bar is kept full and makes a decent meal in itself. My opinion...More

Thank Garry V
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

I am new to the area and a coworker suggested Judges, so glad she did. We went for lunch on a Friday. We were greeted and seated quickly. We sat on a covered deck looking into the beautiful Catawba River. There was a beautiful black...More

Thank IMHO2
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

I love there mozzarella sticks. They are the best. I had them in Gino’s in Chicago and they were better in judges. Chicken tenders are to die for. Overall the food is good and the scenery is very pretty. Good family restaurant.

Thank Raymie64
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I always enjoy Judge's. I've never had anything there that I didn't like. It's wonderful during the late spring/summer/early fall when one can eat outside!

1  Thank Glenda B
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Eddie A
1 September 2016|
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Response from William M | Reviewed this property |
I a not sure. I suggest you call them and ask.
2 March 2016|
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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, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings, 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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