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Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant

1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
+1 252-446-2983
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Overview
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“fried chicken” (28 reviews)
“hush puppies” (23 reviews)
“turkey bbq” (10 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 21:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Barbecue
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LOCATION
1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
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1 - 10 of 142 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

I dropped off I-95 stopped in the Gardener's on Sunset on Saturday, July 8th. This was my first visit to Gardener's. The manager (I think) was constantly cleaning the dining room, checking the buffet, running to the kitchen and checking on guests. He was super...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Overall clean restaurant, ample parking with separate entrance for Take Out. Dined around 2:00 p.m. so several of the loyal local diners were present. Good choice on buffet, entre' s and desert bar. Pulled pork seemed a bit dry, and the country fried steak was...More

Thank 4602usmc
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner. It was late (around 7:50pm). They close at 9:00pm. I was seated promptly. I sat there for about 5 minutes. I could see the wait staff across the way in the other room. They were talking back and forth pointing my way....More

Thank timothyp654
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Buffet and plates and sandwiches always fresh and good quality. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Good for the whole family and everyone will find something good.

Thank jerobemd
Reviewed 23 May 2017

If you are looking for authentic Eastern NC Barbeque and food this is it! First thing to note THIS IS EASTERN NC VERSION of Barbecue. They cook their barbeque with vinegar, crushed red pepper and melted butter made into a sauce. There is NO tomato...More

Thank Sherrie W
Reviewed 9 May 2017

went to the gardners by east grand and ordered 2 2piece dark paid my money and sat down a few minutes later the cook told the cashier that he did not have enough dark meat so my wife asked if she could have a breast...More

Thank rickyalexander21
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

We are sorry to hear about your experience at the Fairview location. This page is for our 301 location and we have a separate page for Fariview. I will forward this to the appropriate location so the manger is aware and talk to the cook....More

Reviewed 21 April 2017

Ben and Mrs Too stopped here for lunch on our way home from Florida, and passed a very pleasant hour or so. Gardner’s is a really busy place, apparently a prime spot for a Sunday lunch among the locals. While the food was not especially...More

Thank Ben_Theretoo406
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Thank you for mentioning all the good things about Gardners. We also have plates available with sit down service for those who do not wish to eat at the buffet. The staff at Gardners tries to please everyone and it depends on the day you...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

Let me tell you, I've heard of this spot. So I decided to stop thru on my way back home from VA Beach and that food was so good- I could have slapped someone. lol Whoever made those chopped collards needs a raise! I'll be...More

1  Thank Derrick T
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Our chopped collards are made right in Rocky Mount. We have been making those greens the same way for 45 years and we haven't changed a thing. Still washed by hand, cut by hand and seasoned to perfection every day.

Reviewed 4 April 2017

Gardner's has been at this for decades -- their pig BBQ is the reason. Everyone eats here, retired ladies groups to auto mechanics. They have large side rooms for meetings. No need to ask for refills for ice tea, the waiter puts the pitcher on...More

Thank Joanne B
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review. If you want to feel a great southern experience come join us for our pig pickin every Thursday night. From our family to yours thank you.

Reviewed 12 March 2017

Gardner's is a great BBQ buffet. Cost is around $10. They have excellent carolina style BBQ. But they also have fried chicken and fish. The vegetables are superb. It's worth going just for the butter beans. Collards, squash, Cole Slaw. Cobblers and banana pudding for...More

Thank Michael A
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

We greatly appreciate this 5 star review Michael. We agree that no one should leave here hungry with hundred of delicious items to choose from.

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Quevon
1 June 2016|
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Response from GardnerBBQ | Property representative |
Yes we do. We even carry frozen 5 pound containers. It's 9.99 per pound. We also have collards, stew and pork bbq available to take home.
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Quevon
1 June 2016|
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Response from GardnerBBQ | Property representative |
Yes we do. We even carry frozen 5 pound containers. It's 9.99 per pound. We also have collards, stew and pork bbq available to take home.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 15
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 21:00
Thursday
10:00 - 21:00
Friday
10:00 - 21:30
Saturday
10:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Rocky Mount
  • Phone Number: +1 252-446-2983
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Description
Gardner's Foods consists of three restaurants in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, as well as a catering and wholesale division. Everything began in 1972 when experienced food operators, Gerry and Jim Gardner, decided to develop a good ole country cooking restaurant that specialized in Eastern North Carolina barbecue, as well as Southern fried chicken and its famous Southern style collards. Our 301 North Location seats 250 people and has a huge buffet with such items as * Fried Chicken* Baked Chicken * Pork Barbecue* Turkey Barbecue* Brunswick Stew * Chicken Pastry* Cabbage* Squash* Peas* Boiled Potatoes* Rice & Gravy* Fish* Salad Bar* Dessert Bar Gardner Foods is USDA inspected. We cook only whole hogs, and our Barbecue is cooked Eastern North Carolina style. It's seasoned with crushed red pepper and vinegar as well as a few secret ingredients. Our barbecue is deboned and mixed by hand - prepared specially for you.Turkey Barbecue:Gardner's debones and mixes whole turkeys by hand, and is also prepared Eastern North Carolina style. Turkey barbecue is the perfect alternative for our customers who are not able to eat or do not prefer pork. Southern Style Collards:Gardner's southern style collards are cooked, seasoned, chopped. All Our southern style collards are a unique product that looks good on any plate. Gardner's also has a great thick and hearty Brunswick Stew that includes two meats and lots of vegetables. Our Vegetable Soup with chicken is also a local favorite. Voted Best BBQ in Rocky Mount 2012. Voted best hush puppies in Rocky Mount 2012.
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