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Ray's Country Smokehouse-Grill

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219 S Broad St, Gastonia, NC 28052-4103
+1 704-867-4386
11:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As #3 of 180 restaurants in Gastonia, and the rave reviews of the burgers, I was expecting something pretty good. I ordered a 1/2lb cheeseburger with a few toppings. It was OK. Just ok. Like 5 out of 10 ok. Nothing about it was exceptional. The bun was OK, the veggie toppings were fine, and the meat was mediocre, not... More 

Thank Matthew K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I reviewed this place place a while back but thought it needed an update: The food is awesome but the wait staff seems very disjointed and unorganized. Long waits and cold food seems to be the norm now unless you hit it at a off time when there are few other customers. Hope it improves because they do the food... More 

Thank jdone
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There was an article in the Gaston Gazette last month about how Ray's was competing for the best hamburger in NC. So we had to give it a try. We both ordered the 1/2 pounder with our individual choices of condiments. And we had an order of onion rings to share. Everything was delicious. Service was very good and prompt.... More 

Thank RSpicer
Conover, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eating at Ray's was a walk back in time with his pub tables, cozy booths, and vintage wall décor. The menu offered a wide variety of sandwiches and plate options. We selected a pulled pork sandwich, grilled chicken plate and beef brisket plate. All selections were delicious and very generous in size. Service was great! We will be returning.

Thank pprint2017
Shelby, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The reviews for Ray's were outstanding so maybe we had our expectations set to high. The potions were generous, the meat was very good and the potato salad the best I've ever had but... There were four of us at 2:00 pm on a Saturday and it took more that 30 minutes from order to service. We opted for the... More 

Thank Sweeps86
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The BBQ is excellent, but the Brisket which is available on Thursday and Friday is amazing. The Slaw is Also excellent.

Thank Joe .
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2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Found this joint on trip advisor, #2 on top ten of all restaurants in Gastonia well one of my wife and one of our daughters and granddaughter dropped me off,Open the door and wow just what I thought it was going to be a dive bar with a meat counter how cool is that and the ladies that work their... More 

Thank Randall M
Corona, California
1 review
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This place was dabomb.com/incredible. The perfect atmosphere to catch up with old friends and down some hush puppies. Molly and Alexis were our guides to an exceptional experience and even explained what the "lunchmeat" was. I felt like a true southerner and that's a big deal coming from a native Californian like me! Can't wait to come back next year... More 

Thank HHenry25
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Our Friday night go to...great food...great friends. Good is always fresh...love the ribs...chicken...and Butchs molasses sauce. The girls there are always friendly.

Thank Becky W
Asheville, NC
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

I would give this an average rating for a BBQ place. It definitely wasn't the best barbecue we've had. Brisket was very dry. Service was slow even though they were not busy.

Thank mountainview03

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 S Broad St, Gastonia, NC 28052-4103
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Gastonia
  • Phone Number: +1 704-867-4386
We are a small Independant restaurant. We focus on good quality food for a reasonable price.We have been in business since 1960. My Father started the business when he got out of the Air Force.We are always happy to let our new customers try a sample of our food before they order it.We work very hard to try to make you feel welcome. If you come on Thursday or Friday's we have Brisket, which is smoked for 17 hours, this is a must try if you like BBQ.

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