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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)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
128 Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-4249
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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!

Thank Glenda B
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

We came here for Father’s Day. The buffet was really good and included salad bar. Staff was pleasant. They have the best mozzarella sticks in town. Only complaint is that is was hot inside

Thank 704renata
Reviewed 3 July 2018

In the past, the ribs have been very good: meaty, tender and moist. Last night - if they were going for pork jerky, then they nailed it. The ribs on "The Judge" should never have been given to anyone - they were the last end...More

Thank Linda G
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We had hamburgers there and they were good. Ate outside on the patio very nice view. We got onion rings with the burgers. It has been many years since I had any that good. Reminded me of the old Cream and Cone in Yarmouth, Ma....More

Thank Edward C
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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
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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