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The Players Retreat

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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105 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605-1648
+1 919-755-9589
11:00 - 02:00
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440 reviews
361 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Chef Littlejohn has a newly refurbished kitchen and she knows how to use it! Most of the stuff here is standard sports bar food, but be sure to ask about Chef Littlejohn’s specials because that’s where you’ll see her talent shine. About $30 per person for dinner, with booze, before tip, no dessert.

Thank HomoQuiScitOmnia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Players Retreat(usually called just The PR) has been a staple college bar, near N.C. State, for many years, have gone there myself off & on for close to 50 years. While they have the standard bar fare, a couple of extras are that they grind their own meat, which means you can order burgers how you like them. They also... More 

Thank aallen18
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love the pr sampler. Yummy chocolate martini 🍸 prices are fair! Outdoor eating available. Only negative is they allow smoking outdoor😩

Thank Del W
The Woodlands, Texas
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

They had a good ribeye with potato and salad for a decent price ($24). Beer prices were good but $8 for a Jack Daniels seemed steep for the area. Atmosphere was good, historic bar feel.

Thank FrqntBusTrav
Rolesville, North Carolina
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254 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We've been here a few times now and the food has always been excellent. The first time we both had one of their delicious hamburgers. They were awesome. This last time I had the What You Like with Noodles. A friend that was with us had it with Rice. Both were good but I liked mine best. My wife had... More 

Thank David H
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

What it is, is a great bar. I don't understand some of the negative reviews. This establishment has great ambiance and atmosphere. Great service, Gabby is a sweetheart. Tremendous selection of liquor especially scotch and beers. The burger and especially the onion rings are off the charts. I recommend this long time Raleigh watering hole highly.

Thank Seatow
Rocky Mount
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

There were six of us. We ordered starters with jalapeno poppers, chicken fingers, and ribs. The poppers were good (hot), the rest were mediocre at best. The burgers were great, cooked to order, but buns were mushy. Just had to ignore and enjoy the well prepared burgers.The fish 'n' chips was fair but doughy. The grilled cheese was burned toast... More 

Thank RockyMountMama
Raleigh, North Carolina
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112 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Just a great place to go for a drink and a hamburger. The hamburgers are handmade and fresh. The service is outstanding. There are a couple of pool tables there. Just a relaxing place to go. Nothing fancy just good food and drinks.

Thank angerose1
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

A dive bar hang out near NC State. Told it was a great place to get a burger and beer. Would not trust level of sanitation and food prep to eat anything here. Stank of old stale beer. Not my cup of tea.

Thank Duane B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Great food, great value and great staff at this sports bar/restaurant. Great carolina pork bbq and burgers.

Thank Regina H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605-1648
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-755-9589
In 1951, Bernie and Mickey Hanula founded the institution known as the Players Retreat. Less or a bar and restaurant, and more of a family. With menu options for every appetite, the PR remains a popular respite for the young and the old, the rich and the poor.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?