We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
+1 252-446-2983
10:00 - 21:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 136: English reviews
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Level Contributor
430 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 to our liking, the restaurant has many good points. The premises are as clean as... More 

Thank Ben_Theretoo406
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 back... trust!

Thank Derrick T
Wilmington DE, United States
Level Contributor
56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 your table! Cole slaw is very tangy, a good addition to the BBQ. FYI, Rocky... More 

Thank Joanne B
Level Contributor
39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

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 desert. You'll never leave hungry.

Thank Michael A
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

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. More 

Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

So I dropped my daughter off at a soccer day camp today in Raleigh and decided to take my son on a trip down memory lane. I was born in Rocky Mount, grew up in Battleboro, went to school at Enfield Academy in Whitakers and had not been back in Rocky Mount in over 36 years. We used to eat... More 

Thank Stephen H
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. Happy we took you back to such wonderful memories and hope the experience will leave your son with a great memory of his Dad. We continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ" and hope we... More 

Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
77 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

I have been visiting Gardners BBQ for over 30 years while on the road south. Gardners has the best Pork BBQ, Pulled and sauced, fried chicken to die for, fried whiting not to mention collard greens, beans, hush puppies etc. The desserts are unbelievable. ..great food and service. Prices are very reasonable...tremendous buffet and menu. Just Great!!!!

Thank Bob G
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Gardner's on your travels and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that we are part of your family tradition as we continue to strive to provide you with "all there is to love about Eastern NC BBQ". Hope to have the opportunity to serve you with another... More 

Irvington, New Jersey, United States
Level Contributor
37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

When ever we travel to North Carolina we make it our business to stop here. They have the best of every thing. It's fresh and hot and delicious. Everyone is nice and friendly. Make sure you have a cooler to take some back home with you. This is a must visit restaurant.

Thank Sondra R
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

We are thrilled to be a part of your driving tradition and greatly appreciate this wonderful 5 star review. Our wait staff has a way of making everyone feel like they are part of the family. Thank you again. More 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I eat here often. The food is good. Fridays seafood dinner is even better. Staff is very friendly. Would recommend this place for thise whi enjoy good soul food.

Thank Linwood W
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

We love our "regulars" and appreciate the 5 star review. The seafood Friday buffet is a special addition to our regular buffet each Friday. we just added a low country boil to the seafood option and we hope you get to try it. More 

Aiken, South Carolina
Level Contributor
43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Clean friendly pleasant restaurant! Huge selection of food products to choose from all delicious. The dessert bar is amazing!! You won't leave hungry. Great wait team!

Thank DogCBR5
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Appreciate the 5 star review. Our wait staff has a knack with making you feel right at home when you dine with us. Thanks again More 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 September 2016

It was perfect for a family on the run. Different people could come and go at different times. I found the food to be excellent, but I stuck to the meat and seafood. The service was timely. There was quite a variety of southern food to try and we all ate well. It was located near our hotel and provided... More 

Thank Kathryn C
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

appreciate the great review and yes we are made for families. Our wait staff loves to make everyone feel like they are part of the family so we have many gathering and traveling family tradtitons at our 301 location. You can even reserve a room at no extra cost. More 

Travellers who viewed Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant also viewed


Been to Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:30
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
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?