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The Players Retreat

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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105 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27605
+1 919-755-9589
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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The Woodlands, Texas
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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245 reviews
203 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 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 18 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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104 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Oak Island, North Carolina
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Great place with a good sports atmosphere. We walked over from the Hilton Doubletree. The homemade chips were excellent. I had a burger and it was cooked perfectly. My husband had the ribs and he loved them. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We will definitely come back!

Thank Lisa H
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

On occasion, it is my choice to meet business and social friends at the Players Retreat for either brunch, lunch, dinner or just for drinks. It is located at the edge of the North Carolina State University campus but the patrons range from students to people who went to school there and elsewhere 50 years ago. The menu options vary... More 

Thank Hooman42
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Pleasant friendly staff. Good TVs - watch several games at once. Sorry New York Giants lost... Food variety of choices.

Thank Charlotte W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 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 Road, Raleigh, NC 27605
  • 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?