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1331 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-1842
+1 252-446-2983
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:30
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Irvington, New Jersey, United States
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Bruceton Mills, West Virginia
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371 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

I visited the Rocky Mount area for a week on a business trip. Of all the meals I ate in the area, the experience I had at Gardner's was the only one that left me truly satisfied. I went at 8pm due to having worked late, concerned to get a buffet at the end of the day. However, despite only... More 

Thank copperdragon66
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so glad you posted this wonderful review. Our wait staff tries to make everyone feel like family and we are thrilled that you enjoyed all we had to offer. Hope to see you back again soon! More 

Abingdon, Virginia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I have eaten at Gardner's BBQ, N.Wesleyan Blvd location, since they opened in 1972. However,I had not been there since 2009. My husband and I made a special 320 mile trip to Rocky Mount JUST to eat at this Gardner's. We arrived around 6 p.m.on Monday , Aug 22, 2016.The place was pretty deserted, but the buffet was fully stocked... More 

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

We are sorry we weren't what you remembered us to be. We do have a few sugar free dessert options as well as our famous banana pudding, and cobblers in our dessert bar. We try to have something for everyone and with the extensive amount of items we serve on the buffet we try to make sure everyone leaves full... More 

Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Order the barbecue plate with potatoes and corn sticks it was very good. The service was fast and friendly.

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

Appreciate the great review More 

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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Gardener's offers a clean restaurant, friendly service, and most importantly amazing BBQ! The side dishes are tasty and the sweet tea is just right. A must visit for lunch or dinner.

Thank Colemans78
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

Appreciate the great 5 star review More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Me and several friends went out for a nice summer day motorcycle ride on 8/13/2016 and headed to Gardner's BBQ in Rocky Mount for a nice lunch. We all ordered the buffet and were greeted with a most pleasant host who took our order and provided exceptional service to our group. Ice tea refills were quick and efficient and the... More 

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

Wow we love reading such detailed reviews and bikers are always welcome at Gardner's BBQ. Some of the back roads to get here are just amazing to cruise on and we have several great motorcycle dealers in the area to visit. Parking lot is large and fulled paved and we even have picnic tables if you prefer to eat outdoors.... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Gardners came out to Sunset Park on Sunday to cater our family reunion dinner. The staff was very prompt and efficient. They provided everything we needed and even packed up our leftovers for us. They do run a tight ship and the food was delicious as always. We had the pork and turkey barbecue, green beans, boiled potatoes, fried chicken,... More 

Thank kminga1
GardnerBBQ, Director of Sales at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant, responded to this review

It's great to see feedback from our catering department. We travel to you for a very affordable price and with over 43 years experience things run smooth. So happy you and your family enjoyed all we have to offer and we hope to see you again next year! More 

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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, Kids, Child-friendly, 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.

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