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Ray's Country Smokehouse-Grill

219 S Broad St, Gastonia, NC 28052-4103
+1 704-867-4386
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“wings” (25 reviews)
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219 S Broad St, Gastonia, NC 28052-4103
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped at Ray's around 7:45 not realizing they close at 8 (kitchen closes a half hour earlier). The owner greeted us at the counter and told us he'd be happy to serve us a meal. He said he had just taken some ribs out...More

Thank PeteD25
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place was good! The ribs fall off the bone and the place is hopping!! It is family friendly but can at first feel like a bar. It’s great food and lovely company!

Thank Ashley T
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had dinner here tonight and it was amazing. We started with the smoked wings for an app....wow! I had the ribs and husband had the smoked chicken quarter. The ribs were fall off the bone amazing. Lean and tasty. The side I had were the...More

Thank Maggie214
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have eaten BBQ all over this country and a ton of it in the south due to my military postings and travels. I have a ton of Tripadvisor ratings and do not overrate This is one of the best BBQ's I ever tasted. The...More

1  Thank SouthSkookPorkchop
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been here twice. The bar is always dirty. I would think that getting there shortly after they opened, the bar would be clean. The food is ok. Wings are so-so. I had Brunswick stew that was barely warmed. It's a ok place for a...More

1  Thank Blacjac443
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I are a bunch of talkers. But, when we eat at Ray's Country Smokehouse-Grill, we are silent at the table. The food there is throwback delicious. They have several smokers in front and in back of the building with piles of seasoned...More

Thank C Marshall T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

These guys really know how to cook!Everything I have ever eat here is great the meat is always tender and tasty!! Try the smoked wings tossed the homemade molasses BBQ sauce and franks hot sauce! The new WET ribs will make your taste buds tingle!

Thank slapyomommabbq
Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

A hole in the wall kind of place; we had the pulled pork plate with cole slaw, potato salad and hush puppies. It was awesome; served with home made vinegar sauce. Price very reasonable, big portions. We will be back to try ribs and beef...More

Thank Teresa0802
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Small, friendly diner/bar with daily specials. Great for lunch or after work dinner. Homemade entrees. If you’re You can usually tell what the smoked meat specials are because the cooker is often out front. Be sure to try the brisket or ribs. Friendly and affordable.

Thank Strowd1
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We stop in frequently to grab a drink and a bite to eat. Food is wonderful and inexpensive. Service can be slow but always friendly...it’s a family run restaurant 😊 definitely worth a visit!

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16 November 2017|
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Response from Susydsr | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, not sure.
Diane H
27 February 2016|
Response from hogsmoker102 | Property representative |
So sorry I just got your question, but we do not take reservations, were you able to eat with us, I hope you were treated well,I was out of town, but they know what to do,I preach it everyday. Let me know how we did, and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 3 - US$ 22
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 S Broad St, Gastonia, NC 28052-4103
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Gastonia
  • Phone Number: +1 704-867-4386
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We are a small Independant restaurant. We focus on good quality food for a reasonable price.We have been in business since 1960. My Father started the business when he got out of the Air Force.We are always happy to let our new customers try a sample of our food before they order it.We work very hard to try to make you feel welcome. We have Brisket everyday, which is smoked for 17 hours, this is a must try if you like BBQ.
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