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The Players Retreat

) #120 of 1,140 Restaurants in Raleigh €€ - €€€ American, Bar, Pub
105 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605-1648
+1 919-755-9589
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good43%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Bar, Pub
€€ - €€€
105 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605-1648
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The PR is older than I am and I have been going there all of my life. The menu has changed over the years. I miss the steak sandwiches - my ALL time favorite, but the onion rings are still the best!!! People don't go...More

Thank angsw72
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The PR is a Raleigh institution and has earned its spot. The burgers a generous and there are toppings to suit every taste. The quality of the beef is outstanding and they cook the just the way you order them. My dinner companion wanted a...More

Thank ncinme
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Bar and Grille, Within walking distance of Doubletree, about a block and 1/2. Food was good. Service fast. Seating upon arrival. Wait staff excellent.

Thank Patrick R
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Took friends to Players Retreat who were in town to do college tour of State campus. Encouraged them to get the burgers since that is the 'can't go wrong item' on the menu. Everyone very happy with selections. Two of us ordered the 4 oz....More

Thank Van86girl
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Walked over from the Aloft for a late dinner. Couldn't have been happier. Busy, not cookie-cutter designer "sports" bar. Authentic, old, warm, inviting. Friendly staff, and good, simple, American bar food. Add cold beer and a nice bourbon selection, and you've got a strong dynamic.

Thank nmhen
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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...More

Thank HomoQuiScitOmnia
Reviewed 4 March 2017

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...More

Thank aallen18
Reviewed 24 February 2017 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
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
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...More

Thank David H
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I cannot seem to find anywhere about their practices when it comes to allergies/autoimmune diseases? I have Celiac Disease so I can't have wheat/gluten. Has anyone had any experience with that in this place? Thank you in advance!
29 November 2015|
Response from Charles M | Reviewed this property |
I have not any experience with this. I do not know anyone who has
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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
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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.