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Spanky's Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Bar
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101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
+1 919-967-2678
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:30
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Clemmons, North Carolina, USA
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113 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We have been eating at Spankys for over a decade. You can always count on it being good when you go there. Their food is very fresh and their twist on ordinary things is spot on. The ribs are unlike any you've had anywhere else. The burgers are great. The nachos are great. Always look for the weekly specials because... More 

Thank MusingsOnTravel
Cooper City, Florida
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I were in Chapel Hill visiting family and decided to stop into Spanky's for a beer and quick bite to eat. The beer selection was extensive, the food was excellent, and the staff was attentive. No complaints. My wife had a burger and I had the cheesesteak. We had a great time and would definitely stop in... More 

Thank RumBum23
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have eaten here several times while visiting my daughter at UNC. Spankies has a great atmosphere and a good location. There is a lot of potential but my experience is always just average. Last time we had dinner the service was very slow and it took 45 min for our food to come out after we ordered. The most... More 

Thank David P
Scottsdale, Arizona
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158 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

My first shot at Carolina BBQ and I found it a bit disappointing. It lacked flavor and substance. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is good for casual dinning.

Thank 2fromhere
Elk Grove, California
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We stopped in for dinner on our one night in Chapel Hill. We sat at the bar and had some great beers on tap and then ordered dinner. We had the shrimp and grits. It was so good! The corn bread muffins were to die for and the Bourban Banana Bread pudding put us in a coma.

Thank Ranchwed
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent food, service and atmosphere! Family visiting so needed to please everyone, menu clearly covered everyone's favorite dishes.

Thank Goin2Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We were taken to a 6-top upstairs, drinks came quick, and the food was excellent!! The burgers were excellent!! They are located right on the corner, a short walk from the football field.

Thank Dale A
Hixson, Tennessee
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152 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Had a late dinner here with a large party (20-25) people. We were there to celebrate a graduation. First one has to assume that with a group this size the service will be somewhat on the slow side. That's not my reason for this review. Based on my order and some of the items that others ordered it just seems... More 

Thank laboaks53
Frederick, Maryland
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We ate here on a beautiful Sunday while we were on a college visit to UNC Chapel Hill. The food was absolutely delicious! Service was great as well!

Thank jak502016
Los Altos, California
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170 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner on a return to campus for the first time in a decade and Spanky's was solid. Great burgers and fries and other classic bar food available too. We ordered the chips and the guacamole was surprisingly good to a Californian. Kinda liked the piemento cheese too. They had some great beers on tap including a local... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 00:30
11:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-967-2678

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?