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Players Retreat

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Players Retreat
Categories: Restaurants & Bars, Five Faves, Bar, Sports Bar
105 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 755-9589
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Expect a sense of tradition and camaraderie when you walk through the doors of The Players' Retreat. Locals refer to this establishment as the PR. It's been called that since it opened in 1951 by Bernie and Mickey Hanula.

Known for their burgers and brew, the PR uses only black Angus beef…ground on site. They even give you the option to order it rare (you can slap a fresh sticker on that one). But can they get any fresher? Oh yes…a seafood selection that's never frozen. That's a PR promise!

Burgers not your thing? The PR's full menu features sandwiches, pasta, pizza pies, steak, chili, soups, salads and a solid selection of vegetarian options. If you can handle more, the PR serves up a satisfying brunch experience on Sundays. But breakfast is more than just a Sunday experience, so the PR kindly offers their "Late Night" menu Thursday through Saturday nights. Three words: breakfast for dinner.

Winner of the 2010 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence (they've got more than 75 wines by the glass), the PR's full bar serves up a classic selection of beverages to quench all thirsts.

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Amy H. Aug 13, 2017
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Great place to sit outside and eat close to NCState! They have a nice wine list and variety on the menu. I enjoyed filet mignon, fried oysters and delicious... (more)
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Austin A. Aug 2, 2017
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The chili burger hit the spot. I substituted the fries for onion rings with absolutely zero regrets. Players Retreat has a great atmosphere with plenty of... (more)
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Bob H. Mar 28, 2017
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The Players Retreat is conveniently located near NC State University with a free parking lot across the street. The food and service are both good, better... (more)
berniemccants2 Aug 18, 2015
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First legal beer bought there in 1967. Have loved that Gus has kept the same "ambiance" but expanded the menu, likker and wine choices. Diverse clientele. Service can be plus/minus at busy times but bill has always be 100% even with 4-5 couple scattered around a big table.

Not sure why the complaint about the price of the burgers. Looked and same as Applebees and Five Guy plus fresh ground and cooked to order, 48 years eating at the PR and hope to be many more.

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