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About The Twisted Fork

Welcome to Twisted Fork! Menu favorites such as house smoked NC BBQ, Texas style beef brisket, mouthwatering ribs, fresh ground burgers, and Pastry Chef Richard Smith's famous scratch made desserts join new additions including pizzas made with fresh dough from our bakery. Be sure to try our Sunday brunch menu featuring Brisket Benedict, Bananas Foster French Toast, a Breakfast Buffet Burger and more. Some say our menu is a little eclectic, and they are right! It's food we love - casual, made fresh and delicious. We think you'll love it too! And you can't forget our selection of 30 draft beers for $3 all day, every day. Great craft and NC beers on tap!

3751 Sumner Blvd, Ste 170
Raleigh, NC 27616
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Barbecue, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 11am - 9pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 10pm
Sunday 11am - 8pm
Sunday Brunch 11am - 2pm

Cross Street:
Capital Blvd: Triangle Town Center down from Barnes & Nobles

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 792-2535

Catering:
Our sister companies, Rocky Top Catering and Southland BBQ Catering, can take care of all your special events needs. We have a premier private event space in North Raleigh called 1705 Prime and a historic, restored special event venue in Youngsville - Cross+Main. We are full service off site caterers.

We are the exclusive caterer at the Blue Zone at UNC's Kenan Stadium and at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences & Nature Research Center in Downtown Raleigh.

Please visit www.rockytopcatering.com for more information.

Executive Chef:
Adam Jones

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Twisted Fork Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (879)
Kid-friendly (670)
Special Occasion (662)
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Fit for Foodies (632)
Great for Lunch (629)
Great for Brunch (472)
Neighborhood Gem (457)
Great for Outdoor Dining (416)
Romantic (331)
Hot Spot (305)
Late-night Find (206)
Vibrant Bar Scene (145)
Scenic View (131)
Notable Wine List (79)
Casual (33)
Comfort Food (28)
Great Beer (21)
Good for a Date (18)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Fun (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Live Sports (8)
People Watching (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Business Meals (5)
Outstanding Value (5)
Cozy (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was mediocre. I went for a birthday dinner and made reservations three weeks out when I got there I had a cake brought in and only after bringing the cake did they mention a $25 cake free. One waiter said if we cut it ourselves they would waive the fee but apparently that wasn't the case. Somewhere there was a miscommunication but our main waiter took care of it and that I did appreciate.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We made reservations for Father's Day. The service was sub-par, the server only refilled 1 drink once (out of 11 people). 2 of the 5 kids did not receive their dessert - we had to ask if they got it as well before the options were given. One of the fathers, at the end of the meal, asked if there was a special for desserts for dads. Our server stated he would ask the manager. When he came back he told us that the only Father's Day special was the one that included a meal for $30 (& also included dessert). We stated that we were never told about the special & the server just kind of shrugged. Spoke to a manager who then offered dessert & gave discount cards for the next visit if we gave them another chance. The mahi mahi one person ordered was dry & overcooked, the shrimp & grits was a very small portion, the fried shrimp plate was returned because the shrimp was very fishy tasting. Once we received our checks, we noticed it stated "gratuity 20". The menus state that a party of 6 or more will automatically be charged 18% gratuity so we were expecting this, however it had 20 next to it so we looked more closely. The actual checks (we had 3 checks) ranged from 20-27% gratuity added to the checks. When we asked the server about the amount of gratuity added,he shrugged & stated that the manager added it on there. Asked to speak to the manager again, who did notice that the gratuity was incorrect. He rectified that issue, however we will not be going back. Poor experience all around.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Really slow to get food after we ordered. Had to seek out water refills repeatedly. However, loaded fries appetizer was DELICIOUS!! The food was good and hot when it got to us.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

great friendly staff, open kitchen, huge salad bar, great desserts. you won't go away hungry.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 18, 2017

If this was my first time at Twisted Fork, it would have been my last. REALLY slow service, but great food. Assuming someone called out and they were short handed. Definitely not the norm.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner. I had the mahi-mahi (grilled, not blackened) with ghe grits and fried okra. It was delicious! I would certainly get this again. Husband had the NY strip with the garlic mashed potatoes and fried okra. He said it was not bad but the steak had some gristly pieces. The $3 beer special is worth ordering. Service was great, and our waiter was friendly and talkative. Very good and varied menu selection.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Me and my bestfriend had a good time it was really calm and quite felt like we were the only ones in the restaurant but it was good had a lot of 101 time other then our waiter coming every 15mins it was good

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We asked to substitute BBQ pork for chicken on a he pizza and they were very accommodating. The pizza was excellent. Great crust. Even better taste. It would compare with the best pizzeria style pizza.

Staff was really friendly. Atmosphere was modern and clean.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This is one of our favorite places to eat. My daughter picked Twisted Fork for her eighth grade graduation lunch. The food and service is always great. We will return for anytime dinning.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 30, 2017

The restaurant itself would probably get a better rating from me if it was not located at a mall that is clearly going out. Many of the surrounding spaces were vacant and the restaurant essentially was, too. It is not a lot of fun to eat in a ghost town.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The meal was terrible considering how high the Twisted Fork was rated. Service was pretty good but everything else was rough.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went to Twisted Fork in lieu of a suggestion from Dean's Seafood in Cary because they were completely sold out. The quality of the food and was not the same. The best service we received was from the GM . He checked on us several times and was very attentive to our needs. Unfortunately he was not the chef.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Had a reservation at 1:00 checked in at 12:45. Hostess told us to have a seat. After that she kept seating other people that didn't have a reservation so we waited for about 30 minutes & still wasn't seated so I asked her how much longer before we would be seated. She said she forgot about us. I don't know why that was possible since we sat right in front of her. Really put a damper on my Mother's Day. That's why I made a reservation.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Quick service. Delicious Mother's Day brunch buffet.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day brunch was great. Very busy but not too busy that we couldn't get food in a timely fashion. Really wish they had an egg chef or fresh waffle option but given the crowd size I'm not sure if that would have been feasible.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Annual Mother's Day Brunch. Food was OK but may of the items were running out without a refill while others sat out too long. The layout was cumbersome causing everyone to walk up a ramp to the higher seating level just to turn around and walk down some stairs to get to the buffet line.

The French toast tasted good if not a bit to much vanilla which also made the toast look dark and unappealing. The Poached egg with brisket was very good. Scrambled eggs ranged from creamy in the first tray to dry and hard in the subsequent trays. The small round rolls were too hard to cut. The biscuits were good and the Grits were excellent. I didn't try the sausage gravy.

As with most visits to twisted Fork, the dessert station stole the show! the Choc Mousse cups and Tia Maria cookies were fantastic.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I loved it! Food was great! James did a great job!!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great variation than menu. In had the chopped steak w potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Delicious. My friend had bbq and chicken combo. She loved hers too and she had a huge piece of dessert that was great. I had a pineapple spicy margarita that i,could have drank two more of but didn't haha. $3 beers, all beers, and liquor specials are coming soon. Were real glad Twisted Fork opened back up after the fire. I hope it gets lots of business.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 6, 2017

A great BBQ joint. Beer selection is jammin'. Deserts are delicious.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Met with goddaughter to plan wedding.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Overall the service and experinece was good. The beer can chicken was surprisingly dry even with the very tasty bbq sauce on it. The cheerwine chicken and bleu cheese potato cakes was devine and flavorful. The bbq nachos were good and spicey. The server and management was very accommodating.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We were a party of 7 celebrating a birthday and using the birthday offer Rocky Top Hospitality emailed us. We had reservations made thru Open Table. Our server Bob was the highlight of the evening. The food was decent, and the servings ample. Two people in the party ordered fried green tomatoes. The tomatoes were too hard to bite and required a knife to cut. A fork would only make an indentation in the crust. The salad bar was very good. The medium rare burger was perfectly cooked but lacked much flavor. It was topped with some of the inedible fried green tomatoes. Although we were asked if we were celebrating a special occasion, no acknowledgment was made whatsoever.
We ordered 2 dinners to go for a couple who couldn't join us. Those were pathetic. The Shrimp and Grits ($15) had a skewer of 4 nickel sized shrimp on a bed of grits with BBQ sauce poured over. The other dish was Jambalaya ($17). The portion hardly made enough for an appetizer: 3 pieces of shredded chicken, 1 sausage coin, and one shrimp. Possibly 1/2 cup all together. In hindsight we probably should have checked before we left the restaurant but the manager brought them to us in a bag that was closed and we had no reason to believe the portions would be minuscule.

We had 2 $25 gift certificates Rocky Top had given us as an apology for failing to fulfill their food contract at our daughter's wedding. (No crackers to go with the pimento cheese, well done beef tenderloin when we ordered rare, and they ran out of chicken before all the guests were served.) The Twisted Fork manager didn't want to accept the gift certificates, siting that their policy is not to combine deals. We reminded him that we weren't combining deals. Gift certificates are virtually money. He balked. We reminded him again and he said "Oh, alright. If you really want me to accept the gift certificates I will". I truly believe the pathetic to go dinners were a direct result of his attitude.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We were very disappointed with the Easter brunch. I have been there before and thought it was great. Unfortunately, this time was just the opposite. All of the meat was fatty and greasy. The egg on the brisket Benedict was over cooked-it was hard boiled. There was no flavor with the food. I had to use salt, which I never do. And no seafood or variety. We could have gone to Golden Corral for half the price and more of a selection.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Awesome glad I went there for brunch! Yippee hooray

Tags: Live Sports, Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

It was fine. Quality of the non breakfast foods was very good- barbeque, greens. Salad bar was obnoxious- plates the size of a saucer and the dressing I had- blue cheese, was stretched to the point of tastelessness.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

This was a special Easter Buffet, but the restaurant is NOT set up for this - very difficult to maneuver with waiters and guests going opposite directions. Food was mostly tasty, but nothing that was outstanding. Waffles and bacon were limp. Wasn't a special buffet at all, and it was too pricey for what was offered.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter buffet. Too many barbecue style dishes which lacked variety. Should have had ham. Breakfast buffet was better than lunch selections.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Not kid friendly re the vegetables. Maccroni and cheese dry and too spicy and green beans were like mush. Would like more choices for fresh vegetables. Salad bar attractive and fruit very good. Rolls hard. I don't eat all that pork so would like other poultry dishes. Wait staff very nice and efficient. Dessert table very nice.

Tags: Live Sports, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We booked a table for 3 for the Easter Buffet Brunch and it was fabulous. Everything was delicious, presentation and organization of items was good, and service was friendly. Would definitely do this again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Great service, food, desert, and beer!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This was the first time I've had a bad experience here. Normally, my food is great and I usually don't wait more than 20 min. for it. However, this last visit, my food was overcooked and not what I ordered and it took almost 45 min. for my food to come out. It seemed that all the wait staff was having to help a big party on the other side of the room. Was disappointed, but will give another shot.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Last minute reservation for four.....Had the NC Pulled Pork BBQ which was very good. Shrimp and grits were just ok. BBQ Pizza was great. Also, house Porter Beer was excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Overall I was unhappy with the menu and the selection of foods. We hadn't been back here in a while, so this was our first time back after the menu change and I was disappointed

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Food was great, atmosphere is always laid back. Server was pleasant. Great Beer selection including Red Oak!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (County Durham)·Dined on March 26, 2017

We decided to try the Twisted Fork and were not disappointed. Reservations were reassuring but not needed to grab the Sunday Brunch. All were delighted at the dining experience, and the dessert presentation/content was truly amazing. We reflected on the ambiance from the well-attended patio, where Andrew was attentive to our needs without hovering. Looking forward to our next opportunity at this highly recommended venue.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Food was delicious as usual. Service went above and beyond. Our waitress was extremely aware of food allergy issues and was very careful with my daughter's order. Was disappointed that they could no longer verify that the oil in the fryer was not peanut so my daughter couldn't have her favorite fried brussel sprouts.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 18, 2017

This place was great! Great food! They smoke their own meats - yum! The staff was awesome. Thank you!

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Great food and good service. The BBQ is excellent.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Our first time dining here and the BBQ was excellent and service was good.

Tags: Casual
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