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Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood

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3506 Us Highway 301 S, Smithfield, NC 27577-9495
919-934-5564
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
a local WOW place

on a driving trip across NC we were spending the night in Selma and picked this out as a local spot to try. WOW !!!! absolutely local flavor. Why bother traveling unless you want to try local cuisine. The seafood was excellent and serving size was generous. The waitstaff was super friendly to this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Mark P
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Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

on a driving trip across NC we were spending the night in Selma and picked this out as a local spot to try. WOW !!!! absolutely local flavor. Why bother traveling unless you want to try local cuisine. The seafood was excellent and serving size was generous. The waitstaff was super friendly to this northerner. Table comes preset with both... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

So glad I was starving right as we were approaching Smithfield on 95!!!! I jumped on my trusty Tripadvisor app and found this gem! Now I LOVE Eastern NC BBQ and this place did not disappoint! This place looks newer on the inside. And it's huge! No frills very basic but very clean which is important. Bathrooms were nice and... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Very reasonable prices, BBQ is the best; catfish and baby flounder filets were fresh, lightly breaded and excellent. Portions are big, prices very reasonable. Unlimited tea and water in pitchers on the tables. Appears to be a favorite of the locals as well as most folks seemed to know each other and the staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Awesome deal. You get to try a little of everything. And it was ALL good! Sweet iced tea was also yummy.,

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It is a good barbecue restaurant. The restaurant is reasonably close to I-95, it has plentiful parking, and the building is nice. Good iced tea, very good hush puppies, good Brunswick stew, the slaw was fine, and the service was very good. They have good, but not great, barbecue. Overall, I would rate the restaurant an 8 on a scale... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you enjoy coastal Carolina barbecue, then you are bound to enjoy holt lake. The barbecue is as good as you are going to find among the vinegar based offerings. Maybe with the exception of Bill Ellis. The restaurant has been around a long time, but I don't get down this way very often. I used to live a few... More 

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Our group played a round at nearby Country Club of Johnston County and dropped in to Holt Lake BBQ after for lunch. They have an extensive menu featuring many entrees and specials, but I was there for BBQ and that's what I got--the combo fried chicken and chopped BBQ. The Q was very good and the fried chicken juicy and... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

It was my first visit and I didn't know what to order, but the waitress was extremely kind and patient AND helpful! Ordered the combination plate with dark meat chicken (thigh) and barbecue and boiled potatoes and slaw for my sides. Big portions, friendly staff, and yummy hush puppies made for a great experience and I hope to return again!

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Matthews, North Carolina
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The food here was excellent. Stopped here for lunch on the recommendation of a local person and was not disappointed. Barbecue was moist and flavorful. The slaw and green beans (string beans) were good also. Cornbread was some of the best I've had. Not the most outgoing in terms of greeting customers when they come in or exit, but once... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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87 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Family dining offered = A+. Dinner for 3 of us. Waitress was friendly and attentive. AYCE Specials 2-9 pm weekdays. Shrimp was excellent. Spouse had chicken and pastry, and said it was better than Cracker Barrel. Our first visit here, definitely not our last.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3506 Us Highway 301 S, Smithfield, NC 27577-9495
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Smithfield
  • Phone Number: 919-934-5564

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Price Range: $
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?