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All 76 Smithfield Restaurants

Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood

3506 Us Highway 301 S, Smithfield, NC 27577-9495
919-934-5564
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Ranked #5 of 76 Restaurants in Smithfield
Price range: $5 - $10
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue, Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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223 reviews 223 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Holt Lake is the epicenter of comfort food. If you enjoy eating good food this place is for you. The facility is large and spotlessly clean. The atmosphere is not overwhelming, but this is due to large size of the restaurant. Now, let's get down to the food. They offer truly outstanding seafood. Yes, people in Smithfield do eat other... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We are regulars here. The fish and barbecue are very good, but do not miss trying some of their other food selections. The home style quality and comfortable atmosphere makes for a nice dining experience. The wait staff and good friendly too.

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San Diego
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I read another review on a different site that puts this eatery in a perfect light. Don't come here looking for scenery, fine dining, or a typical city-like dining experience. This is a cafeteria style, down-south, home- cooked-on-a-Sunday-after-church-family-reunion type eatery. And that's a great thing!!This food is awesome if your looking for that southern style BBQ, and fried seafood or... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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257 reviews 257 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Good place - been here many times over the years, and the food is consistently good. I just wish they offered "family style" to parties of two! BBQ and fried chicken plates are great!

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Henderson, Ky
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Good portion sizes, vinegar based barbeque, very tasty. Hush puppies were great. The service was excellent.

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Smithfield, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Holt Lake is a great place to experience what the local folks eat here in Johnston County. While they have a good vinegar-based pork BBQ like many other restaurants in these parts, I think they do a wonderful job on the fried (or broiled) seafood, with nothing beating the whole flounder. Meals come with two southern sides, and hushpuppies of... More 

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Selma, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Good oyster stew, hush puppies, and coleslaw. The fish is over fried with too much batter for my taste. Prices are good. The atmosphere is underwhelming but very neat and clean. Service was barely acceptable but given this place was very busy certainly forgivable. The prices given the generous portions are above average.

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NE Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We were just passing through Smithfield but wanted some local food. Service was fast, prices were good, restaurant was not fancy but food was great! Pitchers of tea right on the table. Definitely go here for some real NC BBQ.

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Franklinton, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

First visit and I was not disappointed. Probably some of the best bbq I have had in North Carolina. Family style restaurant located off 301. We arrived at lunch and they were very busy. We were waited on quickly and the staff was very friendly. The hush puppies were very good and I had potato salad as a side that... More 

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Miami, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

After 9 hours on I-95, we like to eat dinner locally and see some of the countryside we miss. Located about 10 minutes south of Smithfield, NC, the Holt Lake BarBQ fit the bill perfectly. Our server was genuinely friendly, and the food authentic. I had the fried chicken and okra and it was delicious. You are probably going to... More 

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Additional Information about Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood

Address: 3506 Us Highway 301 S, Smithfield, NC 27577-9495
Phone Number: 919-934-5564
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Smithfield
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Barbecue, Seafood

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