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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 34
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  • 19
    Very good
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Banging barbecue

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
Rhondalynne121
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Have eaten at this restaurant twice recently as I traveled past Smithfield on I-95. Both visits were impressive, and you can tell from this review that I will return to this restaurant whenever I have an opportunity. It is a great family friendly restaurant with great food, great service, and reasonable prices. The first visit I enjoyed their eastern North... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This place is short on atmosphere since being rebuilt but makes up for it with good food at a great value. We took the whole family and ordered the family style dinner. The fried chicken was very good and the BBQ was a good example of eastern nc style.

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Huntsville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

First of all, any place that brings me a pitcher of sweet tea and a piece of sheet cake as soon as I sit down is a winner in my book! All of our food was delicious. The bbq was NC style perfection and the fried chicken moist and crispy. All of our sides were fresh and homemade. The waitress... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We were staying in the Smithfield area during the recent Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airshow. I have a friend from this area and called her to get a suggestion on a good restaurant. Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood was her first suggestion. She did not lead us astray . . . everything was good from the barbeque to the... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

A staff member at Fairfield Inn recommended this restaurant. It is south of town on US 301 and easy to find. We went on a Friday night and it was busy but did not have to wait. We were surprised when we looked at the menu. Prices were only $8-10 for a meal. I ordered chicken and bbq pork. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Always love to get NC Bar B Q, when in the area. My husband wanted more options though. This satisfied both of us. Bar b q was top notch. Husband loved his fried chicken. Prices and service were great. Very "diner-like atmosphere. But just added to the charm.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Holt Lake holds a special place in my heart! I grew up eating here with my family and my Granddaddy! The food is hands-down the best BBQ in Johnston County. You can't beat a shrimp plate with slaw and green beans! So good! My last visit was for my Great Aunt's 80th birthday party. We had the entire back room... 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)  >  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: Seafood, Barbecue

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