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

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 0
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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
Family style dinner

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Kimmy63
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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 64 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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 59 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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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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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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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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?