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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
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 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
Best food in the world!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
VEE1225
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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207 reviews 207 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
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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Hampstead, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Found this on Yelp. Would never have known about this local bar-b-quebrestaurant while traveling on I 95. Just a short way off the highway. Plenty of parking. Good food. Friendly. Will go back again while passing thru.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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237 reviews 237 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
6 helpful votes 6 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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283 reviews 283 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
231 helpful votes 231 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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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
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?