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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Worth a return trip!

2 years ago my sisters & I hosted a luncheon at Holt Lake BBQ & Seafood for all the people who attended my mother's funeral. We had BBQ in the traditional Eastern Carolina style, Fried chicken, popcorn shrimp, fried fish & too many sides to remember. There were @ 35 of us, so we had a private... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Gail D
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Sanford
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Sanford
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

2 years ago my sisters & I hosted a luncheon at Holt Lake BBQ & Seafood for all the people who attended my mother's funeral. We had BBQ in the traditional Eastern Carolina style, Fried chicken, popcorn shrimp, fried fish & too many sides to remember. There were @ 35 of us, so we had a private dining room. Everyone... More 

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Thank Gail D
Greensboro, North Carolina
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181 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

I visited this restaurant as a part of a tour bus group. Service was fast and effcient for a large group. The fried chicken was crisp moist and we'll seasoned. The BBQ pork was vinegar based and a bit salty. However I did enjoy it. The cole slaw was average as was the Brunswick stew. As a combination of items... More 

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Thank ChicagoMagyar
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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1,766 reviews
599 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,765 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We stopped here a year ago and had to return because we liked it so much. Nothing fancy--long tables in one large seating area. We went for the seafood--you can get it a variety of ways--combos of two, three, etc. We had shrimp, scallops, oysters, fried okra, baked potato, Brunswick stew and hush puppies were included. All very tasty and... More 

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Thank Pnemiller
Mechanicsville
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

This was our third time here. I've never had the barbecue. The seafood is wonderful. They have a big variety, you get a lot for your money & it's very reasonable. The staff is friendly & very polite. Always busy.

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Thank Beachlvrgrl
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

On our way to SC we decided to give this place a try based on the Trip Advisor reviews and the front desk clerk at our hotel. The fried chicken was very good as was the bbq. My other half ordered fried flounder and shrimp. The flounder was large and also fresh. The shrimp were small popcorn which seems to... More 

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Thank Madmartins
Durham, North Carolina
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Took my family here for dinner. Although they were extremely busy, we were seated immediately. We ordered the family style seafood. The food arrived quickly and it was hot and fresh. We had shrimp, flounder, Brunswick stew, boiled potatoes, bbq, fried chicken,coleslaw, hush puppies and all of the sweet tea you could drink. Our waitress was very friendly and kept... More 

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1 Thank 11STW24
Benson, North Carolina
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41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Holt's Lake has delicious bar-b-que, seafood and a daily lunch special that includes meat with 2 veggies and your drink. Everything is home made and delicious!

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2 Thank Mary Lynn S
Newton Grove, North Carolina
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

I visit this place around 5 to 6 times a year. I love there food service and desert. One great thing about this place is the first thing they bring out is dessert. The food is cooked great just like I like it. I have had just about everything on the menu. I even have a friend that goes here... More 

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2 Thank Gary L
Palm Beach, Florida
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108 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Found this place on the way home from a long drive from New York to Florida. If it's one thing we love, it's good BBQ. We had hoped this was going to be one of those great places in the Carolinas that everyone raves about....Well, not exactly. First off, I have to say it was immaculate. Spotless. A nice big... More 

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1 Thank flyrfly
Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
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72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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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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: Barbecue, Seafood

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?