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Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood

3506 Us Highway 301 S, Smithfield, NC 27577-9495
919-934-5564
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Ranked #2 of 76 Restaurants in Smithfield
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Barbecue, Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
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San Diego
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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223 reviews 223 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Durham, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We ordered the family style seafood. All of the food came quick, hot and fresh. The waitress was friendly with exceptional service. Excellent food and service......what more is there to say? Will be returning soon!

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Denver, Colorado
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113 reviews 113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We were passing through North Carolina, heading up I-95 from Charleston to Williamsburg on our trip through the South and East. We had delayed lunch so we could stop and have some indigenous authentic North Carolina barbecue and we wanted to have it at the place that we had read about -- Holt Lake BBQ. A few miles off the... More

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