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The Prime Smokehouse Barbecue & Beyond

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207 E Thomas St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801-5434
+1 252-972-7770
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Prime has the best collard greens, mac and cheese and cornbread to be found. Love all of the entrees that I have tried. The owners circulate throughout the restaurant to ensure you are having a pleasurable dining experience. Love the fact that Prime Smokehouse has remodeled an old building to create a great environment for dining. The bartending services are... More 

Thank Lynne L
Minnesota City, Minnesota
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92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were a bit skeptical about going to yet another barbecue restaurant as we were at Parker's in Wilson and found it awful and over rated. This place was spectacular and delicious. A great looking place and food served like it should be. Food that should be hot was hot and likewise with cold food. Great experience, great server and... More 

Thank Robbguy
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Mac n cheese was good.....peach cobbler was good and the crab cakes. My brother got 3 ribs...3? Brisket serving was small....wait staff was on top of things...

Thank Rick S
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food with a soothing atmosphere. We've even gotten take out to cater our own parties. The combo plate is a mouthful.

Thank tryityourself
Flint, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ambience is great, service was swift and knowledgeable. So many things to choose from. Tasted fresh. The people were professional but also down to earth and friendly. The owner sat and talked with us for a while, treated us like family, as he did with each of the customers that were there. No complaints 10 on my scale.

Thank Csims32
Oak Ridge, North Carolina
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, ample portions, nice atmosphere. My son's entire soccer team and parents went there for dinner while in town for a tournament. Unknown to us, it was also prom night for a local high school. The restaurant did a great of getting us seated. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. I had the smoked beef ribs, which were very... More 

Thank Dive2Provo
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was pretty poor but food was great! Neat location in downtown rocky mount ! Good things happening downtown

Thank Michael A
McLean, Virginia
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146 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Without doubt this was the best barbecue my friend and I have ever eaten. And the sides, coleslaw, potato salad, and potatoes au gratin, were just as good as the ribs and pulled pork. We only wish we lived in the neighborhood so we could eat there all the time! The cornbread was also the best cornbread we ever ate... More 

Thank Lynn60726
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153 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome place in sleepy town to have lunch and undoubtedly dinner. Let's say that this restaurant deserves the highest praise because the Chef and his Chef wife give a personal touch to everything they do. You Can have delicious barbecue as all the other reviews have said, or you can have fish, chicken, salads, beef and all the sides you... More 

Thank ngiril_lover
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lively and busy, every table filled and for good reason. Prime Smokehouse serves delicious, tangy barbecue with great sides. We especially enjoyed the orange ginger yams and the collards. Both the ribs and brisket were very good. We called for a reservation for 6:30 from the motel. By the time we finished dinner there were people waiting outside. Fun place... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $23
Bar, American, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 207 E Thomas St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801-5434
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Rocky Mount
  • Phone Number: +1 252-972-7770
While we have the only "slow-smoked barbecue" in the Rocky Mount area (featuring spareribs, pulled pork, chopped beef and sliced brisket), we also feature thick hand-cut steaks, juicy burgers, and a wide variety of "fresh" seafood. Our lasagna is homemade with fresh herbs. All of our gourmet sides (orange ginger yams, collard greens, coleslaw, potato salad are made from fresh vegetables, etc.) are made in-house from fresh vegetables -- no cans or frozen! Our macaroni & cheese has been ranked in the top 10 nationally by Travel & Leisure magazine. Our desserts are also homemade, unique and delicious. The jazz-themed restaurant, situated in the neighborhood where legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk was born, is the brainchild of Ed Wiley III, Yalem Kiros and Harold Worrell. Ed Wiley is the son of jazz saxophone great Ed Wiley Jr.

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