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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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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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238 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was good but I'm not much for all things fried. Service was brisk and friendly, but it reminded me of a cafeteria style eatery more so than a restaurant. Menu had enough decent options, but, I probably would not go back. Pork was pretty good and the 'side stew' was decent. Didn't have any room for dessert.

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Thank MissyPA71
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's the real thing!nothing fancy here but the food was awesome. Typical North Carolina barbecue. Love the pork, veggies, service was quick and efficient. They start you off with a free dessert. Loved it.

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Thank Deckwalker
Tazewell
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My in-laws live in Smithfield and we go to Holt Lake everything time we go down. Food and service is outstanding. There BBQ chicken they serve only a couple times a week is some of the best chicken I've hate anywhere. Totally recommend this restaurant if you are in the area.

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Thank Kevin W
Wilson, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Holt Lake is a great place to go for seafood. The daily specials are good too. I am not a fan of their BBQ though. The staff is courteous and you get your food quickly. They start you off with a dessert of the day. After all, life is short- eat dessert first!

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Thank Chorustraveler
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28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

This establishment serves five star cuisine. It is well worth a try the have great deal on their Fried chicken meal deals. The bbq is wonderful and the potatoes are phenomenal.

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Thank Jackson S
Clayton, North Carolina
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

This review is all about the chicken livers. I constantly seek out restaurants that serve this simple "homey" item. Often, I am disappointed. The livers are usually over breaded, over cooked or both. Holt's livers are fresh, well seasoned and perfectly fried. I have eaten them at the restaurant and ordered takeout. To be fair, my family also say that... More 

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Thank vsgtraveling
Denver, Colorado
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

For starters the Owner sits on a Bar stool and is not nice to his Staff at all !!!! You can tell when he is not there the Atmosphere of the Rest is so Nice. The staff acts so much different. The food is uch. We have all tried is more than once and it keeps getting worst. We are... More 

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Conway, South Carolina
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Not a fancy location but very clean and easy to move around in. My wife got bbq and Fried chicken and I got bbq. Pure simple was not good in flavor, very bland taste. Been few years since eating bbq in Smithfield but this really was gisappointing, should have gotten seafood.

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Thank Kenneth T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food and atmosphere! Best hush-puppies, trout and sweet tea I have ever had! Great prices too! Waitress was down to earth and very sweet! Definitely coming back!

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Thank Heather O
Cooper City, Florida
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81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

If you like Carolina Style BBQ this place is for you. No fancy style. Great hospitality. Free dessert is served before you even order. Unless you are really hungry the small portion is plenty of food!

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$5 - $10
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, 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
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?