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Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood

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3506 US Highway 301 S, Smithfield, NC 27577-9495
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Ocala, Florida, United States
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is a pitcher of sweet tea and unsweet tea on every table. The service is friendly and fast. I loved the seafood, so much to choose from. First time, I had the platter. My favorites were the fried oysters and the baby flounder so when we went back a second time, that's what I had. My husband like the... More 

Thank Dana A
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My new favorite place. Inviting staff who are interested in satisfying you. Pitcher of sweet and unsweetened tea, hush puppies and great seafood and BBQ. Eastern NC pork and sauce. And perfectly cooked fresh chicken livers. Easy to get to from I95.

Thank Paul P
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Always great food! The BBQ Beef is excellent, as is the (Calabash style seafood).... always good southern Sweet Tea. Clean, good service, and I always leave full. The prices are reasonable, and they also have a drive-through.

Thank Colleen K
Sutherland, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Best Pork BBQ and the prices can't be beat. Even the small plate is piled high with food! The prices can't be beat and the daily specials are even better. The entire staff without a doubt has 100% southern hospitality. They make you feel right at home. I have plans to a huge take out for a family gathering!

Thank codacathy
Faison, North Carolina
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79 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

This has become a frequent half-way meeting place for my family and my brother's family. Just a few miles off I -95, it is easily accessible for Raleigh family and family further south and west NC. There are plenty of large tables and divided off areas for meetings or larger family gatherings to meet, eat and visit. Their menu consists... More 

Thank beth15952015
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

This was my second time at this restaurant. Food is excellent. I had the seafood and it was not greasy like some places are. The hush puppies were excellent. The waitress was so nice and kept coming back to see if we needed anything else. I tipped her well when I left because she was great. Prices are very reasonable.... More 

Thank gevans001
Wilmington, North Carolina
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261 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 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.

Thank MissyPA71
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

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.

Thank Deckwalker
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 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.

Thank Kevin W
Wilson, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

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!

Thank Chorustraveler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Seafood, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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?