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Howard's Barbecue

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100 S Main St, Lillington, NC 27546-8968
+1 910-893-4571
10:30 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Angier, North Carolina
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always good food!-and never not a friendly server!-that makes a differance...but right on the river, makes for a unique eatery

Thank HeatherM10
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this review

Thank you very much for letting us know we did a great job on your last visit! We're looking forward to seeing you at one of our tables again soon! -Megan More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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171 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the old days, a great many barbecue places were located down by the river. It could have been the Neuse, the Tar, the Roanoke, or the Cape Fear, I have never been sure of the reason, but they did. Howard's is by the Cape Fear River. The barbecue is good (my guess would be shoulders), and is cooked Eastern... More 

Thank Docky B
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us great feedback! We are very proud of our location on the Cape Fear River, and are working on even more ways to make sure as many of our customers as possible get a chance to enjoy it. Keep checking back later this spring and summer for things like live music, later... More 

Lillington, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shrimp burgers are Great !,the seafood is fresh and hot,even the burgers are great,the service is friendly,and they even have fresh pork skins

Thank jimdunnchevy
RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great feedback! We are working very hard to make sure our customers leave happy. Our shrimp burgers are a personal favorite of mine ;-) Please come back and see us soon! -Megan More 

Chapel Hill, NC
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

On a trip up towards Raleigh this weekend, my mother said she wanted some eastern NC barbecue. Howard's was on our way home so I selected it. Both of my parents were very pleased with their menu and with their meals. Mother had her barbecue and Dad had fired shrimp. The portions were generous and they also enjoyed their sides... More 

RedCanoe42, Owner at Howard's Barbecue, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review about your dining experience. We certainly are glad you and your folks enjoyed the food. Jenny will be so happy to hear that you were satisfied with her table service too! We hope you make it back our way again soon! -Megan More 

Washington DC
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Everytime I come here, and I mean everytime...the hush puppies always come out hot and fresh. The BBQ is NC style, served dry with vinegar on the table and it is spiced just right. The same lady is always manning the register just inside the door and she is just the sweetest. She'll gladly sell you some of Howard's BBQ... More 

1 Thank Bobby980
Clayton, North Carolina
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

First visit- won't be back. Food seemed overpriced for the atmosphere. Not very tasty. Best thing was the hush puppies. We ordered both seafood and barbecue. The final straw was when we got the bill and saw they charged us for a glass of water.

2 Thank Beth B
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Not only do the have fabulous food but they are above and beyond caterers. If you are looking for a true southern meal you must visit Howard's!

Thank Laura N
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

I have family in Lillington, and every time I visit, we make a point of stopping at Howard's. The food has been consistently good for many years. I particularly enjoy the pulled pork.

Thank bdwinters5
Lillington, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Always enjoy a good BBQ Sandwich from Howard's. Nice view by the Cape Fear River. Service is always good. Family owned and operated.

Thank wizakid
Bunnlevel, North Carolina
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Howard's is a good BBQ and seafood restaurant. My brother loves the BBQ ribs especially. Great service and good prices.

Thank Penny J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 30
American, Barbecue, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 S Main St, Lillington, NC 27546-8968
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Lillington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-893-4571
Howard's Barbecue and Seafood is located right on the banks of the beautiful Cape Fear River in the heart of Lillington, NC. We serve delicious Southeastern North Carolina style barbecue as well as fresh seafood. We offer catering services too! We look forward to your visit with us or taking care of your next catering event, so please be sure and stop by!

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