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The Prime Smokehouse Barbecue & Beyond

207 E Thomas St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801-5434
+1 252-972-7770
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Bar, American, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
207 E Thomas St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801-5434
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11 - 20 of 678 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoy Great BBQ, and have tried BBQ in Missouri, Texas, New Orleans, and of course, in N.C. in the past. I ordered Big Eds BBQ with a Texas smokey sweet sauce. One bite of the rib, put me in BBQ HEAVEN!.. Seriously, I...More

Thank Larry20874
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a wonderful lunch of bronzed chicken, collards and excellent mac and cheese with a side of cornbread. The service was quick and the food was great!

Thank Angela B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped off here for a dinner on our travels off I95. Food was very good, prices reasonable, atmosphere nice. Brisket was excellent as well as the ribs, even the sides were excellent like the Mac and cheese and potato salad. Well worth the short detour...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing place and meal for my birthday. We plan on adding this to a normal snowbirding stop. Watermelon lime margarita, Cup of gumbo out of this world. True 16oz ribeye steak. 6 huge tiger prawn Shrimp were amazing. Cornbread to die for. (Leftovers...More

Thank cherylann03
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great time at Prime during the Art and Jazz event. The food choices were unbelievable, and delicious; the jazz music was live and entertaining; and the art on display gave a preview of the great talent in Rocky Mount. I'm looking forward to more events...More

Thank Sally D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I decided to visit this restaurant after reading the reviews on T.A. What an excellent decision this turned out to be. The atmosphere was relaxed with soft jazz music playing in the background. My decision to order the fried seafood platter was a hard one...More

Thank fotofoody
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice clean place helpless very nice. The owner came out and introduced himself to see how things were going. I had the barbecue ribs and brisket beans and coleslaw and the food was very good. Friends had some chicken salad and salad with salmon on...More

Thank Kent H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had two nights in the North Carolina coming and going from the eclipse. One night turned out to be mere sustenance but then we happened on the Prime Smokehouse and had a wonderful meal. Good fried whiting, brisket and marvelous ribs. The sides were...More

Thank berylws
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have been many times to this restaurant. Now I will never go again. I urge any handicapped person's to boycott this restaurant too. Service Dogs are not welcome inside. Not only is this poor business practice but it is against US ADA law. If you...More

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Prime S, Owner at The Prime Smokehouse Barbecue & Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Robin, this is Chef Ed. When you called and told me that someone (???) had told you that service dogs are not permitted in my restaurant, I informed you that this is not true. And, certainly, the scores of people who have visited my...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on the way south for the eclipse. Easy access from 95. So glad we decided to take the extra time to go here instead of some generic place on the highway. Food was great. Service was great. Great value. Highly recommended!

Thank phillygooner
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2 March 2017|
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Response from bcridges | Reviewed this property |
Yes! I suggest asking for the server Miguel.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$23
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
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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