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The Pit Authentic Barbecue

#13 of 1,139 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1746 (Dawson Street)
+1 919-890-4500
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Brevard, North Carolina
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a Tuesday night and there was no wait. The food came out fast and it was great! The service was second to none other.

Thank Chris W
Wake Forest, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This by far, the BEST BBQ around Raleigh/Wake Forest area! The sides are delicious too! The service was great, the Mac and cheese outstanding too!

Thank krbr0wn
Level Contributor
20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Place was busy but still had a lot of open seating with big line-up - we were seated right by the kitchen which I'll never understand because we saw all these open booths throughout. We moved to a booth. Food was 'okay' but I felt like my baby back ribs weren't cooked because it wasn't 'fall off the bone'. Pulled... More 

Thank Elaine L
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Four people for dinner, we chose four different items and shared. Chopped BBQ, pulled port, brisket, and baby back ribs. My two side orders were Brussels sprouts and cole slaw, and both were excellent.

Thank SamAdams417
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not until we were ready to order did the waitperson tell us they had no ribs tonight. What barbeque place doesn't have ribs? The brisket was good but not exceptional. The sweet potato fries were soggy and tough; hardly edible. Overall, a big disappointment.

Thank Bernie_OPC
Durham, North Carolina
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My dad and I have a date once a month. We usually go to a show in Raleigh, and I look for a new restaurant for lunch, for every adventure. Today I was sure I had hit a home run with The Pit. The menu called to me, and when I shared with my dad, called to him also. I... More 

Thank kimras2014
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I had the ribs with mac n cheese & fries. Fries were ok, the mac n cheese was good, and I've had better BBQ. The ribs didn't have much flavor. The wait staff wasn't very attentive. After our food came out the waitress seemed to forget about our table.

Thank Christopher K
Greensboro, North Carolina
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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can never go wrong with the Pit. Me and my co workers stopped her for lunch. I got the bbq chicken, collards and the macaroni and cheese. That mac and cheese is the best. Just prepared to feel sluggish afterwards.

Thank schortey
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lived down here now for 4.5 years from the Northeast. Have always preferred "red sauce" barbeque. Then I went to the Pit. Insanely good. From the hush puppies which I could not get in my face fast enough, to the ribs, which were by far the best I have ever had. Seriously worth the hype...do not delay....

Thank Jcarey0307Cary
Durham, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place! I highly recommend the collard greens and Mac n cheese. Service was excellent ribs are even better

Thank P2972YUstephanieb

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1746
    (Dawson Street)
  • Public Transportation: The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-890-4500

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