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The Pit Authentic Barbecue

#13 of 1,124 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 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food here is great. I got their version of a Brunswick stew and it was amazing. I have to say a while ago I order the brisket and I was dissapointed on the amount of meat and how fatty it was. Everyone else seemed to love what they ordered. Overall the food is very good.

Thank S. H
Columbia, SC
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This menu is really good and has so many good choices that it's hard to narrow it down. The sides are incredible and are classic Southern - creamed corn, fried okra, Brunswick stew, candied yams, and much more. The BBQ is lean and seasoned very nicely. They offer several options of flavors. They bring you a basket full of fluffy... More 

Thank katiebug_56
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Everybody we came in contact with was pleasant, helpful and caring. The food was great, plenty of options for kids. We really enjoyed our visit and will definitely go back when in Raleigh.

New Jersey
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First time here, was delicious. Service and food were great! Will definitely be back. Highly recommend the pulled turkey.

Thank oxoxem
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was great and service was even better. Pulled pork with baked beans and sprouts. Weather was so nice I sat outside. Great place to watch the world do their thing.

Thank Tony F
Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

BBQ is king here! We have gone many times and really enjoyed it! The Pit is our Go TO place for birthdays! With three college boys that's all they want MEAT! I love the atmosphere it is always hopping, MAKE reservations. Try the sampler platter, great for people who do not understand that BBQ is a noun! The Sampler plate... More 

Thank mdjusa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I like to go here for lunch on Sundays since we can walk there and they have lunch prices on weekends until 3 pm. The food is delicious, but it is definitely not the best BBQ joint in Raleigh. However, the location and atmosphere definitely makes it a top 5 restaurant in Raleigh. The prices also reflect... More 

Thank Juan C
Upstate, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty much have tried all of their BBQ items. Favorites are the pulled or chopped pork, ribs and turkey. Least favorite is the brisket. But believe it or not, their fried chicken is THE BEST we've had in the area. If you get a combo plate, make sure to include the fried chicken :)

Thank mbb258
Stockholm, Sweden
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156 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first time here, but apparently the Pitt is well known for the NC bbq which was absolutely delicious. Everything was excellent, but greasy (as its supposed to be). Staff were lovely, kind and helpful. Ambiance was sort of a retro, warehouse, artsy vibe. Fun and satisfying place.

Thank naneliz
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate the turkey bbq and it was quite dry and bland. The sides were OK. The pit is not worth the hype.

Thank poogiewoogie

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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
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
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?