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The Pit Authentic Barbecue

#13 of 1,096 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1746 (Dawson Street)
(919) 890-4500
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Durham, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We held our son's rehearsal dinner here in June 2016, and the staff was great! We brought in a special cake that was prepared by a local baker, and they were very accommodating with that, too. The food was great, as well. The entire event went off without a hitch. We highly recommend The Pit.

Thank DurhamBulls2016
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on an afternoon when it wasn't too crowded. The servers were great, whoever was closest to the table took care of what you needed. The Brunswick stew was delicious. I got the pulled pork plate with Brunswick stew and fried okra. They were all delicious. A great stop for North Carolina BBQ.

Thank Jenny C
San Antonio, Texas
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a business group to The Pit after a long 12-Hr work day. First, it's open later than most BBQ places (10p). Second, it's got a great local beer menu with a couple "imports" from across the country sprinkled in. Third, it's got a great vibe. Fourth, it's clean, even for the high volume on a Weds nite. Fifth, the... More 

Thank STLSooner
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Pit is a favorite among the members of my family because its got something for everyone. They have turkey BBQ which is AMAZING and also a vegetarian option for those non-meat eaters you may know. Their sides are great too and I would highly recommend the mac and cheese!

Thank Kelly B
Wichita, Kansas
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ate at The Pit twice in 4 days. Good North Carolina style BBQ. The food is very good. It is a nice, clean, and open atmosphere. Plates are big and you get plenty of food, a great selection of sides dishes to compliment every plate. Good bar area, and service was fast once seated. Moderately priced. The downsides are not... More 

Thank Doughnuts61
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My guest wanted to try authentic NC barbecue so I suggested The Pit. We went there in the afternoon and it was busy. My partner ordered the shredded pork and I had the shredded turkey. What I like about The Pit is that you get to put the toppings on for yourself. In addition there are choices for your sides... More 

Thank Leslie O
Charlotte, North Carolina
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Prior to attending a concert a few blocks away we stopped in at Crank Arm Brewing for a beer or two and ordered food to go from The Pit. We got a combo plate with a quarter chicken and the baby back ribs, along with sweet potato fries and cole slaw. I'm not a big fan of ribs but if... More 

Thank Jerry M
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service and great food. We had a mixture of orders. Beef brisket, ribs, chicken, mashed potatoes, fries, etc!!!! Green beans were really good. The hush puppies are amazing. Could have made a meal out of them alone. The bar service was great too! Highly recommend for a large party!!

Thank Deb H
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went there on Saturday around 6pm and waited around 45 minutes without reservation. The wait was ok. The waiters are very friendly. We ordered deviled eggs and it was ok. Ribs are the best dish out of all the others that we ordered. I like the smoke flavor of the ribs but the fried chicken is very standard. Overall,... More 

Thank JT3689NJ
Chandler, Arizona
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A friend and I had dinner here around 7 on a Thursday evening. We had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated, but it was worth the wait. The menu offered lots of barbeque choices, so it was hard to decide, but I chose the pulled pork, which was served without a bun. The restaurant was clean and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Barbecue
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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: (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?