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The Pit Authentic Barbecue

#13 of 1,114 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
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food. Great service and great atmosphere. We had to wait to be seated but no longer than they wait we were told. Nice big bar to wait in. Ribs are amazing.

Thank Teresa F
Austin, Texas, United States
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Pit was recommended by a friend that was born and raised in North Carolina. It was fantastic. Loved every bite. Cool place. Great service. It was my first time to NC and wanted to try the BBQ. I learned that there are two types of BBQ in NC. My girlfriend and I liked both. But my fav was the... More 

Thank Darryl D
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76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the triple combo and was not disappointed it was a lot of food and very good BBQ, cornbread, and HUGE carrot cake. Good service and cool atmosphere.

Thank Ryan H
Champaign, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good BBQ restaurant with a variety of meats. They also give you a lot of food for a good deal. The Carolina style BBQ and chopped BBQ is pretty good. Very different from regular Texas style BBQ. The sauce is very vinegary, strong, and a little spicy. I prefer sweet BBQ but this was interesting to have. Also, the... More 

1 Thank Lui S
Virginia Beach
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ribs and brisket are awesome. Be sure to get the fried Mac and Cheese as well. Service is friendly. Be sure to ask for more hush puppies!

Thank soccervb
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a creepy wall that says squeal but other than that the food is good and the waitstaff excellent. Went for date night but good with friends and fam too

Thank Raisa C
Napoli, Italia
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a dinner there with my colleagues during a business trip in the city. Ribs are very good but side dishes could be improved. Usually you have to wait due to a long queue.

Thank Mone91
Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I met a friend at this restaurant at the friend's recommendation. He told us that no matter what we order we will love it. He was not wrong. We all shared the family style meal with the cheese balls, fried green tomatoes, chicken, pulled pork, Mac and cheese, okra, and carrot cake. Each course of the meal... More 

Thank Carrie M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I call this more of a fancy BBQ joint as it is definitively not your average hole-in-the-wall bbq place that you can find in many towns in NC. This food is very good, but the price is a little higher than some other joints within the triangle region. However, the atmosphere is terrific and it is a great place to... More 

Thank cboynton12
Charlotte, North Carolina
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127 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Pit is a bit of an institution in Raleigh. The BBQ is consistently very good, and the menu is wide-ranging. You can choose, pulled pork, chopped BBQ, BBQ turkey, chicken or beef. On a recent visit, we found the sides to be the best in show. Our table ordered one of everything and ranked the homemade cream corn, collard... More 

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