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The Pit Authentic Barbecue

#12 of 1,121 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
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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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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday NEW via mobile

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

Thank oxoxem
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 5 days 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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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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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269 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
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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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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
Raleigh, North Carolina
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224 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

IMHO this place has very good tasting BBQ, fried chicken and ribs, vegetables are also good, especially the okra. However, to me this place is a little too much. Strip down the downtown location and fancier decor and you have southern food, which isn't expensive to make. But IF you want an upscale location with southern cuisine, this is your... More 

Thank tjeason
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Though we have lived in the area for several years, this was my first visit. What a great place! The fish was amazing and the barbecue was perfect. Service was quick and efficient. Tea served in large jars and is cold and sweet. Will definitely visit again!

Thank Anjeli W

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