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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 - 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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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I did take out so I can't really comment on the service. The takeout process was easy and really fast. I ordered full rack of ribs, brussell sprouts, and baked beans. RIbs were tender and tasty. First time I have ever had spicy brussell sprouts, but I enjoyed them. I had a 10 minute walk or so back to the... More 

Thank gangstadad845
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

WOW! I am not a big fan of BBQ, but a friend wanted to try this while we were in town for a convention. I had the pulled pork, and it was the best I have ever had.. Loved their sauce as well.. I would certainly become a fan of BBQ if I lived in Raleigh!

Thank MarciaB10
evington, Virginia
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We try different BBQ places wherever we travel. We were in Raleigh and read the good reviews and thought we would give it a try. We visited about 2 PM. First were were not able to find a close parking spot. When we entered the establishment was very large with a big bar area and some what smaller dining area.... More 

Thank ottoabc
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153 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Pit used to be pretty good but has gone downhill. They are slinging out large quantities of mediocre food. The chopped BBQ and ribs are still tasty but the fried catfish and almost all the sides are poor. Something basic like french fries had to be sent back for fresh, hot ones. It's unhealthy food that used to be... More 

Thank anonj
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170 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The pit has good food but I wasn't thoroughly impressed. I was expecting way better food for authentic southern bbq. The meal was good and I would probably give it another try, maybe it was just an off night.

Thank Mariah H
New Bern, North Carolina
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135 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We watch the food network a lot and have been wanting to try this place forever! we stopped in for a quick bite to eat and somehow missed the valet parking...we drove around forever trying to find a parking spot and parked a few blocks away in a paid parking spot. when we walked up to the pit i saw... More 

Thank CBarr617
Corunna, Michigan
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have heard great things about The Pit, so we were excited to have dinner there. We had a party of 11 and had made a reservation a couple of weeks in advance because it was college graduation weekend. We were seated promptly and drink orders were taken. The server brought baskets of warm biscuits and hush puppies, which were... More 

Thank eickfarm
Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We're new to Raleigh, and this is the place we bring family and friends to the first time they visit. All the BBQ is delicious, especially the brisket- literally melts in your mouth. The service is always fast. The cocktails are strong and much less expensive than at other restaurants.

Thank LizaDahmke
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bit expensive just not my thing and I'm a BBQ NUT!!!! Loud, long wait time and order was scrambled for most of our party.

Thank Ed C
Greenlawn, New York, United States
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to the pit several times over my son's time at NC State. I knew it would be where my son would want to celebrate with the family. Made a reservation back in January and once again we were not disappointed. As a chef/ restaurant owner myself I know how tough weekends like this can be. The pit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?