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The Pit - Durham
The Pit - Durham

The Pit - Durham Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepit-durham.com
  • Phone: (919) 282-3748
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Pit - Durham
North Carolina is known for its legendary barbecue joints. We proudly continue this tradition by serving authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue at The Pit in Durham.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "How nice to have another good barbeque place! The Pit in Durham is much like the one in Raleigh, which we love enough to drive an hour, one way, for an occasional dinner. Good to have this one a bit closer. And with valet parking! Good food with the three sauces on the table -- Eastern NC vinegar, Lexington, and Memphis -- and good sides. Enjoyed the Smoke Manhattan, although the smokey-ness is subtler than the Smoke 'n Coke they serve in Raleigh. Portion sizes seem a bit smaller, not a bad thing actually. I was full but not stuffed. I like the sharing menu too. Only suggestion would be a bit more color on the plates -- parsley, lettuce frill, something bright. My beige plate was pretty bland looking. Good"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food was ok. Just avoid the fried chicken. I assigned a very low service rating because the hostess never checked us in on Open Table even though I asked her if she had. Consequently, I had to fill out my third false no show this month."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "If you like BBQ they have it in whatever form you like!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Reservation didn't help- had to wait- did not get seating preference, got the opposite."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went for their barbeque tofu and vinegar slaw, but alas, no such thing. They have taken the vinegar slaw off the menu, and only have a mayonnaise slaw, so we ordered the cucumber, tomatoe and onion side dish. I think they forgot the tomatoes, as we only had cucumbers and onions. They also did not have tofu, major disappointment. They served a frozen soy "chicken" patty with a little sauce on top, I can do better at home. If you are vegetarian going out with carnivores, choose another restaurant."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I am not happy to write this...but the service and food at The Pit - Durham have really dropped off. We were very excited when this location open. So much so we ate there three times in the first month introducing friends to the restaurant. At that time the food and service were both great, just like we had experienced at their Raleigh location. Over the past few months our experience has changed. The food has arrived cold. The complimentary bread and hush-puppies arrive late. The service has been slow, but the servers are polite. Very disappointing for a restaurant we were excited to have move into Durham. I hope these visits have been an anomaly and not the new norm. Business still seems brisk when we are there."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Really good baby back ribs and brisket with western-style sauce. The collard greens were delicious as were the okra and creamed corn. Our starters of biscuits, hush puppies and fried green tomatoes were quite delicious. Great selection of draft beer. Service was good, but the kitchen didn't get our appetizer order quite right (but we recovered). Good location, but we wish we had gotten a reservation at the original location in Raleigh because it seemed more down-home style."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We were treated extremely well at The Pit. We were greeted warmly by the hostess, got seated quickly, and our server presented himself in short order. We were catching up with old friends and our server didn't seem to mind that we were taking extra time deciding on what to eat. Our food was brought to us in a short amount of time and it was delicious! The range of barbeque styles they offer can accommodate any palette. Few restaurants can pull off the variety that they offer. Everyone's meal was up to or exceeding our expectations. We will definitely go back and enjoy this again!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food was good, no complaints about that. Ambience was not as nice as The Pit in Raleigh. Felt very crowded and noisy, not for families or to sit down and talk with friends (not inside anyway)."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Really great experience. A must do in Durham whether you like BBQ or not. Great atmosphere and setting."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We were sandwiched into a table so close to other tables we were pretty much dining together. The food was average and we have made better BBQ at home. The biscuits they serve as an appetizer were the best part of the experience. The service was mediocre and a bit awkward."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "There were 5 of us and we sampled many of the items.. Every thing was good.."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Like Raleigh, this "pit" is rich with great food. Wonderful meal."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First, what matters most: the barbecue is as good as North Carolina barbecue gets, eastern or Lexington. It tastes fresh and smoky, and isn't drowned in sauce. The biscuits and hushpuppies are also hot and homemade. Those are the things a barbecue place must do well, and the Pit stays strong here. The disappointment is in the sides. I expected that a place that put that much care and effort into their barbecue would give equal attention to the side dishes, but that doesn't seem to be the case. The macaroni was bland, and the okra seemed to come from a frozen bag. The Pit's side dishes are an afterthought. As a result, it knocks the restaurant down from "definitely recommend" to "if you're in the area for lunch, it's good.""
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Offers great BBQ in a slightly fancier setting than most BBQ places in NC. It also offers both eastern and western NC-style options and sauces."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good food, perhaps not the best ever bbq but still delicious smoked goodness. What made it great was that the service took notice of the details and corrected what needed to be corrected."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "If you want good southern cooking....the Pit is for you. knowable staff who can help you with your selection while making you feel very comfortable is the norm. Our food was delicious and our beer cold...what more could you ask??"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The service and ambience was nice but the food was not that great. The appetizers were small and the portion of food is really small plus not season very well. Over all if i went back it would be for just drinks and the ambience."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Had heard about this restaurant and took an out of town friend who wanted to try No. Carolina BBQ. We all really enjoyed the food and there is something for everyone."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Excellent food, good service! Eat outside if possible, but inside is comfortable too."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The Pit was a fun place to take out of town guests. We were able to have a variety of barbeque dishes and some other traditional southern dishes such as fried chicken, collards and black-eyed peas. The food was very tasty and the place was clearly hopping and was in a good location to show guests the transformation of Durham. We also appreciated the attentive service, which was good, but not overbearing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "However, The service on the roof level was not good. They seemed very understaffed. We received our food after a long wait and then had to wait for silverware while our food grew cold. The pulled pork barbecue sandwich was good, the beef tips were on dry side but the sauce was good. I was surprised to see a different menu than what was online. The restaurant has a different menu than the rooftop. The location was great for outside dining. I hope they can improve on the service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food is great, you get a lot for the money. You won't leave hungry."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The restaurant is a great place to meet up with friends and family. There are both booths and plenty of large long tables and reservations kept us from having to wait (5 of us). We shared family style and especially liked the fried pimento cheese appetizer, think fried mozzarella , and the fried catfish...yes fried is the operative word! That said there are plenty of fresh vegetables, meatloaf, and chicken options. The bar is extensive and the beer list long. Great place but a little too loud to have conversations for the whole table to hear. Go and enjoy..you will leave happy and full!!!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was great. We had a fun night out."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Service was great. Food was cold. Not at all what we were expecting."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I love this place my wife first took me here for my birthday at the location in Raleigh and we just found out they a location in downtown Durham food is always amazing service is always superior my in laws absolutely loved it."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wonderful BBQ but the atmosphere isn't quite as great as the Raleigh location."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I took the in laws to The Pit for dinner. The food was excellent as was the service. There portions are big enough for two people to share but for the price it is fun to try everyone else's too."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Every time I go to the Pit in Durham I'm so impressed with the food & the service. If you're looking for some fabulous bbq and southern favorites, look no further. And free valet parking in the city is always a plus! Wonderful restaurant, one of our favorites."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Returned to The Pit approximately 1 yr since I visited last at recommendation of a customer. At that time, I was in the area for 2 nights. At that time, I ate there both nights! This time, I recommended that my group (Pres., VP, and GM of my company) go there for dinner. What a let-down! In a nutshell, the food was poorly prepared. I ordered Triple Combo. Meatloaf was decent. Chopped pork was fair, but not tender as I'd remembered. The fried chicken, however, was over-cooked, tough, and dry. And the mac and cheese was dry, bland, and disgusting. Lastly, the fried cornbread was hard and dry. The team that prepared the food, and any staff there to check it, appear to not care what they serve to customers. Will not be back. Other options."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food and service were very good and they have a great beer selection."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Just a short ride away from DPAC, I thought the pit was a solid choice for a eastern North Carolina meal / pre-theater dinner. The chopped barbeque (eastern North Carolina style) was tender and seasoned well. Good hush puppies and slaw, but the creamed corn was just ok, I'll try the mac and cheese next time. My wife had the baby back ribs they were also prepared well and very tender. Not the place for health conscious meal, but if you're going out for barbecue and ribs what do you expect!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at The Pit - Durham. The food was fantastic! My husband had the eastern chopped BBQ, which he said was very hot, but would order again. He is a BBQ fanatic! I had the BBQ chicken, macaroni and cheese, and fried okra. Oh my God, everything was so good! The Mac n cheese just melts in your mouth. The chicken had a smoky, delicious flavor. Even the hush puppies and biscuits were delicious. I cannot wait to come here again!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I love the new rooftop restaurant. The menu is limited, but it's such a great place to eat."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • " Enjoyed the food and the many side and appetizers selection! Service as outstanding"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The BBQ is yummy and authentic, lots of choices, lots of sauces. The hush puppies are good -- the biscuits are terrific. My fave sides are the fried okra or the cabbage collards. The service was a bit slow but very friendly on an early Sunday supper shift. If you want a cocktail, the Dark & Stormy was great! Very gingery."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "...to figure out how to avoid flies coming in around diners. Tables a little close and with noise level hard to hear each other. Food was fantastic. Service was good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "best pork dishes,veggies and sides in durham. can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good food! Go early...there is always a line! Can be comfortable and casual...not a lot of parking on street so be ready for valet."
    Dined on 6/13/2014