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About 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.

321 W Geer st
Durham, NC 27701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 282-3748

Website:
http://www.thepit-durham.com/

Executive Chef:
Dillon Orbon

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The Pit - Durham Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (24)
Comfort Food (22)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Casual (18)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Fun (10)
Authentic (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Business Meals (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great Beer (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vegan (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My ribs were great, but my sweet potato fries must have set for awhile because there were not warm and rather soggie. The fried okra was okay but not as good as other restaurants. Pecan pie was good but crust was a little too thick. We have eaten't at the Pit before but I always ordered ribs and potato salad.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined 4 days ago

catfish, sides, and biscuits were pretty good. Loved the remoulade sauce. Great comfort food!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food is very good, but a little on the pricey side for BBQ,. Noise level is VERY LOUD. Parking is difficult unless you want to valet park. The draft beer was not cold. That's a let down when you pay $6 for a beer. Service was not great as they were really busy and our waiter didn't really give us a chance to tell him about the warm beer.

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food4
ambience2
service4
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Host was very nice ,waitress knowledgeable and explanation of menu excellent, attentive when needed, beautiful smile,

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

If you love bbq The Pit has a great menu. They have complimentary parking during the evening hours. We love to bring friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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food4
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was delicious and service was excellent!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good family Thanksgiving meal with kids. Restaurant struggling a little with a capacity crowd.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for thanksgiving dinner. Very busy, servers seemed overextended. Seemed like they bit off more than they could chew reservation wise.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

First time visit. Good food, personable service, great way to spend Thanksgiving. Truly enjoyable experience. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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food5
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We visited our son for Thanksgiving dinner and had a very good time and the food was great...

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving and had a great meal. Excellent service.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great they offer a family style, delicious meal at Thanksgiving!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

New to Raleigh and The Pit was highly recommended. The restaurant did not disappoint. Great indoctrination to North Carolina barbecue.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Normally I am very pleased with the BBQ at The Pit. This time however the baby backs were overcooked and tough. The catfish was still great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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food3
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had a reservation and still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. Also, we had a table of 8 and could not get service. The server had other tables close to us but would never come over. The other tables were much smaller and all male guests so she was not interested in a mixed gender business meeting. The food was great but the service was terrible.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

BBQ was excellent! Didn’t care for the “baked beans” which was pinto beans. Will be back for the bbq with different sides.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

You want BBQ in Durham. This is the spot.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

So I know the food scene in The Durham area is great and growing. However, a visit to The Pit each time I visit my son at Duke is a must. And does not disappoint! The sampler blew us away with the Soul Rolls, cheese balls & bruschetta was wonderful. I got a healthy apinach salad with delicious grilled checkien. My son ordered & devoured the brisket- fall off the bone tender.

I am already looking forward to my next visit to The Pit .... and to see my son at college!!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food and service. A great place to bring an oversees visitor for their first taste of NC BBQ!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious! Great BBQ and sides. Love the pumpkin cornbread.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Plenty of vegetarian options, tasty food, and excellent service

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Friendly, awesome food, laid-back, and in a cute area of Durham!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food and service were both excellent. Only caveat was that the sides were small.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We were celebrating my husband s 60 birthday a small group of 8. The service was awesome very attentive and made sure we got more than enough of everything.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Parents weekend at UNC. The hostess staff was pleasant and the Waiter was excellent. Great BBQ.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service was top notch!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday, but sadly, it was totally ignored by the hostess and waitress.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was very good. Our very attentive waitress recommended selections were delicious A definite find.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Loved it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Very attentive service and birthday recognition. Pork was excellent as was broccoli and potato salad. Really recommend the burnt butter pecan pie!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Authentic North Carolina barbecue with fantastic sides!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Perfect spot for relaxing -- especially pre-show DPAC and/or Carolina Theatre dining/spirits.

The location, atmosphere, menu and personalities are OPTIMAL!

Sets the tone for a great evening.

Ask for Gloria!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great meal with excellent side dishes. Our waitress was excellent and attentive but not overbearing. Pecan pie was phenomenol!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Nice restaurant, our first experience was great, which was a Friday. However, our second visit, a Sunday, was not quite as good, ribs tough, and did not appear fresh, as well the vegetables did not seem fresh.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Dry meat, for the most part. Service sweet but needs major training.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Absolutely wonderful! 4 of us from out of town had different choices, and everyone was really happy with the food. Generous helpings, very fresh. Desserts were delicious, especially the banana pudding.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Popular barbecue spot hosting many groups, with many great sounding choices on the menu. Unfortunately we had mixed results with the food. My daughters had burgers which were great, but we found the consistency of the pulled pork to be a bit to mushy for our tastes.

Service was friendly, but a little disjoint on the night we were there, but i think that was just due to how busy they were.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We took some friends from out of town to experience southern food. The food was good and they enjoyed it but the service was terrible. Our waiter was overwhelmed with a large table and kept forgetting about us. We didn't get our biscuits until our dinner came out, and when our family style dinner arrived we had no plates to put it on. He also up-sold us on more food than we needed. We waited a long time for our check and my husband finally just went to find our waiter. The noise level was intense and we couldn't carry on a conversation.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We eat here regularly, and as always everything was awesome. We had a new server April and she made sure the service was top notch. The food is consistently great. I always recommend the pit for pit smoked everything.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Had a group of 9. They couldn't keep us all together for some reason. To be fair, made original reservation for 6. Made a second, separate reservation to accommodate, with the understanding that there was a possibility that we wouldn't all be together. All good except when we looked around after seated, there were plenty of tables available that could've fit us all together. Hence weak effort in trying to keep our party together and we almost left!

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