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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

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (21)
Casual (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Comfort Food (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Fun (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Great Beer (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
People Watching (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Fast and tasty! Well done.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We had the ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Each was fresh, hot and served promptly. The wait staff were great with each aspect of ou meal. The Pit is one of favorite places to eat.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We always stop here as we travel through Durham. Tonight we didn't have a fantastic meal but I would still recommend as a valid restaurant. They had many large groups and a wedding upstairs tonight which definitely affected service and the food. The mac and cheese which is usually outstanding was grainy and we left the entire side. Fried chicken wasn't very crispy as if It had been sitting for too long. They were out of most desserts as of 8pm so we left without having dessert. Hope to return in the future to our original experience.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Lively environment. We would bring our kids next time. Great Brisket!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Casual
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

BBQ had a wonderful taste - chopped serving was large; all three who ordered it had take home. The chicken salad wrap was excellent and also a large portion - could easily be shared. Pre-meal biscuits were melt in your mouth scrumptious and the hush puppies were very tasty. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The pumpkin cornbread with maple butter will be a dish that I remember for a very long time. Simply fabulous! Everything there was good, but this was extra special. Our waiter could not have been nicer. The place has an excellent vibe, and it seems everyone is happy to be there.
Keep up the good work!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The Lexington bbq and brisket were excellent. We had a party of 3 and ordered 3 entrees and 3 sides family style. Delicious and had enough for lunch next day.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Pulled pork was outstanding. Took out of town guests who were thrilled to get ENC BBQ and local brews. Baked beans are smokey, unlike any I've had before. Yummy. We were there mid week at 7 pm and it was fairly empty and quiet (great for a business dinner). I had to give people outside directions to The Pitt since there is no outside signage (our little secret?).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The food is good. Very large portions. Excellent pork. Smallest hush puppies I've ever seen in my life. Mac n cheese was pretty good. Drinks were strong! We enjoyed it. The valet team was over burdened.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We took our out of town guests to The Pit and they loved it! Especially the fried green tomatoes and mac and cheese!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The food was wonderful. We had the sampler appetizer and it was fabulous. Service was fine, very friendly and helpful. There were a very annoying repeating squeak that occasionally overcame the conversation.....At first we thought it was an alarm for the kitchen machinery, but it continued. We spoke to the staff and they all heard it and just “don’t hear it anymore.” We decided it might be coming from one of the overhead whirling fans and suggested it be turned off for a minute to see, but that never happened. Unfortunately, with hearing aids as well, it was hard to ignore.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 9, 2017

it was an average barbeque restaurant in terms of food. Flavor was average choice was a little limiting. The location is good and ambience, I think they could do a little more with their menu and maybe something special with their sauces.

Tags: Comfort Food
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