The Pit

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The PitThe Pit

Type: Bar, Eatery

328 W Davie St
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601-1746
United States

(919) 890-4500 | map

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Added by MuddyFeet on 06-25-2008

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BGsWo22
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of 5thOhio
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stopped for lunch Sunday with my wife, son & his wife.

Despite the place being near-full around 1-ish, we were seated quickly. Others have described the interior, so I won't go into detail, only to note that despite the usual industrial warehouse look and a large crowd, the noise was dampened enough for the 4 of us to hear each other easily.

The server took our orders quickly. Her knowledge of the beers was obviously slight, but she had a printed tap list, and she & the bartenders were friendly and helpful. She brought me a sample, and the bartenders were glad to give me samples at the bar.

The list had something for almost any taste. Seven of the 12 taps were local NC beers, but unfortunately all a little maltier than I care for. I chose a pint of the Stone/ Ballast Point/Kelsey McNair collaboration. It was delicious, and fresh-tasting with a wonderful mixture of hop flavors.

The food was outstanding, with generous portions for a moderate price. I had the East NC barbeque platter which came with 2 sides, a couple of hush puppies and a biscuit, all cooked to near-perfection and none greasy. The ladies both had the fried chicken, with various sides. The chicken was supremely crispy and hot inside, but not greasy either. My son had the beef brisket platter. The brisket was fall-apart tender. We shared the carrot cake with house-made bourbon ice cream for dessert. The ice cream was very rich and sweet, without being overwhelmed by the bourbon. My wife, a carrot-cake fiend, pronounced the cake wonderfully good.

Enough can't be said about the food. If you want to taste real NC barbecue & sides, not something soaked with some sticky-sweet generic red sauce, you've got to hit this place. (If you don't like ENC, they have plain pulled pork and sauces on the side.) Too many upscale eateries think they have to fix what ain't broke and end up with things like "collard greens with a balsamic reduction sauce." The chef here knows what's good about barbecue and serves it simply and well-cooked.

Unfortunately, I was the only one drinking beer, the ladies not caring for it and my son being the designated driver, so I could only sample the collaboration and a Mission IPA, which was also fresh and quite tasty. Although not a huge tap list, I doubt a beer geek couldn't find something to enjoy. The local emphasis is especially nice because NC beers are fairly limited in availability, most being small productions.

Some restaurants have good beer and average food. Others have good food and average beer selections. This place has both good beer and good food. I'm sure there are other quality eateries in Raleigh, but I could be quite satisfied with only taking meals at The Pit when I'm in the area.

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Photo of DaveRinn
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of atsprings
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Like the last reviewer said, I am also making it a habit to stop by here at least every week or two because of their changing tap selection. The place is rather swank with a nice bar area in the front. The service is excellent and the staff is very knowledgeable. While they only have 12 taps, they keep quality beers on them and they rotate them constantly. They also have a decent selection of bottled beers and bombers, but the can be pricey. While I'm not a big fan of BBQ, my sister said it was really good, and I noticed today they have a burger on the lunch menu, and it was quite tasty. I must say, I can't believe I waited as long as I did to try this place, but I'm certainly glad I did.

Update: Like I said, I wasn't a big fan of BBQ, but I broke down and tried the pulled pork and it's delectable! They also have an Oreo cream pie that is delicious and would likely pair nicely with any dark beer.

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Photo of BradShook
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of cwoods
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Finally got around to eating at the pit this afternoon. I went with my wife and two young kids. I was somewhat concerned it might be a little more classy than it was considering we had our kids with us but, the atmosphere was perfect. Loud and lively (not too loud).

The staff was very polite, kind, and accomendating.

The food and beer selection were nicely paired. A few sought after brews and local NC brew flavors filled the menu. The childrens menu was also nice considering it had more than just chicken tenders and grilled chesse sandwhichs to offer.

The food itself was as advertised. Think of pit smoked que at one of the highest levels and thats what you get. I had the brisket and it was the best Ive had. The KBS went perfect with the meal.

IMO the price was worth the food and atmosphere of a great NC eatery.

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Photo of jak
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of lastmango
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Daughter at Campbell Law brought me here for lunch this past July 3rd. I am going to say something that on this site would be sacrilegious. The food is sooooo good that you will not have room for the beer. The best fried chicken I've had in 20 years and the Carolina cue did not need any sauce added because it was so good. Biscuits are also very good. Ok . . . make room for the beer and take home a doggie bag.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.45/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'm glad I decided to stop by "The Pit" last night. The staff was kind enough to let us in even though we arrived with 5 minutes to spare before the kitchen closed. Brownie points! I stopped by with a couple of my co-workers after a hard day of work, client recommended. Food was fantastic, their authentic BBQ was hands-down one of the best I've had. Meat is very tender and falls right off the bone. Be sure to try the fantastic selection of sauces to add a delicious BBQ flavored punch to your meal.

Beer menu is appropriately matched for all the food they offer. A reasonably sized "Beer-to-share" menu accompanies their specially tailored BBQ themed food options with a combination of IPA's, Farmhouse Ales, and to my surprise, Stouts. I'm one for having a nice stout for dessert, with a thick and creamy body and deep roasted malt and chocolate flavor. It's like having a cake! I was provided a round of stout samples at the end of the evening, Founder's Porter, Oatmeal Stout and Big Boss Coffee Stout. All very enjoyable. I must say, I was not let down with their options. The service was very accommodating and they provided very good recommendations.

Atmosphere was hip and trendy, with really nice stone cut tabletops. Big and spacious, I can see this place get very rowdy and load during football games.

The go-to spot in Raleigh for craft beers and great food! Definitely stop by, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of CBlack85
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

stopped by this place while in Raleigh on business.

The place is quite large with a nice bar area with ample seating, and a separate seating area with lots of tables. Very nice and moderately upscale, but still comfortable. There is a small outdoor seating area directly outside of the bar.

The waitstaff was friendly and attentive, and seemed well versed on the menu and beer list.

The menu is about what you would expect from a southern/BBQ place. Pulled pork, brisket, fried chicken, ribs, etc... The fried chicken was very good, as was the pulled pork. They have a wide variety of sides; so many in fact that I had a hard time choosing. And the beer menu was fairly impressive as well, they had a small, but well thought out tap list featuring some local and regional favorites, plus some more broadly distributed brands from across the country. They also have a nice bottle list as well.

All in all, this place was quite good. This will be a definite regular spot when I visit Raleigh...

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by as recommend when I found out Cooper's closes at 7PM.

A very large venue that seems to have no problem accommodating anyone. Staff are actually quite nice, prompt, and courteous.

For beer selection the bottle list is ok there were maybe one or two locals, but I wasn't aware there were a bunch on tap, the menu wasn't given to me until I ordered a second beer much later. Too bad cause the list on there was quite interesting and solid.

As for food well... if you want BBQ this is a great place. Both the baby back and the Carolina ribs are great, they'll provide also a vinegar and a tomato base sauce that's on the table. Great hush puppies and biscuits. Really enjoyed the cheese grits, the collards could have been a bit better.

Colleagues felt the cream corn was great, as was the squash, and the banana pudding is a real treat. I am not much of a sweet tooth but I'll admit it is the real deal. I don't know how one person could eat the whole thing though.

As for prices, for me coming from DC this place is really not that expensive it's actually quite cheap, but many of the locals here do feel it's overpriced so take that in mind.

Great place though for some BBQ and have a few local craft brews on tap, what can I say.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I enjoyed my visit here. It was certainly atypical of most BBQ restaurants because it was modern and clean. It is not necessary to have good BBQ in a shed in the middle of nowhere with toothless workers and Carolina slang so deep that I feel as though I am in another country. The food was good, not spectacular. I wouldn't send someone here as a "must have" BBQ joint, but if in the downtown area, this is quite serviceable. I had the BBQ and turkey platter. Sadly, the turkey was better than the BBQ. The BBQ was a little dry and lacked flavor, so I had to use copious quantities of sauce to ingest. The turkey was delicious and the sides, although small, were also quite tasty. The beer selection looked pretty nice. They had all kinds of imports and craft beers to suit the beer connoisseur's fancy. Large selection of local stuff as well as goodies from around the country. Of particular interest were Delirium and Rochefort 10. The Rochefort was priced about the same as retail ($6 retail vs $8 here), which is a bargain! I can't say I would come back here but I had no problems with the place.

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Photo of alexm1309
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RTaylor5
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

The Pit is about BBQ and nothing else. While they offer a very decent selection of crafts, including a pleasant Stone Saisson among several locals, this is the one place where the food reigns supreme. They offer regular plates with 2 sides. I opted for a succulent brisket that could literally be cut with a fork - the green beans and mac-cheese sides were 2 die 4. Delicious!

Located in the trending Warehouse District - and a few short steps from the wonderful Crank Arm Brewing, the Pit is a popular place: there is a small outdoor "patio" for alfresco dining. Inside is a busy place with crowded tables and hightops in the front alongside an open bar area. The service was attentive.

Needless to say, any visit to Raleigh MUST include a Pit stop. (Sorry)

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Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Macsimus
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of gixxerman
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nice combo of craft offerings and some great barbeque too. I stopped in on the way to the airport for a few Triangle IPAs and a chopped Eastern NC style BBQ sandwih with a side of their delicious sweet potato fries.

Parking was a bit of a hassle, but you can opt for valet. I stopped at lunchtime, and the were busy, but there was seating available at the bar.

The outdoor patio seating is the place to be but seating is limited to 5 or 6 tables. The space inside is very nice, but not over the top. Jeans and a t-shirt, or a coat and tie fit in equally.

Great food and beer selection, I will be back for more!

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Photo of jshusc
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is an excellent addition to the Raleigh dining scene, with good food and a well chosen tap list that will always have something interesting on it. The food is really good in general, but the eastern style bbq and ribs are the standouts. This place gets pretty packed most nights, so you are probably better off getting a reservation or sitting at the bar. They have maybe a dozen taps, all of them being craft beer and a nice bottled selection (though I'm never in the mood to plunk down a wad of cash on a 750ml at a restaurant). There are about a dozen taps, all craft beer, focusing on local stuff (big boss, aviator, foothills, french broad, mother earth, and highland are all regularly featured), but there is also some regional/national stuff on as well as some pretty rare offerings that you probably won't see too many other places (I've seen Hopslam, Sexual Chocolate, Allagash Odyssey, Stone RIS at different times). This is really more of a restaurant with a really good beer selection than a beer bar, but either way it's worth a visit for the food and the beer.

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The Pit in Raleigh, NC
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