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The Pit Durham


321 W Geer St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 282-3748
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Photo of Courtney Klein Courtney Klein
Oct 13, 2019 5

AMAZING!!!! We sat at the bar, Fred the bartender was phenomenal best server we've ever had. Everything was perfect. Food was just like home. Amazing atmosphere. We will be going back many times this is for sure.

Photo of Keith Moody Keith Moody
Aug 6, 2019 5

The food and service is great! The ribs literally fall off the bones and the collards were so good that I almost drank the juice. The food was seasoned so well that we did not have to put anything on them, and I don't recall when I was able to do that. Plus, they offer complimentary valet parking. If you are in Durham, I would strongly recommend The Pit.

Photo of Chante' Callaway Chante' Callaway
Aug 14, 2019 5

Prefect experience again. When ever my family and I come to visit we just have to come to The Pit for the lip smacking food and welcoming atmosphere. Dakota was very friendly and accommodating. Great service with a smile! We will be back!!

Photo of Alex Thompson Alex Thompson
Oct 23, 2019 5

Doesn't look like much from the outside, but this turned out to be one of the best BBQ spots I've been too. Split a combination plate, which was perfect for two. The traditional BBQ delighted both of us! Tender, juicy, and flavorful, each meat was smoked different complimenting the type of meat. The collards were the absolute best I've ever had, would go back just for them! Baked Mac and cheese can't go wrong. Will be bringing friends next visit

Photo of Heather Roberson Heather Roberson
Jul 30, 2019 3

The food was good but not as good as I hoped it would be. Portion sizes were great! I had the fried catfish which was great & the sliced brisket which was just okay. They didn't have the spicy remoulade for the catfish nor did they have any green beans. The okra & macaroni & cheese were decent. Our server was attentive & helpful. I was mostly disappointed by the cleanliness. There were stains on the carpet & crumbs in the chairs. I asked our hostess to have the seat cleaned, but our server just moved us to another table. (We noticed that No one cleaned the seat while we were there.) The bottles of BBQ sauce on the table looked as if they hadn't been cleaned in a while, with dried sauce around the tops. I also noticed that their sanitation score was lower than I expected. Could be the reason why the restaurant was pretty empty on a Friday night.

Photo of Ralph Rojas Ralph Rojas
Oct 29, 2019 5

I'm a big fan of the pit. They have beer and banjos on Monday and that is always good. Staff is friendly and the place is huge. I believe they offer private event spaces and the decor is very rustic / in good taste. They offer valet parking which is great because parking can get scarce in the immediate area.

Photo of Josh Josh
Nov 17, 2019 4

I have been here with coworkers twice now and enjoyed myself thoroughly both times. They have a great selection of meats and sides, service is always on point, and they always get my order right. The sauces are delicious, but the brisket in particular could be better. The prices are also a bit higher than most other BBQ places, too.

Photo of Chris Wallace Chris Wallace
Dec 2, 2019 5

Just finished having the Outside Brown Lunch---pulled pork with 2 sides. Large portion of smoked meat was delicious, sides were excellent. Ike was a fabulous waiter--knew the menu inside and out. His descriptions and recommendations were spot-on. He was very enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, checking on us throughout our meal. Can't say enough about how good our experience was from start to finish!

Photo of Chef Chrissie Lapidow Chef Chrissie Lapidow
Dec 21, 2019 3

Hit or miss??? My chicken and ribs were excellent and perfectly cooked, however my brother’s pork and brisket was very dry and disappointing. I’m definitely willing to give this place another shot - I hope to give a higher rating next time, there’s no doubt they have potential. The staff were truly a pleasure to work with. I’ll be back to try again!

Photo of José Norberto Pacheco de Medeiros José Norberto Pacheco de Medeiros
Feb 5, 2020 5

Amazing atmosphere to go along with killer food! Service was perfect, food was perfect, drinks were perfect an overall ☆☆☆☆☆ restaurant!

Photo of Michael Clapsaddle Michael Clapsaddle
Mar 5, 2020 5

If you have never been to the pit In downtown Durham NC I would definitely recommend you give this place a try because the food is really good and the service is really outstanding. One of my favorite things on the menu is pit bacon cheeseburger with a side of macaroni and cheese. The reason why I am giving this place five stars is because this is one of my favorite places to go and get barbecue in downtown Durham NC. The other things that I like about the place that is the people that work there are always very kind and welcoming to everyone in the reastreuant. And I will be telling my friends about this place so they can have the same experience with there family's that I had last Saturday.

Photo of C M C M
Feb 4, 2020 5

The food was amazing. Everything we ordered was seasoned well. Portion sizes were great! I had a nice doggie bag. We went on a Sunday afternoon and unfortunately they were closing early for their staff meeting. I hope this accounts for the service we got. The hostess seated us, gave us menus and walked off. The next person bought us water, took our orders and left. A third person bought us our food. We didn't get any more service until we had to wave yet another person over to get take out plates and the bill. He apologized profusely and explained about the early closing. I won't let this prevent me from visiting again. And he gave us free fresh hushpuppies and biscuits to go. And they are good!!!

Photo of Dennis Hines Dennis Hines
Sep 14, 2020 5

Outstanding BBQ and other great Southern style dishes, outstanding customer service with a friendly smile. Come on by and give it a try for great Southern Cuisine.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 4, 2020 5

Great BBQ! I've had BBQ from lots of places and this is one of the BEST! The menu includes lots of different cuts and cooking styles and I've not had one that wasn't top shelf. We have been several times now and will continue to go back! I highly recommended this restaurant.

Photo of Brandon Rush Brandon Rush
Oct 31, 2020 4

Authentic Pit BBQ, you definitely get what you pay for & more. Will bring the FAM next time so we can all PIG OUT!!! Get it? PIG, LOL, LOL, LOL

Photo of Howard Rice Howard Rice
Nov 30, 2020 5

Wonderful thanksgiving meal... 4th year in a row and this may have been the best. 3 meats, great choices for sides and, if you have room, even choices for desert. And, the salad dressing was A++++ Thanks guys for all of your hard work!

Photo of Lee Parker Lee Parker
Mar 18, 2022 5

Where to start? This place has the best barbecue I've ever had. When you can make chopped turkey BBQ as moist and tasty as this, everything else must be great! I got the Big Boy plate with ribs, chicken, chopped pork, and brisket. Just fantastic! So much that I had to box the leftovers. You must try the collard greens. I ordered extra to take with the leftovers. And you should save room for the carrot cake. It's normally served cold, but they heated it just enough to slightly melt the cream cheese. Enough to share with multiple people. But you won't want to! Will definitely return.

Photo of Tamara Johnson Tamara Johnson
Mar 13, 2022 5

I am not from Durham, but I had heard about the NC BBQ and was eager to try some. Had the Eastern pork BBQ, which was really, really good. Love the slightly spicy vinegar sauce! The collards were very good, and so were the potato salad, hush puppies and the buttermilk biscuit. The server was friendly and did a great job. Really liked this place, and will come back on my next trip to Durham!

Photo of Jeremy Henkel Jeremy Henkel
Feb 14, 2022 5

The Eastern style BBQ is absolutely incredible. Cooked to perfection and has incredibly good seasoning. I have no clue how they do it. The collard greens are fabulous as well. Sweet Potato Fries are really solid as well. The Hushpuppies are solid. The only thing that wasn’t the best was the Mac and Cheese. I found it a tad greasy but it was still really good. The Eastern style BBQ and Collards are a MUST have!!

Photo of Sarah Wahid Sarah Wahid
Sep 5, 2021 5

I don’t even like barbecue that much, but this place might change my mind. Everything I’ve tried is great. I love the mac n cheese, brisket, and soul rolls. They’ve got some quality cocktails too. The service is excellent as well—staff is super kind and hardworking. If you eat here you won’t regret it!

Photo of Peter Sell Peter Sell
Apr 11, 2022 5

We had Sunday lunch and it was amazing. Ike was friendly, informative and funny. All the meats were good. The biscuits and cornbread were the best I've ever had. The Carolina sauce was tangy and delicious. This place will become a regular visit for me. Kid friendly. Amazing banana pudding.

Photo of Perry P Perry P
Jul 1, 2019 5

My father and I went and both ordered off of the pork section of the menu. The waiter was extremely friendly and even went the extra mile to bring us some collard greens to sample before we decided on sides (they were EXCELLENT). Pork was tender and flavorful, sauces complemented beautifully. Mac n cheese, collard greens, and bbq baked beans were all delicious. Great prices too!

Photo of chris cayer chris cayer
Jul 7, 2019 5

Clean, neat, pleasant and quick service. I really liked the variety of BBQ that was on the menu. A type for all my tastes. I will be back for sure.

Photo of Spencer Dunn Spencer Dunn
May 29, 2019 4

The pit is a wonderful BBQ experience. Great joint located in downtown Durham. Only downside is you pay for it. The plates are a tad more expensive, although the price matches the quality, and it can be crowded sometimes. Love this little gem. Worth checking out if you're in the area and pry worth the trip if you're not. There are also some great bars in direct sight of the restaurant.

Photo of Alex Liu Alex Liu
May 11, 2019 4

I had my first North Carolina barbecue here, and it was pretty good. Since it was my first time, I was surprised by how liquid and vinegary the sauces were, but hey, when in Rome, right? I did wish the eastern-style sauce were a little more spicy, though, because if you say that something is “spicy, so you don’t want to chug that down,” I’m expecting at least jalapeño spicy, not just black pepper spicy. Otherwise, the beef brisket was nice and soft. The baby back ribs were super smoky. And the chopped pork was, well, chopped pork. This barbecue was a nice departure from the sugary glazed meats of mass market products.