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The Pit Authentic BBQ
The Pit Authentic BBQ

The Pit Authentic BBQ Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thepit-raleigh.com
  • Phone: (919) 890-4500
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Darrell Brown
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact Mollyann Russell at (919)829-0833 or mollyann@thepit-raleigh.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dawson Street
  • Public Transit: The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking all day, every day. Street parking anywhere after 5pm
A word from The Pit Authentic BBQ
Empire Eats is proud to present The Pit Authentic BBQ: whole hog pit cooked BBQ featuring all natural, free range pigs raised right here in North Carolina. The Pit is located in Downtown Raleigh’s Historic Depot District and is helping establish North Carolina’s Capital City as a destination for the state’s signature cuisine in an elegant and lively atmosphere. Our Menu… Our team has crafted a menu that features our signature North Carolina BBQ, slow cooked over hickory and coal and inspired seasonal appetizers, entrees, sides and artful desserts. Our commitment to utilize the freshest, locally grown produce and seasonal ingredients allows the menu to continually evolve throughout the year. Private Dining… The Pit has private dining accommodations for parties of almost any size. Contact private events at catering@thepit-raleigh.comContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "The food is consistently good at this restaurant. Great chefs! We brought friends with us who had never eaten at the Pit. They were impressed! Best fried chicken in Raleigh!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent with good service but definitely not a place to carry on a conversation with anyone!!!!! We were there Friday night & the noise was so loud we could not hear the folks we were with!!! We did not have to wait but maybe 8 minutes before our table was ready & the service was good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times and this time the team of three this time forgot we were there. We went for long periods without drink (water and ice tea) refills. The food was ok but nearly as tasty as the first 10 times we have eaten here. It seems that the restaurant has lost its focus and we noticed that the crowd to get in was much less busy so it obviously is being noticed. Since the restaurant is an upscale BBQ place with high prices for mediocre food, the service is all that set it apart. The Management needs to focus on this aspect or this restaurant will go the way of all the others in this locale before them - closed and forgotten."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great experience again, doesn't matter what you order it will be good."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Made a reservation on line which was great. We were put in the rear of the restaurant which wasn't bad but we didn't get to really enjoy the atmosphere as much as we could have. Server was very good and his knowledge of the menu both food and drinks was very helpful. Ribs were wonderful, chicken also, brisket was not up to either. Sampler appetizer was very good, large too. The bruschetta was very, very good. Local Beer was nice and my wife enjoyed her peace sangria as well. Did not leave hungry that's for sure. Cost was reasonable. All in all worth the trip of about 50 miles. Will certainly go again."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Amazing food and staff! You must try everything..."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "No idea, but glad that we finally did and oh, so glad that we did! Great food, Awesome service! so glad that we used Open Table to make reservation. Person walking in right before us had a 1 1/2 hour wait...we were seated immediately at our reservation time...table ready for us!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The service was outstanding and the food was great as usual."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "we took some friends to The Pit this past weekend from Tennessee and they loved it! I am not a fan of Eastern NC bbq (grew up eating Lexington bbq) but I love the the turkey bbq at The Pit. our friends from TN of course were very sure of themselves that nothing would beat what they have, but they loved it!!! They were so impressed and we were happy we introduced them to eastern NC bbq. Service wasn't the best, but the food, as usual, was delish!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband called the restaurant about 11:30A last Saturday to try and make a reservation for 1:15P. We were told there were no more reservations available and the wait would be 45 minutes to an hour. I went on Open Table and they had reservations available. So there is a way to get a last-minute reservation! Service was prompt. Food arrived hot and in a timely manner. I had the chopped plate, my husband had the turkey barbecue. The flavor was good on the chopped plate, but I did find it greasy. The hushpuppies were good although they only give you three of them. How bout a basket for the table, folks? Other sides were good, especially the mac n cheese. I recommend The Pit but be sure to book a reservation."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My first visit to The Pit was outstanding. I went with friends and we enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service so much that I chose it for the next date night with my wife. Date night did not go so well, and it was not my date. Our table was next to the wine "cellar" so servers were constantly going by our table. We were also near the check-in desk so it was exceptionally loud as well. We couldn't change chairs because of the wine cellar door so we just shouted to each other across the table. We had "tag team" service all night, and while everything was taken care of, we didn't feel cared for. As to the food, I had raved about the pumpkin cornbread, but this time the flavors weren't there. The same with dinner. Everything seemed off."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I ate at The Pit last Friday and it was a great meal. We got the family style meal: 2 appetizers, 2 meats, 2 sides, and a dessert. In addition to great food, The Pit also has a good selection of bourbon and a pretty good beer list. Service was good too. The staff works in teams so there is always coverage."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Brisket, ribs, different versions of Pork and Chicken. Come here because you like great, no outstanding southern BBQ!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I had been to The Pit several years ago. I was looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Red Hat Amphitheater and remembered The Pit. We made a reservation for dinner before our concert and were very satisfied. Our waiter Keith was very helpful with our selections. The drinks were good and the food was hot, fresh and plentiful. A talked about my meal so much that I stopped back by for lunch two days later and had lunch with my boyfriend. I will definitely be back when I'm in the area again."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Waited too long for the Quality that we received. Pulled pork was dry, fried chicken was ok,not the best we ever had. Very loud atmosphere. It is not the Homeplace in Virginia. I don't care to go back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "On arrival with our OpenTable reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. A total of 30 minutes if you count the fact we arrived 10 minutes early. We have been here before and the food was good. This time I ordered the baby back ribs. They were very tough. My fiance ordered to double combo to share with her cousin. The friend chicken she was given was a small wing and drumstick with a very modest scoop of bbq. We wanted to comment to the waiter, but could not get anyone's attention for about 15 minutes and hunger took over. It will be a while before we return."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "If a 'Barbecue Joint' could clean itself up and make nice, but still serve great barbecue, it would be The Pit. All of it, especially the sides, is so good that it's hard to decide what to choose from the menu. Everything we tasted was outstanding. Waitstaff knows their job and strikes the right balance."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I have dined here on four occasions and have had a consistently great experience each time. The chopped BBQ is a must-have, and their Carolina rib meat drops right off the bone. The vinegar sauce and beer selection are fantastic, as well. The only thing that leaves a bit to be desired are their sides; I have yet to have any that are above average."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Comfortable, relaxing dining experience. Excellent food, taste and display. Service, professional, friendly and helpful. Had reservations, but arrived early and there was no problem with being seated early. Look forward to the next visit."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I have to book lunches for my boss on a regular basis and this is always my first choice. It is definitely one of my biggest recommendations for individuals who are looking for great lunch spots for visiting business groups as well. The food is wonderful, I have yet to have something from the menu that I have not enjoyed. The service is also friendly and timely."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "If you're looking for great BBQ with generous portions this is the place!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I was extremely happy with the pulled pork! The plates were plentiful, the sides were delicious, and the biscuits and hush puppies were fantastic!The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. One of our waitresses did a fantastic job describing a wine we were not familiar with. My only regret is that we were too full to order dessert. I will be making sure that every time I'm in Raleigh, I will be stopping by the Pit!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Southern dining at it's best.Great portions. Our meals arrived quickly. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were so excited to eat at the Pit after hearing so many great reviews. We were disappointed in what we found. They were out of pulled pork and the food that was served was ok but certainly nothing to knock your socks off. All six of our plates were sent back with food on them and only one person wanted to have any boxed. The brisket was on the tough side. Our waitress started out ok but then seemed to just disappear. We ordered drinks. She said it would be a few minutes because the bar was busy. 25 minutes later, not even an update. The manager did comp the beer and wine but by the time it arrived, our meal was over. I doubt we will ever eat there again. I certainly did not find it lived up to even a 1/10 of its reputation."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were celebrating my husbands birthday and we had been to the Pit about 2 yrs ago and the experience was not good especially the food. So we took another dive in and we totally enjoyed the family syle dinner. It seemed almost like a party game that you eat until ypu are done with your selections and then you move on, but you can't go back and eat something from the last group, great concept. LOVED THE FOOD , SO DELISH.Sammy and his team was great.THANK YOU GUYS for making a revisit the best ever. We will be back and we also have other family planning on another celebration."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Absolutely awesome! The Pit was recommended and it lived up to our expectations. I live in Virginia beach and would gladly take another trip just to eat at pit again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My brother and nephew were visiting from NH and of course having BBQ was on their must-have list. I made a reservation - though they thought it was silly to think we needed it for 3:30 on a Saturday. Once we arrived at The Pit, they were glad we had them! We had the appetizer sampler, fried green tomatoes and fried pimento cheese - all were delicious. For entrees, we had the fried chicken, chopped and pulled pork and beef brisket. For dessert, it was banana pudding and pecan pie. Nothing disappointed, but the stars of the day were the brisket and pecan pie. My advice: make a reservation even if you don't think you'll need it and save room for pecan pie!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great Food and atmosphere. Good service. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The collards were mushy and swimming in vinegar, I could find better fried ocra in the fozen section. The mac'n cheese was mediocre. The bar-b-que itself was really good, the ribs in particular. Fried green tomatoes were not bad. Overall, I was actually rather disappointed. I would get the bar-b-que again, but only if I could provide my own sides. All in all, I guess I would go back, as there are plenty of other menu items I have not tried."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food and very afford. Large portions. Great flavor to food."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "In Raleigh for conference. Went Friday for dinner and Saturday for late lunch. Had one of our same servers each visit. Fabulous service! The food is the best barbeque I've had. Will definitely eat there whenever I visit Raleigh"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Pit can also be called the home of the BBQ gods, The service was great! The food came extremely quick. Our group enjoyed the experience very much!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food quality was very good as usual but service was not as attentive as on prior visits. Family food option for table yielded more than sufficient quantity for table of 4 with some extra to take home."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very nice place to dine in and the foods are great."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Timely, friendly service and food was quite tasty. Only complaint is the noise level was too high to hold much of a conversation. Perhaps they could hang acoustical tiles from the ceiling to dampen it a bit. However, highly recommend The Pit!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I decided to have dinner at The Pit for my birthday. The food was delicious, our waitress was awesome and the atmosphere was nice. We enjoyed being able to laugh and talk especially since we weren't placed in the middle of the restaurant. I will definitely return for another dinner, or maybe even lunch."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The valet service is an excellent perk! Food, as always was great. And the portions are a fair size for the price. It's a great place to take guests who aren't familiar with southern cooking."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Was visiting from out of town and was recommended by a friend. Fantastic find. Get the family style meals, I recommend chopped BBQ and Carolina ribs. Service was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food is amazing. Especially the ribs. It's rare to have this much of a smokey taste"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • " This was our first time visiting the Pit and we were extremely pleased. This was probably the best food and dining experience we have had in a long time. The Food was outstanding..had the babyback ribs, brisket, fried green tomatos, salad, creamed corn. The creamed corn was a little on the sweet side for our taste..but still good. And for desert...that AMAZING carrot cake! Maybe the best cake we have ever had. We were in Raleigh for a day trip and the Pit made it worthwhile! We will defininitely be visiting in the future! Thank you for Great Food and Great service!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014