The Pit Authentic BBQ
The Pit Authentic BBQ

The Pit Authentic BBQ

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thepit-raleigh.com/
  • Phone: 9198904500x
  • 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.com
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Pit Authentic BBQ reviews from OpenTable diners
465 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (286)fit for foodies (209)neighborhood gem (193)great for lunch (179)hot spot (176)special occasion (141)kid-friendly (111)vibrant bar scene (62)great for brunch (43)late-night find (42)great for outdoor dining (36)romantic (26)notable wine list (21)scenic view (12)Show More
  • Bad Luck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Dined at The Pit with out of town guest and had high expectations based on reviews. Our party of 9 chose The Pits Family Style mainly to keep things simple for everyone. "Bad Decision". We had 3 waiters attending to our needs. When our main dishes arrived, they delivered single dishes with portions to feed 5 people. I assumed more was on the way. Bad assumption. It was embarrassing for myself and the waiters. Management was very quick to the rescue and more than compensated for their error. We were told it was miss communication between one of the waiters and the kitchen. I would give the manager a 5 star rating for the way he handled the situation. He was very kind and I knew his concern was authentic. Food 3 stars. Little overated.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Highly recommend I couldn't ask for a better night! Service amazing team 2!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    Upforwhatever
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Maybe it was because i was in the south, my expectations were much higher. Maybe I just prfer St Louis or Texas ribs, but the Carolina version left me flat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation not honored
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a reservation and we were seated 25 minutes after the time of the reservation, even though we arrived 10 minutes early. When we arrived, the hostess said it would be a "few minutes" - which definitely does not imply 25 minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT BBQ
    CEH19VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a nicer BBQ joint. Expect good food and a lot of it! ALWAYS make a reservation because you will wait forever if you don't!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food and service was great. Loved the pumpkin cornbread. A must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time
    Rubicon
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my first time to The Pit. The portions were just right and the atmosphere was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Val
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have eaten at the Pit several times our most resent visit we were disappointed in the meatloaf and some of the veggies. My black eyed peas were under cooked, the corn was not the usual pit quality and my friend only ate a couple bites of her meat loaf. We all loved my chicken, and the greens were to die for. Not sure what happened with the cooking however our waiter was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love this place :)
    NORNVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    During a visit to Raleigh, I booked my table for The Pit well in advance to ensure a great meal. As usual, The Pit delivered! Fantastic food, beer, service, and I wish they could ship meals to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best
    BrentVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    If "upscale gourmet BBQ restaurant" sounds odd, you need to try The Pit. That's exactly what they are -- genuine slow-smoked BBQ (brisket, chicken, pulled or chopped pork) in a pleasant, classy yet casual setting. And the homemade sides are just as good -- Brunswick stew, okra, mac & cheese, creamed corn and all the other things you'd expect in a classy southern restaurant. And the hush puppies would make anyone proud. And a more than respectable bar drink menu. It took us too long to discover The Pit, but it's now one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Was visiting from Maryland and heard about the Pit on the food network. Absolutely wonderful!!!! Originally from Greenville and have spent time in Texas, some of the best barbeque I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Picked up take-out on my way out of town!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NC Great BBQ - better than expected
    BBQIndianChief1
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our first trip to this city. Have had great bbq across the entire continent this The Pit is in the Top 3
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent North Carolina BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Was here for a conference and brought a group for an authentic BBQ experience. The Pit did not disappoint. The only problems are choosing what to get, and not being able to eat it all. The pulled pork was spot-on perfect. Everything you look for in a BBQ place. Good for a large group too!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Barman
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Visited from Portland OR. The food was good, and the barman was excellent. When I asked for a particular drink that he didn't know about, he came to our table to find out what it was. He had to 'punt' and came up with a great cocktail.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mominmchgn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We brought friends from Michigan to dinner here. They loved the Southern Fried Chicken, best they've ever had. We had the carrot cake for dessert! OMG, what a taste delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Divine
    mary8
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The brisket was absolutely divine. The best I have ever had. I cannot wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had the family meal for 6 and found all choices to be excellent. Best barbecue and brisket I've ever tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, authentic BBQ
    TomBombadil
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Took about 15 minutes to seat our party, despite the fact that we had reservations. The hostesses responsible for greeting and seating were really, really unfriendly. Another 15 minutes to get us our waters and take our drink orders. After that, everything was excellent: service and food. It's a busy, noisy place, but in a mostly-good way, and the food was outstanding across the board. Fix that initial experience when people first walk in, and the Pit would be *the* place to go for BBQ in Raleigh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Raleigh Barbeque
    BeHappy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went to The Pit to celebrate my daughters 21st birthday. It was a great choice! The service was excellent. Very attentive staff. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. The wings were a highlight as a starter. All entrees eaten by our group got very good reviews ( full rack of ribs, BBQ, brisket). The biscuits and hush puppies served as we were seated were awesome. The sides had mixed reviews: fried okra, cole slaw and Mac n cheese were good. Thumbs down for the creamed corn and baked beans. The peanut butter pie was decadent. Extra kudos to the staff for not charging us for a craft beer that wasn't up to expectation. Parking is limited but a garage is right up the street. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It was my first and last time eating at The Pitt. The service was horrible. I order a drink when I ordered my food. The server didn't ask me if I wanted another drink the whole time we were there. Once we got our food NO ONE came back to our table at all until one of the servers broug our ticket, we didn't ask if we wanted anything else.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No Surprises. It is good barbque!
    frausheila
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I am rarely surprised at the Pit. Nothing exceptional but good NC bbq. We usually take our house-guests/visitors to the Pit as we can make resv, expectations are met, and the atmosphere is nice. We will return again. The Pit has become a staple on our to-do guest list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First lunch at the pit and it was outstanding. Great price for what you get and excellent service. I can't say enough about the service! And when we ordered one banana pudding for desert for the table, one person with us didn't want bananas. They brought another desert on the house for him. This is the second time this happened in my experiences with the pit. They rock.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NC Bar B Que at its best
    GrilledFoodLover
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    If you want really great BBQ this is the place for you. Pork, beef or chicken, lots of choices. East or West Carolina style. Be prepared to eat and eat and eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love The Pit!
    CCW4
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Probably our favorite restaurant in Raleigh. Fabulous BBQ, truly Southern but in a nice enough environment we can bring clients in from out of town. Interesting selection of craft beers and a small, but good, wine list. Service is always stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food
    ReservationWoes
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I go to The Pit often and the staff even know what order I am going to place. My only issues lately have been with making reservations at least 2 times a month and then 2 days later I receive an email saying I didn't make my reservation blah blah blah and I did. Maybe you all need to speak with management and require they use the prior reservation noted to stop these incorrect emails.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but overpriced
    Michelle
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food at the Pit is excellent, the bourbon list is impressive, and the service was great. The only issue is that we felt like we've had equally good barbecue at some other local places that were less expensive. At the Pit, you're paying for high quality food, but you're also paying for the atmosphere, location and historical appeal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    jessicak26
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything was great! Service was good and the food was delicious. Couldn't ask for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We love it here, but brought our guests from out of town and they Loved it! Food is the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I expected more
    Jacek
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have lunch with my wife on Saturday 10/4, we ordered pulled pork and ribs. Pork was bland, dry and cold, lower than I expected (leftovers?), ribs were absolutely excellent. Side dish, very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great food, friendly service and a nice atmosphere. We enjoyed the dinner and booking through Open Table was nice and easy. I recommend this place to anyone looking for great BBQ in a semi-formal setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Srevice
    seniorsdinefine
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The service was wonderful! We came from an Retirement facility with skilled residents and they were treated like kings and queens from the time we pulled up to park. The Guys who were parking the cars were very helpful with getting the walkers and wheelchairs out for use. Greeters from the front entrance saying hello with smiles as we entered the building. What a experience for our residents.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Experience, just one hiccup
    NYCGirlatHeart
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I visit the Pit often. I had a family member come from out of town and she wanted to try the Pit. Her food was good but the sweet potato fries she ordered were a little hard. She didn't complain, just mentioned it at the end of the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and touristy but good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I enjoyed my meal. Some say it's a tourist trap but it's very good to be open late. I recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Ribs!
    mitch
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I am NEVER disappointed when we eat at The Pit. The food is always excellent, the service outstanding and the Ribs maybe the best I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible hostess,
    1angrybird
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I will not go back to that place again nor would I recommend it to anyone. Horrible hostess, manager and servers. Food was salty and greasy. I made a reservation for 12 people way ahead of time and confirmed on the phone same day. On arrival, we were told we will not be shown to our table until everyone arrives. After complaining to the manager we were told they will give us a table since we were not informed of their policy. Even after that we we had to wait for 30 minute to sit. When our for arrived, it was left at the end of the table and we had to figure out who ordered what. Our plates were removed without being asked if we are done. Despite all that we had an amazing time and ended up going to Buku for Deseret
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what it is hyped up to be
    psturg
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been there twice. The first was not a horrible experience. Just extremely crowded (Sunday midday) and a long wait. The food was just ok the first time (big boy meat combo and fried green tomatoes) but the plate was piled with meat. The second time was a Saturday with reservations for 4:45. Place was empty but was packed by 5:30 when we left. Big boy meat combo again but not as good and not nearly as much food. Gnats flying around everywhere at our booth by the kitchen. Bacon bruschetta barely had any bacon and sauce was horrible and cold. Wait staff was extremely nice though.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best BBQ
    James07
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I must say The Put has some of the best food around. Their BBQ is excellent. I have had the ribs and chicken and both are great. And to top it off, the sides are what you would expect down home. Plus don't forget the BBQ fries as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but....
    dolphyn
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We knew that from before when we dined we needed reservations, so we made them for a Saturday mid afternoon. The Pit was busy. We waited quite a while for a waiter and then our order was taken. Food came out hot and great, until dessert. We ordered the banana pudding, not great. The bananas were rubbery and nasty, just plain yuck. Everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    Outoftown
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was great as always. We had a party of 6, and they sat us in the back, in a room with two other larger tables, and we could not hear each other talk, and almost had to scream at each other. Other than a bad table, everything else was good. The server was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Service started slow but was saved by Jacquelyn, not sure of the spelling. The food was great the special beer menu was an added feature and desert was super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic