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 WinnerKid Friendly
The Pit Authentic BBQ reviews from OpenTable diners
496 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (295)fit for foodies (213)great for lunch (205)neighborhood gem (195)hot spot (182)special occasion (165)kid-friendly (133)vibrant bar scene (80)great for brunch (56)late-night find (54)romantic (40)great for outdoor dining (38)notable wine list (26)scenic view (16)Show More
  • Hometime Barbeque
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Hey, we really enjoy our dinner, food was delicious , as usual. My sweet potato fries arrived cold to the table, but that was quickly remedied.The evening was quite enjoyable!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • City meets Country
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A southern secret revealed when Downtown Raleigh NC, has hit the nail in the hammer with this great find! True NC BBQ and other delicious items on the menus...personal favotite: Fried Pimento Cheese!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome and Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    After having lived in Greenville, NC and being spoiled with the likes of B's BBQ, and the Skylight (in Ayden), I was anxious to give the Pit a try. I had seen a report covering The Pit on Carolina Weekend on PBS, and from the looks of the food in that report, I was really excited to give it a try. The service, food and atmosphere were all excellent. I ordered the chopped plate with macaroni and cheese, and onion rings. My boyfriend also had the chopped plate, and had mashed potatoes with gravy, and pinto beans as his side. He also started with a cup of Brunswick Stew as an appetizer. All I can say is "WOW!!" The BBQ was some of the best I've had since moving west of I-95. The sides were just as good! We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great food, great service! Waiter was friendly, informative, and checked on us regularly. Pumpkin cornbread with maple butter melts in your mouth! Party of 8 and not a single complaint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HE BEST SOUTHERN BARBECUE EVER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    BarBQue simply melts in your mouth ribs fall of the bone tender with fabulous flavor. Great southern side dishes with the wonderful biscuits. We bought 3 pounds just to bring home of the BarBQue. Great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Pit always provides the best BBQ in the city. The wait staff is always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is excellent and portions are huge! You will not leave hungry! Service is great. We made a reservation on Open Table and were seated right on time. It was very noisy, however, and hard to hear the people at my own table talking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • usually great!
    LizTVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    usually great service and great food however the last visit during lunch on a Sat. service was extremely SLOW especially given that it was not that busy. Sadly food came out luke warm as well. I was disappointed esp. since I brought friends to try it for the first time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staple for locals & visitors alike
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Hands down-thee best BBQ in Raleigh! Great location to grab a beer at Crank Arm brewery and then head over to The Pit for dinner. Pulled pork, meat loaf and fried chicken all had amazing flavors. The sides are ridiculously good and you could make a meal of those. Mac n cheese, BBQ beans and greens were our favs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They had a fire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We arrived to be told that the place had had a fire ad that they were waiting for the fire marshal. So we had dinner at 18 Seaboard. The Pit called at about 7:15 to say they were open but it was too late, we were eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great food. Did not need a knife for the ribs-they fell off the bone. Real BBQ. Had combo ribs and turkey. Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to expectations
    NotARichKid
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Recently moved to Raleigh and kept hearing great things about The Pit. Honestly, the service was phenomenal and we enjoyed the atmosphere. Our food came out very quickly, but definitely wasn't the best NC BBQ I've had. It was okay. Not good, not bad, and not worth the price tag. Overall average experience that unfortunately didn't live up to its reputation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Loved this place. Food, service, everything was spot on. I definitely will be going back when in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another GREAT experience
    Bullseye1824VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food. Great people. Great service. Great atmosphere. Great Prices. Valet parking is smooth and easy - both in and out. The pit never disappoints. The pulled Turkey is very unique and flavorful and the homemade bourbon ice cream was awesome. Hats off to Emily, Joe, Kristin, and the whole crew. Thank you for a wonderful experience. See you soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    jebr25
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was wonderful. With reservations you feel like VIP walking in and going straight to your table passing the long line of folks that are waiting to get a table. The menu options were amazing and I wanted to try 1 of every appetizer. The food was just ok after hearing all the hype of how great it was my expectations were very high. By no means was it bad food and it did have good flavors and good portion sizes. I plan to go back to try many more menu items in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Pit is the Best!
    SherryS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Pit in Raleigh is always consistent with a great meal and ambiance. Service was great and will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our lunch at The Pit
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have been to The Pit several times. It is a great place for ribs. Normally, I would rate the food "very good"; but my catfish sandwich was pitiful this visit. Usually, it is a huge piece of fish hanging off the bun; but this trip it was three very tiny pieces on the bun. It was not good. However, the ribs were excellent as always. I like my fried okra a bit crispier; but it had a good taste. Family and group friendly; casual fun place for lunch. We will go again. Recommend reservations for weekend lunches; especially if there is an event downtown/school ceremonies, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large portion sizes
    Timmy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed the choice of different kinds of meats and marinade. The biscuits and hush puppies at the start were also yummy. There were seven of us and were put on a large round table, which was nice except the loud ambient noise made it hard to hear one another speak. Most of our party found it difficult to finish their plates.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service, but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I do not recommend this place for any business meetings. The noise level was horrible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & service-GREAT; Bathrooms?!?!
    jdwdineout
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My parents visited and wanted to try out the Pit since we talked about it so much. The food was great and the servers too great care of us. But my father commented on his trip to the bathrooms - no soap, dirty floors, trash overflowing. So I had to check it out for myself. Sure enough he was right. Food and service can be great but toss in a dirty restroom and it leaves a bad vibe for the whole night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't go back
    Tammy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    For a number of reasons, I won't be going back to this restaurant. The bbq was by far the worst I've had in the area- the seasoning on the meat and the sauces were subpar. The wait staff was horrid. 3 waiters were supposed to be attending to our table (a table of only 3 people mind you, NOT a giant party), yet two of us sat there for over 5 minutes on two separate occasions with empty glasses. And even then, it was because we waived down the waiters. The bread came out well after our appetizer (not a huge problem, but just shows how inattentive waiters were to not realize that 20 minutes after being seated we still didn't have the bread that I was waiting on). The prices were way too high for the quality of food and service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BBQ at its best
    BrentVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We are BBQ lovers but had never been to The Pit and decided to try it for our wedding anniversary. Not only will we be back, it's sure to become one of our favorite restaurants. Unable to decide which entree to try, we chose a double plate and a triple plate so that we could sample pulled pork, fried chicken, brisket, turkey and meatloaf. All were extraordinary. All the BBQ meats are slow cooked and delicious; the brisket is fork-tender; the fried chicken is true southern style and the meatloaf -- from brisket -- is nicely done. Side dishes are true Southern style also and we loved them. Chocolate cake is great too! And the leftovers made TWO more meals! Service was pleasant and efficient. All in all, one of the area's best places to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Pit
    LawsonFamily
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The meat here is phenomenal.. However, the sides are less than stellar. Particularly we couldn't eat the Brunswick Stew or the peas. It was not the traditional stew you will find in eastern NC. I'm not sure where you can find stew that bland and awful. The appetizers and bread are fantastic. Just the sides are very bland and tasteless. Everything else is awesome, we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bbqlover1
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My experience at The Pit was great! My only problem was that I came with my spouse and the table we got was very big and not romantic at all. It wasn't busy at all so I expected the hostess to seat us at a smaller table for 2.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family dinner
    Tyra
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Visited The Pit for dinner with my family; it was great as usual. The hostesses were friendly andfor seated us right away. The servers were attentive. The food was delicious especially for one member of our party from the Pacific Northwest who was able to have her first taste of NC bbq!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatest Place for Barbeque!
    BAJZ
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    You cannot beat the barbequed pork here. We will be back for more without a doubt. The sides were for the most part very good - potato salad, hush puppies, biscuits - all very Southern-style, as they should be here. The only thing I was a bit disappointed in was the cooked kale I had. It was too bland. That's the reason I gave the overall rating 4 stars, otherwise I would have given a 5.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Enjoyalbe
    BigAlinWakeForest
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Pit is a must when out of towns guests want to enjoy good BBQ in a classic NC setting. Are there "hole in the wall" places that have better food? Maybe, but The Pit delivers authentic and consistent food EVERY TIME which is the most important. Plus they have plenty of room for large groups and a full bar making this a destination stop for locals and out of towners just looking for really good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly / Energetic Staff
    TimNJess
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food is good but had to send back some side items that were a bit old. The Sangria was delicious and the ribs were nicely cooked. The staff was great. By the way, I made the reservation on the "Open Table" web site and the table was ready and waiting for our arrival.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Pit was a casual environment with good food and service. If you are in the Raleigh area check it out!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ Good, Sides ????
    jaxtraveler
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Has Carolina Ribs with 2 sides and dessert. The best part of the meal was the apple pastry with ice cream. The ribs were very good but they sides were pathetic. Cold fries, tasteless and sweet BBQ beans, typical Cole slaw, and dry red beans and rice. Not as good as I expected, but not waste of money. Note they have 15 minute late reservation cut-off. We were there 16 minutes late and had to argue the point to get seated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neutral feelings
    IronAddict
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have heard a lot of people say a lot of good things about the place. Its actually not bad for the price. You can give it a try but its not a place that I would visit on a regular basis. My chicken wings were burnt so it was on the house. My burger was a little burnt as well(I told them well done, probably should have gone with medium) but didn't mention that to our waiter. Overall not the best dining experience for me, but it seemed like a very popular place as it was almost filled and there were lots of people waiting on a Sat around 1pm. So I kind of have a neutral feeling about this place, but give it a try and see how it suits you.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner at the Pit
    Daisy8869
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It was our first time at The Pit and the food was just as great as all my friends described it. The meats are all fork tender and the sides were homemade goodness. Our only wrinkle was the service was slow for the first half of the meal, our team received two large parties on either side of us and despite us ordering before them, they received their bread and entrees before us. Save room for dessert, the banana pudding was to die for!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a hit
    CameronVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My brother lives in Raleigh and I tell him every time I'm down in the Triangle we MUST go to the Pit. This was my fiancee's first trip to the Pit and she was not disappointed. I usually go for the ribs because they fall of the bone. Pick up the ribs and all the meat falls off. We went for the pulled pork this time and it was just as good. Great beer selection to go with it. Next time we are down, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre BBQ At The Pit
    Daddio
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Soggy brisket, strangely smokeless flavored ribs, a mound of "ho hum" pulled pork, good chicken with uninspired cole slaw…not sure what the buzz is about. I ordered the sample plate with a selection of all meats. It came heaped on a plate far too small for the task: making the whole scene more like a the inners of a blended meat pie vs bbq. Horrible plate presentation. Are you proud of your food or want to hide it? Bartender was attentive, but poured exactly one ounce of liquor when I ordered a Jack on the rocks. Okay…maybe that's policy, but again when you pour exactly one ounce of liquor into a low ball glass it looks cheap and stingy. Place was packed, loud, lots of groups and families in a popular neighborhood. I won't return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Lunch
    mangoshake
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Brought my dad to The Pit for lunch, his first time there. We both loved it. Always a great place to eat fried chicken and bbq, and the service was great and we got our food very quickly, during our short lunch break.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    kellz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Anytime we have friends in from out of town or state we always take them here..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father-n-Laws BDay
    HELP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It thoroughly enjoyed it so all the effort was well worth it!!! It's hard to put a smile on his face but this place raised the bar!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night and experience
    kwurlyman
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was absolutely spectacular, my girlfriend had an absolutely wonderful birthday. Definitely will be keeping this location in my mind for further locations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Entertaining out of town guests
    WineNdineWife
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I wanted to take our guests out for some authentic southern BBQ to celebrate their anniversary. We noticed the restaurant week menu and everyone passed on that as the choices were extremely limited. In fact none of those menu items were even regular menu items. We decided on the family style selections as everyone was interested in similar menu choices. The food was very good, our guests were impressed. I was kind of disappointed in the smaller portions that were brought out for our party of four. It seemed as though when we got our main entrees to the table, the wait staff avoided our table for a good thirty minutes. We asked for seconds on fried chicken and they brought out two pieces; a teeny tiny wing and one breast.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but noisy
    Brooklesby
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food is always good but it would be nice if there were more Paleo-friendly options. The noise was out of control Friday night. We were a party of 10 and could not hear beyond the person right next to us...and even then we had to lean in and speak loudly. Noise reduction panels or something would be nice! Other than that it's a fun spot and a lovely place to dine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.