The Pit Authentic BBQ
The Pit Authentic BBQ

The Pit Authentic BBQ

  • 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.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
412 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (255)fit for foodies (190)neighborhood gem (160)great for lunch (157)hot spot (153)special occasion (124)kid-friendly (91)vibrant bar scene (54)late-night find (35)great for brunch (34)great for outdoor dining (30)romantic (24)notable wine list (21)scenic view (8)Show More
  • North Carolina BBQ Nirvana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    An early Christmas present for a San Diegan starved for great BBQ.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mary8
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The food was fabulous as always. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Emmy
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Love the barbecue turkey! It's a great alternative to pork! There are also great gluten free options on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday expectations ruined!
    4oldfreindsagain
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Sucky service!!! Lukewarm food, argumentative server , and lying manager!!! Ask questions before you get the Familiy style dinner ( maybe a hidden upcharge for some foods) even though it's not noted on menue. Not pleaded with this visit at Alll
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Always perfect, always delicious, always a great night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The resturant was busy, the food came out quick.
    Lisalisa
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    My party of 9 was there at lunch time and the food came out quickly. It was very teasteful and everybody was raving about their food. This is the second time that I have eaten here with this particular group and Im sure it will not be the last time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must
    BMack
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    WOW! Now that's a barbecue. Great options and generous portions. A must for a Raleigh visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    MaggieMay
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The Pit is a great place for lunch as well as dinner. They are always busy - a testament to their greatness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One exception to an otherwise usually good meal
    SkipVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Today the meatloaf at lunch was not what I've been accustomed to. The brisket which I tested and all of the sides were up to normal expectations- very good. In retrospect, I may know why our server asked me specifically "how is the meatloaf?" Perhaps I should have been a bit more honest at the restaurant about the quality today. I'll still return and recommend it to folks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best ribs and pulled pork BBQ on the planet.
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The Carolina ribs are so tender you can shake them off the bone....and tasty. The pulled pork BBQ is a NC staple and they do it best. The sides are all good. If I were to change anything it would be the rather bland coleslaw.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ Heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Fantastic BBQ and all the fixins, a good selection of pork, beef or turkey. An array of side dishes that complemented the BBQ. And a good beer selection to wash it all down. Excellent service crew. A dining delight
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Lunch
    ECR920
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Brought in a group of 8 from the office for lunch. We had a reservation, got seated right away, and got in and out quickly. Didn't have to stress about whether we would get back to the office by a descent time. The food and the service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening meal with family.
    Lovers
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Excellent service and excellent food. Big portions and more than enough food. Had to take home doggie bag had so much food. Again excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    kaylagh
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Everything I have eaten here has been amazingly delicious. All cooked to perfection. The staff was extremely kibd, energetic, and helpful. I wish I could go more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat!!!
    lollie90bow
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The Pit is an excellent place to eat. The food is amazing. The quantity of food you get is plentiful. The wait staff is great. They make sure you have everything you need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • first time here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Loved this restaurant went with my husband for lunch and had a great experience the best restaurant experience in a long time!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to converse
    friends4ever
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food was so good. 3 of us had Brisket, I had meatloaf, green beans and collards. Dessert was an apple dish and banana pudding. This was my second visit and it did not disappoint. The service was prompt and intuitive - excellent. The only issue was the noise level - popular place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thoughts4You
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The star meats are the beef brisket and meatloaf which are just delicious. These are consistent favorites with my work crowd over the past 13 years. The veggie selections are good with honorable mention to the sweet potato fries. The banana pudding is like homemade but pricey. The service is good. Overall "The Pit" dining experience is consistently satisfying and I would recommend you give it a try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good BBQ experience
    Kenneth
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I took 3 out of town colleagues to the Pit for the BBQ experience. They really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere in the restaurant. It was busy but not overly crowded. The food was excellent and service was timely. A good place to enjoy southern food in a nice environment. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food always good
    RaleighDiner
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The fried chicken, okra and collard greens are delicious, but the pumpkin cornbread is the best! Don't miss it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dining
    Brittany12
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The Pit Authentic BBQ is a great spot for any couple desiring to go out for a date night, any family wanting to have a nicer dinner, or just friends celebrating birthdays or eating a meal together. The restaurant itself has a great atmosphere. It does get really crowded during prime time, but it is worth the wait. The food is very much southern comfort food, and is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Cuefan
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great as usual. We brought another couple that had never eaten here and they agreed it is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've been to the Pit more times than I care to admit since I moved here 4 months ago. You want good ol' Southern comfort food? This is your place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best BBQ in NC
    GatorMomVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I am moving away from Raleigh and I am going to miss this place the most. The Pit has the best BBQ in North Carolina that I have ever had. It is amazing. It will be the place I go to if I go back to the Triangle area for quick trips. I will seek this place out...seriously, it's that good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food!!
    KnightFoodie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    For a restaurant that is popular among the locals, southerners whom are picky about their food, it is impressive that The Pitt has garnered the attention it has. However, what is more impressive is explosion of flavor in your mouth and the way that this southern 'soul food' garners SATISFACTION!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Dissapoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Was a wonderful experience from start to finish, was my 4th visit, and I have never received anything but the friendliest service and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not measure up to the hype
    BBQisGood
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Heard about the pit from several locals. I found that the quality and flavor of the food was only fair and not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bad Luck
    Facts
    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!!
    Nksf
    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
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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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Pleased
    johwil
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent North Carolina BBQ
    inomni
    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