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The Pit Authentic BBQ, Raleigh, NC
The Pit Authentic BBQ, Raleigh, NC
The Pit Authentic BBQ, Raleigh, NC
The Pit Authentic BBQ, Raleigh, NC
The Pit Authentic BBQ, Raleigh, NC

The Pit Authentic BBQ

4.5
4.5
5688 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
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

For parties of five or more, please call for reservations: 919-890-4500.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 890-4500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Carlos Andrade
  • Catering
    For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact Melissa Robinson at (919)829-0833 or Melissa@thepit-raleigh.com.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer private dining areas to accommodate up to 85 guests. We will customize a Family Style Menu suited for your event.
  • Private party contact
    TaNele Walker: (919) 829-0833
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Cross street
    Dawson Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 5,688 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

5,688 Reviews
  1. MehMeh

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The Pit has just been on a steady decline recently as far as food, price and service goes. It’s a bummer to see.

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  2. spoiledsparrow

    Raleigh

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great food and service! We have been coming to The Pit for over 10 years and it's always consistent and good!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome Best Bbq ever. Great food and service. Best baby back ribs.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We've been to The Pit many, many times. The food quality at tonight's meal was surprisingly not good compared to past experiences. The service, however, was outstanding.

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  5. TomS

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food has go e downhill. Bartender working the tall tables disappeared for stretches of time.

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  6. JohnM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great. The staff was very attentive and their timing was flawless!

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  7. joejamie14

    Atlanta Metro

    105 reviews

    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit to restaurant and booked on short notice. Service was good and food was plentiful. We rarely eat at barbeque places. We will probably not be returning unless we get a craving for barbeque.

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  8. RonG

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun evening with visiting family. Great food as usual and Tye provided good service and recommendations.

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  9. Alexander

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice, but not great. Typical American food. Given low overall quality of restaurants in Raleigh, this one is fine

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  10. Luv2eatout

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    On this visit we came specifically for the BBQ, but lots of good options on menu if you don’t want BBQ. We were sat quickly and had a 2-person service team helping us. Took awhile to get our bill (over 10 minutes after requesting bill) but otherwise everything went smoothly. We would recommend and we would come again.

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  11. WayneM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice Ambiance, excellent service . Wonderful place to celebrate an occasion.

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  12. Rick

    Raleigh

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chopped bbq pork or turkey platter was great.

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  13. carlos

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server MADE Alabama white sauce for me. And it was damn good.

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  14. Travelman32

    Dallas

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff and food was amazingly delicious. We’ll be back

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my family have been going to The Pit since it first opened and we have never been disappointed…a rare thing in these days. Great food and a fabulous waiter named Ty. Nice atmosphere as well.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The Food was cold when it came out, and we had to ask for new cups as they were dirty. The Service was good.

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  17. Edson

    Wilmington

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and The Pit always delivers great BBQ and fried chicken.

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  18. AlisonF

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food not very good at all. Disappointing experience

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  19. Sunnybooks

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Good place to celebrate a special occasion.

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  20. KristenM

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our meal at The Pit! Wonderful service and food. Servings are large so go with an empty stomach.

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  21. ChuckS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife tried the meatloaf and it was excellent.

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  22. ladyKB

    Raleigh

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, as always. Our waiter was a sweet young man. I believe his name was Adam. He was very pleasant and attentive.

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  23. JessicaB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening out. We had our 8 month old with us and everyone made us feel comfortable having her there and kept interacting with her as they could tell she was getting fussy. The dinner was perfect and the host and staff made it even better. Wonderful New Years outing.

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  24. Paul

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the food and service.. Highly recommend.. you must try the Soul Rolls

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  25. FionaS

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant had a great ambiance and fun vibe. The food was delicious; however, it was way too expensive. It felt like a waste of money for such a small portion. The drinks we ordered were forgotten about. We did not receive them until after we had already finished our entrees, when we reminded them about our drinks. We were told they would be taken care of, but were not. Fun restaurant, but outrageous prices and poor service.

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  26. ReynaldoD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Went with my wife and two teenagers, tries to celebrate our last going out to dinner of 2023. But we didnt quite feel welcomed by the server when we told her it was our first time visiting for dinner. Our table was close to the door, and employees kept going in and out of the door. It was freezing outside, so you can imagine our discomfort. I counted they opened door more than 16 times during our 40mnts visit. We felt door opening and closing by the same employee was intentional, to cause us to leave early. Same employee had the audacity to use a vacuum cleaner all around us while we were eating and next to the other table were a couple was eating he even use vacuum cleaner on a guest feet! I worked as a server during my college years and the indirect treatment we received was just unnecessary and unacceptable. Food was good but I would not recommend going here due to our uncomfortable first experience. It was very odd and we felt targeted in order to get us leaving early.

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  27. AllenM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great! The Brisket was the best for us; followed closely by the Brussels Sprouts. And save room for the Banana Pudding… The food was quick out of the kitchen; and the service was great at all levels.

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  28. Anon

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met friends for lunch. Wonderful food and great service. So helpful with my gluten free and dairy free needs. We’ll be back again and again.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience, the staff is amazing! So much history about the building. Food is great, nice portions. Nobody left hungry. Highly recommended!

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  30. TaraM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Briskett meatloaf was awesome - to me it was like eating a filet. With 3 slices I took home leftovers.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Shelby was our server and provided outstanding service. Made our dining experience really enjoyable.

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  32. JasmineB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience was everything I hoped it would be. It was recommended to me by many and I see why. I wasn't even that hungry when I ordered and I was still able to eat a considerable amount of food, so that says a lot about them. Staff members were incredibly nice and helpful, would recommend to anyone and everyone.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice, relaxing , yet cold. The staff was nice. The food was good. The restaurant was clean.

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  34. Dawnb

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m sad to say this restaurant is not what it once was. Our food was ok but it wasn’t hot and my collards had grit in them. The waitress was nice but we had to ask for refills. I hope they improve and get back to how great they used to be.

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  35. BrittneyF

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very much enjoyed out dinner here. So kind and accommodating with our reservations and changes that we needed to make. Good food, good service.

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  36. MaraE

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing! The southern eggrolls were delicious. I love The Pit. Highly recommend

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  37. DebR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great way to spend a holiday meal with my godchild Aya.

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  38. SammyH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good as usual. Wait staff were good as well. Our waiter was handling a large area but was able to meet our needs. Recommend the Pit to others.

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  39. AmyS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The perfect location, the food is always delicious, and the ambience is comfortable.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both exceptional. Would recommend.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Pit Authentic BBQ offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 890-4500.

The Pit Authentic BBQ is rated 4.5 stars by 5688 OpenTable diners.

The Pit Authentic BBQ does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Pit Authentic BBQ

328 W. Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Dawson Street
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Carlos Andrade
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 890-4500
  • Catering
    For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact Melissa Robinson at (919)829-0833 or Melissa@thepit-raleigh.com.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer private dining areas to accommodate up to 85 guests. We will customize a Family Style Menu suited for your event.
  • Private party contact
    TaNele Walker: (919) 829-0833
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