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The Pit Authentic BBQ

4.4
4.4
5499 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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

    Robert

  • Catering

    For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact Melissa Shay 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

  • Public transit

    The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’ve been a regular customer for years! That won’t be changing!!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We can always count on great food at the Pit.
  3. ML

    MiaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    They killed the BBQ chicken. It was dry and uneatable. It takes a lot to dry out dark meat… Mac and cheese was bland, brisket was way too salty - good texture but just too salty to enjoy. The Bloody Mary, sweet potato casserole, fried Mac and cheese bites, and fried green tomatoes were the only highlights of our dinner.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with friends. Great service and food!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    All the food we tried was very tasty (chopped pork, fried chicken, ribs, brisket). Huge portions - it hardly looked like we’d eaten much when we finished! Only thing I wouldn’t order again is the cornbread starter, and we probably wouldn’t have ordered it at all if we’d known they serve complimentary biscuits and hush puppies - which were delicious.
  6. SL

    ScottL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous We have not been to the Pit in a few years! Sam our waitress was nice and efficient! Food was great! Better the four of us we had.. fried chicken southern ribs and pulled pork! The pimento cheese balls were amazing! We will be back soon!
  7. VG

    VickieG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Ribs were very dry, very. Pulled pork was dry but ok. Mac and cheese was good and hush puppies. Very disappointed. Such good reviews but will never go back.
  8. n

    ncsudiva

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent as always!
  9. H

    Heather

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Unfortunately, the food (brisket, pulled pork) was dry and just not worth coming back for. Sad to say we were disappointed.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Haven't been here in 15 years and now I remember why. Very much just average BBQ. So many better places to eat barbecue unfortunately. Went there with some friends and I was the one who suggested it but honestly I wish we'd gone somewhere else and won't be back anytime soon. Food was just very mediocre. I didn't like the chopped turkey at all, the chopped pork was decent. My sides weren't particularly good. Hush puppies were horrible. Didn't care for the fried green tomatoes or the cornbread starters we got. Overall I was just disappointed.
  11. B

    Brewmanager

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, food was very very good. I would definitely recommend this place to BBQ fans.
  12. RG

    ReneeG

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our service was great and the food was exceptional. Sweet tea was just right, chicken was fried to perfection and the banana pudding was done right. The only thing I’d do different next time is not sit so close to the kitchen. They were chopping bbq for half our meal and it was extremely loud (like chopping bbq always is). But even with the racket, Id eat there again tomorrow if I could!
  13. EG

    EileenG

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food seemed as if was preprepared and quality was not what it used to be. Food was not cold but not warm either. Chicken was dry. Even the hush puppies were not fresh. Worst of all It has a 92 health rating. I would have walked out but I had guests from out of town with me. In hindsight I should have walked out. I will not be back.
  14. DF

    DavidF

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must try for anyone in the Raleigh area. Great food, service, and casual atmosphere.
  15. CC

    CamC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and very fast delivery of their signature deliciousness.
  16. AW

    AdamW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious!! We had the bbq and fried chicken! Nothing bad about anything on our plates!
  17. CD

    ClaudiaD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived 1/2 hr before our reservation. Was informed by hostess our table was not ready. We waited at the bar. Within 10 minutes hostess seated us at another table so we didn’t have to wait longer. We really appreciated it.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did not disappoint! First time trying the Turkey. YUM!!! Fried okra was hot and crispy. Baby back ribs fell off the bone and juicy.
  19. PK

    PhyllisK

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant and the service was good. The food was excellent and very sizable portions.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good lunch experience, not crowded for a weekday meal. Service excellent!
  21. DB

    DBrown

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter (Trey) was great. Very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.
  22. t

    taurus

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    New Years Day menu. Great service and generous quantities. Having eaten bbq for 70 years, I found the chipped bbq to be very hot- I would hope hotter than usual.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Best fried chicken in town!
  24. RB

    RyanB

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best BBQ in Raleigh!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!
  26. AK

    AKgeek314

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely the best chopped BBQ I’ve had! The BBQ baked beans were also spectacular. The servings were generous, the food was tasty, service was friendly & attentive. I definitely plan to return when I’m in town again.
  27. DK

    DebbieK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good, flavor was good, food was just warm when we received it, not hot. Service was mediocre. Took 10 minutes to just get water, and almost 30 minutes to get our appetizer. Was told the first one was "dropped". Overall I won't return, service is the icing on the cake and this was just ok.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place to grab some Carolina BBQ when you’re in town. The service was great and the food was spectacular.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Our experience was alright. I frequent Raleigh but I wouldn’t suggest this restaurant as a must see. The staff was hit or miss, some incredibly nice, others borderline rude. The food was okay but everything seemed rushed. I hate to leave a mediocre review but the quality was lacking in some major areas.
  30. DM

    DeneeM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 10 mins for waiter to show up after being seated. Waiter took drink order. Gave him our drink and app order. App delivered, placed main dish order. Waited another 45 mins. Waiter didn’t come near us. We stopped the manager after every other table around us, seated after us, had food already delivered. The waiter came and said I didn’t forget about you but maybe the kitchen did. The manager said he’d check on it. Came back and said I’m sorry and we left. Christmas Eve and everything was closed by the time we left. And no dinner.
  31. J

    Jalisa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Wasn’t pleased with my meal. The sampler was great but the pulled pork, baked beans and coleslaw was not very tasteful
  32. KC

    KevinC

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had some of the best Carolina Barbecue in the state ! Restaurant is very nice , the wait staff were fryand efficient and the manager check with us during our meal to make sure everything was good ! Wii eat there again ! Kev
  33. AE

    AshleyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will definitely be back. Nothing to complain about!
  34. JP

    JessieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as to be expected from The Pit! Awesome food and service was impeccable! Definitely try the Banana Pudding.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Pit is my favorite restaurant, and since it was my turn to host our friends get together, I chose the Pit.
  36. JS

    JenS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing sides and appetizers. The staff was great and super helpful.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    We came to Raleigh for a concert and were looking forward to returning to The Pit as our last visit was a few years ago. Unfortunately, our experience tonight was disappointing. Immediately upon walking in we could see the restaurant was dirty - everything from the front entrance to the dining room and restrooms. Service was slow, which was surprising since they weren’t that busy. Our server seemed to have too large of a section to manage - they brought us the wrong drinks on two separate occasions. After the runner brought us our food we didn’t see our server until we flagged them down to ask for the bill. The food was ok, but not as good as it used to be. The cornbread was definitely the highlight of the meal. It was warm and delicious - just like we remembered. The rest of the food was not nearly as good as we had previously. We ordered a variety of dishes and sides and none of the food was hot when it arrived to our table. It was clear a lot of it sat for a while before it got to our table. Several dishes were dried out and crusty. We used to love The Pit, but we won’t return for a while based on our experience this evening.
  38. s

    spoiledsparrow

    Raleigh

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food was delicious. Server was not the best but it was crowded and he was attending a lot of folks. Been coming to The Pit for more years then I can remember always a great time.
  39. JK

    JudyK

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The Pit has good value for the portion sizes, While there is quite a variety of offerings and the portion sizes are very large the food is nothing exceptional. The service was attentive and we appreciated that the noise level was low so we could have a conversation. Go if you like barbecue, but don't expect to have your socks knocked off. The banana pudding was good!
  40. N

    Nicole

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This southern gem is a must-visit in Raleigh. The greens were incredible and tasted as if someone's grandma Ethel spent all day cooking them :) An absolute must-go!

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 4.4 stars by 5499 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 42 times today
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

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Robert

  • 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 Shay 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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