The Pit Authentic BBQ

4.4
5725 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5725 people are saying
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RicardoV
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food quality was below standard

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Taylor
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The last time I went to The Pit it was probably 2019 and amazing. We went last night and we were so disappointment. The service was quick, but the food was awful. All the food tasted like it was leftover food that had been warmed up. The cornbread was completely burnt. The turkey bbq was very dry and extremely salty. The sides were OK. Foods was definitely not fresh though. We will not be returning.

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RayRay
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really like The Pit, and introduced a friend to it last night. She very much enjoyed her brunswick stew, and my husband and I enjoyed our pulled pork plate and catfish entree. The fried okra seems to have too much breading, and wasn't as tasty as I'd remembered. But the sauvignon blanc was fabulous, and I'm looking for it at the wine store! We'll be back, even though I got a parking ticket. :(

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Gabrielle
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome I unfortunately can’t remember her name but she did amazing and knew her stuff and did an amazing job serving us!

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Noos74
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Meal was out quickly. Brisket was best I've had in nc

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vipDavidT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding BBQ. Great food. Great service

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vipjanicem
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pit serves amazing BBQ.

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VeronicaJ
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall1food4service4ambience4

The food was good but I had an issue with a birthday party for my daughter I had to make 4 different reservations because they said we couldn’t seat a party of 20 they could have put us in the same area but we had to be in different areas I give them a 1 for that

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DeniseB
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We started with fried green tomatoes which were just okay as were the biscuits that were brought to the table which were quite dry. The hush puppies they offer were good but tiny. We ordered the ribs and the fried chicken. My hubby was unimpressed by the ribs. They were okay again. Nothing special and the sauce left us unimpressed as well. We couldn’t believe this was the best Raleigh/ Durham has to offer in terms of BBQ. We are from Alabama and expect good BBQ when we read it’s the best an area has to offer. The fried chicken was moist and tasty but much like all the sides lacked spices. We had to salt and pepper to everything on our plates. I would not recommend this place as a local gem. So either it was an off night or there is an inexplicable lack of flavoring acceptable in this region.

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ChuckS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, fantastic attentive service and excellent food.

JP
JackieP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I was expecting better BBQ in NC. Meat was dry. I’d compare it to a Dicky BBQ

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KarenB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frank, the manager, treated us like royalty. Learned that we are teachers on holiday and sent us a complimentary sampler appetizer (with soul rolls) and two Cheerwine beverages. The food was abundant and so delicious! True Carolina BBQ. The banana pudding was the perfect end to a perfect meal.

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ShannonN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and waiter. Highly recommend anything there it’s all excellent.

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BenF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, food, service and value for the money.

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AnnC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience except for my half slab of baby back ribs - good flavor but very over cooked and dry.

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vipdebdirection
Indiana
44 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Southern BBQ!

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canonball
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was honored immediately upon arrival. We were put at a great table. Waiter was cordial and professional. Food came out quickly and was very tasty. Would gladly return again. Bathroom was clean.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, ok service. Food came out super quick!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Pork was well cooked. Good smoke and well chopped but way too much vinegar. Sides were all well done and deviled eggs delicious

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MoMoni
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was terrible according to my boss. The pull pork was watery but the mash potatoes were okay. The carrot cake was only delicious item.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eli was amazing!

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Danny
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite BBQ restaurant in town hands down.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving meal was served family-style. Plenty for four people plus leftovers. Great variety of side dishes, meat, and desserts. Highly recommend it for a Thanksgiving meal.

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vipCEMMEC
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Thanksgiving at The Pit in the books and never a disappointment! Great food as always and outstanding service!

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BAJ4
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from New England and were visiting our son for thanksgiving. The Pit is AMAZING for thanksgiving dinner. The quality and quantity was over the top. We brought home a huge bag of leftovers to enjoy. The staff was welcoming and eager to please. Looking forward to dining here again! Only good things to say!!

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Bonnie84
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Thanksgiving. The Food Was Underwhelming and overpriced

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vipJeffS
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I guess I keep going back to the Pit every five or six years to see if it has changed, it has not.
I think the food is undistinguished, quite regular, nothing out of the ordinary, and, certainly, not worthy of a $70 tab.
The service was good, the restaurant is clean and well presented.
The food is just OK. Lots of places in the region that do the same fare as well, or better, at a much lower price.
It will most likely take another five or six years for me to forget how average it really is, and I might make the mistake of going back.
Until then, with so many worthy choices in downtown Raleigh, keep looking for a better place to eat.

DB
DebiB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Elijah was excellent. He was attentive, fun to chat with, and provided excellent service…above and beyond. The food was very good and perfect portions. Will definitely return.

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TinaF
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate here during lunch and it was very good. Good service too.

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Review1234
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Ordered the Skillet Corn Bread, waiter brought to the table not more than 5 minutes after we ordered, it was cold. Waiter brought biscuits & hushpuppies, they were cold.
Ordered the 2 Combo Plates, the Brisket was total fat, one bite was brisket, the waiter comped this meal.
Don't know what happened to The Pit restaurant but it was extremely disappointing and I will not return or recommend.

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vipReview
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pulled pork. Sweet Potato Fries were chewy and not hot. Collards are always good! And the hushpuppies are excellent as well. Great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, friendly staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The waiter and waitress were great. The drinks and bread/hush puppies you get while waiting was the only good thing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic BBQ and service!

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CasualDiner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all the way around. Service was exceptionally good and good was delicious. We especially enjoyed the pimento cheese balls and brisket.

GS
GregS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! First time eating here and will definitely go back. Great service. Manager was super friendly and made sure we enjoyed ourselves.

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BandanaP
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I hadn't been to the restaurant in over 15 years so it felt like the first time. The food came fast and was very delicious. Definitely will not wait another decade to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

11/6/2021 at 12:00

We had a great waiter. He was pleasant and gave us great suggestions of what to order. It was everyone’s first time there. However, the manager came by to assist with our to go order and he was very rude and snappy with us. It was uncalled for. The only thing we asked was for separate bags and tell him our bread order was suppose to be separate and his reaction was uncalled for.

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NataliaR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our Anniversary for the second time. The Pit is our special place for us to celebrate this occasion. We are planning to do it every year. Love the food, service, and the place.

JA
JasonA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was up to standards. Food, service, and price got on my good side!

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 5725 OpenTable diners.

The Pit Authentic BBQ does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://empire-eats.myshopify.com/products/150-empire-eats-gift-card.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.