The Pit Authentic BBQ

4.5
6021 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 6021 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.7
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4.4
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FromtheNorth
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a big birthday and wanted a great experience. We will definitely recommend The Pitt to friends and family. The ribs were amazing!

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ScottD
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t go wrong with the brisket! Service was great.

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SnyderWife
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our first time here, we were on a double date night with friends. Overall I was a little disappointed. I think the best part of our night were our delicious cocktails and the excellent service our waitress provided BUT the food was mediocre. $18 for brisket that looked like sliced roast beef, potato salad was bland and Mac and cheese was good. I think the best looking plate was a Salad someone else got at our table. Definitely not REAL BBQ! You want REAL BBQ go to Big Mike’s in Cary. Also leaving the door open on a 38° night is ridiculous, the whole place was freezing. It doesn’t help with germs if that’s what they are thinking, the heater is going on and off spreading everything around anyway.

We probably won’t be back or recommend this place.

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Foodie74
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pitt was good! We are already planning on coming back to try things we could not try this time.

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KamilahW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food was cold and it was freezing inside. We were the first people to come in and everyone got their food before us. The manager spoke to everyone but us. We have never had a bad experience at the one in Durham.

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GregB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, great food, making reservation really easy

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DexterH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food!! Took my family for an in and out day trip to the city and this was our first stop. We could not have started our day off better!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always

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vipwalterm
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Carrot cake dessert was absolutely the best cake of any kind I have ever eaten and the best nonchocolate dessert I’ve ever had.

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johnk
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The pandemic is hurting them. No crowd. Reservation required. Food was ok. Not as hot as it should be. Keeping doors open for ventilation. Seating area was cold. They can and should do better for the customers they are getting. May change reccomendation in future. Just not a goid place to go now.

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vipUSAF
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during the Triangle Restaurant Week. Celebrated my birthday and got an extra dessert.

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MonicaD
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! One of the best barbecue I've eaten. Our server was great and very attentive.

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Jacob
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was the best! The soul roles and Carolina BBQ was fantastic. Definitely dinning here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was great! I think they may have been a little short of staff as they took a little longer than expected to check on my husband and I. Although a short waiting period, the service was excellent and the food was absolutely delicious! I will be back.

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AlanB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Large servings, excellent food. The iced tea was very good. The fried chicken was fresh hot and crispy. The Brussels sprouts are among the best in the triangle. Cooked to perfection, but not over done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great BBQ & friendly servers!

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JamesG
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was pretty blah, the service was just ok, and the whole restaurant was super cold. After reading the reviews I was really excited, after eating there I was just really disappointed.

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jessicak26
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We hadn't been in a while and decided to stop in for a quick lunch... it was fantastic! Huge portions even at lunch time which makes for delicious leftovers. Service was great; only complaint was that the restaurant was SO cold!

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NicoleH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

It was freezing inside restaurant. I was soooo uncomfortable i had to wear my jacket the entire time.. someone should probably consider closing the doors when it’s 30 degrees outside. Just a hint

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vipgdaddy
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good food, great value with lovely service, but the place was freezing and in parallel, the food was much less than warm

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viptheitis
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic pure southern food and vinegar based NC BBQ. The seats have changed to accommodate social distancing but the food is still a highlight of downtown Raleigh. Be sure to try the bbq soul rolls, egg rolls filled with chopped bbq, carrots, and collard greens. They taste like the south deep fried and drizzled with a mustard and sweet and sour jelly. The bbq is seasoned perfectly and the chicken is juicy and flavorful with a crispy outside that's not too oily. The Pit is great for families. Would highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were very disappointed in the food. Our food came to our table in a timely manner but it was barely warm.

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vipMatt
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to The Pit because the food is always consistently cooked well and service is quick and dependable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Pit! Always a good experience. We took out of town family here for New Year’s Eve and it was a big hit.

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Daniel
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fried Chicken and chopped BBQ were great! Fried okra side was top notch. Good service too!

Not an everyday BBQ spot, but a great spot to eat!

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Kim13
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a nice meal. Biscuits were good. BBQ was good. Brussel Sprouts were not good.

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JasonH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was kinda dry but overall would eat there again.

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vipJam3s
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great from the outstanding service, to the drinks, to the appetizer (Soul Rolls) to the adult and kid entrees (sliders, BBQ Burger, Mac & Cheese)! And let's not forget the banana pudding! Nothing beats BBQ at The Pit!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good! Excellent all-around!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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TomF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Was really cold inside, doors were open and it was a cold night. Maybe part of the COVID mitigation plan? Food was ok, got cold pretty quick.

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AI8642
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Pit never disappoints with its delicious food!. Virtually everything I have tasted there has been amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and the food was amazing. Just what we were looking for being from Wisconsin.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great COVID safety and fab food, service and beers. Beautiful spot - memorable meal!

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DerekS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pitt never disappoints us as the food and hospitality is great.

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OpenTable Diner
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best waiter ever. Really personable and anyone that I encountered was very friendly. The food portions are large and everything is so very tasty. My second time here and I would definitely come again. Make sure that you try the Mac and cheese.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Huge portion sizes.

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vipCLisa
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter and bus person was great! And the food was delicious:) We loved it! Our first time there

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming and accommodating. The waitress was so patient and super helpful. The food was amazing. Very thankful for a great place to celebrate my wife’s birthday!

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 6021 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.