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The Pit Authentic BBQ

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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

My sister, niece & I were celebrating my nephew’s 20th birthday. My sister had visited this location once and I’d visited the Durham location twice. Our server, was David I think. He was okay. My sister is critical. I have no opinion since, perhaps he was a manager, brought refills of empty glasses to our table. The Pit was a nice change and compromise to eateries my younger niece and nephew would have chosen. I also appreciate that they required reservations. It was essential we celebrate without stress since our visit was during the week and we all had work or school the next day. We felt safe dining here during a pandemic. We all enjoyed our meal except my sister didn’t like the collards. They were probably cooked without ham hock or other seasoning.

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BillP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was excellent! Charles? Food was very good except that my brisket was a bit dry and overdone. I think I got the end piece. My wife's brisket was much better. Regardless, we trust the food at the Pit, and we appreciate getting such quantity and quality and service at a reasonable price.

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Macd
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The food was just not good. The BBQ was very dry. The potato salad horrible. Yall should take this off the menu. The food used to be so much better. I won't be back.

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TedG
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We came in on Labor Day late afternoon ask to sit outside, no problem, 2 of us ordered pulled BBQ, 2 chopped, manager comes out says they burned the shoulders so he would not recommend the pulled. We were like ok give us 4 chopped, the BBQ had a very distinctive burned flavor. They just chopped up burn product. There was also about 400 flies on the burned BBQ while we tried to eat it. I have eaten at the Pit in Durham and had good experiences I will never go back to the Raleigh Pitt. I can't believe they served burnt BBQ to everybody that night. Hell it's a freaking BBQ restaurant, what else do you go there for. Oh and the collard greens were not good either. Fried green tomatoes were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

I wasn’t impressed food taste like an elementary cafeteria. Staff was great but I could never eat this again I ate about 84 cal of my 1300 yesterday

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Will be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Brisket had a great amount of fat

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service my husband & I sincerely appreciate it!

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JanetP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation due to the limited seating because to Covid19. Everything was wonderful, and it was a pleasure to be out and meet friends for a delicious lunch.

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arrice23
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a birthday celebration. Because of COVID, a mask is required and tables are spread out, which makes the place seem bare but I’m thankful for what they are doing. Food was wonderful. Everyone loved it. The big boy burger was huge!! The server was knowledgeable for our questions. Will return.

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James
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We moved here from San Diego about two years ago and have been searching for a good BBQ restaurant in the area. We believe that we finally found it!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Ribs, meatloaf and chicken great - green beans cold, slaw was not the same, hush puppies and the sampler items that were fried had a bitter taste like old oil-
Eat the hush puppies with butter and taste some thing sweet like tea the oil coats your tongue-bitter
Everything else tasted great and service was on point.

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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food, fast service, great atmosphere, awesome waiter. With salt and pepper off the tables now due to Covid, I keep having to ask restaurants for salt. It’s a pet peeve of mine. Not here! Our server brought us paper bags for our masks and asked if we wanted salt/pepper. I didn’t have to ask. We will definitely be back the next time we’re in Raleigh.

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AlbaneM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place and nice service.
Nice ambiance, place with a lot of people. You will not eat alone.

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HungryShorty3
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meat was amazing the sides were just ok, got smoked bbq chicken, sweet potato casserole and collards.

Our server Cat was amazing and very accommodating.

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EricP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was perfect. Service was incredibly friendly. Order the fried chicken!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it. Great food. Will return. Hopefully when Covid scare has calmed down.

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DylanD
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top tier food, service and atmosphere! Will return

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MeEY
Greensboro
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So impressed as to how The Pit is handling COVID-19 and social distancing!!!! We received little brown bags to store our masks away and had individual packs of hand sanitizer as well. Every other table was closed to maintain appropriate spacing!!! Great service and great food as usual!!! 👍🏼

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JenniferN
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were at The Pit for a birthday lunch. The food was excellent, the service was perfect and The Pit deducted the birthday slice of carrot cake from the bill

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service staff were all polite and helpful. The selection of food was great. We chose the baby back ribs. They were absolutely delicious!

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Levette
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was nice, but I was seated near the kitchen and that was my view. I felt like I was staring at the cooks and watching the staff walk back and forth. The food was delicious. The salmon needed a lil more seasoning, but I loved the texture. The macaroni and cheese was so good, I ordered some to go. I also had collards and they were just right. My date ordered a big boy meal with a variety of meats, which was all good. (We sampled each other's plates?I liked the turkey BBQ with the rib sauce. The baked beans were different than I'm use to. They had sort of a kick to them, but they were tasty. It was my date birthday and we recieved a complimentary dessert. He chose the carrot cake and it was the best I ever had! I will go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! We drove up from Fayetteville NC, and it was definitely worth the drive.

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KSmith
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great accommodations related to COVID-19, still felt safe and distanced from other guests. Great food as always!

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vipMatt
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday today and so we went here for lunch. Chopped BBQ was great along with all the sides. Lastly we got the bread pudding for dessert which was the delicious.

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vipBradfordT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was pleasant enough, but underwhelming. Sauce on the brisket is great, but the brisket itself was not very flavorful. The fired chicken was good, but not especially crispy. My son loves his hand made apple pie and it was a highlight of the meal. The service was excellent in and around these covid times.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great as always with the exception of the potato salad. Apparently whoever made it didn’t taste it. It had absolutely no taste at all to it. It tasted like they just cut up some potatoes and put mayo on the soaking wet potatoes and served it. I think I counted 6 pieces of relish which clearly the taste got rinsed out of it also . It was the absolute worst thing I’ve ever tasted.

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CatherineC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service and very good food. Baby back ribs were tasty and fell off the bone, but slightly on the dry side. The pulled pork was excellent as was the fried chicken. All sides were great, especially the green beans. Very generous helpings of everything and delicious biscuits. Did a good job with social distancing and other Covid-19 precautions.

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DawnM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was good just did not seem the food was AS hot as it use to be. We think they followed all the correct guidelines for our safety

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KelseyF
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited from Upstate NY, and wanted to really experience the southern BBQ scene. The Pit did not disappoint. Can’t wait for the next time we are in Raleigh. Best BBQ I have had!

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VinceM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even though everything has been closed, The Pit did not miss a beat. Everything was as good as before.

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angela
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bbq I’ve had

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

We had an awesome time the shared service was great with the exception of one of the three servers. We had Pat, Adam and I believe her name was Jessica. The main reason I don’t know the last servers name is because, while she came to our table several times near the end, she never introduced herself, she took it upon herself to begin clearing off our table before we were completely done or even ready to leave. This presents a major problem with any restaurant and frankly is something I wouldn’t expect from a restaurant with such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. My fiancé and I hadn’t eaten at The Pit in years we were both looking forward to having great food,amazing drinks and an overall awesome time. We got all of that, especially with the drinks(amazing and much needed at the end of a long week). The thing that made us both uncomfortable and feel as though we were unwanted guest or as if we had overstayed our welcome is the fact that our table was cleaned while we were still seated and still had our food out, a whole hour and a half before the restaurant was scheduled to close. Feeling rushed at any restaurant honestly makes you not want to return, every. I’m not sure when we will return to The Pit, but it is our sincere hope that this discomfort that we felt never occurs again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The beef brisket, brussel sprouts, sweet potato fries, and mac'n'cheese are phenomenal!!

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DemetriosL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great BBQ and good sized portions. Service is excellent.

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Suerose
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing!!!

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DebraP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! The ribs, pulled pork and fried chicken were outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food and service. The Pit should be a destination for Raleigh BBQ lovers.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

My brisket was all fat and the sweet potato fries were not crispy. The only good thing were the hush puppies which could have also be warm!

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 5952 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.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.