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The Pit Authentic BBQ
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Pit-cooked overnight, pulled from the bone, lightly seasoned and ready to sauce as you would like
Baby Back Ribs
Cooked for hours but eaten in minutes
Pit-cooked chicken on the bone
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The food was amazing! Will be going back!
Brisket had a great amount of fat
Wonderful service my husband & I sincerely appreciate it!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Nice place and nice service.
Nice ambiance, place with a lot of people. You will not eat alone.
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.
All of the food was perfect. Service was incredibly friendly. Order the fried chicken!
Loved it. Great food. Will return. Hopefully when Covid scare has calmed down.
Top tier food, service and atmosphere! Will return
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!!! 👍🏼
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
The service staff were all polite and helpful. The selection of food was great. We chose the baby back ribs. They were absolutely delicious!
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.
The food was fantastic! We drove up from Fayetteville NC, and it was definitely worth the drive.
Great accommodations related to COVID-19, still felt safe and distanced from other guests. Great food as always!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Even though everything has been closed, The Pit did not miss a beat. Everything was as good as before.
Everything was excellent and will definitely return
Best bbq I’ve had
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.
The beef brisket, brussel sprouts, sweet potato fries, and mac'n'cheese are phenomenal!!
Great BBQ and good sized portions. Service is excellent.
The food and service was amazing!!!
Excellent food and service!! The ribs, pulled pork and fried chicken were outstanding!!
Terrific food and service. The Pit should be a destination for Raleigh BBQ lovers.
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!
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.