The Pit Authentic BBQ
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- 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
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
We were very disappointed in the food. Our food came to our table in a timely manner but it was barely warm.
I love going to The Pit because the food is always consistently cooked well and service is quick and dependable.
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.
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!
It was a nice meal. Biscuits were good. BBQ was good. Brussel Sprouts were not good.
Food was kinda dry but overall would eat there again.
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!
Great good! Excellent all-around!
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.
The Pit never disappoints with its delicious food!. Virtually everything I have tasted there has been amazing.
The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and the food was amazing. Just what we were looking for being from Wisconsin.
Great COVID safety and fab food, service and beers. Beautiful spot - memorable meal!
The Pitt never disappoints us as the food and hospitality is great.
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.
Amazing food. Huge portion sizes.
The waiter and bus person was great! And the food was delicious:) We loved it! Our first time there
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!
Felt very safe with Covid precautions. Great food and service, as always. Chopped bbq was even better than usual.
It's ok if you are a novice BBQ eater.
Parking is a challenge.
Nice place but the meat was super dry. Ribs not falling off the bone.
Wonderful dining experience. Food was fantastic, excellent atmosphere and terrific service. Great cocktail selection as well. This establishment has it all. A must while in Raleigh!
Not what I remembered.
Sweet waiter; excellent food!
It was great! I felt very safe covid was too which was awesome. Not the most attentive waitress but not the worst either.
BEST BBQ IN RALEIGH! It is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh!
is was my first time and i enjoued it .. staff was very nice
First time back in a couple years and was disappointed. The food was very under seasoned, we tried several meats and were impressed with none, especially the dry brisket. The best part of our meal was the green beans. The server was very nice but we won’t be back.
We had a great experience! We
I had been warned that the food has gone downhill and I saw it for myself. The barbecue was floating in water and that water drowned my sides as well. The pimento cheese ball appetizer was subpar at best and they used to be really good. Service was fine but the food was terrible. I won’t be coming back.
It’s a great atmosphere especially sitting outside to eat at night.
Excellent bbq. BEST fried chicken I have ever had. Great old fashioned made by the bartender. Brisket was exceptional. Definitely add this to my list of repeat visit places.
Service was fantastic, covid protocols were great, but the food was not as good as it normally is. The sides were great and drinks from the bar were really good. The pulled pork was dry and the chopped pork was overly mushy. Not the best we’ve had there, but we will still be going back.
Arrived from Cali and needed to try Carolina BBQ. This was the perfect place for it. Cool part of town, great staff, delish BBQ and a lot of fun. The BBQ didn’t disappoint. Two of us got the Big Boy Platter and has leftovers for days. Everything we had was good.
The fried chicken was fantastic! And the service was excellent!
So so good! We ordered the Big Boy Plate and a Pulled Pork dish to share with 2 people to get a feel for a variery of meats. Our top 2 meats had to be the Brisket, it was cooked to perfection and the BBQ chicken, it fell right off the bone and had such amazing smokey flavor. The brussel sprouts have bacon in them and a slight kick and were so yummy! Highly recommend the banana pudding as well. Next time I'm in Raleigh, I will be returning!
Absolutely delicious! I was looking for Carolina BBQ and I got it! The pulled pork was great and the fried chicken perfectly crispy!
We are frequent customers of The Pit and will continue to be. My meal of chopped BBQ was very good, but my wife's pulled pork was below standards that we typically expect. Also we had to ask for the biscuits that are usually automatically provided with the meal.
Anniversary dinner. Relaxing, quiet dinner. Wonderful food. So nice to be out downtown. Staff was great following COVID guidelines.
We live in Florida so our BBQ is like ketchup lol, Me and my boyfriend had a wonderful time service was polite and answered any and all questions we had, the food was so good we didn't have space for dessert!
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 5999 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.