The Pit Authentic BBQ

4.5
5999 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 5999 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
22 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
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good! Excellent all-around!

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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.

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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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
134 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe with Covid precautions. Great food and service, as always. Chopped bbq was even better than usual.

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ValleryS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience2

It's ok if you are a novice BBQ eater.
Parking is a challenge.

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wheninrome
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Nice place but the meat was super dry. Ribs not falling off the bone.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not what I remembered.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet waiter; excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was great! I felt very safe covid was too which was awesome. Not the most attentive waitress but not the worst either.

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MartaP
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST BBQ IN RALEIGH! It is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh!

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vippete
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

is was my first time and i enjoued it .. staff was very nice

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LizL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience! We

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LexS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

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.

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Cuzzzzzzzzzzzoooo
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a great atmosphere especially sitting outside to eat at night.

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Brix4str
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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.

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vipLizC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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SmurfyP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The fried chicken was fantastic! And the service was excellent!

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BreannaC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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TaylorG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious! I was looking for Carolina BBQ and I got it! The pulled pork was great and the fried chicken perfectly crispy!

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vipRodski
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner. Relaxing, quiet dinner. Wonderful food. So nice to be out downtown. Staff was great following COVID guidelines.

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JuanitaG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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 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.