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About The Pit Authentic BBQ

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

328 W. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern, Barbecue

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Dawson Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 890-4500

Website:
http://www.thepit-raleigh.com/

Catering:
For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact TaNele Walker at (919)829-0833 or tanele@thepit-raleigh.com.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking all day, every day. Street parking anywhere after 5pm

Public Transit:
The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!

Executive Chef:
Melanie Dunia

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

We offer private dining areas to accommodate up to 85 guests. We will customize a Family Style Menu suited for your event.

The Pit Authentic BBQ Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (100)
Casual (77)
Good for Groups (65)
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Authentic (63)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Special Occasion (48)
Fun (44)
Worth the Drive (44)
Good for a Date (42)
Local Ingredients (40)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Hot Spot (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Great Beer (31)
Bar Seating (28)
Kid-friendly (25)
Business Meals (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Cozy (15)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Late-night Find (8)
People Watching (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Spicy (6)
Live Sports (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Healthy (2)
Vegan (2)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 10 hours ago

A good representation of North Carolina barbecue and some other Southern favorites. Not for vegetarians though. The complimentary valet parking is a great thing.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

Reasonable BBQ. Not bad, but not great. Pricing is reasonable. Not a bad option for lunch or dinner in Raleigh, NC.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Our wait team was very nice. The food was hot and served timely!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Interesting location and menu. Most of the items were well-prepared and tasty. Some of the best sweet potato fries ever!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food is alright. My mother’s Mac and cheese is better. The “team waiter” system isn’t effective. We arrived on time. We didn’t get our food until an hour later. Mainly because no one took our order. We had some where to be. We had to take our food to go. We were there for 1.5 hr and could t even eat the food there. I doubt we’ll go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a great meal with a great team of severs and would definitely go back if in town again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was my birthday and I choose this place for my dinner with my fiancé.Always make reservations if you are going for dinner not sure about lunch.They are really busy so the waitress seem a little impersonal due them needing to keep up. You will usually have two to three waiters for your table. Other wise the food was great we both ordered Turkey bbq and fried chicken combo he had Mac and cheese and candied yams Nd I had Mac and cheese and green beans. Everything was great and they give you hush puppies and biscuits too! Nice place over all just really busy!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic service and very good food.
Pimento cheese balls were great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

I will chalk my experience up to a bad day in the kitchen, but my meal was awful. I was only able to eat a small amount of it, and still had a severe case of indigestion the rest of the day.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food, great service. Will be back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Friend visiting from out of town

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Family get together during the holiday season. Food was better than i remembered it from previous visit, wait staff outstanding, food was excellent, prices reasonable. Made reservations ahead and all that worked out good too. Definitely would recommend to everyone. Not one to eat a lot of carbs and sugar and your menu fit in perfectly for that.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food is always good and the service is always fast. My only complaint is that we ordered an appetizer. They said they would hold the meal but it was still served before we finished the appetizer.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fantastic service and delicious food! Would definitely recommend!!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had our Thanksgiving Dinner at The Pit. Our food was done perfectly, able verity that included Turkey, Brisket Bar B Q, and Smoked Ham entries. Veggies and starches were Mashed Potato and candied Sweet Potato with Drinks, coffee and desert. ALL Very good with as much of anything more we needed. Always a great meal

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for the Thanksgiving dinner special. Service was excellent. Ambiance nice and warm and casual but the the holiday mealwas lacking. The turkey was sparse and little white meat. No cranberry sauce, no whipped cream on pies. The pulled chicken drowned in vinegar was frankly awful, an acquired taste indeed. The ham and stuffing were very good and was what we enjoyed the most. The rest of the food offerings were nothing special. I don’t think we will return next Thanksgiving, sorry. On the plus side, it was nice to be able to take home leftovers and the beer selection was excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was superb, and the service was awesome. We are planning to go there for Thanksgiving again next year.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving and it was amazing! I’ve eaten there many times but I was so impressed. Portions and variety of sides (meal was family style) was an incredible value - essentially was bottomless food. We will be back !!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our family went for Thanksgiving ... delicious! I loved the family style service as opposed to a typical buffet. The food was delicious! Service was a bit slow at times but, in the spirit of having a leisurely holiday meal, it was fine.

My only suggestion would be to offer something else as a dessert in addition to pecan or pumpkin pie (something simple such as banana pudding or just a bowl of ice cream) ... a nut allergy definitely cut down the dessert option.

Overall, delicious and we'd go back next Thanksgiving!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was cold. I have had better there so maybe it was an off night

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The place is going downhill.
Service was the biggest disappoint.
A few friends were sat before my arrival, upon getting the table, took a while for the server realize I was there. My drink order was incomplete after that.
Another 15min goes by prior the server comes to take our order. Ticket time was way too long, above the average standard of 15min. My friend's salad order came wrong, refire of that salad took longer than the original ticket, which allowed me and my friends finish eating before the salad made to the table. Upon complain, manager comped dinner, however service remained poor. The original server never came to the table and the other two did little effort to pick up.
I always thought of The Pit as a place to take friends and family for a traditional southern meal, but with the current service, I'll find my BBQ elsewhere.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We were a party of 8 celebrating our family Thanksgiving. Our waitress started off by not bringing hushpuppies and bread without being asked. Two of our guest ordered white meat chicken and she brought both of them dark meat without saying anything and when asked said the chef told her they were out of white meat but would have him put some on for them. It was towards the end of the night so it seemed to us that they just wanted to get rid of what they already had cooked instead of giving them what they actually ordered. Vegetables looked like they had been sitting out all day and were the last little bit left. The waitress got multiple orders incorrect at our table. I understand it was the end of the night but we were a larger party and would expect the same service for all guest no matter what time of day. The Pit is a special place for our family as two of the guest that night had there wedding rehearsal dinner there a few years ago. We were all highly disappointed in our service and quality of food.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was wonderful. Loved the Brunswick Stew! Great service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was great, but we could not enjoy the food - the brisket was dry, burnt! The chicken seemed to have been warmed over. he veggies were not good at all.

I don't think we will be back.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I made a reservation for my son's birthday for 4 . We arrived about 20 mins early . The hostess was unable to find our reservation , however she assisted us in locating the original confirmation from the email & some how the reservation had been accidentally cancelled. However they were still very accommodating & were able to seat us within just a few mins . Our waitress was very nice and attentive . This was my first time although I have heard about " the Pit " for years & how awesome the food is . Well the stories are true , lol . Everything was delicious. The portions on the plate at first didn't seem like a lot for the price ( I had the BBQ & fried chicken combo ) , however no one in our party was able to finish . we all had to go boxes. The restaurant has a casual rustic charm which I loved. My only con - that I waited so long to try this place. I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was not good. The ribs were tough and the baked beans undercooked. The back porch drink was good though.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We love going to The Pit. We always have an overall great experience!

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Booked table a few months back as coming over to family from England for my husbands 60th birthday however table was not ready and we were originally given a table as though we had just turned up that evening. We had to ask for one of the booths and the lady waa a little rude to begin with but we hot a good table in the end. On my reservation I put that this was a special occasion and that we were coming all the way from England but this had not been noted. The food was good but the overall experience not as special as I was expecting. We came over 3 years ago and that seemed much more welcoming and felt special.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 15, 2017

It was great as always!

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

A few of the whisky brands were out, but the beer selection was nice, including Crank Arm.

Tags: Great Beer, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Do not go on a Monday. Food was leftover and terrible!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent southern food and friendly professional staff. Great menu. Just overall great meal.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Pit was avsolutely amazing! We went to celebrate a special occasion and made reservations (HIGHLY recommended - they are always packed!). The food is all to die for, and the drinks are wonderful. If you get too much, it reheats amazingly well too. They have nailed BBQ.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We ordered the spare ribs and pulled turkey and both were extremely dry. The pulled pork and barbecue chicken was good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was excellent as always. Service was let as good as usual though. There was a large table and they spent too much time on them and forgot about the rest of their tables. Overall very good and will definitely return and would recommend.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food. Great service. Small birthday gathering that was topped off with a courtesy slice of chocolate cake. Thanks for an awesome night The Pit. Oh and met one of the managers, Joe, who was a nice, great guy. Will definitely come back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent overall experience. We were visiting from Canada, and the wonderful bartender helped us navigate the local craft beers. The food was sublime, well priced with big portions. I'm a vegetarian, and highly recommend the meatless chicken they serve, it was the best I've ever had. My father had the beef brisket which he loved (him being picky with resturants is very indicative of their quality of food.) The Authentic Pit seems to be a local hotspot, and it is very readily apparent as to why that is. When we visit North Carolina again, this resturant will surely be at the top of our to-do list. Thanks for an amazing time.

Cheers,

Fiona

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We just moved to the area and we wanted to try a local restaurant for my birthday. After some research, I found The Pit online. It had great reviews and I am a sucker for BBQ. The menu is amazing and there is so much food that we want to try. The food we got was great, the servers were great, and our whole experience was great. I cannot wait to come back and try some more of their great food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food was excellent. We all got ribs and they could not have been any better!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had another great experience at The Pit! We had friends visiting from out of town and The Pit is a must! Our daughter has allergies but our waiter was great accommodating our needs. Thank you!

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