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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (107)
Casual (82)
Good for Groups (66)
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Authentic (65)
Good for Birthdays (56)
Good for a Date (52)
Fun (51)
Special Occasion (50)
Worth the Drive (48)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Local Ingredients (41)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Hot Spot (36)
Great for Lunch (35)
Bar Seating (33)
Great Beer (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Kid-friendly (27)
Business Meals (26)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Cozy (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
People Watching (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Disabled Access (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Romantic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Live Sports (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Spicy (4)
Healthy (3)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic service and delicious food! Would definitely recommend!!

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·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Took my sister out to eat after a movie. The food was excellent!! She really enjoyed herself. every one was so friendly and helpful. Thank you guys for making her day special.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Disabled Access
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A go-to BBQ place when friends are in town (esp friends from Texas!)!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Been a few times. Food has always been good, but highly disappointed that the two things we went for, brisket and baby back ribs, they didn't have available. Would also like to see a small order of ribs,when they have them, on the kids menu. For having only ordered1 appetizer, no alcoholic beverages and 3 adult meals for 4 people, one being a fish sandwich, and no dessert...our bill was almost $80 and that was lunch time. Also, just a note, we reserved a table for 1:45 through Open Table but arrived and were seated a little earlier. The problem with this was that the restaurant didn't communicate this with Open Table and we were marked as "No Show. It was an easy fix, but just wanted to mention it.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Every time we eat here we end up in food coma. The food is so good you cannot just order one thing and in the end you stuff yourself with all that goodness.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Great Beer
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great Traditional North Carolina food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Friendly service and great food. Plus, after ordering, the food was ready quickly. I'm from PA and I visit every time I come to the Raleigh area.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The Pit never misses. The BBQ is outstanding and authentic. The service is always great. They stay busy and for good reason. everything on the menu is excellent. I recommend the bourbon ice cream for desert. You cannot go wrong here.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a great time for a family night out. Toddler approved.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome restaurant, menu, and service. Taylor, our server, was outstanding.

Tags: Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was served quickly, however the ribs were only warm and sauce congilled. The sweet potato fries were also only warm and limp. The best part were the hush puppies. Had to shout to be heard by fellow diners. Servers were very attentive. After being told the Pit had the best ribs in the area, we were very disappointed .

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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Everything was great. All food and drinks were better than expected. Fried Mac and cheese and fried pimiento cheese balls were yummy. We loved the collards! Ribs, bbq, and fried chicken were all perfect. Crowded on a Wednesday evening!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Wonderful food. The barbecued chicken was very tender. All of the meats had a great smoked flavor. Loved the hushpuppies and biscuits. I am a southern girl and the food was done right.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The Pit is AWESOME!!! I’ve loved this place for years, and it still holds up!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Took friends to the Pit that where visiting from out of town. They wanted to try North Carolina BBQ. So we went to the Pit thinking it would be good. We all ordered the pulled pork dinner and were very disappointed. Each of us had a piece of pork that was dark brown to black and hard as a rock. We could not even rip the fibers apart. All we ate were the sides. It was as though the meat had been dried over a fire for days till black and petrified. It is likely the worst meal I have ever had in Raleigh and we will never return. My only regret is that I did not send the food back and worse than that I actually paid for the meal. For that I am upset with myself not them.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food, great service (they work in teams to ensure everything needed for your table is taken care of...water, etc.) and an overall positive dining experience! Highly recommend The Pit, as they never fail to deliver an A-plus dining experience.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Fantastic pulled pork and deserts to die for!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 16, 2017

This is the first time we ate here. Brought our out of town friends to have some Carolina BBQ. Food was really disappointing. The Brunswick stew was too salty. The ribs were over cooked. I would not come here again.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love this place hard to get in without a reservation

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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