The Pit Authentic BBQ

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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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1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and will definitely return

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bbq I’ve had

OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The beef brisket, brussel sprouts, sweet potato fries, and mac'n'cheese are phenomenal!!

DL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great BBQ and good sized portions. Service is excellent.

S
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing!!!

DP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! The ribs, pulled pork and fried chicken were outstanding!!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food and service. The Pit should be a destination for Raleigh BBQ lovers.

OT
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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!

KA
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We've been here SEVERAL times and every time the food, service and ambiance have been outstanding. Our visit in 2/29 however, was more than disappointing. The noise level was almost unbearable, the service was incredibly slow (15 minutes to get a refill after requesting one), and the food brought outwas wrong for everyone at the table. Just an overall terrible experience. We'd gone to Raleigh for a NC Symphony performance and had been looking forward to our visit to The Pit but were, instead, terribly, terribly disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and Taylor was amazing

KM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Overall a good experience. The staff was was pleasant and accommodating, the atmosphere was nice, and the prices were good. For me personally, I found the ribs a little on the dry side and came to realize that I am not a big fan of the vinegar based BBQ sauce. Assuming you are a fan of this style, I would recommend it.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We sat down at 6:15 and they had cleared our plates and given us our checks by 7pm. We felt so rushed and it was evident they wanted us to get up quickly. One of us was even still chewing when they started taking our plates away without asking. We stayed and enjoyed our time together, but the waitresses never checked on us once again. Never refilled our drinks, etc. We later realized they had a large party coming in who they sat beside of us and we assumed that was why, but we’ve never experienced rushed and terrible service like that before. Very disappointed.

c
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I've been to The Pit many times and have always loved it. We came again this past weekend for lunch since we had out of town guests. I ordered the BBQ chicken platter. It was the smallest piece of chicken I have ever seen; one tiny leg and thigh! Everyone commented on it! My brother in law ordered the fried chicken. He had about 5 pieces!

The only thing good about it was I didn't overeat. I felt like I barely had anything.

TT
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was mediocre. The ribs were tasteless. The Brussels sprouts were limp and greasy and flavorless as well. I expected crispness! The coleslaw was good but the chucks were too large. The appetizer platter was the best thing and outside of the deviled eggs (too sweet) all were great. Service was okay. I was never asked if I wanted a 2nd drink and the waiter disappeared for a period of time when we needed him. All in all, we won’t be back. Overpriced and blah food.

CL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fast service and food. Would go there again and again.

g
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food excellent, service excellent, love the valet parking too.

OT
Raleigh
121 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Very disappointed with the beef brisket. So much gelatinous fat in the beef it was not appetizing at all. The onion straws were fine and the coleslaw good, but I’m in no hurry to return.

CO
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Idk what happened but the food was terrible and dry. It was almost as if they were expecting huge crowds so they cooked their food well in advance and then let it sit. It took probably 12 min to get our drinks and literally no more than 7-8 minutes before our dinner arrived after we put our order in. It was WAY too fast to have cooked 4 different types of meats and 6+ different sides. Too bad because we heard the Pit was one of the best in town. Maybe it was just an off day...

l
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am out of town and I had a taste for authentic BBQ. This was the best suggestion I have received in a very long time. I had the brisket and smoked wings and it was delicious! SN: I accidentally left my food in the hotel room once I checked out. Let me tell you, I had to call the hotel to make sure someone could get my food so I could have it...I was not wasting that fantastic food. Awesome job! I will be back

B
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a wonderful experience here. The food is delicious and the entire staff is professional and friendly.

JP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Atmosphere is nice, but food is mediocre. Our party ordered all different meats- all of them were dry. Mac and cheese very good.

JS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food with outstanding service at a great value.

LH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

My brisket was too salty to eat and the waitress response was “everybody’s been complaining about the salty brisket” andI ordered fried okra and I had to remind the waitress twice that I didn’t have it. I finally got it half way through the meal She only took $5 off my double combo bill. The food there is too expensive to get it wrong! Very disappointed on Valentine’s night.

CP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was cold in the restaurant. The staff was friendly but our server did not check on us like she should have. The servers in our area were nice and the wait was not bad.

TS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food as always was delicious! The servers were very attentive and friendly.
However the restaurant was a bit cold and we unfortunately ate in our coats.

JM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Generous portions. Responsive waitstaff. Great ambiance and flavor.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, huge portions

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was really good! Will go back again!

J
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely fantastic! Great food, great service!

OT
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great BBQ. The chopped pork shoulder and Carolina ribs are the must haves. The Brisket is good but not the best I ever had. Alk the sides are amazing and dont leave without trying the home made hand pie. To die for.

P
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

My only issue was with the service. We only received one refill the entire time we were eating, and there were no glasses brought out for beer. We were never checked on.

r
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I'm not sure. The food was good, average but I was expecting something really exceptional because of all of the top reviews.

CS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was great. Staff were very nice and helpful. My wife and I enjoyed it.

JG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The restaurant overall is a relaxing and comfortable place to have dinner. The sides that came with the entree were amazing, however the chopped bbq and bbq chicken were very dry. I have enjoyed much better meat choices at other establishments. I would go back to this restaurant again, but I would not order a meat entree.

M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Definitely disappointing. I come here every time I’m in town. The brisket was really fatty and the service was very slow.

OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had a pretty high expectation going in, and unfortunately it wasn't met. Our server seemed annoyed to even be working so that didn't help. All the items I got just weren't up to par. I was surprised. The pork bbq was soaked in sauce (very wet and dense), and the sweet potato casserole was so airy, I thought I was eating whip cream.

DG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an awesome restaurant. The food and service was great. The bourbon icecream is awesome.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Such a great place to take our friends from out of town. Love to show off the history and traditions of barbecue. The collards and the brisket are worth writing home about!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Poor service