The Pit Authentic BBQ

4.5
6050 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 6050 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.6
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4.4
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4.3
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JessicaR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and excellent food

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Donb
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

This was my second time eating at the Pit. The first time was right after it was on Man vs Food. This was the same as the first. I ordered the brisket and it was not good at all. Way to much sauce and ruined the flavor of the meat. Our server was wonderful

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WilliamM
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was good. The place looks lovely and the service was good but the food was just ok for the price. Seemed exprensive for BBQ but looked cool. Brisket was wonderful as was the sweet potato souffle, the baby back ribs were lack luster and the chicken was on par with Boston market with overcooked Mac and cheese and overly spiced baked beans.

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CeCe83
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was not hot and when it came back, it was way over cooked.
Sad, we used to love it there.

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AlexL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I need to go again because it was really sick. The waitress was also very nice

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and outdoor seating for a great price.

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vipStuartS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Pulled pork was dry. Ribs were tasty but way overcooked. Fried Chicken was good but White Meat was dry. Best part of the meal were the biscuits. I would not rush to this restaurant - must be better BBQ in North Carolina.

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SarahS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing!

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Tiff
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The brisket was a little dry and my particular plate had a lot of fat. I’ve had much better cooked brisket there before.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food is just okay. Ordered brisket

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SavannahsMom
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My family has been the the pit many times; however this time the food was warned over at best and quite disappointing. We spoke to the manager who gave us a discount although we did not ask for one. That wasn't the point. The point was just to bring it to his attention. Besides a 12.00 discount did not make it at all better.

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steveH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ribs and slaw were outstanding, but the baked beans were extra dry and some were not cooked fully.

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PeterP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Last two times I went there it wasn’t as good as it was in the past. Not sure I will go again.

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vipKentR
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Fried Chicken and Carolina Barbeque! Attentive and friendly service. Great spot!

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DougW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We got there right on time for our reservation, table was clean and ready, seated promptly, wait staff was excellent, food came quickly, was very good, and was rewarded with free birthday cake. What’s not to love?

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BJCrane
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pit is always a favorite so make reservations because there is always a line! Staff warm and welcoming and helpful making recommendations if you can't decide on your own. Hushpuppies and collards are a must!

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LindsayLew
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite of mine in downtown Raleigh. They really do have the best servers & the food is delicious!!

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josephb
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The fried catfish was bland and didnt have any flavor. The fried chicken was very tasty as well as the meatloaf. Green beans are good and so are the sauteed vegetables. overall i would say pretty good food but dont order the catfish.

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LarryL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delivered great food with great service! I would definitely go here again.

PJ
PJac
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, service and food was great for lunch.

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RuthS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was fine but not great. The meat was greasy and fatty. The service was excellent but we had to ask to be moved a few times because it was cold

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I went to PIt 7 years ago. I think the quality has decreased a bit since then. Food was fine, just not as amazing as I recalled

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TiffanyL
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The ribs were very dry but the dessert and sides were wonderful. However my stomach was upset within an hour of eating as was other members of my party. Our server was great and brought out a new rack of ribs when I explained my were dry.

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MichaelG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was cold (including apps and bread) and not very flavorful. Waitress was nice and attentive.
We had a great experience there many years ago, but the last 3 times we’ve been have been average, at best. I think we’re done “hoping” The Pit will return to its former glory.

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CeCe
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was amazing! Our server was the best, the food, unfortunately didn’t match the service. It was bland and dry. Not at all pleased with our menu selection.

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carolc
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Green beans to much garlic. Brisket was tough and fatty. Banana pudding was excellent. Service was great.

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vipJuliaw
County Durham
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We have eaten at The pit multiple times and this last visit was our first time at the Raleigh location. Once we got past the throng of unmasked college students out for a Saturday night party, we had a great time. The food was excellent and my waitress helped me through my ignorance of ordering the right type of ribs (Beef ribs vs pork ribs).

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HayleyR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation in advance, and my table was ready when I arrived. We ordered the seasonal cornbread and fried macaroni and cheese as appetizers, which were both delicious. Our meals came out very quickly, and the food was great. We all ended up bringing home leftovers.

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vipMaddysDad
St. Louis
55 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bbq and great service. A really neat location and make sure to save room for dessert. The cakes are amazing.

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FromtheNorth
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a big birthday and wanted a great experience. We will definitely recommend The Pitt to friends and family. The ribs were amazing!

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ScottD
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t go wrong with the brisket! Service was great.

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SnyderWife
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our first time here, we were on a double date night with friends. Overall I was a little disappointed. I think the best part of our night were our delicious cocktails and the excellent service our waitress provided BUT the food was mediocre. $18 for brisket that looked like sliced roast beef, potato salad was bland and Mac and cheese was good. I think the best looking plate was a Salad someone else got at our table. Definitely not REAL BBQ! You want REAL BBQ go to Big Mike’s in Cary. Also leaving the door open on a 38° night is ridiculous, the whole place was freezing. It doesn’t help with germs if that’s what they are thinking, the heater is going on and off spreading everything around anyway.

We probably won’t be back or recommend this place.

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Foodie74
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pitt was good! We are already planning on coming back to try things we could not try this time.

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KamilahW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food was cold and it was freezing inside. We were the first people to come in and everyone got their food before us. The manager spoke to everyone but us. We have never had a bad experience at the one in Durham.

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GregB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, great food, making reservation really easy

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DexterH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food!! Took my family for an in and out day trip to the city and this was our first stop. We could not have started our day off better!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always

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vipwalterm
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Carrot cake dessert was absolutely the best cake of any kind I have ever eaten and the best nonchocolate dessert I’ve ever had.

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johnk
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The pandemic is hurting them. No crowd. Reservation required. Food was ok. Not as hot as it should be. Keeping doors open for ventilation. Seating area was cold. They can and should do better for the customers they are getting. May change reccomendation in future. Just not a goid place to go now.

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 6050 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.