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The Pit Authentic BBQ

4906 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Comfort Food (70)
  • Casual (55)
  • Good for Groups (55)
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
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Southern, Barbecue
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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
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Phone number
(919) 890-4500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Melanie Dunia
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For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact TaNele Walker at (919)829-0833 or
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Cross street
Dawson Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking all day, every day. Street parking anywhere after 5pm
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Public transit
The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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

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What 4906 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 6 hours ago

Large portions of excellent barbecue.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful experience! Food was great! We had reservations and they seated us as soon as we checked in! Our Birthday celebration went off without any problems! 👍

Moodie (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

The Green Beans were really done perfect had a crunch with bacon a lot of flavor. Brussels Sprouts were ok, I like mine more roasted theirs had good flavor but a little soft for my liking.

The biscuits were the best part, the hush puppies were good a little on the dryside.

My Fried Chicken was ok, not bad just not great.
My Brisket and my coworkers brisket was dry.
The pulled pork was better, just not a ton of flavor, but moist.
One co-worker got the Cajon Salmom he was on the fence between that and the catfish waiter recommended the Salmon and he thought it was 5 stars, I will get that next time.

I would definitely try the place again, I just was not wowed but it still was a good dinner overall.

We went on a Wednesday definitely make a reservation, the Manager and Waitress were all super nice.

2.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had reservations and arrived on time
We waited a few minutes while our table was cleared, which is understandable since they were busy. We were seated, waters and menus we're brought, then we were virtually forgotten. It took 45 minutes for the food to arrive and that was only after speaking with the manager. When it arrived, it was cold. Never going back. Totally bad experience.

TrevorL (New England)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Overall visit was average at best. Positives were the fried green tomatoes and fried chicken. Both outstanding. Pulled pork and brisket were flavorless and very fatty. The sides were all terrible! Fries and sweet potato fries were undercooked and cold and mac n cheese was one of the worst I've ever had. What made everything a little worse was the awful service we had. Inattentive and generally miserable waitress. Definitely would never return.

5.0  Dined 7 days ago

It was my birthday and the service and staff was amazing. I had a great time. Food was wonderful. Will definitely return!

5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

We had a wonderful experience eating here for a friend's bachelorette party. The food was excellent, the servers were fantastic (Chris and Taylor rock!), and we couldn't believe how quickly we were served. Would definitely recommend and can't wait to eat here again!

vipJderwin26 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

I’ve been to The Pit a number of times. The meats are pretty good (love their biscuits, hush puppies, deviled eggs, and pimento cheese fritters). It’s great for group dinners and the service is always quick and attentive.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Sometimes you don't need fancy, you just need good food, in a good physical space. In this case its barbecue, and its worth it to go.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Wonderful as always! No complaints! Food was absolutely delicious, servers was very attentive and nice.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

First time there and it was great... Food was great and the staff was very friendly...

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Loved the food, was amazing and great for Valentine's Day :)

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Everything was great.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The service was excellent! The food was amazing! I will definitely go back soon.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was good as always!

BeneW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Sharon was our waitress and her bubbly smile with her pink hair was so welcoming. It was our first time and she hit it out of the ball park with her recommendation of the cheese balls and dinner plates. She even surprised us with a banana pudding for dessert. It was a wonderful date night for my husband and I without our kids and she just made us feel really special as if we were her only table. And clearly we were not. We will go back again, and hopefully we will have her as our waitress!

JillT (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We made this part of our road trip from Pittsburgh, PA to Chapel Hill. Will make the trip just for The Pit again! One of the best meals I've had! Amazing BBQ.. We tried a lot of it, brisket, smoked turkey, chopped bbq and the fried chicken, all amazing. We considered going again for lunch the next Day!
Service was exceptional! We had 3 servers who rotated and they gave us their Banana Cream Pie on the house for making the trip! Great southern hospitality!
I couldn't finish my plate because of the large portion size and was sad when I had no room to finish!
Highly recommended!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I love everything about The Pit from the food, service, cleanliness and all. I’ll recommend this place to anyone.

bbp10 (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food in a great location. I have been raised in NC and this stuff is the real deal.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The service and ambiance were great. Food was pretty good. Only I complaint I have is that it obvious a lot their things are made in bulk and then you get a scoop of it. So my Mac and cheese and fries were pretty cold. The fried chicken and pulled pork were amazing though and I’d recommend it to a friend.