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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

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (88)
Casual (68)
Authentic (62)
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Good for Groups (57)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Fun (44)
Special Occasion (44)
Good for a Date (42)
Great for Lunch (40)
Worth the Drive (40)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Local Ingredients (36)
Business Meals (32)
Hot Spot (31)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Great Beer (27)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Kid-friendly (25)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Cozy (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Late-night Find (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Seasonal (6)
Live Sports (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Spicy (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic barbecue and great stop in Raleigh...the corn bread was exceptional

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·Dined 7 days ago

I would definitely return! Our server Adam was amazing!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great dinner. Table was ready exactly perfect for our reservation time. Love to visit this for great bbq. Staff friendly and attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

We saw The Pit on Food Network, and we thought we try it. Make sure you have a reservation because there will be a wait, but it is totally worth it! We love the bbq!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and service!

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

BBQ was A M A Z I N G ! Probably some of the best I’ve ever had . Mac & cheese was my favorite side, but the sweet potato fries were right there with it!!!! Service was good!! And we were sat as soon as we arrived at our reservation time :) !! I will be back !

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a large group, obv. harder to accommodate, but the staff was very hospitable and eager to please. Our waiter was exceptionally attentive.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was a little slow but likely due to a couple of very large parties.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Everything was fine.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Met family for a quick lunch - and decided on the Pit based on reviews- we were not disappointed. The food is tasty and decent portions and the menu offers something for everyone.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our waitress failed to tell us the veggy of the night was corn on the Cobb which is my most favorite veggy.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Everything was absolutely wonderful. Great with our big group.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Consistently excellent food and service

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Valet is Great. Reservation was right on time. Food and service was outstanding. Always a great meal.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Servers super slow tonight and mixed up dinner entrees. Otherwise good.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Absolutely fantastic on all accounts and the prices are very reasonable for how amazing the food is. Every member of the staff was very courteous, very helpful, and very on top of our needs. Would recommend this place to anyone!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food! Great service! Valet Parking was appreciated today, due to frigid temperatures.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a great lunch with friends and family---Jan 1st, 2018------New Year's traditional "good luck" pork, black eyed peas, and collard greens.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

My friends and I went here for New Years and it was an overall good experience. Our server, Andy, was super cool and the environment is nice. The only thing that wasn't the greatest was that they were out of pulled pork and pimento cheese balls, but the other things we ordered were still tasty. They also gave us extra cake because it was the end of the night which made up for the lack of pulled pork and pimento cheese balls.

Tags: Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Parking is tricky. Reservation was for 8:45 but their valet attendant explained that we should just "find a free spot somewhere" instead of using them because valet service ended at 9:00. Nice. The lot next door was charging $20.00 so we kept looking. Luckily we found a spot down the block. After a very cold and windy walk we made it in. The food was good. Especially the brunswick stew and hush puppies. The chopped BBQ was nice. The brisket a bit tough but okay for NC. Parking irked me a lot. Probably not going back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent pulled pork and sauces. We have been looking for a bbq place that was as good or better than a local place we love! Better than bbq we had in KC .

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, friendly service, great atmosphere, great location, great portion size for food, clean, reasonably priced

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We found this savory BBQ on our inaugural visit to Raleigh. I ended up taking another meal's worth of the delectable meatloaf in a separate container as the portions are huge. Everyone in our party raved about their meals especially the fried chicken, Brunswick Stew, and Brisket. We will be back definitely 😍

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Normally the food is great but the meatloaf was not the best.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food isn't as good as it's been in the past. Really disappointed with the quality of the brisket.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Drinks very good, has a sunset drink (2). 1 in our party has a full rack of ribs...1 -1/2 slab was ok, the other was almost burnt...could not believe it was even brought out to the table. You were good enough to replaced it though. The one brought out to replace it was not done. As was the same with mine ( I had 1/2 rack). Kids were running back and forth and being very loud past our table at least 6 times making it difficult to have a quiet conversation. Our wait staff was more interested in setting up for a party of 17 than checking in on us for drinks and the bad ribs. Waited about 10 mins for someone to bring us drink refills even though we flagged down a waitress ( not ours) to accomplish this. My wife did like the pulled pork. Also had the chicken, and it was tasty too. For someplace known for their BBQ, was not impressed with the ribs at all

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

My family and I went to the Pit for my birthday. I had previously been to this restaurant a year earlier for my birthday and had a great experience. This year was not as great. Our experience started with our waiter taking several minutes to greet us, then when he finally did, he was not very personable. It took him a long time to get our drinks and take our food orders. I started ordering my food and was very disappointed when I ordered the pulled pork and was informed they had run out. I didn't want anything else and had to make a last minute decision and ordered the meat loaf, which was not good at all. The only positive was I did get my meal taken off the bill due to my dissatisfaction. It will be a long time before I return to the Pit unfortunately.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very good food. Friendly staff. Pleasant evening with friends from out of town who really enjoyed the food.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wehave gone every year for the past 4 years for my sons birthday with a couple times here and there in between. This year there was definitely a difference in the food. The quality was not there. Ribs that are so tender they usually fall of the bone were dry and chewy. My daughter has braces so she has to cut her meat off as she cannot bite them. I had to do it for her this year and had difficulty in getting it off. I had the salmon and one end was cooked fine. The other end was way overcooked. The amount of food you receive has greatly decreased but the prices did not decrease to reflect the smaller servings.
The server was great though. Friendly and effecient. Our glasses were refilled promptly and all of our orders were correct.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Classic southern BBQ. Well done, well presented.

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Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Both food and service were mediocre at best.
This was previously one of our favorite Raleigh spots but this visit was a great disappointment.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

It was just OKAY, I used to love The Pit, but I feel like it is just average. Nothing sticks out to me or is innovative or beyond amazing. It is good do not get me wrong, but nothing makes The Pit stand out from other BBQ places in the area

Tags: Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went as a family party of eight on Christmas Eve. I did not realize it until later but we were one of the last big parties seated as they were closing early. I was disappointed at first as they were out of several items but the waiter responded brilliantly and brought us several appetizers that we did not order that were on the house. The service was great and they never let it show that we were some of the last customers in the place. Food was great. They do a fantastic job with large groups. Servers made the night special for our whole family.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was great! Pulled pork, brisket, Brunswick stew, and Mac n cheese all made very well. You will not be disappointed if you eat at the Pit.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Best hush puppies ever! We had three in our group and made reservations which is a good idea. Each had something special- mine was broccoli salad - suggested by our attentive waiter, and my son had the brussel sprouts and my husband had brunswick stew as sides.
My son had the chopped pork and chicken , I had the chopped pork and my husband had the pulled pork. The chopped pork was the best flavor - Eastern BBQ - yum!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The bbq is consistantly very good. The sides are good as well and the atmosphere is family friendly, casual.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

All 3 of us enjoyed our lunch. The lunch selections are great, both variety and price. Our server was terrific!! Very patient with us as we tried to make our selections. Besides the food, since parking is such an issue, plus it was pouring rain, providing a valet service is an extremely welcome addition to the experience of eating lunch at The Pit. Very enjoyable experience!!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food is not the quality it use to be. Nothing special for the price.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great food and quick service. Best for a special occasion!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great place! We went for a business lunch with a team of six. We had reservations and were sat quickly. We were also served quickly. The food was all very good. Everyone was pleased.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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