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The Pit Authentic BBQ

4.5
4.5
5420 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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2 people

9:30 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Barbecue

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 890-4500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Melanie Dunia

  • Catering

    For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact Melissa Shay at (919)829-0833 or Melissa@thepit-raleigh.com.

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    TaNele Walker: (919) 829-0833

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    Dawson Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh

    Good for Groups

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  1. MP

    MikeP

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    I’ve always loved this spot, but a lot has changed since I’d last been. The prices have skyrocketed, while the portions have shrunk, and the food, while still good, is not quite as to-die-for as it used to be. The wait staff is doing the best they can with the numbers they have, and they were also very accommodating with moving our reservation earlier. If you’re going to an event in the area, it’s worth a nice night out, but be prepared to drop some serious cash for a meal you could get cheaper elsewhere.
  2. KM

    KatharineM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The table was ready when we arrived and the service was great! We tried a variety of foods and everything we ate tasted wonderful. Their seasonal offerings were outstanding!!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Food was not good. Server was doing the best he could but was way over-extended.
  4. SM

    StaceyM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I Would Highly recommend The Pit to all my friends and family very good experience from the food to the service.
  5. NY

    NYORKER

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I had the family style dinner with three friends. We ordered the pulled pork, fried chicken, collards, Mac and cheese, and fried green tomatoes. Of all that food, the fried green tomatoes was the dish that stood out. The meat was ok, but didn’t have much flavor. While it’s up to you to add the vinegar or tomato based sauce, or the bottled hot sauce, there should already have been some flavor to the meat. The wait staff was friendly, but very slow. It was at least 20 mins before we got our appetizers, and another hour before we got the main courses. The restaurant didn’t seem that busy, customer-wise. There seemed to be enough staff, and maybe part of the onus was on the kitchen. Unfortunately, it left me with an experience that was somewhat unmemorable.
  6. JS

    JayS

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    I really, really wanted to like the restaurant. Such mixed reviews online, but I still wanted to give it a try. Menu looked great, food quality not good. Ribs were dry which other people mentioned. Even adding additional sauce didn't help. Service was good and would go back for drinks. This place is definitely not cheap. We had sticker shock over the price.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food took over 40 minutes to arrive after ordering and the meat was obviously over cooked when it came. Much worse than I’ve ever experienced here
  8. DW

    DianeW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the one place my boss always requests to go to for his Birthday and we are never disappointed. Great food and service always.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a 7:00 reservation and when we arrived there were lots of open tables; however, we got placed in the back of the dining room at a bistro sized table. We asked to be seated somewhere else but the table option was worse. The hostess said that all of the vacant tables were reserved for guests coming in later. I asked for the manager, who quickly seated us at one of the open tables. We placed our order and began to enjoy ourselves WHEN the hostess sashays over to say, “you will need to leave this table by 8:00!” That comment quickly escalated into a screaming match between us and the hostess, who should not have circumvented a decision made by the manager to place us at THAT table. Needless to say, we left and had dinner at another restaurant. Will NEVER dine there again.
  10. b

    beartracker

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was our first time here. We were seated immediately after our arrival time - definitely a HUGE plus. Our server was friendly and efficient, answered all of our questions. Our drinks and appetizers were delivered quickly, followed by our food. Lots of food for the money. My niece and I had brisket and fried chicken. My brisket was very salty (and I like salt), although my niece said hers was fine. Chicken was the best I've ever had. We had mashed potatoes as one of our sides and they were very dry with not much gravy, Biscuits and hush puppies were very good. I think there was a problem with wait staff as it took a long time to get our bill and the table next to us had been seated and not waited on for quite some time. I later saw what looked like the manager taking an order at another table. I do not want this to reflect on our server as it did not impact our overall service and I know since the Pandemic restaurants seem to have difficulty retaining staff. Our server was wonderful and took good care of us.
  11. B

    Beth

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food is just ok. I don’t have to eat there again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We had a good time together and the food was good.
  13. C

    Cilla

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the staff was very friendly. The food was good but, the ribs were a little dry, the hushpuppies were tough, the biscuits not hot, and the salmon had an unusual flavor. However, the barbecue was great, the coleslaw and the Mac and cheese were very tasteful. I will definitely try the place again because of the service and the atmosphere.
  14. DN

    DanielN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, prompt courteous staff, reasonable prices. Having a meal at The Pit is a must every time I am in Raliegh.
  15. MM

    MichaelM

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was decent. Not even close to the best BBQ I’ve ever had. Brisket was way over cooked, hard and dry. Pork was bland. Sides were better than the dish itself. Server was good. I wouldn’t go back.
  16. SO

    SarahO

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The pulled pork was PHENOMENAL. However, the baked beans weren't as good as i remember them being and the potato salad was bland.
  17. B

    Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my family here whom visited NC for the first time and they were very impressed and enjoy the place. The service was excellent, from the hostess, to the waitress, and even when the waitstaff brought us our plates they were even helpful going above and beyond. I knew they would be great but this was beyond awesome.
  18. NY

    NYCgal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Coming from NYC I wanted to experience the true NC barbecue experience. Everything was good but the pulled pork. It was extremely dry and didn’t taste fresh. I was quite surprised. Aside from that, the service was excellent. Wont be going back.
  19. RP

    ReneP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    My only issue was how slow the service was. It was 25 minutes from the time we sat down until waiter took our food order. A table that sat after us had their food on their table before we ordered. The food did come fast and the rest of the service was normal. A different waitress took our second drinks order wrong, but they didn’t charge us for it. I will recommend this restaurant as the food is top notch.
  20. AN

    AnnetteN2

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good. Will go again. Better parking now. But it’s paid parking
  21. J

    Jcut

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was excellent
  22. JW

    JackW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress made a recommendation on a sampler platter and it was plenty for the three of us. Had both eastern & western BBQ on it and the sides were delicious as well.
  23. MS

    MikeS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    I don't know if it's the current environment with staffing that I should blame. My waitress and the rest of the staff was working together. I worked in restaurants for 25 yrs. Mostly hands on management, fine dining etc. I know restaurants and that can persuade my judgement. I can be a little picky. However, I do know that when there is just plain out bad food, that's most likely staffing not being trained correctly and quality of food served is food vendor or again training. The PIT is a staple in Raleigh for dining. I was given 2 slices not much bigger than a slice of bacon each, and mostly fat. A 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes with very little gravy (I ordered extra gravy) and a 1/4 cup of Brussel sprouts. $16.99 from the lunch menu. Now yes. brisket can be fatty and that's a favorable part for me, but c'mon! It was far from tender and I know it sat in the window for a bit as there was crust built up on the mashed potatoes. My son got the catfish and the coleslaw was hot from being under the window. Overall there is staffing issues, but you HAVE to deliver good food, especially for that price and what I received. I can afford to buy a few meals to equate one.. but make sure what your delivering is good. The drinks were atrociously too strong. I like a good stiff drink, but damn.. No cost cuts there! lol I'm chalking this up as a forgive but not forget. We will not be back. We have been there with 20+ in a group on holidays.' Last time was a year ago or so and the food declined back then. Sorry this well known establishment has become such a let down.
  24. ED

    EverettD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious biscuits before dinner. Ordered 3 item combo entree and all barbecue items were delicious. Will definitely visit this restaurant again.
  25. DP

    DanielP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good, service was great, a very cute and modern but older building. A nice place to go! Not sure if it was the manager or not but he came over told us about the building and chatted for a moment. A very relaxed and nice place to go for a meal. Highly recommend!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a Wednesday. It was wonderful. Staff super attentive and made great suggestions. Bartender messed up a vodka tonic with soda water but it was fixed with no issues. Absolutely going back!
  27. WD

    WilmingtonDiner

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Started with BBQ Soul Rolls basically an egg roll filled with chopped BBQ, collards and more. Came out crisp and tasty. Basket of hush puppies were so so but on the house. Biscuits were quite good. Shared a triple combo with fried chicken, ribs and brisket. You get two sides. Everything was tasty but temperature could be a little warmer. Unless you are a big eater highly recommend sharing.
  28. AL

    AudreyL

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good welcoming environment! Service was professional and friendly! Food excellent!
  29. NR

    NormaR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cathy was wonderful!
  30. TC

    TaylorC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was great! Will come back again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our server was nice, but had too many tables. Someone else brought us boxes and the check.
  32. HM

    HasbrouckM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Pit continues to be a Raleigh Staple location for the best BBQ.
  33. b

    brianm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious it was served quickly and the service was impeccable. It seems they apply a team approach to waiting tables. One person took our order, shortly another person brought out our food, and 3 different people refilled our drinks. it seemed like 10 seconds after the cup was empty.. The business was brisk but not heavy I believe due to a concert in town. It was about 75% full the staff was amazing professional & smiled. We are visiting from Maryland and if we come anywhere near Raleigh or Durham we will certainly eat here again if possible..
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was great!!
  35. MK

    MsKayBee

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant. This is where I bring guests from out of town to dine.
  36. JB

    JBF71

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Barbecue is mediocre, sides are pretty bad. Service wasn’t great. Probably won’t go back for a long time
  37. ST

    SusanT

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    (1) We were seated at a table in the corner directly underneath the A/C vents which ran nearly the entire time we were there. It was uncomfortably cold which made us miserable. We asked to have them turned off, but nothing was done. We also asked to be moved, but our server refused. (2) We had to wait over 30 minutes for our food and then were told that there were no more biscuits or hushpuppies; the kitchen had run out of them. How does a restaurant like the The Pit run out of such basic items? Overall it was a very uncomfortable and disappointing experience.
  38. CB

    CarlaB

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience2
    Called in made reservations a month in advanced for a party of 12 and they only put 4. Accommodated us for only 7. So some left. 🙁Our food was ok. Not as good as the past. The Brisket and BBQ beans were very salty. The potatoes in the potatoe salad was hard as brick. They only thing we really enjoyed was the bread.
  39. P

    Pizza

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I was worried because my husband told me the old pit master left and there was a new one…but the food was still as good as before! The portions seemed bigger, which is never a bad thing. They were very accommodating and fixed the little errors immediately. The only thing is that we sat in the back of the restaurant and the sun was extremely bright and right in our face. The shade was down but it was very light in color. If they could invest in maybe a little bit thicker of shade since the sun stayed in our eyes for about an hour, that would be helpful. Other than that, no complaints! We will definitely go back again!
  40. L

    Licialane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No wait. Wonderful food. Quick and friendly service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 5420 OpenTable diners.

The Pit Authentic BBQ does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for The Pit Authentic BBQ

328 W. Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dawson Street

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Melanie Dunia

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 890-4500

  • Catering

    For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact Melissa Shay at (919)829-0833 or Melissa@thepit-raleigh.com.

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    TaNele Walker: (919) 829-0833

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