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The Pit Authentic BBQ

4.5
4.5
5431 Reviews
$30 and under
Regional American (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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 44 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Regional American (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

    Robert

  • 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

  • Neighbourhood

    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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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  • Raleigh

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  1. C

    Catnip625

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Not as good as I remembered, initial concern when we walked in to see the restaurant score only a 92. While food was good, no longer compares to Prime in Knightdale. Probably not a fair comparison since The Pit is really for NC style bar be que and I prefer TX style. Staff was excellent, food was prompt and good. Disappointed they took the biscuit and hush puppy basket away before we were done with it.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Food not good ribs were dry brisket all fatty. Would not go again.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a Clayton, NC REALTOR, I love bringing my clients, and my fellow out of town Realtor friends to The Pit! On this particular occasion, my friend, Maui REALTOR, Dano Sayles enjoyed the double combo, a rack of baby-back ribs and my wife had the brisket.
  4. K

    Katie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good. Sweet potato casserole is a must. Brisket and pulled pork were great, as were the hush puppies.
  5. TP

    TreePharmer

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service. THE place to go for BBQ!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday great service
  7. CT

    CameciaT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a great dining experience. Would recommend to friends.
  8. m

    mdguido4523

    Greensboro

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire staff was very nice. The food is always great. My only complaint would be the tables are too close together for a party of 4. We had very little room due to the table beside us. Other than that it was amazing as always.
  9. EF

    ErikaF

    Greensboro

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! It hasnt been this great in a long time. I am very surprised and delighted.
  10. SS

    SharonS

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We decided toe eat at the bar instead of getting a table. The Bartender was amazing. She was so busy, but didn’t miss a beat. The brisket was delicious! The fries, fried Mac and cheese and fried green tomatoes could have been hotter, but everything tasted great.
  11. BP

    BrianP

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It’s always a great atmosphere. It never seems to disappoint
  12. J

    Jeffpd

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We were very disappointed in the taste as frankly there was none. I got the sampler plate, rib, brisket, pulled pork and chicken thigh. I only finished the potato salad and biscuit. The ribs tasted like wet sawdust with bbq sauce. Would not recommend.
  13. MB

    MikeB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My ribs were tasty, but we're very dry. I was disappointed.
  14. TB

    TadB

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for a Sunday lunch. The food was perfect and the Sheby took great care of us. A great Labir Day weekend afternoon.
  15. L

    Lisa

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always, food was delicious and the service excellent. Best hush puppies!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Nice place for a casual experience. Decent food with good value. Not the best fried chicken nor brisket. We were at the arcade next door so it was very convenient to dine there. Would definitely stop by again but not unless we were going to arcade. Decent and good, nothing mind blowing as for brisket and bbq. Nice servers though and reception.
  17. S

    Sisko

    Las Vegas

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time at The Pit. The first was a year ago when we were traveling through to HHI and stopped in Raleigh for the night. We've since moved to the triangle and had to return to The Pit. We've always heard that the "south does barbeque" like no one else and it couldn't be more true than at ThePit. The pulled pork is not fatty but full of flavor, the fried chicken was tender and juicy and the sides are 5 star worthy. The cornbread deserves it's own pop up stand! It would sell like hotcakes!
  18. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Baby back ribs (1/2 rack w/ slaw & sweet potato fries) were the best we have ever eaten! Very little fat, meat literally fell off the bone. Do not pass these up if you are a rib fan. Also had chopped BBQ (w/Cole slaw & string beans) - absolutely outstanding. Q was moist and very flavorful. Sides were a perfect complement, especially the string beans. Service was top notch - very fast and attentive to our needs We will definitely earmark The Pit and visit on our next Raleigh trip!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was "okay" certainly not as good as I remember it, I had to add salt & pepper to everything. Service was amazing though. Our server was attentive. Oh, and throw the sangria away. It needs a new recipe the current one had a old juice taste that wasn't what I'm used to when I order sangria. All and all, I would go back for drinks (just not the sangria) and appetizers. The hush puppies were AMAZING!
  20. CD

    CassandraD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    The quality of food had went down since I last ate here and seeing this restaurant on TV. My appetizer wings were burnt. The friend green tomatoes were super small and also cooked tooo long. My dad had the barbecue chicken, and chopped barbecue combination and his chicken was dry. I had the 3 meat combination with baby back ribs, fried chicken and brisket. The ribs and brisket was dry and tasteless. The fried chicken was good but I wasn’t asked if I wanted white or dark meat and I received dark meat and I only ate the leg. The food was not good and I will not be returning until it improves.
  21. KO

    KennethO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, yummy southern food, laidback atmosphere.
  22. KD

    KatieD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Brisket was tough, pork was too salty. Since changing ownership the quality of the food and experience of the restaurant has declined significantly
  23. MB

    MauraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. Food was delicious! Friendly service.
  24. DJ

    DonnaJ

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Do not miss this restaurant when in Raleigh, NC !! Fabulous place !! Great welcome, awesome service. Great value. Family and large groups? No problem !! Now let's get to the BEST part, The Food is perfection and plentiful. You will love your time here. We did !!
  25. K

    Katie2481

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was AMAZING! We stopped in for a very early dinner before a concert in the area and were seated immediately. The staff (especially our waiter, Tre) were very friendly and welcoming. The food - incredible! I got the BBQ turkey with sides of mac & cheese and the sweet potato casserole (that was my favorite part!) and my boyfriend got the brisket with sides of cole slaw and green beans. All of it was so so good! We were also brought a basket of biscuits and hushpuppies before our meal which was an awesome treat. The environment is beautiful - most importantly clean, but with incredible artwork as well. Service is handled team-style so we always felt taken care of with drinks refilled, etc. I can't wait until our next trip to Raleigh to head back here again.
  26. K

    Kerry

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a consistently tasty menu and great service!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Always try and fit in a visit to “The Pit” while in the Raleigh area!
  28. m

    margaretk

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was great. The peach bourbon cocktail was good, but small for price, lots of ice and a small glass. We didn’t know 2 delish biscuits & hush puppies were coming to us ir we wouldn’t have ordered corn bread-luckily caught waitress to cancel the cornbread in time. Sweet potato casserole so creamy & sweet, could have been dessert. Collard greens just right. We both got the Carolina cut pork, very flavorful & bbq sauce on table enhanced. From out of town, glad we had good ‘ol Southern cooking!
  29. D

    Damon

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was amazing as per usual. Fast service for drinks and food. My party was in an out of the restaurant in less than an hour, but we didn't feel rushed. Made a reservation on Open Table and that seemed to help. The only downside was not being able to choose our table as we had been able to previously. We were seated in the half booth half-table section, pretty close to other patrons, when there were open full booths available and parties of the same size occupying them. A tourist but I am sure to stop by every time I'm in town.
  30. MF

    MayF

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Wonderful service! Beautiful ambiance!
  31. MP

    MikeP

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.
  32. KM

    KatharineM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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!!!
  33. J

    Justin

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was phenomenal and so was the ambiance.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 5431 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for The Pit Authentic BBQ

328 W. Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Dawson Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Regional American (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

    Robert

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, 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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