About The Pit Authentic BBQ
Raleigh, NC 27601
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 email@example.com
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
$30 and under
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For Private Dining and Catering inquiries contact Mollyann Russell at (919)829-0833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complimentary valet parking all day, every day. Street parking anywhere after 5pm
The R-line stops right in front of the restaurant!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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We offer private dining areas to accommodate up to 85 guests. We will customize a Plated Menu or a Family Style Menu suited for your event.
The Pit Authentic BBQ Ratings and Reviews
We have frequented the pit over the years. The food is fantastic all the side dishes are amazing. Both barbecue sauces that they use are exquisite. It is difficult to get in and out on a Friday or Saturday night, but if you make a reservation early it usually works very well. We always use the valet parking.
Above and beyond service and the food was just yummy, as always -- BBQ Baby-Back Ribs, Mac 'n Cheese and the Banana Pudding are (3) must haves when you go there! My group of 10 truly had a great dinner and time!!! Many of them were 1st timers and will definitely be back!!!
The Pit was extremely crowded so I'm glad we had a reservation. Found a seat at the 'first come, first served bar' and didn't have to wait long. Things seemed to be a bit "off" and not the usual, casual atmosphere. Even the bartenders, who are normally laid back and go with the flow of fixing drinks fast, were a bit scattered. Food was good but servings were much smaller than usual. I'd still recommend going as I think this was unusual.
The food we had on our last visit to The Pit was the best we have ever had the there. The pulled pork was amazing, the brisket was very tender, and I could eat the Endive salad with a side of pork everyday--it was just that good. (I substituted pork for the turkey that comes standard on the menu). Biscuits were fluffy and light and absolutely delicious.
Open Table had us seated within 5 minutes of our reservation, however, we were relegated to a corner table that faced the street, and the cigarette smoke coming in from outside smelled as if the person was sitting right at our table. Even though the windows were closed. It absolutely ruined the end of the meal because the smell was so strong, so don't sit near the front windows if smoke bothers you.
Service--our waiter was not very good. He forgot to tell us that certain items were not available from the menu, it took 30 minutes to get our water refilled after we had to ask for more, and I think he stopped by exactly four times, which included taking our order and bringing us the check. Check ins were non-existent so if you had a problem with your food, good luck. If you wanted another beer, which one of our guests did, your best bet was to go to the bar to get it yourself. It really was a a shame, because we had out of town guests with us hoping for some southern hospitality to go with their southern food, but it was nowhere to be found. I'd definitely go back for the food, but not for the service.
The food was great. I had requested to be seated away from busy areas but this request was not fulfilled. We were seated right beside the hostess area and it was very distracting. It was very nosy. I think large part to the arcade and bar right next door. I don't remember it being this loud the last time I came here. Besides the noise, the food was delicious, like being at a cookout.
Place was busy but still had a lot of open seating with big line-up. We just waltzed right in with our res. but we're seated right by the kitchen which I'll never understand because we saw all these open booths throughout. We moved to a booth. Food was 'okay' but I felt like my baby back ribs weren't cooked because it wasn't 'fall off the bone'. Pulled pork was nice but didn't like the chunks of fat in there. Fried chicken was exceptional and my son said the best mac n cheese he's ever had (we've just been through 6 states). Fries were good. They bring you a basket of deep fried corn bread balls and biscuits which were amazing. Young lady who sat us wasn't happy to be there.
Our family of 4 loved the meal and ambiance. The Pit is a great place to feed your meat cravings and the kids loved it by ordering Pulled Pork sandwich and their ribs. My wife and I are vegetarian and were thrilled with the giant Black bean burger and sweet potatoe fries.
The servers were attentive and polite, we even had the manager approach us and offer apologies for our meal taking longer than they thought should have taken to be served....even offered us complimentary items and dessert ( but the meals were so filling , we passed on their generosity )
Definatley recommend The Pit to anyone coming to raleigh, its nearby lots of sights and the outdoor patio was in use with the warm weather.
Took my husband and some friends for his 45th birthday and it was our first time there. We got there a bit earlier than our reservation but was seated by our reservation time. It is a busy place, so I would recommend having a reservation. We absolutely loved the food. Best ribs ever! My favorite side dish was the mac-n-cheese. Great atmosphere and a lively location. Can't wait to return!
Overall a good experience, but on Valentine's day it was obvious they were trying to cram in as many as they could, with 2 person tables so close that it made privacy impossible (within 3 feet on either side of our table). Food was great as always, but portions were lackluster. With some tweaking it could be the perfect place.
The Pit is always reliable for excellent chopped pork BBQ, pulled pork, Carolina ribs... and my favorite side is collards - always perfect. The mac and cheese appetizer is a pleaser. The complementary hush puppies are excellent. One of the special appetizers was a sweet potato cornbread which was excellent. The restaurant can be quite loud. Good place to bring out of town visitors for a taste of local Southern soul food.
Everything was going good, until we received chicken wings as a appetizer that weren't fully cooked, Blood literally ran out.... It was everyone first time except for the birthday girl... The manager didn't charge us for the appetizer... Needless to say we want be go back.
Great food and surprisingly upscale BBQ joint. My wife had the pulled pork, Mac n cheese and green beans, all were excellent. I had the fried chicken (MVP of the meal) brisket (a little dry) Mac n cheese and Brussels sprouts. The hush puppies as we waited for our food didn't last long and the cocktails were great. Service was top notch and when we asked our waiter at the end on a recommendation for some good live music, he came back with a list for us. Will absolutely come back the next time we find ourselves in Raleigh.
This was our fourth time and I doubt we'll be back. The food is pretty good but it doesn't make up for the long waits and uniformly bad service. They have a concept of a team serving you but it lacks cohesion and the ball gets dropped every time we come. It can take 30 minutes to get a drink and they forgot my wife's dinner and it was her birthday.
The Pit has always been one of my husband and I favorite places to eat. After the birth of our son over a year ago, this has been the first time we have been back. We were disappointed to say the least. The only thing that we truly enjoyed was the Brunswick stew. We voiced our concerns to the waitress, who was awesome by the way. We then spoke with a Manager, who was also great and he took off several of the items we did not enjoy. It could have been that it was just a bad night for the kitchen, I don't know. But I would recommend anyone trying at least once and you can then be the judge.
This was our first time and it was AMAZING!!!
Food and our drinks - absolutely delicious. Highly recommend mac n cheese bites app, wings, fried chicken OMG, pulled pork
Our Server Chris was on POINT as were to other servers who all helped out and made the evening flow smoothlessly.
Place was quiet even though more on casual side with large bar area which was great so we still enjoyed a nice quiet delicious meal.
Business dinner with a person from Ireland and Netherland, first time enjoying southern NC meal. They were impressed, full and did not leave hungry. They enjoyed huspuppies, cornbread and NC style chopped BBQ. Also the chocolate cake and Cheer wine (no ice) topped the evening. A very quiet evening. Wait staff top notch👍 Thanks PiT
I haven't been in a few years and was surprised how good it was! I wanted to show my Texan friends real eastern NC bbq and it did not disappoint. Wouldn't hesitate to go back!
Tip: if you've never had eastern NC bbq, do the chopped bbq (not the pulled pork) as it comes bathed in some tasty NC sauce!
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