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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Raleigh, NC 27601
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 email@example.com.
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
The service was very slow and dishes piled up between courses with nobody clearing the table. The food presentation was unappetizing. Everything on my plate was gray. We were disappointed since we had heard wonderful things. Dinosaur BBQ in central NY is far superior.
I was excited to try this place after seeing it on a few different shows. It was also recommended by the concierge at our hotel. It did not disappoint. The brisket and chop BBQ were both delicious. The brussel sprouts were great as well. There was a good local beer selection and some great specialty cocktails. Would definitely go back again.
I had seen The Pit on a few food shows and wanted to try it on our next trip to Raleigh. We had several hours to kill and drove around downtown Raleigh before lunch. The Pit is much bigger than I had thought and got a good downtown business crowd. They have a good selection of NC beers, both in bottles and on draft. Service was pleasant and helpful, plus if you wanted a quick bite at lunch, they could oblige.
We ordered baby backs and pulled pork and used the red sauce on the ribs and the vinegar based on the pork. Sides were a bit small but very tasty, slaw and black eyed peas. I'd highly recommend the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer and the fried pimento cheese was delish too. Baja pudding ended the meal, tasty but very sweet.
I'd go back in a flash and highly recommend it for authentic whole hog BBQ.
We went to The Pit for Mother's Day. We were seated quickly and the wait staff was attentive. We ordered the barbecue fries as an appetizer. It came out almost cold. The cheese wasn't melted or even warm. Three of us ordered the smoked turkey, and all three us had bones in it. The sides are so small, really like a quarter of a cup. I had the brussels sprouts, and I literally had two brussels sprouts cut in half. Two of us had the fries as a side. They looked absolutely disgusting. They decided not to send them back because even though they said they looked bad, they tasted okay. I lost my appetite after biting into a sharp bone. It was over an inch long. I wouldn't go back. It was okay, but rather disappointing especially for Mother's Day.
Went there Saturday of NC State's Graduation. Most Popular place on OpenTable. I made reservations for 7 but it turned into 9. They seated us immediately. Service was great. Food was excellent, even though they ran out of pulled pork. Tons of food in each portion. Awesome cornbread.
Our extended family converged on Raleigh from all over the country for my niece's graduation. This place has amazing food and was the perfect spot for a celebratory meal. Our family likes to have fun and laugh and this place had a great casual vibe but with nice food and very friendly staff. Highly recommend it for big party -- we were a part of 10 and after I booked on open table I called and the manager managed to squeeze in two more seats on one of their busiest days of the year.
We reserved The Pit to celebrate our son's graduation from NC State. Our reservation was handled very efficiently. The food was delicious and the wait staff was wonderful. We have always loved eating here. It's always a great experience. We will be back many more times in the future!
I went to this restaurant at the end of a long convention day. The food was ok but not up to par with some of the excellent barbecue we have in the Carolinas. It also felt like they were in a big hurry to get me out to get my table which is never a good feeling. So my overall review is "meh."
I was very dissatisfied with my vist here. The food was cold and when I ordered an iced tea with LOTS of ice it came with 3 ice cubes. Needless to say I won't be returning. I ordered the sweet potato fries not realizing they came sprinkled with brown sugar.. not good for a diabetic customer. These types of things should be indicated on the menu for people needing this kind of information for dietary restrictions.
I ate here about five years ago and it was much, much better then. This time the food was just OK; plenty of other BBQ places that are better. They have a "team service" concept. NOT a big fan of that. Four or five different servers and none of them seemed to know what the other had already done. Three different servers came up to ask if we needed anything in the span of two minutes . . . which is rather intrusive when you're on a date. A single server would have asked once and left us alone. We were also seated next to the servers' station so we overheard their conversations to include all their profanity. All in all, not a great evening and we won't go back.
We had a party of 6 and all got our good very quickly but the good was all cold. The meat was even cold. Veggies were cold and biscuits were hard as rocks . Service was ok-figured on more attentive waiters as they were not very busy at 4.45pm. This was our 2nd time at The Pit and we were all disappointed.
Our first opportunity to try Eastern North Carolina BBQ and The Pit got us off to a great start. Not your typical dive BBQ place that is for sure. The ambience exuded the current industrial look complete with high ceilings, and brick walls and a serious wine cellar!
We couldn't resist the Southern-style deviled eggs which were delicious. The filling had just the right amount of pickle relish which delighted my condiment loving husband and the eggs were tender and tasty! Mike thoroughly enjoyed his combo plate of brisket which was tender and flavorful ( it is hard to find that outside of Texas) and chopped pork and the eastern style bbq sauce which was tangy with mustard and vinegar. My fried chicken had a very crispy crust and was moist and tender -sounds easy but hard to find it executed this well. The basket of hot out of the oven biscuits were tender and flaky...took one home and it was pretty darn good the next morning. I wish The Pit was closer to our home as we would be regulars.
I was a little disappointed because i was thinking the place was more upscale then it was.Looking at the picture online lead me to believe that,it wasn't bad just not what
i was anticipating. The food was very good with only one problem,a slice of my brisket was seared on one side.
We came in this past Monday night the 1st of May. It was our second time coming in. We had Kristy as our waitress and she went above and beyond for us. Probably the best waitress we have ever had. It made the overall experience better than what it already was. I highly recommend going here!
We could not have been more delighted with our dining experience for 10 guests on May 1, 2017.
It was a birthday celebration. We felt well served, but not rushed. Especially appreciate the nice set-up for the grandkids. Their paper menus also had some games printed on them. Their menus were specially folded and held their crayons. The amount of food per serving was generous. Will definitely be back again for more celebrations. Thank you Pitt.
I have eaten at The Pit before, as with all restaurants downtown it is loud, the portions are smaller than they were the last time, but the food is still delicious. I wish they had a better mixed drink menu, I am not a fan of any they serve, and I don't drink beer.
The food has unfortunately changed... the portions are noticeable smaller, the flavor profiles are different, and it overall just wasn't the same as it has been in years past. I used to love The Pit and always looked forward to going there. Now I would not recommend The Pit to anyone. There are better places in Raleigh to find barbecue and chicken.
the food is excellent.
The service and hostesses lousy. The waiting staff shares tables, so you never know who to ask and they don't really care since this is not really their table.
Ran out of hush puppies, a barbecue restaurant in the south , no hush puppies !!!!!!!!
This is a place for take out because the only good thing in this restaurant is the food.
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