The Pit Authentic Barbecue

The Pit Authentic Barbecue

BBQ Joint and Gastropub$$$$
Central Raleigh, Raleigh
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  • Spencer S.
    The fine folks very capably hosted our party of 10. The food was so gush durn delicious I dream about it to this day.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SmithMarch 3
    While the barbecue is great, the vegetables are even better.
  • Jessi B.
    Jessi BigingJanuary 17
    They ran out of an appetizer, so we were offered free dessert- carrot cake was great & bourbon ice cream. Would definitely go back when in Raleigh again. Good bbq-- chopped bbq and brisket are good
  • Edoardo R.
    Edoardo RivaDecember 23, 2016
    Ribs, beef brisket and fried ocra. The way to go.
  • George L.
    George LeeDecember 17, 2016
    Fried chicken no doubt. The rest is also good.
  • Juan S.
    Juan SeguíDecember 3, 2016
    Best BBQ I ever tasted in North Carolina. Good chicken too!
  • Marky M.
    Marky MarksNovember 18, 2016
    the ribs were even better than the chopped BBQ
  • Richard C.
    Richard CoshalNovember 12, 2016
    the BBQ is killer!
  • Kathleen B.
    Kathleen BassSeptember 28, 2016
    Baby Back Ribs melt in your mouth. The seasonal Cornbread (Pumpkin) starter delicious, the BBQ Baked Beans, everything I've had has been on point.
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie StewartSeptember 4, 2016
    Carolina Ribs have delicious juicy tang
  • Dylan R.
    Dylan RussAugust 29, 2016
    The food wasn't anything to write home about, considering how much it was
  • Nils
    NilsAugust 29, 2016
    The name says it all!
  • Emma
    EmmaAugust 4, 2016
    Delicious meatloaf despite being a BBQ place!
  • Gabriella C.
    Gabriella CatoochJuly 8, 2016
    Kevin is the best waiter! So charismatic, helpful, and kind! The Carolina ribs and chopped pork are delicious, and the candied yams are a MUST !
  • Nick C.
    Nick CampionJuly 3, 2016
    tvfoodmaps
  • Tom I.
    Tom IgoeJune 28, 2016
    Really great NC BBQ
  • Emily A.
    Emily AnnJune 25, 2016
    Everything
  • Carmen R.
    Carmen RiosJune 10, 2016
    everything is really good but if you have chance try the fried chicken, really delicious!!
  • Tom I.
    Tom IgoeJune 10, 2016
    Really good NC-style barbecue in a vinegar-based sauce. Loved the hush puppies too.
    Upvoted Mar 21
  • Melanie W.
    Melanie W.May 29, 2016
    I was skeptical this would live up to the hype, but it totally does. Pulled pork and Mac and cheese for the win.
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerMay 29, 2016
    Fried okra and Brussels sprouts were awesome sides. Cornbread is a great appetizer. Don't over-order because you get hush puppies and biscuits. I'd avoid baby back ribs.
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    🐼May 22, 2016
    The Mind Of A Chef - Season 1 - Episode 15
  • Michael O.
    Michael OberleApril 29, 2016
    Fancier but some of the best BBQ in the area.
  • Shahrooz S.
    Shahrooz ShahandehApril 19, 2016
    The port ribs were the best IMO. The hush puppies were also AMAZING. I wasn't a big fan of the fried green tomatoes.
  • Shecorie C.
    Shecorie ConleyMarch 26, 2016
    Everything was AMAZING! Nobody can touch my grandmother's mac and cheese, but The Pit is the first place I can say put up a challenge! The BBQ Chicken and the Carolina Ribs are fall off the bone good!
  • Shecorie C.
    Shecorie ConleyMarch 26, 2016
    Everything was AMAZING! Nobody can touch my grandmother's mac and cheese, but The Pit is the first place I can say put up a challenge! The BBQ Chicken and the Carolina Ribs fall are off the bone good!
  • patrick
    patrickFebruary 26, 2016
    It's pretty good but I'd recommend going to Clyde Cooper's. It's not far from The Pit. It's better and half the price.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MuldoonFebruary 16, 2016
    Great BBQ. Fried chicken was awesome as well.
  • Pattie H.
    Pattie HoflandJanuary 30, 2016
    Just order a bit of everything...especially the brisket
  • Jianli M.
    Jianli MengJanuary 27, 2016
    Double Combo adviced
  • Francela M
    Francela MJanuary 10, 2016
    Fried okra. All the appetizers
  • Francela M
    Francela MJanuary 10, 2016
    Great Southern barbecue and service. Totally recomended.
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa MartiniDecember 29, 2015
    Came here because of the reference, and they were right... Amazing food, amazing beer
  • Marion
    MarionDecember 16, 2015
    Great service, solid brisket
  • Shane K.
    Shane KirkOctober 31, 2015
    Had the pulled pork and beef brisket. Both were tasty. Also gotnot try one of the ribs - tender and delicious.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.October 20, 2015
    "Ed Mitchell, the legendary master of the eastern North Carolina art form of whole hog cooking... Dig into pilgrimage-worthy chopped or pulled pork... with two sides and hush puppies." --NYT Read more
  • Summer R.
    Summer ReavisOctober 13, 2015
    Love this place!! We met and talked to the head sous chef and he let us try a new recipe he is trying. They always have fun things on the menu. The carrot cake is to die for!!
  • Troy B.
    Troy BellSeptember 28, 2015
    Came for the Carolina barbecue, stayed for the collards.
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RoodmanSeptember 26, 2015
    Mac n Cheese, Collards, delicious bacon, and even try the bacon ice cream.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddSeptember 14, 2015
    They give you FREE hush puppies and biscuits while you wait.and they're good, damn good.
  • Amber C.
    Amber CareySeptember 14, 2015
    Fried and bbq chicken
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FreemanAugust 13, 2015
    Everything was delicious! The Double Combo is such a good deal! Fried chicken, pulled pork, hand cut fries, and Mac and cheese.
  • Savanna B.
    Savanna BaxterJuly 29, 2015
    Pulled pork was kind of bland. Mac & cheese was great as was the corn. Not really worth the price though.
  • Laura F.
    Laura FingerJuly 26, 2015
    It's all good. Green beans and BBQ 😍
  • Julie K.
    Julie KosinJuly 25, 2015
    If you're a vegetarian, the barbecue tofu is amazing.
  • Drew T.
    Drew TysonJune 4, 2015
    not authentic. chopped pork and fried chicken decent
  • Cassandra R.
    Cassandra ReneeMay 26, 2015
    Had the BBQ with Mac n' Cheese & Collards. The waitress threw in Slaw on the house! Everything was phenomenal! The best part? The hush puppies. OMG, the hush puppies. A definite must-try in Raleigh!
  • Denzell S.
    Denzell SmithMay 8, 2015
    You CANNOT leave without experiencing the BBQ pimento cheese fries...THE BEST!!!!!!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DorseyApril 3, 2015
    Great food with an upscale atmosphere and full bar. Parking can be limited during peak times.
  • Sawdust R.
    Sawdust RegimeMarch 25, 2015
    Everything, I've been here on several trips. Try the meatloaf!
  • Andy J.
    Andy JonesMarch 25, 2015
    Banana Cream Pudding
  • Shannon Z.
    Shannon ZuckerMarch 23, 2015
    PRO: Every table gets biscuits and hush puppies after you place your order! CON: There is no seasoning/rub on the meat so it lacks flavor but luckily you are provided with sauce!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SewellMarch 17, 2015
    Awesome place for lunch. Great food and not too expensive.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DoyleMarch 14, 2015
    You can combo the plates if you don't want just one!
  • Miss D
    Miss DMarch 10, 2015
    The ribs are awesome and that sauce on the table... I put that %$#& on everything!
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KennardFebruary 7, 2015
    Have never had a meal that disappointed.
  • Lee G.
    Lee GrahamJanuary 26, 2015
    Good BBQ for downtown
  • Issam N.
    Issam NatourJanuary 18, 2015
    $2.99 for a kid's cup of milk is absurd!
  • Justin B.
    Justin BauerJanuary 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The team service is a joke, most of the time nobody knows who is paying attention to you so nobody is. Service at the bar during lunch is extremely slow.
  • Randy S.
    Randy SistoJanuary 6, 2015
    Carolina spare ribs, heirloom cabbage callards, fried green tomatoes. Great beer list. Fantastic BBQ - a national treasure!!!
  • Kelli W.
    Kelli WilsonJanuary 3, 2015
    If you order just drinks and dessert at the BAR the waitress will be full of attitude.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MenesesDecember 14, 2014
    The Bloody Mary isn't as good as it used to be, but still pretty tasty
  • Brian V.
    Brian VellmureDecember 10, 2014
    Good stuff. Has the chopped BBQ, Carolina ribs, fried ocra, and collared greens. All fantastic.
  • Roycer
    RoycerDecember 7, 2014
    Everything
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportNovember 25, 2014
    Come here to eat like a true North Carolinian. Be sure to ask for vinegar and hot sauce on the table.
  • Charles S.
    Charles StricklandNovember 23, 2014
    The barbecue fries are awesome! They come as an appetizer but are enough to be a main dish.
  • Mitchell C.
    Mitchell CurrinNovember 7, 2014
    Excellent southern comfort food. Good luck leaving without an empty plate and a full stomach.
  • Mark N.
    Mark NixonNovember 7, 2014
    Pulled pork, brisket, hush puppies, baked beans.
  • Travis F.
    Travis FrenchakNovember 7, 2014
    Bacon cheese burger was delicious. Made with ground brisket. Pumpkin cornbread with maple butler was a great starter.
  • Tom F.
    Tom FontanaOctober 18, 2014
    Everything!
  • Christopher E.
    Christopher EdwardsOctober 18, 2014
    Pimento cheese app and deviled eggs! Love this place!
  • Ramona W.
    Ramona WardOctober 18, 2014
    Catfish. Hush puppies. Yep. #J360
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SlobodzianOctober 12, 2014
    Authentic barbeque, this place is great.
  • Colby M.
    Colby MoorbergSeptember 26, 2014
    This is the best barbecue place in town to introduce visitors to North Carolina barbecue! Get the sweet potato fries!
  • Mary B.
    Mary BeckettSeptember 9, 2014
    Everything is delish. Service is good.
  • David L.
    David LeeSeptember 5, 2014
    This is a damn good BLT. The bacon is jowl, cured in house. Nothing ordinary about it.
  • Todd W.
    Todd WilliamsSeptember 2, 2014
    Those ribs combined with all those craft beer on tap choices. The fried Okra. And THE BEST (sorry mama) banana pudding EVAH! Phenomenal restaurant.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out The Pit as seen on America's Best , Man vs Food , Throwdown with Bobby Flay , Unique Eats Read more
  • Nilesh P.
    Nilesh PawarAugust 22, 2014
    Love their draft beers and chicken sandwich.
  • At O.
    At OAugust 19, 2014
    Beef brisket
  • Alexey R.
    Alexey RussianAugust 17, 2014
    Everything is great!
  • Jack B.
    Jack BensonAugust 14, 2014
    Carolina Classic Combo. Soooooo good.
  • Alexa T.
    Alexa ThompsonAugust 12, 2014
    Everything! Such a great BBQ joint!
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WelchAugust 11, 2014
    Overpriced and overhyped. Service is good so makes for an OK spot to dine with colleagues or friends. But if top-notch BBQ is what you're after, The Pit is NOT the place.
  • LaDonna H.
    LaDonna HuntAugust 11, 2014
    Brisket!!!
  • Christy S.
    Christy StevensAugust 6, 2014
    The BBQ is so good!!
  • Katrina H.
    Katrina HerbertAugust 5, 2014
    Delicious barbecue but be sure to make a reservation! Long waiting times, and there isnt a good waiting area in the restaurant so be prepared to be outside for a bit
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LyJuly 17, 2014
    Say no to tasteless deviled eggs.
  • Deanna
    DeannaJuly 7, 2014
    Absolutely amazing BBQ, mac n cheese, Brunswick stew, hush puppies, sweet potatoes fries, rolls...you won't find anything that you don't like here. LOVE it.
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KennardJuly 1, 2014
    This was our second visit. Great service, amazing food, many choices of down home cooking. You won't regret eating here!
  • Kip G.
    Kip GalyeanJune 24, 2014
    Simply the best food I've ever eaten at a restaurant!
  • John G.
    John GoreJune 18, 2014
    Wasn't expecting a place like this to have a great selection of Vegetarian options, but their BBQ Tofu is top notch!
  • Americo G.
    Americo GiannettiJune 11, 2014
    Want good BBQ when in Raleigh go to the Pit.
  • Staci
    StaciMay 9, 2014
    If your whole group agrees, do the family style(19.99 per person & you get 2 starters, 2 entrees, 2 sides, 1 dessert) make 1 starter the BBQ fries, an entree BBQ turkey and banana pudding!!!
  • Molly A.
    Molly AustinApril 23, 2014
    Get here early if you don't want to wait!
  • Lisa A.
    Lisa AnhaiserApril 18, 2014
    Pumpkin skillet cornbread is killer!
  • Anna E.
    Anna EliasApril 14, 2014
    Soul rolls, brisket, & chocolate cake were my faves in the family style meal!
  • Ken P.
    Ken PesekApril 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    EVERYTHING is EXCELLENT. Brisket was to die for.
  • B.B. Q.
    B.B. QueApril 11, 2014
    Ribs were pretty good, almost had an asian flavor - citrusy and sweet. I'd skip the banana pudding. Service was good
  • B.B. Q.
    B.B. QueApril 10, 2014
    Nice place with younger crowd. The carolina ribs were tasty... sweet with a hint of citrus... but missing any smokey character. Still good. Waitress was kind and compd me some banana pudding.
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