About Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC
Named "Best Barbecue in NY" by both New York Magazine and Time Out New York, "Top 10 Barbecue in the U.S." by the Wall Street Journal and "Best New Restaurants of the Year" by New York Magazine, Hill Country takes its "cue" from legendary Texas barbecue joint Kreuz Market and its distinctive dry-rub style. Hill Country's brisket, sausage, ribs and other meats are smoked low and slow over Texas post oak. The barbecue is served in butcher paper, counter-style by the pound, with traditional trimmings.
Washington, DC 20004
Barbecue, Southern, American
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily at 11:30am
Sunday - Thursday: Kitchen closes at 10pm
Friday & Saturday: Kitchen closes at 11pm
Sunday - Tuesday & Thursday: Late Night Menu until 11pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Late Night Menu until 12am
Hill Country Bar is open until 2am nightly
Between D and E
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Hill Country offers free live music in our Boot Bar Tuesday through Saturday. Join us for our LIVE BAND karaoke every Wednesday starting at 8:30pm and feel like a rock star! For a complete listing of upcoming shows, visit http://music.hillcountrywdc.com.
Hill Country Catering & Events brings the award-winning Hill Country experience to your next function at your place or ours - no matter the size or occasion!
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Valet Parking $10 starting at 5:30pm Thursday - Saturday. Nearby parking garages are also available.
We are within walking distance of the red, green, yellow, blue and orange lines.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout
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Trade in the stuffy corporate event spaces and fussy formal dining rooms for an authentic slice of Texas deep in the heart of Washington D.C.
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Trade in the stuffy corporate event spaces and fussy formal dining rooms for a fun, authentic and delicious slice of Texas, right in the heart of D.C. "Best Barbecue in D.C." –The Washington Post; "Top 10 Barbecue in the U.S." –Wall Street Journal
Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC Ratings and Reviews
The waitress was very friendly and helpf ...
The waitress was very friendly and helpful but I was disappointed in the staff working the cafeteria style food line. The meats guy noted the menu wasn't accurate so there are things on the menu that they don't sell. Not his fault but he wasn't pleasant about it. It took a couple of minutes to get the attention of the cold sides guy and when he got around to serving us, he wasn't very happy either. The hot sides server was at least faster in getting us the sides but, overall, the folks working this part of the operation acted like they didn't care whether or not we had a good experience.
The meats were well prepared, we had the ribs, brisket, and sausages. They only serve one type of sauce but it was very good and went well with every meat dish we got. The sides I'd rate very good. The cucumber salad and cole slaw were tasty and not too juicy. The campfire beans were excellent.
We also caught the live music show downstairs. For no cover charge, they (Man About A Horse) were very talented.
Three of the four of us were first-timer ...
Three of the four of us were first-timers -- my wife and I and our son's date. Our 28 year old son had been before and loved it . And so did we other three. I knew my wife would prefer something more haute but this was just perfect. We had a reasonably quiet table in a pretty noisy place; all service agents were friendly and forthcoming. I couldn't quite find the right beer until my third try which seemed perfectly o.k. with my wait person. The food was terrific. All the barbecue cuts you might want, all the sides imaginable with barbecue cuisine. The brisket was the best ever -- the juicier of the choices. The string beans and onions as a side was first rate. Sweet potatoes to die for if they don't kill you first. This is not heart-healthy fare but what it is and the place where it was served were just terrific. Larry C
Really disappointed in the ribs. The bri ...
Really disappointed in the ribs. The brisket wasn't anything special. For a place where you have to get your own food, the food service was incredibly slow.
Overall, a high price to pay for a mediocre dining experience. The only advantage is, this place has gone so far downhill that you can easily walk up and get a table before a Caps game (when every other restaurant is packed).
The cafeteria-style serving line is a bi ...
The cafeteria-style serving line is a bit overwhelming for a first-timer who doesn't know the system, but staff are very helpful (and so are other patrons who are regular lunchtime visitors). Casual atmosphere, which was fine with me because I was meeting a former colleague for lunch; might not be the best spot for a more formal business lunch. I had a salad with BBQ pork loin on top. The meat serving was generous. My meat was a bit dry, but I expected that because I purposely chose a lean option (I suspect brisket would have been much better). The salad was also generous, and there were lots of custom toppings available. Compared to other lunch options in the area, this salad offered a decent value for the serving size, with a good amount of protein. Ambiance is fun but LOUD -- not the best place if you're trying to have a meaningful conversation.
Really good Texas-style barbecue - smoke ...
Really good Texas-style barbecue - smokey beef brisket, chicken, sausage, pulled pork and brontosaurus-size ribs. Very tasty sides, too. Especially love the collard greens and corn pudding. Downsides: You have to go get your own food (just like at Texas BBQ joints) and the near-deafening noise level during busy periods. You can barely have a conversation with fellow diners. Service was prompt and friendly. Will definitely be back.
The brisket (we chose "moist" as opposed ...
The brisket (we chose "moist" as opposed to "lean") was wonderfully tender and flavorful with a smokey bark that goes well with their barbecue sauce. My only other wish would be more sauce selections (they had house and Pete's). Oh, that, and they were out of Prime Rib and Shoulder....a bit early at 7pm to be out but we'll give it another shot for those two another time. Collard greens were good; cornbread was actually corn muffins (and at $3.25 a bit much for two small muffins.)
It's like a southern style hometown barb ...
It's like a southern style hometown barbecue place, but with a twist. You take your ordet card to the meat counter and hand it to the meat carvers. They give you what you order by weight, add your price to your card, and then you order your sides. You can taste meat before you order. Everything has great flavor. Brisket is a little on the dry side, but has great flavor and with barbecue sauce added is great. The servers are all really nice and help explain the ordering process. Must try the cinnamon whipped butter that comes with the corn muffins.
This is the best Texas BBQ in DC. But it ...
This is the best Texas BBQ in DC. But it doesn't hold a candle to the real stuff in Texas. Even a chain BBQ joint in Texas is a cut above. Look, the food was real good, the chicken was moist and flavorful. The brisket. Was good but I prefer it without the fat. The ribs were a little tough. But all had a good taste. The sides were plentiful and tasty. I'd go back, but I'm not going out of my way for it.
As far as barbecue goes, the food was de ...
As far as barbecue goes, the food was delicious. Service was good, ambiance was great, and it was an enjoyable experience overall. The only criticism I have is how expensive this place is! I have never had more expensive barbecue. Isn't the whole point of barbecue for it to be casual and inexpensive? My husband and I shared a few sides, got two ribs, and 1/4 pound of brisket and paid $60! It was well worth it because the food was so good, but not something we could do often.
The vibe was fun and upbeat. The meat wa ...
The vibe was fun and upbeat. The meat was mediocre at best. The chicken & turkey were the best. The sides were terrific: Cole slaw, mac & cheese, corn pudding, sweet potatoes, collard greens, baked beans, green bean casserole & cornbread. Didn't care for the hot apple crisp. The topping tasted like granola. The banana pudding was excellent. Wanted to try the pb&j cupcake & the brownie but ran out of room. The lager on tap was wonderful!! Service was great. I thought it was a bit pricey.
Brisket good, chicken fair, sides excell ...
Brisket good, chicken fair, sides excellent, service good. Pork ribs very bad and way overpriced, any self-respecting BBQ pit master would be embarrassed to serve. Could only survive in Northern city. Just stick to the brisket and sides (and maybe turkey, which they were out of) if you have to go.
We went on a Friday night and it was pac ...
We went on a Friday night and it was packed but we expected that. This was our first time dining at Hill Country so we were unfamiliar with the cafeteria style ordering format. It was so noisy in the restaurant that we had a hard time understanding our server's instructions. But we eventually got our food and got seated back at our table to dine.
So about the food. Fair warning, we are from Kansas City and know oustanding barbeque when we taste it. The chicken was smoked well and had a good flavor to the dry rub. The brisket was not tender and a bit on the bland side. The macaroni and cheese tasted like it was made with Velveeta instead of real cheese. The cornbread was ok. The burnt ends in the baked beans was really just cubed beef, not truly burnt ends and the beans themselves were on the bland side.
All in all, we were disappointed with barbecue in DC. But then again if you want good beef you have to go where they raise good beef, and that's not DC.
This place gets super crowded on Friday ...
This place gets super crowded on Friday nights, but it's nice during off times. They often run out of the best menu items, too. We went on a Saturday to catch a Texas football game. Great food, decent beer selection, and not too crowded. Would have preferred a few more TVs though. Oh. And I ate too much.
Best brisket we've found in the area, pr ...
Best brisket we've found in the area, pretty good pulled pork, but the rest was just decent. The bbq chicken was fairly flavorless, the pork ribs were too tough to eat, and the sides were fair but not great. The peanut butter and jelly cupcake and banana pudding were nowhere near great and the sweet tea was so freshly brewed that it still had that sort of bitter fresh taste which is not the right way to serve sweet tea! We had heard rave reviews about this place from friends and were sorely disappointed! I will say that we had a fantastic server that knew we were short on time and was always one step ahead of us to keep us on track!
I am from South Texas, and this place wa ...
I am from South Texas, and this place was so close to a true taste of home. The folks working there were busy but helpful. The selection of meats was perfect. I was surprised they didn't have okra, but the green bean casserole made up for it. Mac and cheese was dry, so if you want comfort food don't get it. They had bottles of Big Red and Coke from Mexico. I can't wait to go back.
I had heard about this place for years, ...
I had heard about this place for years, and had always had it on my list of places to try. It did not disappoint. The quality of meat, the taste of the food, if you love BBQ, you'll love this (no sauce needed), but a drawback for me, was that I do like an array of sauces and I love a good Carolina based sauce, and also they didn't have any ingredients for a drink that I ordered, but our waiter was very friendly and ensured that we enjoyed our experience . Will def go back
The service was excellent and the happy ...
The service was excellent and the happy hour was good value -$ 5 drink during happy hour and not just at bar seating. Side dishes were tasty but the ribs were not cooked well - still too fatty and chewy when I like/expected them to be tender and falling off the bone, plus they were expensive to boot.
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