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.
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 $10 starting at 5:30pm Thursday - Saturday. Nearby parking garages are also available.
We are within walking distance of the red, green, yellow, blue and orange lines.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout
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Trade in the stuffy corporate event spaces and fussy formal dining rooms for an authentic slice of Texas deep in the heart of Washington D.C.
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Trade in the stuffy corporate event spaces and fussy formal dining rooms for a fun, authentic and delicious slice of Texas, right in the heart of D.C. "Best Barbecue in D.C." –The Washington Post; "Top 10 Barbecue in the U.S." –Wall Street Journal
Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC Ratings and Reviews
I am from South Texas, and this place wa ...
I am from South Texas, and this place was so close to a true taste of home. The folks working there were busy but helpful. The selection of meats was perfect. I was surprised they didn't have okra, but the green bean casserole made up for it. Mac and cheese was dry, so if you want comfort food don't get it. They had bottles of Big Red and Coke from Mexico. I can't wait to go back.
I had heard about this place for years, ...
I had heard about this place for years, and had always had it on my list of places to try. It did not disappoint. The quality of meat, the taste of the food, if you love BBQ, you'll love this (no sauce needed), but a drawback for me, was that I do like an array of sauces and I love a good Carolina based sauce, and also they didn't have any ingredients for a drink that I ordered, but our waiter was very friendly and ensured that we enjoyed our experience . Will def go back
The service was excellent and the happy ...
The service was excellent and the happy hour was good value -$ 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.
great ribs and burnt ends. Order what yo ...
great ribs and burnt ends. Order what you will eat and it is cut to order. Nice feature. Sides were good and I liked that you could order them in three sizes so you don't over do it. The service at tables was not as good as in the market or bar. Noise level is high so be ready.
Hill Country BBQ is a carnivore's deligh ...
Hill Country BBQ is a carnivore's delight. With the exception of a few specials, BBQ is priced by the pound with a variety of tasty sides available to mix and match. Best to order for the table and let everyone share. The good: very tasty food and enough variety to serve all your carnivore needs. Try a mix of lean and moist brisket. The bad: Noise level a little too loud for my taste. The ugly: I would have preferred dining on a ceramic plate or perhaps a paper plate, but none were offered. We ended up eating on gray cardboard serving containers and butcher paper--not very civilized. At least good utensils were provided. Beverages were served in mason jars. This is quaint, I guess, but I'd prefer a regular drinking glass.
Wait staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful with beverages, but that's about all: they don't bring the food. Rather, diners fetch their own meals from a serving line at the back of the restaurant, cafeteria style. Restrooms are downstairs where a band played live music and there was a very loud bar scene, definitely not kid friendly.
With these considerations, I will be delighted to meet adult friends here for dinner again, but I wouldn't bring young children and I wouldn't choose this venue for a business meeting over dinner.
Good smoke smell walking in, even back b ...
Good smoke smell walking in, even back by meat pick up. BUT, chicken tasted baked with only ok flavor (no smoke flavor), rib was tender and moist but again no smoke flavor. Brisket had smoke flavor but dry! Really disappointing.
My husband is a born and raised Texan, a ...
My husband is a born and raised Texan, and a true BBQ connoisseur He refuses to go anywhere else in the area for brisket. I am convinced no one else makes better mac n cheese. We love that the atmosphere is truly country casual, so you can pop in after a day of cycling, sightseeing, or just sitting at your desk.
And don't forget, it's one of the only places in the Metro area where you can get Blue Bell Ice Cream!
Absolutely fantastic place to eat. I wen ...
Absolutely fantastic place to eat. I went out with coworkers and we had a blast - especially with the $20 pitchers of margaritas during Happy Hour! I had the pitmaster and it was worth every cent. Try the corn pudding, you won't regret it!
First time at Hill Country but not the l ...
First time at Hill Country but not the last! The brisket and sides were wonderful. The spare ribs were a bit tough however. We ate early and I was surprised at how noisy the place was even though the dining room was still mostly empty.
I loved this place and I will be returni ...
I loved this place and I will be returning soon. The food and prices are commendable. They have am elevator for the disabled which is an A+ in my book anytime. LUIS was our waiter and he did a fabulous job. Since it was our first time I wished a manager would have checked on us at least once.
Two or us started at the bar and moved t ...
Two or us started at the bar and moved to a table for dinner. The bartenders are awesome, as are the wait/server and food prep staff. Very informative, answered many questions for us newbies, and attentive. Overall, I would highly recommend Hill Country BBQ for a terrific time and meal!
Can't beat the brisket - tastes like it' ...
Can't beat the brisket - tastes like it's straight from Texas. Their food is great and service is fast. Make a reservation in case there'll be crowds or you have a larger party, though generally easy to get a seat.
Food overall was average and a bit price ...
Food overall was average and a bit pricey. Spareribs were tough and hot sausage link was very greasy. The chicken was fair but the brisket and sides (longhorn cheddar mac and cheese and green beans) were delicious. Bottled softdrinks were also expensive. Fountain drinks are a better deal. Would recommend ordering ala carte instead of ordering Pitmaster combo. Get as much as you like of what you like instead of spending $28 for this combo and getting things that might not taste good. Dining room was extremely noisy and didn't have much ambience. We ate here because we had tickets for a concert. The show was what we really came for and it was great!!
A meat lover's Valhalla! It's self-serv ...
A meat lover's Valhalla! It's self-service for the cut-to-order meat selections -- beware of the temptation to order too much! Reservations just about essential if one wishes to avoid a long wait. Place was packed on the evening we visited -- fun atmosphere, but difficult to have a conversation for the noise!
Being able to order just how much you wa ...
Being able to order just how much you want to eat is awesome when you're not in a position to cart home leftovers. Good BBQ but not great - brisket and pork loin were both a little dry, although short rib was really good. Only one option for sauce.
Food is good but having to get it yourse ...
Food is good but having to get it yourself is a pain in the rear. They have this system where you go with a card to get stuff and wait in line for it. If I wanted to wait in line I would go to chipotle. Then we had issues with them marking extra stuff that showed up on our bill and had to have that corrected. it was annoying. they should stick to the basics at the restaurant and have waiter that wait the tables not the patrons.
Good BBQ but unbearably noisy. Arriving ...
Good BBQ but unbearably noisy. Arriving at Hill Country you are immediately confronted with the wonderful smoky smell of first class smoked meat and the assaultive, intolerable noise from the music and the crowds. The smoky scent is great but the noise permeates every area and really ruined the experience for me. If you make it past the noise and enjoy the self-serve style, you will be rewarded with fine smoked beef and pork. The ribs were excellent, truly smoky and tender. The lean brisket was just a little dry but also smoky and completely lean. The pork is thick sliced, not pulled. It's also lean but a bit too salty. BBQ sauce would have helped the flavor but the sauce on the table was just sweet with no spice or smokiness. We mixed the bbq sauce with the hot sauce and that helped but was still inferior. The side cole slaw was very good. The market salad was bland and boring and the purported chipotle dressing was of no help. Our server delivered drinks, adequate beer but nothing great. I do agree this may be the best bbq in DC, but DC is not a bbq town. For me, it's wasn't worth losing my voice and my hearing in the relentless din. Also, very expensive.
Cafeteria-style dining with really fun decor!
Love the décor at this DC gem! The menu is all Texas with delicious BBQ and yummy sides. Interesting ordering style, though. You take a card through a cafeteria-style line and you get a price tag for everything you put on your tray. Be sure to sample the sides--they will gladly accommodate your request--as they are all very good and some are unique. For dessert, we tried banana cream pudding and strawberry crisp--both delicious. They had live music later in the evening in a lower level area. Wish we could've stayed to enjoy that. Overall, highly recommend!!
Great BBQ Spot
My wife and I first visited Hill Country Barbeque Market 2 years ago, and have been hooked ever since.
The food is simply delicious. You'd be hard pressed to find better barbeque. Plus the sides are very generous and filling. You buy your meats by the lb which can get a little pricey, but if you talk with your servers at the serving counter's they'll help you stay on budget.
All in all, I highly recommend this place.
As a vegetarian I was surprised at the v ...
As a vegetarian I was surprised at the variety of side options available at this mainly meat-based restaurant. I wouldn't recommend this to vegans though- all sides (except the beans and salad) had dairy. Everything tasted great! Semi-cafeteria style service but the table service we did have was excellent.
Texas girl in DC
The BBQ meats tastes like authentic Texas BBQ. However, the food is expensive for BBQ. Everything is weighed by the pound. It's ridiculous. Either set a price for all you can eat or have platters, i.e., 3-rib platter, beef brisket platter, mixed-meat platter, etc. While the meats are great, the side dishes are mediocre at best. Expensive for the amount you receive. The service of the wait staff is good but the meat servers could be more enthusiastic. At least look like they want to work there. Overall, it is a good place to dine, especially if a Texan.
casual dining with gourmet BBQ
Sometime you are just in the mood for BBQ, smoked meats and hearty sides. Hill country is the place to go. It can get a bit pricey, but the food is excellent and choices are plentiful. My favorites: moist brisket, ribs and smoked turkey. Enjoy!!
Good atmosphere and great food ... for a BBQ venue
Was a good BBQ but the size of the portions is too small. Service was very friendly and the waiter was really helpful with us.
On the points to improve : just plan to have a good shower when going back home. The smoke smell is quite persistant.
We expected better
Friend & I made an Open Table reservation before going to the theater. Called that we were arriving late due to traffic. We arrived, they found us and seated us immediately. Friendly waiter described how it worked - essentially to to the rear for the various food stations and return. He was prompt with our drinks. So far, so good until we went for food. Long lines and just a few people working behind the counters. There were lots of people standing behind the counters, but only one at each station actually serving people. And of course, they had run out of various items.
At the sides station, they had run out of cole slaw (really?) and gal said she would bring me my dish. Well, that never happened and we had the server take it off our bill. No, I don't want to take a to go portion of cole slaw with me! The place is "vibrant" which also means loud and hard to have a conversation but good for gangs of friends. The brisket was tasty but needed lots of sauce available on the tables. I've been to many better BBQ places, but not in downtown DC (uptown, yes). I can see sending out of towners here to try it, as a fun, loud casual place, but we won't be back. And of yes, OT sent me an email the next day saying we were no shows. Kind of added insult to a not great experience.
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