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
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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!
For more information, please contact our Catering & Events team at email@example.com or 202-556-2044.
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 Restaurant, 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
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.
Best out of 3
I've recently dined at Texas Jack's in Arlington, Epic Smokehouse in Arlington, and Hill Country Barbecue. Of the 3 places, I would rate Hill Country first, Texas Jack's a very close second, and Epic as the clear third-place trailer.
I base this on the following:
Hill Country's food was excellent. I sampled the brisket, prime rib, turkey, and their jalapeno sausage. I did not try the chicken. Everything I tasted had an excellent smoke flavor and was cooked perfectly for my taste. The service was excellent. I did think that Hill Country was a bit pricey. Hill Country embraces a rather communal dining concept that includes many tables in a big room. I believe this is an intentional nod toward the barbecue joints of Texas Hill Country and echoes their ambiance. If you're looking, however, for swank surroundings, this is not your place. My wife likened it to dining in a "cafeteria" even though she greatly enjoyed the food.
Regarding the other two establishments: Texas Jack's has excellent food and you won't be disappointed, but the smoky flavor of their meats seemed to fall just barely short of Hill Country's. I will say, however, that Texas Jack's makes a phenomenally good plate of Nachos AND you can get the same queso on their brisket sandwich. So if you are looking for cheese with your Q, that could be a decisive factor. Epic was...well, meh, it was fine, but I personally would choose one of the other two for a return visit. Sorry Epic, but I have to call them like I see them. Nice folks there though...maybe drop in before you go to the Costco...what the heck.
We dropped in after seeing "!984" at the nearby Lansburgh Theatre . As usual, the music was very loud. I tried a couple HC Hot Links and found them dry and bland. She got a Lean Brisket (which might have also passed for "Moist") and a couple ribs. The corn pudding side was tasty.
A little bit of Texas in DC!
I have lived in DC my whole life and was looking for someplace like this and I've finally found it! We were a group of 4 and got the $99 platter. This is the first time I have ordered a platter for 4 and actually had leftovers! The food was awesome and the sides were even better. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I can't wait to go back once I'm done with the leftovers :)
First and probably last time
We were referred this place for their bbq but we had a very bad first time experience. Upon arrival we were quickly seated then instructed on where to go for food. The line was pretty long but it was no big deal. Upon reaching the front we were informed that they were out of everything but turkey and chicken. We settled for what they had but thought it was crazy that a restaurant in one of the busiest parts of town would run out of food almost 3 hours before they close. The turkey was pretty good but we ordered a pitcher of beer and there was also something very wrong with the beer. It tasted like soap. We weren't sure if it was the glasses or the pitcher but needless to say we did not finish it. We asked for the check and still left the waiter an 18% tip as the issues were no fault of his own but we do not think we will go back.
I never imagined I'd find a Texas-style BBQ place outside of Texas that is THIS unbelievably delicious. It actually beats out many joints that I've frequented while growing up in Texas. The moist brisket? May as well be dining in Lockhart - absolutely the best. Superb. Pork ribs are outstanding, too. Beans? Done very nicely.
Go for the food. Atmosphere tries hard to convey authentic Austin-area feel, but comes off a bit more like a chain. They tried, though. The food makes up for everything, and a lot more.
I don't have good bbq near me, so I don't have much to compare it to, however, this was really yummy. Order by the pound, which is a new concept for me. Loved the pork ribs, lamb ribs, chicken, cucumber salad and cornbread. Even my very picky children found something to like with this bbq.
Great, Established, Chinatown BBQ Resto
We've been coming to Hill Country for a couple of years now. Their meat market and chop station is very unique. Their servers are always on point. Everything is cooked to the best possible, and the Bar area is always hopping.
I would certainly advise to make a reservation. Real simple to do through Opentable or by calling the restaurant. But I witness all the time Hill Country going from a few tables occupied to all of a sudden packed wall to wall. Can't blame the locals for knowing to come to a local's favorite spot.
tasty BBQ with cafeteria-style serving/atmosphere
After several friends had recommended Hill Country, we finally went for dinner on a Sunday eve. Good BBQ meats, for sure. Pork ribs really tasty. Kid-friendly. Vegetarians can eat mac 'n cheese and some of the other sides. Sides were fine and typical with BBQ (coleslaw is tasty--not too sweet or mayo-drenched; cucumber slices slightly pickled are tasty). The cafeteria-style serving style and atmosphere wasn't really up my alley. Not a place to hang out and linger; large noisy space and crowded. Better for grab a meal and run.
Real Texan Food!
As a native Texan, for me this restaurant is an oasis in the desert. Everything on the menu is authentic Anglo-Texan cuisine -- great Q done in brown sauce rather than (NC) red, cowboy beans, golden potato salad, black-eyed peas, chili, pecan pie and cobbler. All that's missing is chicken fried steak. Add to it Texas brews (Lone Star and Shiner) and a passable margarita and you've reached heaven in DC!
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