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
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.
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!
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