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!
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, 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.
For more information, please contact our Catering & Events team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-556-2044.
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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
Love this place, always bring out-of-town visitors or celebrate special occasions here. This was the first time I've ever received less than stellar service from a waitress. Everyone else was phenomenal as usual: the greeter, the bartender, and the guys preparing the food are all-stars. Maybe the waitress was having an off day.
Hill Country is convenient for the Shakespeare Theatre-Lansburgh. The food is great. It is nice that the sides come in three different sizes which allows you to share or to sample more choices. The only problem is the odd "market" for getting food. Basically it is a cafeteria except for drinks which the server brings. But again the food is great even with the oddities.
The food is very good and some of the better BBQ in DC. They were out of ribs which was a buzzkill. The chicken, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, and Brisket were all great. The burnt ends were ok. The greens were dry and bland. Do not recommend those. Service was terrible. The waited definitely had too many tables, brought the wrong check, and did not attend to our table effectively.
The only thing that would make this place perfect would be if the waiters served the meat and sides -- from a menu. I've been to Austin MANY times and have never had to go stand in line for some dude to pick up meat and wrap it in paper. Ick. I'd rather not see that. Our server was awesome - but would have gotten a better tip if he did something other than fetch iced tea :(
Good: Local hot spot for good barbecue. Fun atmosphere. Service good especially for how crowded it is. Side dishes were very good. Meat was tasty but too fatty.
Not-So-Good: Very expensive for BBQ. Meat was very fatty so paying premium prices for lots of fat. Pay by the pound so large amount of what we paid for was just large pieces of inedible fat. Probably won't go back again.
Brought a friend here for restaurant Week for lunch. She had never been and enjoyed herself. Glad to see Hill Country participating once more in restaurant week. We had brisket, a pork rib, chicken, a side, cord bread, a desert and a beverage. Hill Country always produces quality eats coupled with a wide variety to choose from. A must stop on Restaurant Week.
Hill Country was great. Meat is really smoked can be even be eaten without BBQ sauce. Had the brisket and a hot link sausage. Both were excellent. The beans and mac & cheese were also good sides. Enjoyed the banana pudding for dessert.
The smoked orange Margarita was great & went really well with the meal! Highly recommended!
Hill Country is authentic BBQ, served in a great setting, and a convenient location. My husband and I go to Hill Country at least once a month and are never disappointed. The meats are always fresh and juicy, never dry and tough like some other BBQ places. I highly recommend the macaroni and cheese as a side, homemade and heavenly. Because everything is already prepared, the service is quick, great when seeing a show in the area or just looking for a quick bite after work.
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.
Hill Country Barbecue Market had some really good food! We enjoyed the ribs, pork loin, and the sides of macaroni and beans. The ordering is cafeteria style, with the prices for meats quoted per pound. I was a little confused by this and ended up with more food than I needed, but I ate it all. I would call the seating lunchroom style, with long tables in an open room. This is great for large groups, and you could easily get 20 or more seated together.
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 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 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 - 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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