Hill Country Barbecue Market
Hill Country Barbecue Market

Hill Country Barbecue Market

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hillcountrywdc.com/
  • Phone: 2025562050
  • Hours of Operation:
    Our kitchen is open 11:30am - 11:00pm daily. We serve a late night menu from 11pm - 1am Wednesday through Saturday. Our bar is open until 1am Sunday - Wednesday and 2am Thursday - Saturday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
  • Entertainment: 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!
  • Special Events: We would be proud to host your special event. Please contact our Catering and Events Manager, Sylva Lin.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between D and E
  • Public Transit: We are within walking distance of the red, green, yellow, blue and orange lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking $10 starting at 5:30pm Thursday - Saturday. Nearby parking garages are also available.
A word from Hill Country Barbecue Market
Hill Country is proud to have opened in 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.
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Hill Country Barbecue Market reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (76)great for lunch (37)kid-friendly (32)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (27)hot spot (23)vibrant bar scene (23)special occasion (13)late-night find (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Good food and fun atmosphere
    Dinnerwithdaughter
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our waiter was great, and the food was very good. It is loud and having a conversation had to wait until we left the restaurant.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abundant food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I had dinner for 2, that stretched into leftovers for 4 more. If you're hungry, this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best BBQ meats in DC, possibly USA
    LeTigre
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Came in with friends from out of town - left with a full stomach and an appreciation for smoked sausage, tender brisket, and good side portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-priced for what you get.
    DIPlab
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Meats were cold and over-priced. The best part was the sides.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A different experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A unique dining experience If you are a meat lover, you will like Hill bbq. Not a tablecloth kind of place. Kind of self serve.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hits and misses
    kgindcVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    How could a place that specializes in brisket run out of moist brisket by 8:00 p.m. on a Saturday night? That's unacceptable. The good news was that it pushed me to try the chicken wings, which were terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crockett
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Decent food, but very expensive for what you get... there must be other options for decent Bar B Q that are not so pricy.
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  • Best you are going to find
    CmfC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Considering I was in downtown D.C., this is the best barbeque around. They use real smokers and you can tell there was a lot of time put into the meats. Delicious! The sides have the "homemade" touch and the wait staff are out of this world. very attentive and seem genuinely pleased to see you. All in all I would say this is one of the better experiences I have had in the D.C. area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively Vibe, Good Food
    MaryDH
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Hill Country Barbecue Market is fun. The atmosphere is easy-going yet vibrant, relaxed and casual. We enjoyed the balance between table service and market-style pick up your food on a tray. We shared a Pitmaster tray and found the ribs and the sausage were our favorite. Go for the "brisket moist," as we found the "brisket lean" a little on the dry side. Side dishes come in generous portions. We didn't try dessert, as we were fully satisfied after our fairly late (9:30 pm) dinner. We'd happily go again and recommend this as a fun spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Both Locations Rock!!!
    FSUDiningOut
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    DC versus NYC? Tied! Both locations are outstanding. Although, I now live in the DC area, the restaurants are both awesome. Great fun food. Ask for the specials too. Go Noles!!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but pricey
    TexanTerp
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Overall great food, atmosphere, and love the Shiner beer. Only reason against 5 stars is because the prices are pretty ridiculous
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • StellaW
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food and exceptional service - Tanner was our server and he has to be commended for his professionalism. The bar was very loud but it was around happy hour on a Friday. Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Different for DC
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice unpretentious place to go near Verizon Center. Set-up as a meat buffet of sorts, prices were good and they seem to have good happy hour special (pitcher of margaritas for $20). The sides were better than the actual meat. Although the meat was good, every cut seem to be extremely salty. Also, take your time and get one cut at a time or else you will be full very quickly. Service was great on a Friday early evening, bar area was packed, dining are not as much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb barbecue
    HarmonCT
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have eaten barbecue all over the country and this is as good an any - wonderful quality meat and well-prepared. Great place
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overpriced and not so good
    bniemiecVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had high hopes, but ended up being very disappointed. I hAd a combo platter that had chicken, ribs and brisket. The brisket was awesome. Moist and delicious, although you pay an additional $2 for moist. The chicken was good, bot the ribs were unedible. You would think a place that specializes in meat would make ribs that fall off the bone, ut you'd be wrong. I couldn't even cut it with a knife. I ended up not eating it. If go to Hill Country again, I'll stick to the brisket.
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  • All--You-Can-Eat
    RefreshingVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Every first Mondays are all you can eat for about $27. The food very good and plentiful and service was on point. I liked the bbq chicken over the ribs (brisket very was good, too) and they had a wonderful take on black-eyed peas.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    YOLO
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've had some REALLY good BBQ growing up in Texas, but Hill Country BBQ is some of THE BEST I've ever had. Great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food great prices enjoyed myself will definitely return
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great mac and cheese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very down to earth atmosphere. I really enjoyed the chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, and cole slaw. The ribs were very salty, but moist. The place was packed when I arrived and as a result I couldn't always hear the person I was with.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Kossies
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    What a nice surprise. Great food and loved the 'food market' concept. Definitely a place to go if you're a meat lover.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hill Country
    KYinDCVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The best BBQ in DC! I am not a fan of the "down country" feel of BBQ restaurants, but the food more than makes up for the lack of sophistication. The brisket is amazing and I have dreams about the sweet potato casserole. Not cheap but reasonable for DC, especially considering the size of the portions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday fun
    Rpotato
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We love love love the food, and we always eat too much. Jasmine, our server, was attentive but not intrusive, and friendly with a good sense of humor. Only complaints are the few moments it took the host stand to acknowledge me. The two women continued their conversation before looking up at me to acknowledge my presence. And the noise level. Wow. Hadn't been on a Friday before so maybe it's just louder but it was so hard to hear and I felt hoarse from yelling just so our table of four could hear each other.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar b-q fix
    dclingVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food is good. I especially like the chicken and the beef. A cost can add up quickly. Most of the sides are good (corn collards and mac and cheese are my favorites). I live in the neighborhood and would go more often, but the noise level and serve yourself set up are not my thing for a good restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Texas in the heart of DC
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    If you like Texas BBQ, this place will blow you away. The real deal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Legit Experience
    SJP1
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    There is nothing at all to complain about. The appetizers were fantastic; the meat was fantastic; the atmosphere was totally genuine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SwitzerlandVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our briskets (both moist and lean) and sausage were outstanding. We loved the greens, mac and cheese, and corn pudding sides. Ryan provided excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The BBQ was great -be careful of your eyes being bigger than your stomach!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first timer
    DCnative
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Staff was great and food was tasty. Ideal for casual dining. Had brisket and ribs. I ordered brisket to take home. My hubby's ribs are better. Want to try sausage and pork loin next time
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Texas BBQ!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was my first first visit to Hill Country, but it won't be my last. The "moist" (some would say "fatty") brisket and the jalapeno sausage were both delicious. I also give two big thumbs up to the (spicy) baked beans and the mac n' cheese. My husband had the collard greens and corn pudding and loved them both. The concept is interesting. You get a "ticket," order your food at the counter, and bring it to the table yourself. The meat (weighed deli-style) is wrapped in brown butcher paper and the sides are placed in cups. If you want sauce (which I didn't), it's on the table and a waiter takes your drink order. I can't wait to go back and get the ribs!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic for Families
    DCHarris
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I took my daughters here before a concert. The second we got off the Metro, my younger one started with "I'm so hungry!" on repeat. This is the perfect place for situations like that b/c once you get your table, you can go right to the market and order and receive your food. I had the turkey, which was just delicious and put that over a salad with the best ranch dressing I've ever eaten (seriously, if you gave me a bowl of it, I would drink it). The kids had ribs (they are enormous) and mac and cheese and corn bread and they loved everything they ate. The finished up by sharing a Cowboy Brownie, and again, they loved it. The service was the perfect amount of being attentive, yet not annoying. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, too loud
    TeamSlangVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food is pretty tasty, but I don't understand why I have to schlep up and get it myself AND tip a waiter. The biggest problem was the noise which made any conversation impossible.
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  • Hill Country BBQ DC
    Babankosi
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    addicting barbeques at a high price. The restaurant is crowded and noisy for lunch. the bbqs are really good but you pay the price...yet they have you hooked and you just want to come back for more. i can't seem to get their moist bbq chicken breast off my mind...been thinking about it a lot - even during yoga....that's bad bbq chicken indeed. there is just something in their bbqs that make you crave for more....really. best cure is to go back and get some more. resistance is futile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service in Washington D.C.
    CountryQ
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food is great. The service is great. What more could you ask for in Washington D.C. where service is typically terrible?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • if only a waiter would come by
    pedro45VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The Food at Hill Country BBQ is outstanding. The ribs are moist and the meat falls off the bone. The core slaw is more dry than wet - shredded cabbage with mayonnaise and vinegar, not the other way around as it is in some places. The only drawback is the service. Getting a waiter's attention for a refill or even the check is a real challenge. When I last ate there, even when it was no longer crowded, we (and the tables around us) waited a ridiculous amount of time to receive our bills and then at least as long for them to return my credit card. Maybe they should abandon the pseudo waiter service concept and just let people pay up front (or upon leaving). The food is definitely worth it, but bring your patience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    LesG
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Awesome food and service. You cannot go wrong with some good 'ol BBQ briskets! Great side dishes, as well, to compliment the meats. Drinks in mason jars and desserts to finish off a great meal, you can't beat that!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Havesome
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I met up with some friends that I had not seen in a while. It's a little on the loud side so it's not the place to take that special someone for a quiet evening of gazing into each other's eyes. The food was great and the service was excellent. However they were out of the pb&j cupcakes which I was really looking forward to trying. Other than that we had a great time and even enjoyed the live band.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 577 reviews are from the Hill Country Barbecue Market reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Good concept but not executed well. Side dishes need major help.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Quality has declined
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I used to be a huge fan of this place, but the brisket was overcooked, the pork ribs were disappointing, and my cocktail was terrible. The host staff was also rude. Fortunately for my heart, I'll pass on this option next time.
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  • Meat Lovers Paradise
    Chicago4
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Booked this on reviews from Fodors. Food did not disappoint,meat is out of this world, BBQ sauce gets an F no flavor. They should have a selection of sauces available. If you like to eat off greasy paper, go here, tables are small, food is jammed, do not dress up...if wear nice clothes you could come home with big grease spots all over. Meat LOVERS will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great portions, yummy food
    emmyb21
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I liked the lean brisket and turkey. The sides were very generous. I especially enjoyed the deviled eggs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic