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
101 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (72)great for lunch (35)kid-friendly (28)fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (26)hot spot (25)vibrant bar scene (20)special occasion (13)late-night find (6)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Awesome Brisket, but VERY Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2011
    I am a Texan. Born-and-raised in the ACTUAL Hill Country. I was pretty skeptical because I am a BBQ snob. The brisket was legit. It tasted just like what I get from my favorite joints in Texas. It is Texas BBQ, so dry rubbed and smoked, not basted in sauce so you can really taste the smokey flavor. The other meat and sides were just ok. I thought the menu was overpriced, expect to pay $40 per person. In the end I thought the whole expereince was fine, they are trying to seem rustic, but it just feels fake.Its hard for me to justify $40 for BBQ, even if the brisket is awesome. It is cheaper than a plane ticket to texas, if I had one last meal in DC before being forced to become vegan, it would be here for brisket w/ a pitcher of Shiner
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Meat!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2011
    The meat is good. Really good. The sides are tasty - the mac & cheese is worth trying - as a nice accompaniment for the meat. But if you don't want to eat meat, this might not be the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the BBQ place you hoped for...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2011
    I was excited that DC was finally going to have a go-to place for barbeque, but unfortunately Hill Country Barbeque is not that place. The beef shoulder, which the server recommended, had no seasoning or flavor whatsoever and the beef rib and brisket moist were average. There were no house sauces at the table to improve the taste (just Texas Pete and a generic bbq sauce). The meat, served cafeteria-style, is about $18-$22 per pound, which is very overpriced for the poor quality of the barbeque. The side dishes are okay, and the red velvet cake was large but unfortunately very dry. You literally cannot get into the roped-off seating area without a "meal ticket," which will cost you $50 if you lose it. I won't be back for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For the native Texans in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2011
    For the native Texans in the DC area - this is the real deal. Barbecue served on butcher paper and served with a piece of bread. Good brisket. Kreuz sausage. Blue Bell ice cream! One complaint - I tried to change the reservation when another friend wanted to join our group, and the employee answering the phone said it was not possible. The problem was that, for the entire time that we were in the restaurant, there were a lot of open tables with chairs that we could have used. The restaurant had only been open for one week when we ate there - so, hopefully, this is a minor issue that will be ironed out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recommended!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/18/2011
    If you are ever craving Genuine Texas BBQ, this is the place to go. Being a native Texan myself it completely passes the test. It is absolutely amazing. They have Texas brewed Shiner Beer and they also have Blue Bell Ice Cream! It is the perfect place to go if you are from Texas and need a little taste of home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/18/2011
    Great restaurant! Great service, clean, good food and great drink deals! Will definitely be back :) my fiancé loved the mason jars!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I got the deal suited for
    uknelijah
    Dined on 3/18/2011
    I got the deal suited for 2 people and ended up with a lot more than I expected - not a bad thing. It was a bit pricey, however ($50). The Brisket was good but maybe not as great as you might find in the South. The Mac n' Cheese was amazing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went shortly after they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2011
    We went shortly after they opened. The brisket was very good, but we did not like the sausage. We got the baked beans for a side. My husband liked the beans, me not so much. I like the way Capital Q does their service of ordering meat and sides at one location instead of ordering the meat at one location and the sides at a different location and having to have it marked on meal tickets. Did not originally realize that they do not provide plates when giving the food to you and that the paper baskets near the silverware served as plates. The checkout had two cashiers but the space was pretty small and we had to wait until the person at the other cashier moved over so we could give the cashier our meal tickets.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not conducive to go out to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/17/2011
    Not conducive to go out to a. pricey restaurant and serve yourself Particularly if your table is not on the same floor as the food serversIt is over priced for bbcue. Need to have awider select of sauces Foods are not hot
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food, good music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/16/2011
    Very good food, good music and atmosphere, though overpriced -- you will pay for every little thing, including pickles.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/13/2011
    I overheard another table say "it's hard to expect an authentic experience," and we're a long way from Texas - but Hill Country does a great job of bringing downtown the full BBQ expereience, from great food to picnic tables, pabst and paper towels.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic