Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC

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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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok but not worth the price. Meat was alright but could’ve used flavoring other than what BBQ sauce you put on it at the table. Restaurant was also very loud.

F
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a great dining experience. The BBQ was amazing and the sides were good. The wait staff was attentive and nice.

AV
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and atmosphere was really good. Service was pretty good but our waitress took a bit between visits and bringing our cards back. It was busy at the time though.

J
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food, great fun. Quick service as you go “cafeteria style” through the line and order the weight and cut of your dinner choice and your sides. Wonderful

F
Central Coast
48 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the moist brisket, spicy sausage, and collard greens. The brisket was really rich and heavy so I could only eat one slice. The sausage was flavorful but mealy. It’s always really loud in the restaurant and hard to hear.

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, moist brisket was amazing!!!! Always bring my family when they are in town.

D
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

This place does BBQ right, and makes some very good sides.

JS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable as always! One of our favorite BBQ joints outside of Texas Hill Country itself. The staff was courteous as always and the food was great!

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good loud but excellent brisket

OT
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, the food was great and the staff very attentive.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BBQ in DC!! The Brisket is amazing.

JS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hill Country handled our party of 20 with great care and attention. The Family style platters made ordering easy, and the BBQ is great.

EH
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Usually a good experience however this time the flavor of the meat was off. Everyone in our group had issues following the meal.

A
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Unique sides and good flavor.

D
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Food was amazing!!! Get the moist brisket. Out of this world good!

H
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This as a repeat visit following positive experiences in the past. This time was not good. It started by being informed that they were out of pulled pork. Are you kidding, this is a BBQ place. I tried the pork ribs in place. That was a mistake, the ribs were dry rub with so much salt and pepper that they were not edible even though it did mask the fact that they were mostly fat not meat. sent them back and headed home for some decent food.

e
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

continues to be a home run for great bbq. great atmosphere. thank you.

i
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best BBQ in DC. Don't waste your time going anywhere else. :)

CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined 7/27 - We were visiting DC from San Francisco and heard about the restaurant because of a patron harassing another patron due to political affiliation. I wanted to support a business that does not tolerate this behavior in any form and promptly added to our dining list. We enjoyed from beginning to end. Warm, helpful service, open dining room. Highly rec the moist brisket, chicken, pork ribs, lemonade, and sweet tea!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I don’t understand how a top-rated bbq restaurant has pork spare ribs that don’t fall off the bone and are rubbery?One of the most disappointing meals in a very long time.

SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing as always. Brisket and Chicken melted in the mouth and the collard greens and cucumber salad was fresh and delicious. Our table servers were friendly and very attentive, but the people serving food at both the meat and the sides counter were not welcoming and kind of rude.

PN
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It is a very noisy place and if you’re not familiar with the process, the staff will subtly “upcharge” you (for example - stating you must order a minimum meat by half-pound not quarter-pound or by grabbing a larger size of the side dishes.

The staff was surly and couldn’t easily be heard above the ambient noise.

We arrived five minutes before our reservation and were not seated until 20 minutes after our reservation time, even though there was plenty of seating. The front desk staff was rude and just didn’t care to help us. It wasn’t until I showed them the 10-minute grace period rule in the reservation and told them frankly that if the guest was expected to adhere to the 10-minute rule, the restaurant was expected to as well. (We were immediately seated after that).

Given the options in the District, there is no need for me to return - and no need for you to go if you value your hearing and value politeness and manners from a service staff.

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and well-priced. Not the best place for a conversation 😊

PA
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Having minimum knowledge of US BBQ, I have to say, I really enjoyed my visit to this lively buzzy BBQ Joint.

Not used to having to order canteen style, it was probably my fault that I ended up ordering far too much and having to take some of it back in a doggie bag to my hotel room.

Highlight of the meal was definitely the Pork Ribs, Smokey and so very tender, the meat literally fell off the bone in a very satisfactory way. Brisket was very good, but perhaps I have been spoilt by that at Franklins in Austin.


Good sides and a great selection of beers, made for a very good meal.

E
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Disappointed! Wait staff was horrible. Never even took care of drinks for us. Food was just subpar too.

T
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Hill Country BBQ Market offers the most authentic Texas BBQ available in DC in an equally authentic cafeteria/saloon style patterned after a number of Texas BBQ emporiums. The ambiance is uber-casual and laid back, and the cafeteria serving style makes it quick and easy to see what your getting even if you're not familiar with the Texas style of BBQ. Prices are reasonable, especially for the samplers, and both meats and the many side dishes are delicious. The only drawbacks -- you'll probably eat too much Q to have room for the tasty pecan pie, and you may have to wait awhile to get drinks from the bar served to your table.

S
Miami
108 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I am giving this only 4 stars because they ran out of most of the food items by 7:15pm. We got there at 6pm and nobody said anything until everyone showed up and then we went to get food and most items were out. it seemed disorganized about this and what they offered but then someone finally took control and helped out to get us something. The food was very good and it was a good value but it was a shame we didnt get to taste most things since they ran out.

AJ
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great tasting food - I appreciated being able to sample beforehand. Lots of choices. Lots of creativity in this place.

The only thing I would say is it was hard to carry on conversation as the noise volume of the restaurant stayed high the entire meal, therefore making it difficult to have good conversation. I could not hear what people seated across from me were saying. So that was disappointing.

Fun place overall though!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent, wings had great smoky flavor and heat. Kids enjoyed brisket sliders. Pulled pork was a bit bland but the sweet, smoky BBQ sauce saved the day. Deviled eggs on point. Mac and cheese, corn pudding, and beans didn't disappoint. Didn't appreciate that server went right for the up sell on the largest combo platter. Very weak presentation. Do I look like I'm going to eat that much? Also, checked on us infrequently and my son had to go up to the server's counter to get his water refilled after waiting a ridiculous amount of time for the waitress. The servers in the pit area and hot sides were very pleasant and moved the lines quickly. They saved the server review from being less than three stars.

V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pretty noisy as there were a lot of kids. They were out of several meats by 7:45pm.all the food was tasty and service was great. We love going here for live music too!

MC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Smokey BBQ - from the second you walk in you’re surrounded by amazing food and service. My faves were the pulled pork and the potato salad and the apple crisp is a must get!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BBQ in DC. Hands down, I always bring family and friends here.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In spite of a clearly full restaurant, drink service was quick and food pickup was quick. The food was delicious and prices were reasonable for DC. Would definitely go back. Great for big groups.

A
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit. The food was delicious. I had the brisket, but my family sampled the ribs, chicken, sausage, and pulled pork- all were excellent. The ribs were outstanding. Even the side dishes were tasty.

l
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ (we had brisket, pork ribs, plus the lamb rib and bison ribeye specials), plus great sides (cornbread, cole slaw, and cucumber salad). There’s lots more on both fronts (BBQ and sides). If you’re local, maybe check the specials on the website to see what’s available, but the everyday items are great, even without specials.

T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

How does a BBQ joint practically run out of food before 9:00 PM on a Saturday? We had gotten on line around 8:30 and shortly after that they started flipping all the sign boards to "sold out". The only beef option available was one of the daily specials (tri tips), while there was no pulled pork, and ribs were a 20-45 minute wait. Basically, you could choose from chicken, turkey, or sausages. What little food we had to choose from was at least delicious. Oh, but the chicken leg was a tiny, tiny joke. On top of all that, we ordered drinks first and all came out within a reasonable time except for my Coke, which arrived when I was nearly done with my meal.

SP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with coworkers on a business trip and couldn’t wait to get here with the family on vacation. Everything is incredible!! Service was so good and friendly and accommodating.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

On vacation in DC.

DH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brisket and Short Rib in DC -- It was my first thought to grab a good lunch for Father's Day.

P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waiter never came to ask for our drink order. We were also charged double. What would have been a good meal and a great value turned into a fairly pricy night.

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