Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC
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Food and ambiance was great. Food was very overpriced and service was practically nonexistent
We got one of the platter meat dinner options that came with brisket, short rib and prime rib. We had requested that the brisket to be fatty, not lean, as my wife and I are not fans of dry brisket. The server assured us it would be, but when the platter arrived from a different server the brisket was half of each. It wouldn’t have been bad, but the lean was incredibly dry, and even more disappointing was how dry and overcooked even the fatty brisket was. The prime rib was completely forgettable, being cold by the time it got to us. The beautiful fat of a prime rib that renders was cold and hard, like the rest of the prime rib. The only parts that salvaged the meal at all were the short rib and the sides. That was the first time that we have had the short rib and wow was it good- seasoned and prepared perfectly. Unfortunately, sides and one meat weren’t enough to redeem the entire meal. We have made a point to come to this location every year when we are in DC, but i would recommend passing on this in the future.
The place and the food was awesome. Awesome awesome
I had a very good experience at the Hill Country. When I got there around 2:30pm on a Sunday, I didn’t have to use my reservation. The waiter was friendly and explained to us how the service works: basically you “go to the market” and buy the meat by weight and choose your food in a counter. I had brisket and prime rib with corn bread and mac and cheese. They’re all very tasty. We also had beers on draft. The whole cost was about $50 each. I would totally recommend that to anyone who loves barbecue.
It's a staple for me prior to Caps games. I love the self service and feel that you are in Lockhard, Texas at one of the good BBQ joints there. The food is always top notch as is the service.
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Lovely place. Our server was Eric and he was awesome. Friendly and made it his mission to give us a pleasant experience. All the host and butchers were also super nice.
I was surprised to find a place like this in DC. Really good atmosphere and the food tasted great - not Kansas City, but great. Large room downstairs for live music, but I was there for lunch.
Delicious food, we’d been before so we knew what to expect, but the ‘process’ of getting food was a little confusing our first time. That was my only concern the first trip. Other than our newbie learning curve it’s always amazing. We make sure it’s on our ‘Must do’ for DC when we’re there.
We have been to this location and NYC. We have also ate at the Lockhart Texas BBQ restaurants Hill Country is based on. We arrived at 7:30 the restaurant wasn't busy. Our server forgot to order our drinks. When they finally arrived, we needed to eat. The concept is based on market style ordering. At 7:50 there was nothing left available on the menu, except beef shoulder which was incredible dry, and soggy smoked turkey breast. After this, our server disappeared, which left me no other option but to leave the table and track down a manager to get the check. Never again...
The food here is awesome- this is my second time here. However I wish the service at the table was a bit better. We only had our waiter come over once and we had to grab a second waiter to be able to pay and leave at the end of our meal. Friendlier service all around would be appreciated! Otherwise this is one of my favorite bbq places!!
Excellent authentic barbecue. However, this particular evening service was a little slow and a VERY large group of visiting high schoolers (60? or so?) That we were seated next to made it near impossible to hear each other or the wait staff.
Being a Texan myself i would say the cost isnt worth the quality of the food served. Its good but not worth what one pays a lb for meat. Also the guys serving the portions are somewhat rude and there is no consistency with how they serve the meat. Some get small trays others get it dumped on a serving tray lined with paper. I asked the question why didnt we get small silver trays, the guy said "we serve it how we choose to serve it" Well definatley not worth going back when a small place like Dickeys BBque is just as good and cost 75% less.
Food was pretty good. We didn’t have good service though. Could’ve been a one-off experience. Our waiter was nice but he ignored us even though he was helping the lady next to us a lot and we were sitting directly behind him at the register where he was a lot.
The food here is always great. As a misplaced Texan, I love going to get a reminder of the BBQ back home and I’ve been loyal to this place since it opened. My last two visits however, the service was really lacking. Long waits to get help or drinks or dessert and you always had to flag someone down. Nobody was proactively checking on you. I know if can be a tough balance given the entree portion of the meal is self serve, but it always seems they’re short handed or huddled off in a corner not paying attention. I hope it gets better.
My party and I (3) enjoyed the food although I felt the meat per pound was a little overpriced but tasted delicious. Nice selection of sides, the pitcher of margaritas was thumbs up and large enough for 2 glasses each. Last but not least the banana pudding was everything I hoped for, one of the best I ever tasted.
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.
I had a great dining experience. The BBQ was amazing and the sides were good. The wait staff was attentive and nice.
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.
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
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.
Great food, moist brisket was amazing!!!! Always bring my family when they are in town.
This place does BBQ right, and makes some very good sides.
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!
Good loud but excellent brisket
As always, the food was great and the staff very attentive.
Best BBQ in DC!! The Brisket is amazing.
Hill Country handled our party of 20 with great care and attention. The Family style platters made ordering easy, and the BBQ is great.
Usually a good experience however this time the flavor of the meat was off. Everyone in our group had issues following the meal.
Outstanding service. Unique sides and good flavor.
Had a great time. Food was amazing!!! Get the moist brisket. Out of this world good!
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.
continues to be a home run for great bbq. great atmosphere. thank you.
Hands down the best BBQ in DC. Don't waste your time going anywhere else. :)
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!
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.
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.
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.