Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC

4.5
1418 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
While in stage 2 of Covid Reopening we will allowing walk in only dine in of tables size 6 and smaller. Check out our website for the most up to date menu. 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1418 people are saying
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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that chicken!

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vipinette
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Normally (pre-pandemic), Hill Country was one of my favorite restaurants with amazing food and great energy. It just didn't stack up last night. BBQ was not generous, food was room temp--not hot, staff all seemed annoyed to be there--not a smile in the place. With very few patrons, there was no energy; rather it just felt sad. I don't know if I'd go back and certainly wouldn't make a special trip downtown for Hill Country if this is the new norm.

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vipFlipflopgirl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It’s all self serve now. You get your own drinks, limited menu from before. You don’t get a food card as before and pay after you stand in line, can’t go back and only pay once. No wait staff.

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AndrewN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Texas BBQ in the heart of DC ... great pre-game experience!

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ChrisC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is excellent! Especially the brisket and pulled pork. The sides were ok, but not great. This is a counter service restaurant so once we sat down we were pretty well ignored. That means I had to ask for water from 3 different people and we had to keep our cafeteria trays on the table throughout the meal. If I were to go back, I’d probably just order meat to go.

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vipLenny
Washington DC
169 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This restaurant has been rated the best barbecue in DC and I won't argue with that. The meats are prepared exactly like they're supposed to be, the short rib being the best I've had. Sides are also delicious. I'll go back whenever we're in the area.

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LesterD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I recommend this restaurant for the southern style barbecue…delicious for the price point…I am planning to go back for lunch soon!

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vip2ndbreakfast
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were VERY disappointed by a misleading menu item: German potato salad was listed under hot side dishes, but what we got was a cold, overly mayonnaised, standard American potato salad. And there was no waiter to complain to, since you have to order and pay at the counter and then pick up your food. The pulled pork and the baked beans were good, but didn’t make up for the potato salad.

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vipPeteLoves2Eat
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Hill Country was virtually empty -- a condition I'd never seen there before. The food, as always, was excellent (I had the brisket sandwich and cucumber-salad side), and the covid accommodations seemed wholly appropriate. It was good to get back to this wonderful BBQ after 18 months!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome portions. Everyone left happy and with full bellies.

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Bobadoo
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place. They have a meat market in the back that you can order what you want or sit near the bar and be served. I’m from the Texas Hill Country and think the quality was right up there with other bbq that I’ve had back home. Highly recommend.

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BBWF
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy Hill Country Barbecue. They bring a taste of Texas to the Nation's Capital. The varieties of barbecue are outstanding and the sides taste like home. Hill Country also offer Shiners Boc and Big Red - Texas favorites. I wish they still had Blue Bell ice cream.

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AmyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit - The food was EXCEPTIONAL - very flavorful and fresh. Service was good and quick. Overall restaurant was quiet and we were able to enjoy dinner as well as have good conversation. Would definitely recommend to others! :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food Delicious., staff very friendly.
Glad the restaurant has survived

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vipKellyF
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and loved the Mac and cheese! Would go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

My parents were visiting from out of town. We had a booking for 2:00. Arrived early about 1:50. By the time we sat down, ordered, and had the food, it was 2:15. A server came over and said, “I am not rushing you, but you have to leave by 2:30. We are closing for a private event.” They pushed us out. Rude and unreasonable. If you are closing at 2:30, don’t take reservations for 2:00.

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JohnnyC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Texas ambiance and excellent brisket! For being in the middle of downtown DC, a great option for Texas style brisket and pulled pork!

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend the collard greens and chipotle deviled eggs!

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KatieP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fist time there- staff was fantastic and the food and live music were even better!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Texas barbeque. Helpful staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, menu and beverages. Where this dinner disappointed was that all our food was cool. I don’t want to say it was cold but it wasn’t hot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Very nice staff. Loved the “cafeteria” set up.

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vipMarkM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!! Had family in town from Texas so going to this place doesn’t disappoint.

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Oscar
Monterrey
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It is a very good place for an informal, relaxed barbecue treat with your best friends.

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vipJennifer
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was very good! I brought my parents who are from Texas and they enjoyed it!

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AlisonC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great, but the whole ordering process was a bit chaotic. Options to order were different from menus posted on their site/table menu (QR code) etc. We went before a show which was super convenient.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bbq!

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TonyS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SOOOOOOOOOO amazingly delicious. Great smoked meats and sides. Really authentic Texas BBQ. Great place to bring the whole family.

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Katherine
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great staff, cool ambiance and environment!

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vipMary
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great dinner with friends - no table service probably due to COVID-19 so you have to walk to the bar for drinks and order at the food counter

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love Hill Country. Food is always great. Pricy, but can't beat the food.

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KathyA
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have wanted to visit HILL Country before a Caps game for awhile but it was always so crowded. Not now! The process of placing your order cafeteria style works well and is quick. The food was all delicious...pulled pork, briskets, sweet potatoes mash, Mac and cheese, baked beans; it was all great! The COVID tax was an unwelcome surprise.

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DanielR
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good selection of beer and other drinks, great service!!! What more can you ask for?!!

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vipkayam
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Server messed up the drink order and also didn't provide meal cards for ordering so the bbq staff were annoyed. The drinks were poorly made. Overall disappointing after a lot of hype.

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Frannie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Hill Country was thoroughly enjoyed by our whole group. After our food server explained how it all worked. we ate ourselves into oblivion. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there. We got an email saying we didn’t show up. But we were there. We got a ton of food; smoked turkey, jalapeño cheese sausage, about five sides. It was great night

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Confusing market system at first but once we figured it out it was great.

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PrestonH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, good food nice atmosphere. Definitely will visit again.

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Friarfan
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. Counter order as much or little meats you want. Gives you a great chance to try different things and all were so good. Loved the lean brisket especially. Nice staff too.

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MusicLover
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I would recommend for the live music downstairs. The BBQ - I have had better. I had the pulled pork sandwich and it wasn't bad. I would eat the sandwich again but I did not care for the baked beans.

FAQs

Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 556-2050.

Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC is rated 4.5 stars by 1418 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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