Trade in the stuffy corporate event spaces and fussy formal dining rooms for a fun, authentic and delicious slice of Texas, right in the heart of D.C. "Best Barbecue in D.C." –The Washington Post; "Top 10 Barbecue in the U.S." –Wall Street JournalView Private Dining Details
This place has really good BBQ and I'm picky about my BBQ. The brisket is outstanding and a must get. The ribs, chicken, and sausage were all very good as well. They do it right with a giant smoker that fills the room with great BBQ aromas. The cornbread, mac and cheese, and baked bean sides were what you'd expect. The service leaves a little to be desired as we had empty beers a couple of times, but it's not a place that you really need great service. They had a large projection screen down for the NCAA games and it was a great place to watch the games and eat some decent food that isn't bar food.
The ribs... oh my god. So. Good. The sides are also really good. Go hungry!
Hill Country rarely disappoints and this time was no different. I was sharing dinner with a friend while we caught up and all the food and service was excellent. I have been to Hill Country many times and have never had an issue with the meat not being fully-cooked; however, the sausage we ordered was a little bit off so we spoke to our waiter and he apologized and offered to bring us a new meat option. The Texas Tea was fantastic and I always recommend it if you are from Texas or the south and feeling homesick.
Food doesn't seem as tasty as it used to. Some of the sides are lackluster and the side portions are a tablespoon. Didn't find myself saying "This is really good" during the meal. Folks working in there are very friendly and warm though.
Dinner before Vanessa Collier music downstairs. As a self-proclaimed barbecue expert, I can rate HC barbecue beef as the most tender, tasty, slowly-cooked in the USA....and Texas. The wait staff is patient with newcomers and friendly to all. While eating cornbread and sipping cold beer, we began making a list of friends that we want to take to HC Live. It’s noisy and fun!
The real thing — great bbq brisket and ribs.
Very casual dining and a good value.
I looked over the menu on Sunday afternoon, and decided I'd order turkey and sausage from their meat selections. I went to the counter to place the order. Sausage link? They were out. Turkey? Also out. Swapped out for brisket and pulled pork that I really didn't want. For sides, I ordered the cool cucumber salad. The attendant handed me coleslaw.
Great BBQ in the heart of the city. Fast service and full bar selection. Live music venue downstairs. Really neat place with excellent food.
This is my second visit and it did not disappoint. It is a feel good place with very tasty food. If you a quiet place to go do not go here. But to have fun and have a great meal with friends, this is an excellent place.
I'm a former Texan and I've been to Hill Country many times. (I didn't go for a show this time, but its music venue is one of my favorites in town.)
-The quality of the brisket has improved
-The price is a little high (and BBQ places shouldn't charge for jalapenos/pickles/onions), and the sides a little pricey/small; though I do like the ability to get meat a la carte/by weight.
-I think the ticket/ordering process is confusing for customers
-Hill Country should do a better job conveying to customers what the strengths of Central Texas barbecue -- brisket, sausage -- are. Customers unfamiliar with Texas barbecue don't know what to get (the people behind me were totally confused and ordering pork loin, pulled pork, and pork ribs). It's great they offer a variety of meats, but give customers some guidance.
-If someone orders a "Shiner," they mean the bock unless otherwise specified.
Overall, Hill Country has a fun vibe and a lot of authentic Lockhart, Texas touches. The quality of Texas barbecue is a good as any you'll find up this way.
our favorite BBQ place in the DC area.
a fun place to be and hang out.
good to hear the music from downstairs too.
The service was good. The food was warm and tasty. Some items on the menu were sold out. It’s a BBQ place, who runs out of pulled pork?
All in all, kinda pricey.
Whenever we visit DC, this is on our list of stops!
We made the mistake of going on the same night as a Caps game. It was crowded and they were out of bar items, some meat selections, sides and desserts. We were there at 6:30pm, so it should not have been as poorly stocked as it was. We were 3/4 of the way done with our food and still didn't get our drinks. We had to speak to a manager who was very apologetic and comp'd us more than fairly. Between the service and the "sold out" menu items, we may not be returning. The food we did get to eat was delicious.
A really lively place on a Friday night! Good food, drinks and service.
Our server was outstanding. The food was great tasting.
Texas dry rub smoked BBQ. Perfect if this is what you are looking for. This was our fourth visit. We will return.
Fantastic BBQ in the DC area. Best thing, in my opinion, is the smoked prime rib. Amazing!
Have eaten here many times for a variety of reasons. ALWAYS happy with the food and the service. Will return and recommend highly to others.
Ordering was a bit confusing
Made a reservation before a Caps game...Great BBQ.. brisket was amazing!! Nice portions .. great price..Definitely can’t wait to go back . ..
Went there before a Caps game with the guys. Good place for BBQ and everything we ordered was very tasty and extremely good. For 5 men, 3 PitMasters were very filling and did the trick.
We thought the BBQ was good but that it did not live up to its billing as the best in town. The brisket was the best. The chicken was dry and the ribs a little tough. However, the service was friendly and helpful without being overbearing. All in all pleasant but nothing to go out of one's way for.
Great experience. Nick our server was incredibly friendly! Will definitely return.
Barbecue is *hard* - there's a lot of bad stuff out there, and some of the best is in hole-in-the-wall dives. Hill Country is a great find (especially in D.C.): terrific Texas-style dry rub (mmmm - brisket! sausage) - in a convenient location.
It's not fancy here - the food is served as you'd find it in a Texas country market, on trays over a walk-up counter. But it's spacious, with great table service for drinks. And the food is just terrific.
2nd time here and the moist brisket and pulled pork were superb. Sides are good but not amazing. We will be back!
BBQ was fantastic. It's a "stand in line" format, but works well....The servers at various stations were pleasant....I will be back!!!
They didn’t have any spare ribs available when we got there. We had to wait 20-25 minutes for them. After we finally got them, they were nothing special without the barbecue sauce. The sauce was tasty. The macaroni and cheese was good. The collard greens were average. The cornbread was good. Sangria was watered down, but that could have been because it sat on my table forever while I waited in line for my spare ribs. Overall, I don’t get they hype about this place.
Make sure you come hungry!!! Great BBQ. They serve a massive amount of food
Fun atmosphere, great food and drinks, great service, and great prices! Best BBQ I've ever had!
The meats were not flavorful, not seasoned well and somewhat chewy. Not what I would call real Texas barbecue
Everything was fine. But it was freezing in the restaurant.
The brisket was cooked perfectly but had just a little too much pepper. They were out of pulled pork so we got some pork belly which was really good.
This place is always good! I usually go hear before going to CAPS games. Also, I like bringing friends and family here when they come visit DC. I love Hill Country!
Good food but sides (greens, cole slaw) used to be better. Mix of self-service and wait staff. Good place before or after a game. Very causal
As a displaced Texan, this was like a homecoming. The smoke in the meats, the side dishes, the drink choices...if it were closer, I’d be there every day. Don’t come if you’re expecting staff to wait on you hand and foot—that’s not what this is about. Think of them as your guides on a barbecue journey, encouraging you to seek out adventures. Between everyone at our table, I think every meat they serve was present. My favorite was the smoked turkey, which hit that perfect balance between smoky flavor and tender texture, which is difficult for many places. Highly recommend when you’re in the area.
We celebrated Thanksgiving at this restaurant and loved it! The service was great, food delicious and it was no wait time since we had made reservations. Definitely recommend it and will go back.
Visiting the area for thanksgiving and wanted something different, it was great!
I took my family here for a very tasty Thanksgiving meal. A carnivore, my mom loved the brisket and turkey! This is a regular spot for us:)