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About Hill Country Barbecue Market - 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.

410 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Southern, American

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily at 11:30am
Sunday - Thursday: Kitchen closes at 10pm
Friday & Saturday: Kitchen closes at 11pm
Sunday - Tuesday & Thursday: Late Night Menu until 11pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Late Night Menu until 12am
Hill Country Bar is open until 2am nightly

Cross Street:
Between D and E

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 556-2050

Website:
http://www.hillcountrywdc.com/

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! For a complete listing of upcoming shows, visit http://music.hillcountrywdc.com.

Catering:
Hill Country Catering & Events brings the award-winning Hill Country experience to your next function at your place or ours - no matter the size or occasion!

For more information, please contact our Catering & Events team at events@hillcountrywdc.com or 202-556-2044.

Parking Details:
Valet Parking $10 starting at 5:30pm Thursday - Saturday. Nearby parking garages are also available.

Public Transit:
We are within walking distance of the red, green, yellow, blue and orange lines.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout

Special Events & Promotions:
Trade in the stuffy corporate event spaces and fussy formal dining rooms for an authentic slice of Texas deep in the heart of Washington D.C.

For more information, please contact our Catering & Events team at events@hillcountrywdc.com or 202-556-2044.

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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 Journal

Hill Country Barbecue Market - DC Ratings and Reviews

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84% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 4 days ago

2nd time here and the moist brisket and pulled pork were superb. Sides are good but not amazing. We will be back!

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·Dined 6 days ago

BBQ was fantastic. It's a "stand in line" format, but works well....The servers at various stations were pleasant....I will be back!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Make sure you come hungry!!! Great BBQ. They serve a massive amount of food

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fun atmosphere, great food and drinks, great service, and great prices! Best BBQ I've ever had!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Fun, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The meats were not flavorful, not seasoned well and somewhat chewy. Not what I would call real Texas barbecue

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great experience

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was fine. But it was freezing in the restaurant.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

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!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Fun, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great Beer, Live Sports, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Visiting the area for thanksgiving and wanted something different, it was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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:)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Seasonal, Casual, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Amazing Thanksgiving Dinner. Great service. Awesome food.!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

authentic texas barbeque
great staff, cozy atmosphere, delicious meats

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was good, but pricey. The atmosphere, for a downtown DC restaurant, is quirky. This is not a true sit-down-and-be-served restaurant...which was a surprise to my party! While a friendly and attentive server will sling your drinks, all food is served cafeteria style. Quirky...

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fantastic service!

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Loved it, no one to rush you out of the restaurant, good concept

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great location. Awesome food. Great service. Perfect place for a date or a casual get together.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Walked in and were seated quickly as a result of making a reservation earlier in the day. We shared the 3-meat Pitmaster with double serving on the brisket and 1 portion of Kreuz sausage and sides of baked beans and coleslaw. The food was great. Just like back home in Texas. Then we went downstairs to the bar and listened to music by a band from Charlottesville. Fun evening. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Live Music
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The BBQ market concept is interesting, but it's very confusing. The mix of table and self-service turns the experience into being a real pain.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Come for the barbecue, period. The cue is all there is, brisket, ribs, burnt ends and more. Sides are alright. Drinks can be hit or miss, but the meat is the star. Don't front, you come here to get Texas barbecue, so get it, eat it and LIVE! Minor issue with our pitcher of sangria, just get a beer and be done with it. Ambience and noise are exactly what you expect at a honky-tonk. Eat barbecue and live, LIVE I say!

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Good for a beer and BBQ party, we went there with a family, was not that convincing

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great time for a birthday group of 10 people, but I think our waitress was a bit overwhelmed. She forgot more than a few things and then after a point, I had to seek her out to get water refills, additional orders and to go bags. I will always come back as I love this place and the food they serve.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Confusing service model for new customers. Surly server at the meat counter. Tough cut of prime rib. But burnt ends were tasty.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

As a Texan, I'm very picky about my BBQ. This may be the only authentic Texas BBQ brisket in the D.C. Metro Area! And th sides are real, too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food, People Watching, Quick Bite, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was fantastic, service was great, and the ambiance was perfect for a casual but fun date night.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great Texas BBQ - probably the best in DC. These folks know what they’re doing. (They’re from Texas.)

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Ate at Hill Country for a business lunch and was blown away by the flavors, the smells, and the friendly service. The location was easy to get to and get out of for walking but might be a challenge for driving. The food was however worth the drive so enjoy!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was really good and we had fun going to the music venue that was downstairs after our meal; however, it was just too loud to be enjoyable and the service wasn't great. I guess all servers have their bad nights, but upon arrival our server forgot our request for a fourth chair (not kidding), initially our drink order, and yes, even our silverware. Even that could be forgiven, all servers have their bad nights, but the noise will prevent me from visiting in the future.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I grew up in the Texas Hill Country, and this is as close as it gets to the real deal.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Liked the generous portions--enough to take home! Service was just ok. Waitress promised certain things but didn't deliver. She was busy, I'll admit, but that's not a good excuse.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

The barbecue is excellent! The meats are prepared to perfection. I really like that you can see exactly what you're getting to eat when it's prepared for you.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fantastic in every way for BBQ people. No explanation needed. Just go if you are from out of town.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Couldn't get in when we walked up on Sat evening so went for lunch next day. Nice place inside . Service prompt. Food very tasty though ribs were expensive . Brisket was great . Disappointed that burnt end 'sold out' so early...which seemed to suggest none cooked that day. 4 ribs and some brisket and cornbread and 1 drink $52. Skip the ribs .

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was OK - our portions ,especially the Prime Rib was very fatty.If you are ordering
the meat by the pound - the price is on the high side - I would expect it to be trimmed better,but
of the 3 meats we ordered,at least 1/3 was fat....so the price per pound is much higher.

As a side note : I was disappointed with the prime rib and that's why I came here. If I come again
I would not order the prime rib....they were also out of the short ribs ( the second reason why I
went there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food, great company, and great atmosphere. We really enjoyed the 'Cue and 2!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great atmosphere and excellent service but we were very surprised to see that many items from the meat menu were missing or finish (8pm Saturday evening....). Disappointment....

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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