Texas Jacks Barbecue

4.7
896 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
We are Washington D.C.'s Metro Area #1 rated barbecue restaurant rated by the Washington Post for 2016, 2018, 2019! We are located in Arlington Virginia, half a mile from the Clarendon Metro Station. Texas Jack's offers the finest barbecue available: beef brisket, beef short ribs, St Louis style pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, handcrafted sausage, and sides influenced by both the German and Mexican food cultures. Ask about our weekly smoked Chef's specials. We also have a full bar with a great selection of local craft beers, mountain high whiskey selection, and creative selection of handcrafted cocktails.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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
What 896 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to relax and have a delicious meal. Awesome patio area.

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Gena
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and the servings for the price. It was nice and bright and the server was very attentive. Definitely can’t wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious! So flavorful and well prepared. My friend and I did the Monday half-price special on the meat sampler, and it was well worth it. Got to try all of their smoked meats at once with homemade accompaniments like pickled onions and homemade pickles. We enjoyed the sides, too, but I’d like to suggest that maybe there are more options, like if you order a particular platter you get a side or two with it. Just the same, I cannot wait to go back. This is a good place for pandemic dining as it’s spacious and the tables are set well apart. There are hands-free menu and payment options. Dinner for two with two beers each and tip was about $75. That’s is really good! The services was prompt and attentive. Great place!

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vipDavidK
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Was disappointed as the restaurant was out of the first two items we ordered, ribs and chicken. Not great that a BBQ place should run out during a holiday weekend!
Fall backs of flank steak (overcooked and dry) and brisket (dry and bland) were poor.
Overall, will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was impeccable. The BBQ is good - borderline great. The sides really set this place apart. Brussel sprouts are worth the price of admission. Cornbread and chili are both absolutely amazing, as well. Presentation is also an A+. Love the different pickled veggies that came with the tray of meat.

Everything is priced steep. Probably has to do with the location.

So why not 5 stars across the board?? The meat - let's talk about it. This place carries a lot of weight with supposed food experts. They're not entirely wrong in singing TJs praises. However... If you are semi-successful on your own pit at home, you'll probably be only moderately pleased with the offerings here. I've been backyard q'ing for 12+ years. I wasn't blown away by any one meat on the sampler tray - but that being said nothing was outright bad or wrong. It was actually quite good. And let's face it, most Q in this area is garbage. So yeah. Whaddya gonna do?

TL;DR - the place is great; sides are amazing; bbq is tasty. But it all comes with a pricetag.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this plave

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic and fast. As well as the food was amazing and worth the drive. 10/10 would return.

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JacobP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really good, service was exceptional. Drinks were delicious!

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TRF3
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

birthday dinner. we’re seated right inside doorway. not favorite spot. but again, the brisket was amazing!

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Lovetoeat
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was okay. I guess they were busy. Got better as time went on.

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MelodyD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Texas Jack’s is one of our favorite restaurants in Arlington. I especially enjoy the brisket and Jalapeño Margaritas!

On our last visit we went for brunch. The Brisket Hash was excellent, as were the Mangosas (Mango Mimosas).

Service is always good. Highly recommend Texas Jack’s!

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abbs
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a friend of mine and they have a great Covid-19 safe outdoor eating area with heaters to help with the cold. The food and service was amazing! Definitely would recommend :)

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MissyP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a quick meal that hit the spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A go to BBQ restaurant. Service was superb. Food was excellent. Fun atmosphere. Kid friendly. Clean, safe, tables far enough apart. Would recommend for a good Saturday night family dinner.

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vipDFW24
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went at end of night and the meats were a bit dry. Overall flavor good and good sized portions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brisket done right. Great sides. Always great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Both the brisket and chicken were on the drier side. Many items served a la carte - a bit pricy.

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Deemasters
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was tasty but Luke warm. Not a great variety of sides. Bar b que sauce needs more options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meats!! Unbelievably well cooked. Excellent service. Loved it.

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JohnC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Z BEST!! NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was absolutely fantastic

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vipAnthony
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend for brunch or group outing. Great drinks and food at a good price.

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Vicky
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean establishment. Staff were very very nice, felt like we received the royal treatment. I went with a party of 4 for a new year gathering. It was amazing. We will be returning again soon

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Gordon
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with wife

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MonicaS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place for lunch outdoors on a January Saturday

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AdebiyiS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fastest service I have ever received. Our main course meal came 5 minutes after our starter meal. We enjoyed the meal and music.

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vipFitfoodie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Great food and awesome cocktails!

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vipRandyB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

But barbecue chicken anywhere!

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vipDaveC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The food was good, a little expensive...we sat outside by the space heaters, it was a cold day, but the staff was accomodating, and made sure we were comfortable.

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BrianH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, awesome sides, staff was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it. I would definitely return again. The food was great. I loved the wings. Service was great as well. Garrett, our server was attentive and provided great service. The drinks were great too. Definitely returning for brunch.

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vipCobraA
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & cocktails—-highly recommend. Stopped in for a smoked whiskey sour with my favorite Buffalo Trace bourbon and took home 2 pounds of brisket. Delicious! It just doesn’t get better than that.

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peterB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BBQ in the DC region by far! Huevos rancheros with their perfect brisket and a spicy bloody mary - such an amazing combination! Can't give this place enough stars.

Texas Jacks Barbecue
Responded on December 16, 2020

Peter, we truly appreciate every word!! Thank you so much!!

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SingaD
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I pass this restaurant everyday! I was very impressed service was awesome. This is a definite hidden gem hiding in plain sight! Loved it

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vipRichardS
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A good experience and satisfied my BBQ craving. That's it

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS IS THE PLACE.

I was debating writing this review since the beauty of this place is that it is so lowkey, not loud, and there is absolutely no wait during happy hour ¿hours? (Which are 3-6)

Happy hour is ridiculously amazing. Meaning for $12 I was able to get a whole meal AND a tasty margarita, which by Arlington standards is unheard of.

The food is great and so is the service. Being able to do a happy hour outdoors during the time of COVID is a great plus.

My friend and I were so pleasantly surprised by this place that we will have to make this happy hour thing a reoccurring event!

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AnnK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining for covid friend environment.

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vipJadePlant
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was as expected; we had been before and the quality was just as good as usual. The restaurant had tables well separated and some outside seating too (with heat lamps). The restaurant wasn't that crowded, but it looked like they were doing pretty swift takeout business. I appreciate the efforts they made to continue operations during the COVID times.

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VivianL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great BBQ with a group of friends.

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You can order delivery directly from Texas Jacks Barbecue using the Order Online button. Texas Jacks Barbecue also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 875-0477.

Texas Jacks Barbecue is rated 4.7 stars by 896 OpenTable diners.

Texas Jacks Barbecue does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/texas-jacks-barbecue/giftcards.

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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