Texas Jacks Barbecue

4.6
609 reviews
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We are D.C. area's #1 rated barbecue restaurant and bar as rated by the Washington Post , located in Arlington Virginia, half a mile from the Clarendon Metro Station. Texas Jack's offers the finest barbecue available: like beef brisket, beef short ribs, St Louis style pork ribs, pulled pork, Freebird chicken, handcrafted sausage, and sides influenced from both the German and Mexican food cultures. We also have a full bar with a great selection of local craft beers, mountain high whiskey selection, and creative selection of cocktails.

The warm and inviting interior space is filled with reclaimed wood earth tones, handmade wooden furniture and bar, and custom bar stools covered in white and brown-spotted cowhide.
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FF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I went to Texas Jack's because my son wanted Barbecue for his birthday, and the restaurant had received fairly good reviews, so we took the drive to Arlington. When we arrived, it was fairly full, the crowd was a family-ish one, and it was not too loud. We were served water that was room temperature, no ice, from bottles that were left on the table. While I appreciated the fact that I was able to refill my water cup, the water was not cold. The meal was as cold as the water. My son's ribs were chewy, my chicken was cold, and the pulled pork and chicken were both bland. While the greens were good, they were nothing to write home about. My sons had the banana pudding for dessert, and they loved that, but nothing else. They didn't even want to take home leftovers. The service was good overall, but the food was disappointing.

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l
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best barbecue I have had in the DC area! The meat was so moist and flavorful that no barbecue sauce was needed. The sides were great as well.

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DM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was good but the service was terrible. We had a table inside and although, it was not crowded, we had to ask the server multiple times to hold off on giving us the check although we still had food on our plates and full drinks. I've been to Texas Jack's before and this was the worst service I've ever had. I choose to believe that we caught the restaurant on an off night.

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JT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Over priced small portions of mediocre BBQ

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent BBQ! Choice of moist or lean brisket is great. The rub used was very good. Smoked chicken was done right. A plus is local brewed beers on tap. Highly recommend.

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CH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went there for lunch, guess they dont make to order but the pork and brisket were a little dry but serving on chips with salsa guac and other toppings made it work!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good for kids as well!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

What they lacked in cocktail size, they made up for in the over cooked brisket.

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L
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Great smoked meat.. Mediocre sides and service..

Had terrific smoked beef rib. But be warned they tell you they only have giant ribs — and mine cost $46.80 not including sides or tax.

Got a side of potato salad but it was dry and bland.

Service was the worst part. With my spouse out of town I got to experience the shabby way lone diners are often treated.

Even though I had a reservation and there were plenty of empty tables they tried to seat me on a stool in the noisy bar.

After the scowling waiter took me to a large table I pointed out I would be happy to sit at a counter looking into the kitchen.

More rudeness when I wanted to take home half of my humongous rib.

While they routinely pack them for carryout, the waiter offered me a box a fourth the size of the rib on the assumption I would cut off a chunk of meat and leave the rest.

Best idea may be to get some of their meat to carry out and skip the rest

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JK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal per usual! The service, food and ambiance was all great!

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HM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BBQ Sliders were delicious, the ambiance was modern, and the waitress was attentive.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and atmosphere.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast service and very family friendly. Delicious food! Thanks!

Just one thing: need crayons and paper for kids :)

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CH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pulled pork, smoked sausage, and brussel sprouts were spot on. The brisket was a little drier than previous visits but overall the meal was great and I will surely be back to visit in the future.

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CY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I discovered Texas Jacks accidentally last month when a friend of mine looked up from his work and said "I have to stop, I thought about barbecue." That was good enough for me, and so we looked for places in the area. We settled on Jacks and ended up having an excellent time. I've since brought back a large group of friends for a family style meal, which was the right call. The service is quick, food consistently good, and price reasonable. I highly recommend the beef sausage, which is better than I could have ever expected.

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TT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Dining Experience. Very comfortable. Great Servers!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent, but the service was lacking. Server look uninterested in being there and annoyed when we asked questions.

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p
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive staff, and nice atmosphere!

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very loud. Barbecue ribs very good but all sides are extra. Two cornbread muffins for $2.50 is a lot.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Got some briskets, fries, and mac n Cheese. The brisket was cold and the charcoal seasoning on the lean brisket was not good at all. Mac n' Cheese was awful. tasted like powder. Fries were okay, not that great taste. Best thing there was the cornbread. That meal was just way to expensive and the quality was not that great. Better off going to liberty BBQ. Same concept, but more food for a better price. Quality is better as well.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flew in from Texas so I had to try DC's best BBQ. Had the all you can eat brunch and had some (a lot) of everything. Was outstanding

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food friendly staff. Busy so expect to wait a little but with it

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked the vegetarian options on the menu. While I prefer my vegetarians to have a natural plant based diet, I understand some grain must be used. Hopefully it is non-GMO type but in any case the vegetarians they served were prepared well. Some a bit tastier than others.

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r
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I am from San Antonio, Texas and grew up eating smoked brisket. I had been to Texas Jacks before and was pleased with the product. This time was different. There were two things that I thought were below par for the food. 1. The brisket was not tender: Based on the tenderness, the brisket looked like it had been smoked for maybe 6 hours. It had a good smoke ring, but the meat was not melt in your mouth. 2. There was little flavor: The meat didn't carry any flavor from itself, the rub, or the smoke. If it wasn't for the smoke ring I would have thought the meat was roasted in an oven. Disappointed.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This place is one of the better barbecue places in the DC metro area. I wouldn’t compare it to something from the south.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was most enjoyable. Wait staff was attentive and helpful.

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TI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great environment. Ideal for something celebratory and not a quiet not. I'm from Texas and think this is the best BBQ in D.C. Would definitely recommend!

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R
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good solid bbq. Brisket was very tasty. Service was good. Brunch might not be the best time to go unless you are young with very young children. Very noisy with all of the kids. Would come back again during the week. Definitely good eats.

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FL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good. We order 1/2 a chicken and a pulled chicken sandwich (pulled chicken is not on the sandwich menu you have to ask for it.). Our sides were cornbread, baked beans, and salad. All were good and since we didn’t order drinks, the meal was very affordable. Love their non-spicy bar-b-q sauce.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was very clean. Clean tables, clean seats, clean floors and clean bathrooms. It was nice to go to a restaurant that didn't smell like old food was left under the tables in the corners. You could see the open kitchen so you know the food was fresh and not pre-cooked. But the chicken wasn't fully cooked and the sauce wasn't that good. And all the BBQ came dry and you had to use sauce bottles from the table. I prefer having an option of sauced or dry. I liked the collards, potato salad and baked beans. We ordered family style meats but the sides don't come family style only in small sizes which didn't make sense. I would recommend for the cleanliness.

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AL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Best barbecue I have had in the Washington DC area.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bbq!!! I only had one night in Arlington so I am really happy I went here. I ordered brisket, pork shoulder, Mac n cheese and collard greens. Soooo good. Sooo much food and well worth the price.

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A
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server was great about communicating with me and the kitchen to guarantee me a gluten free meal.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

LOVE this restaurant! I’ve always had a great experience here, the food is amazing (highly recommend the pulled pork, chicken, and brisket, and the Brussels sprouts, Mac and cheese, nachos, and the Mexican corn as sides) and the staff has always been amazing! Super quick and attentive, but not hovering over. Great balance! I do recommend a little more lighting, however. A few people in my party had trouble seeing the menu, and I saw some people in the restaurant needing to use their light from their phone. Overall, highly recommend!

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a Texan, this is the best BBQ I have had since leaving the great state! We had a large group, and had the most amazing service between Mesa and Nelson. DIDI, the caterer, was super friendly and accomodating... this place comes highly recommended and we will return.

THANK YOU
-T

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an outstanding experience all around

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DF
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very well thought out restaurant with excellent staff and delicious food. You won't go wrong eating here. The ambiance is superior. Just a great spot!

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A
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came for the weekend brunch menu, and were very pleasantly surprised they have endless brunch now!! It was AMAZING!!!! The French toast, the brisket, the huevos ranchos, the esquites, and more! And the option of the $1 brunch cocktails! Can it get any better?!! We are looking forward to coming back for the endless brunch soon!!

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B
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food delicious, as always! Drinks good too. Disappointed that my request for a booth in the bar area wasn't met, as we were told that tables in the bar are first come, first served. I guess we've been lucky in the past that we've always been able to snag a booth in the bar when we asked for it - when TX Jack's is busy, it's the only area to be able to have a conversation with the others at the table. Other than the noise level, we always enjoy the food, drinks, and service.

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