Texas Jacks Barbecue

4.6
561 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 875-0477
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Daniel St.
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Parking details
Valet parking is available to our guests Thursday-Sunday. Free street parking surrounds our restaurant on both sides of the street.
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Public transit
We are half a mile from the Clarendon Metro Station (Orange, Silver Line)
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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TF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, no cheap. Waitress lack luster

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our group had a great time! The bbq was excellent. We shared the regular sized meat platter. It easily could have fed 4-5 people. We all went home with leftovers. Our waiter was also great.

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The beef brisket, which is this place's signature meat dish, was really poor. It was dry and lacking in flavor. Night and day compared to the brisket at Federalist Pig. Because of rave reviews for the brisket we ordered a lot of it.
The pulled pork was ok.
The ribs were very good.
The Texas sausage was meh.
The mac and cheese and baked beans were average.

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SL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wxperience

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AB
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing but we had some issues. The manager was beyond nice. I would return.

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LC
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We like Texas Jack's BBQ as it is convenient and has good food. We take all of our visiting guests here as I think that it is outstanding value!

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ST
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It's been several months since our last visit to Texas Jack's; that was an off evening for Texas Jack's. This past visit went smoothly. The service was friendly and the food was good. Often overlooked is that dinner at Texas Jack's can be a good value.

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BB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for my birthday. Everyone enjoyed the meal. Smoked meats excel. All loved the wings (buffalo and barbecue). Tried the beef short rib which was huge (great leftovers). Wonderfully moist and tasteful brisket. Wife loved her quarter chicken and her mom loved the pulled pork Kids enjoyed the pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. Wish there were more sauce options (just two), which is perhaps the weak spot for Texas Jacks (and good but not great mac and cheese). Yes, in case you can't tell, we had too much to each, but as I noted great left overs. Good cocktails and beer list (for the adults).

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST BARBECUE IN DC METRO AREA.

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NR
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We made this choice based on the Washington Post's 2018 review of best BBQ places in the Washington area. The review focused only on brisket which was rated very highly; we ordered a full rack of ribs. The rack of ribs was nicely prepared, seasoned, and presented, smokey and meaty; the mac and cheese was fine but nothing special; the baked beans were ok but dry (like being left in a pot way too long dry); and the brussels sprouts, which were represented as deep fried but were neither crispy or infused with a deep fried flavor--were a disappointment. Sides were pricey for the sizes of the servings and quality. A rating of "Good" is as good as it will get for this dinner.

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KP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a group of 8 here for a birthday brunch, 10/10 recommend! We all did the all you can eat and the server recommended doing a "family-style" instead of all ordering off the menu, meaning they brought you a variety of options and if you wanted specific things you requested as you go, the food was amazing and the service was awesome!

Definitely will be back!

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CL
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Was great food, service was good, but wish the menu was larger

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Texas jacks. I tell everyone I meet it’s the best BBQ this side of the Mississippi, but really it could be the best on either side! Excellent service, great selection of drinks and sides, and perfect BBQ. It looks kinda small like a hole in the wall from the outside but inside is HUGE with authentic decorations that really get you in the mood for BBQ. 5 stars!

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SN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

All hard surfaces; chairs are not very comfortable. Noise level at dinner makes conversation almost impossible. Not very good non-meat options. Other BBQ places that are highly rated, such as ZZQ in Richmond, offer "real" entree options for non-meat eaters.

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SC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have a group of friends who go out to dinner every Tuesday. This is one of our favorites!

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RB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best ribs on the East Coast. Sides are great too. Free valet solves the parking problem. Wish it were less noisy

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AR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Parking was a dog and dangerous to get out. Many Arlington County no parking signs in the lot which the staff told us to ignore.
Baby ribs were fatty, pricy and redolent of smoke sauce. Noisy even when 3/4 empty. Ambiance of a sterile diner. Majority of patrons obese! Wonder why!
Miss the terrific fare from the old Tallulah’s. As for ribs, You can do better at the Grand Carlisle café down the street in Shirlington.

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AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was great also, just an amazing place to hang out Fridays or family

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AM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Brian, went out of his way to make our first experience at Texas Jack's a great one. Great service and great food! Can't wait to go back and can't believe it took us so long to try it. We tried the brisket, sausage, pulled pork and turkey. Also had the kale Caesar salad. My son had the fries (probably my least favorite thing). For dessert we had the banana pudding and chocolate decadence. Would reorder the exact thing again. Loved everything we had.

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RB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great BBQ and sides, the service was fast and friendly. Bar area was filled with TVs showing college football, will go again.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband loves BBQ so we decided to try it out. We shared a meat sampler platter, all the meats were notable. Most tender smoked chicken I've ever had! I will be back for the AMAZING Brussels sprouts! Recommend adding a specialty root beer to the non-alcoholic drink options, pairs well with BBQ, but Barques is fine if that's all you have.

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GP
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great price for a half pound of brisket, the smoked whiskey sour,the best.

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PW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding barbecue joint!
Brisket, pork ribs, and links were the best I’ve tasted outside Texas.
Beef short rib was a special treat and worth the experience. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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f
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place and BBQ is amazing!! Large portions, you always need to to go bag!!!!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good, but it took a long time to get out. We ordered all you can eat and expected food to come out as it was ready and not all at once.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service

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GP
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Loved the brisket, hands down the best. Yummy sides (mac n cheese and Mexican corn) and friendly service were excellent too. Will be back!

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s
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall good experience. I've visited once for brunch and once for happy hour and I prefer the happy hour/dinner selections. The brunch food was fine - it came out within 10 minutes of ordering and on the smaller portion size, but they offer an unlimited option if you are feeling hungry. They seem to be accommodating for larger groups at brunch. There were several groups of 6+ tables when we visited and may have been why our table for two wasn't visited as much. Not sure if I would return for brunch, but I would go back for a dinner or happy hour.

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DF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well-deserved reputation for being one of the best barbecue restaurants in the area.

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ordered the half rack of pork ribs and they came stacked 3-on-3 and the top ribs looked great but the bottom 3 were fatty and small. Both BBQ sauces in the table (Original & Spicy) tasted the same vinegary taste. I did like the Brussel sprouts and someone ordered the nachos with pulled pork and those were amazing. Had to ask the waiter for extra queso and the 1/2 pound brisket seemed less than that. Was very busy and the noise level made it difficult to talk to the people at our table.

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JB
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Watch out - the "two-door nachos" can fill you up and leave you no room for your brisket! ;)

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B
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the bbq meat options, the esquites, the cocktails, the collards! On Monday nights there is a real deal, half price on the meat platter. We weren't there on a Monday this time, but wanted to take a friend who is a bit of a picky eater. She loved it - ordered a kale salad, but kept picking at our pulled pork and ribs, too! We prefer to sit in a booth in the bar area, as it is usually a bit quieter - the main room has a lot of hard surfaces, so the acoustics favor a louder atmosphere. Plus, usually there are few or no children in the bar area (nothing against kids, but many parents do not do as we did, when ours was small, to remove them at the first peep that might disturb other diners). We come here every two or three months, and always say when we leave that we should come more often. Great food and we have always had very good service.

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yum. Best BBQ in NoVa. the thing about TJ's is that while there are several good options for smoked/BBQ meats, the differentiation here is in the sides....most places do good meat and then serve it with sad bagged fries and cole slaw from a bucket. Not here! I could almost just eat a plate of sides but the brisket and pulled pork are such melty buttery smokey goodness.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and exceptional staff.

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best BBQ in DC I've ever had and the service was excellent. Be sure and get the mac and cheese, lean brisket and turkey!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Meat was very dry and cold. really disappointed. Read ranked #1 in DC, no where near that. Had ribs and brisket, without bbq sauce there would have been no flavor. sorry but fact.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was the best food I had ever had love the burger

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BBQ I’ve ever had!

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JB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating when we asked to increase our party size. Our service was awesome and made great recommendations for drinks and how much food to order for our table. I've dined here in the past but our friends haven't so it was nice to introduce them to a place that wowed them. Rock it out Texas Jack's!

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