Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Washington, D.C.

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May 25, 2022
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Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Washington, D.C.

Cooking meat low and slow over an indirect heat source—the only real qualifications for barbecue—is a truly American tradition, going back to indigenous cultures and picked up by early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the name the cooking style goes by now: barbacoa. Today, barbecue is a wildly popular staple across the U.S., with many cities and regions boasting their own take (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat spends hours upon hours cooking, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who would rather not spend all day and all night tending to their flames. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Washington, D.C. on Tripadvisor.

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#18. Pearl Street Warehouse

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (20 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: not available
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 33 Pearl St SW, Washington DC, DC 20024-2497
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#17. Standard

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (14 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue
- Price: not available
- Address: 1801 14th St NW On the corner of 14th and South streets, Washington DC, DC 20009-4425
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#16. Ruthie's All-day

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (14 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3411 5th St S, Arlington, VA 22204-1719
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#15. American Ice Co.

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (25 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bar, Pub
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 917 V St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4025
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#14. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (17 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, Japanese
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1119 N Hudson St, Arlington, VA 22201-5013
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#13. Sweet Fire Donna's

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (187 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 510 John Carlyle St Carlyle District, Alexandria, VA 22314-6802
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#12. Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,620 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Steakhouse, Brazilian
- Price: $$$$
- Address: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2514
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#11. Epic Smokehouse

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (306 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1330 S Fern St, Arlington, VA 22202-2862
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#10. Willie's Brew and Que

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (50 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 300 Tingey St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-4625
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#9. Garden District

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (19 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bar, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1801 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4425
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#8. Acre 121

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (27 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1400 Irving St NW Ste 109, Washington DC, DC 20010-2891
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#7. Texas Jacks Barbecue

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (265 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bar, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2761 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
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#6. The Bbq Joint

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (13 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1309 5th St NE Union Market, Washington DC, DC 20002-7003
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#5. Pitmaster Back Alley

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (13 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4818 Yuma St NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-2000
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#4. Fat Pete's BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (145 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3407 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-1307
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#3. Smoke and Barrel

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (156 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2471 18th St, Washington DC, DC
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#2. Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (156 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2418 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-1845
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#1. Hill Country Barbecue Market

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (1,288 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Southwestern
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 410 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2217
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