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Capital Q

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707 H St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3792
202-347-8396
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Acceptable BBQ but not authenic TX.

Having brisket on the menu and Texas decor does not make you an authentic Texas BBQ. In fact having a TX BBQ restaurant in downtown DC is an oxymoron. Real TX BBQ is slow roasted meat on open pit barbecues using hardwood or hardwood coals. Cooking brisket in an indoor box will never produce the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2012
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Kansas City, Missouri
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Foil pan food, tasted reheated. Didn't appear to have been rubbed, smoked, etc. just so-so food in smaller portions. Try jackstackbbq.com for a sample of real BBQ (I'd order from there while I lived in the DC area to remember what real BBQ tasted like).

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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597 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I used to work around the corner from Capital Q for many years and I never had a good meal there. I tried it maybe 4 times in 4 years and just could not get anything to be tasty. The ribs were greasy, pork undercooked, tea oversteeped, it was always something. Not recommeneded.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

A business associate took me to this place based on recommendations he'd heard (he'd never been either). I had the brisket sandwich and was surprised at both the amount of meat and the flavor. I think they could keep up with some of the Kansas City places I've enjoyed in the past. Anyway, it's a great place if your in... More 

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Crookston, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Stopped in here for a bite to eat before catching a movie. Found the place pretty easily due to the fact there is a BBQ going on the rooftop. I had the brisket burrito with the spicy sauce and roasted corn salsa. Really satisfying and reasonably priced. The brisket was done perfectly. Other members had the pulled pork platter, 1/2... More 

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Sandusky, Ohio
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

This was my first visit to Capital Q. I went with 5 other business colleagues and we all agreed the food was really good. 2 of my companions were from Texas and they both agreed the BBQ quality was just as good at Capital Q as it was back in Texas. The biggest negative is the eating space is very... More 

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New Lebanon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I've visited Capital Q several times in my DC travels and never been disappointed with the brisket. Servings are generous, sauce is good and the meat is very good. Not much seating and the sides are average, but since when does one do BBQ for the sides?

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Thank Dan T
DC area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

I am a south texas castaway. Been stuck up here in yankee land too long. But I have to disagree with some reviewers that do not think they serve real texas BBQ. I worked in DC far too long, but i loved taking time and going to Capital Q, the staff was friendly, and would make jokes on my waining... More 

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Paris, France
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

Having brisket on the menu and Texas decor does not make you an authentic Texas BBQ. In fact having a TX BBQ restaurant in downtown DC is an oxymoron. Real TX BBQ is slow roasted meat on open pit barbecues using hardwood or hardwood coals. Cooking brisket in an indoor box will never produce the same product. The brisket was... More 

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Boston
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

From the reviews, we were pretty excited about this place - but it is a tiny little room, with a few high tables, and counter service BBQ. The food was ok, but it is clearly set up for drinks before a sports event, not a meal with your family.

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Boston
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012 via mobile

Tried the smoked turkey, which was dry without any distinct flavor, and not helped by the uninspired (mild) bbq sauce. The sides were mixed with decent mashed potatos, but I'm guessing the corn came from an economy sized can from Costco. Service and atmosphere were fine, but not enough to lure me back..

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 707 H St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3792
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202-347-8396

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Greek

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