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“Great Pulled Pork BBQ!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Catering

Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Catering
13208 Fountain Head Plaza, Hagerstown, MD 21742
+1 301-797-4455
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Ranked #2 of 239 Restaurants in Hagerstown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $24
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue, Vegetarian, Pub
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Hempen Hill BBQ is independent-family owned offering award-winning Pit BBQ fused with a culinary twist for some real unique dishes including Vegetarian & Gluten-Free. A home to great Beer & Live Music! Kitchen Hours: Monday -Thursday 11am - 9pm Friday & Saturdays: 11am - 10pm Bar Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00am - 11:00pm Fridays & Saturdays: 11:00am - 2:00am (BASED ON CROWD). *Sundays: Closed Important Reservation/Large Party Information: •The Party Room is available for groups of 24 maximum (no overflow into the Dining Room) •There is a 12 guest maximum at one table in the Dining Room (if you have more than 12 guests your party will be at separate tables). •A Manager will help you with making a reservation for parties of 8 or more. •A Manager will help you with making a reservation when we already have 100 guests on our books for the night. • A guest count will be confirmed for reservations – any guest over a confirmed count will not have a guaranteed seat. Hempen Hill BBQ was founded on a simple concept. Create awesome food, enjoy it with your favorite Pint in the company of friends. Oh yeah, and have FUN when ya do it!! So no surprise when you come into HHBBQ there’s a delicious aroma of BBQ floating around, AWESOME craft beers are on tap and a fun “Vibe” in the air. We are ALL ABOUT pushing the envelope so you’ll find out of the box things like Organic Liquors, Beers & Wines, Local Farm Fresh Veggies, great Vegetarian Dishes & Meatless Monday Dinner Deals, NO Foam boxes/cups … just to name a few. So stop in, Try the Award-winning “Q” grab a pint & enjoy! The idea of owning a restaurant has always been a dream of ours! We are known for countless parties at our home on “Hempen Hill” – Yes, named after a local brew, Hempen Ale, that we enjoyed while building our home. Our parties became a test kitchen of sorts to try out new ideas on friends/family. So late December of 2004 we took a leap of faith and formed HEMPEN HILL BBQ CATERING. After one short year of Catering success, we took yet another leap into a full service restaurant in October 2006. It is because of great staff, faithful regulars and awesome guests that Hempen Hill BBQ has become what it is today… The Place Where Locals go! Thanks for making our dreams into a reality. Cheers, Kathy & Jay Reeder Proprietors Hempen Hill BBQ
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Pulled Pork BBQ!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

One of the best sandwiches in the tri-state area. They also have a large craft beer selection on tap.

  • Visited September 2013
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Hagerstown, Maryland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Service and food surprisingly bad”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

After bad service on a busy weekend we tried HH again on a quiet weeknight. It took an hour to get our food, the order was wrong, drinks took 20-30 minutes to appear. Food was uniformly mediocre to bad. For instance, "burnt ends" is supposed to be chewy ends of brisket. Instead i got spongy center pieces in a sauce so salty I couldn't eat it. Server made a rare appearance and asked how it tasted since it was barely touched. I said too salty and she just walked away. We returned because the beer is good but have rarely had worse service anywhere.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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2 Thank travellingOnAndOn
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Crisfield, Maryland, United States
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great BBQ & prompt courteous service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Had the Texas Brisket with Sweet Potato Fries and it was awesome! Service was fantastic. The setting is very casual and a bit crowded and loud but that should be expected for this type of restaurant. I will be dining here again the next time I visit Hagerstown.

  • Visited August 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Very disappointed. Could have been my selection.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

I was traveling through the area and was looking for a restaurant so I consult a TripAdvisor as always. This place got such a high reading that I just had to try it. I was very disappointed. I ordered the "beef pit" sandwich (or something like that. I understand that you cannot over cook roast beef, but what I was served resembled sliced road kill. It was extremely raw, but worse, it had pieces of gristle and hard fat and was very difficult to chew. It must have had a complete ladle of au jus dumped on it, because the roll that it was served on was a soggy mess. I wish that I had ordered a burger or something cooked... Very disappointed

  • Visited August 2013
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Johns Creek, Georgia
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very good BBQ and Bar fare”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Wait staff not overly attentive but lunch was good. Try the Chorizo burger if you want to spice up your typical lunch burger.

Visited August 2013
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