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Hillstone (formerly Houston's) ***

Houston's SF

Cuisine: American BBQ

Houston officially changed its name to Hillstone in February 2010.

Description & Atmosphere
When you get that craving for BBQ, Hillstone (formerly Houston's) is the place to go. Thanks again, Dave and Hope, for your great restaurant recommendation. Apparently, you're not alone...just ask singing sensation Christina Aguilera — it's her favorite place in the world!

The popular eatery is a fun place to go after work for drinks, appetizers and people-watching. The restaurant has a long U-shaped bar, an open kitchen, dining booths and tables along the windows. In addition to the outdoor patio seating, there's also an intimate bar area outside with tables and a fireplace.



Food
Hillstone's awesome "Knife and Fork" Barbecue Ribs are so tender, the meat literally falls off the bones. The BBQ Ribs are served with a generous portion of skinny French Fries and cole slaw — the fries alone are worth the trip!

Indulge in the thick and creamy "Chcago Style" Spinach Dip appetizer, served with a plateful of tortilla chips.

The Hamburgers are good too — we like the Texas Burger (served on Saturdays only) with Firehouse Chili, cheddar cheese and chopped onions.



A "healthy" standout, the "Hacked" Chicken Salad is another popular entree. And the Chilled Asparagus — offered seasonally as a vege side dish — is sensational. It comes drizzled with olive oil and topped with hard-boiled eggs and breadcrumbs.


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Private Party Room
Outside Patio seating overlooks the Embarcadero, opposite Hornblower Yachts. Umbrella tables keep you cool on warm sunny days and heaters are provided on chilly days and evenings.

Hillstone is a fun destination for casual Team Lunches and Dinners — we give their BBQ Ribs our vote for the Best in the City!

Houston's outside patio

Hours
Open daily for lunch and dinner Sun-Thurs 11:30am-10pm,
Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm.

Reservations
Hillstone doesn't take reservations, but you can call ahead for parties of five or more. Usually by 7pm there can be a long wait, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, so plan to arrive by 6pm if you want to get seated early.

Parking
Street parking.

Service
Friendly service.

Prices
Moderate.

More Info
Hillstone
1800 Montgomery Street
Embarcadero at Bay Street
415-392-9280

Sister Restaurants
Rutherford Grill, Napa Valley
Los Altos Bar & Grill, Los Altos

 

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