Hickory's Chester

Hickory's Chester

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hickorys.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01244 404000
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch:


    Saturday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 12:00PM,


    Lunch:
    Monday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 05:00PM,


    Dinner:


    Monday - Sunday: 05:00PM - 10:00PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Hughes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact John Welsh for further outside catering information.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Nearest bus stop 300 yards
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Free parking available at the rear anytime.
    Free parking available riverside after 6.00pm
A word from Hickory's Chester
Hickory’s Smokehouse is Chester’s authentic American BBQ. Here you can enjoy a traditional style of cooking that has its roots in the US, but that we think deserves to be just as popular over here.
Our menu offers two styles of BBQ. The southern-style ‘Smoker’ BBQ uses slow, wood-fired cooking in our specially imported American smoker oven. The northern-style ‘Yankee’ BBQ is cooked over sizzling hot coals. Both styles create unbelievably tender, delicious meat and fish.
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Hickory's Chester reviews from OpenTable diners
547 reviews since 22 November 2013
Average Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambience4.4
    Value4.2
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (352)outdoor eating (283)fit for foodies (279)group bookings (267)child friendly (210)outstanding value (161)brunch (143)romance (138)disabled access (76)business meals (65)sunday lunch (57)afternoon tea (44)pre/post theatre (36)good vegetarian options (29)Show More
  • Groomy
    Dined on 19/11/2014
    Book a week before you plan to dine !!! make sure youn ask for any special offers as they dont tell you about them
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic authentic American food!
    Janwise
    Dined on 19/11/2014
    Me and my partner visited here for the first time while in Chester and we were not disappointed! We got there a bit early for our reservation and we were told to have a drink in the bar while they got our table ready. The barman was very friendly and helpful in recommending drinks, the price was good too. We didn't wait long for our table and even though it was quick the waitress apologised for our wait. As we hadn't been before our waitress pointed out some key things on the menu that she recommended we try, she was very friendly and helpful. I chose the beef brisket and my partner the dry rubbed baby back ribs. When the food came we were not disappointed! Good portion size and fantastic quality, the meat was tender and juicy and the BBQ sauce was delicious! We opted for the waffles for dessert, these were amazing! Very soft inside but crispy on the outside and was just the right amount to not get too full. Overall it was a fantastic meal and we will definitely be coming back, it's so good here that it would be worth travelling to Chester just to eat here!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disapointed
    unimpressedcustomer1
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    I have heard lots of recommendations for this resteraunt so booked a table for 4 for my birthday. When we arrived there was no where to park and if we had left our car on the water front we could only stay for an hour or we would get a parking ticket. We were told to drive to the carpark up the road and park in there?! The food was discusting!.. Undercooked burger and greasy starter and they gave my 4 year old child some form of salsa with his meal with abit of dried up cucumber in a pot. Such a shame as the service was excellent but I will not be eating here again!! Not even authentic American burgers.. just ordinary minced beef which was pink and bloody inside.
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  • Good great, changed menu and smaller portions
    Disappointed
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    The food was great as usual, service was good and the place is generally good value for money. They have changed the menu recently so the lunch sandwich section is smaller, disappointing. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich, and there was hardly any meat at all, very different from last time where there was nearly too much to eat. The coleslaw has also changed, for the worse
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food food food with enough for tomorrow's dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 14/11/2014
    Waited 10 weeks for our Friday night 8pm table but was well worth it! Celebratory meal for my partners birthday. Had the platter for £35, was full to the brim and was very happy with a doggy bag! Food was delicious and staff were very nice and friendly. Would absolutely come back, in fact I've booked for my dad's birthday already!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    I have been to hickories numerous times but hadn't been for a while and was so excited to go back there. Me and my friend were a little disappointed with our food as it wasn't as good quality as it normal is. We both had the BBQ pulled pork and found some bits were hard and others were quite fatty. Also it was quite dry. It is normally drench in bbq sauce but this wasn't. There was hardly anything on it. We didn't leave as happy as we normally do and after that meal we wouldn't really be in a rush to go back which is such a shame because it was our favourite place to eat.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect.. now my new fav place xxx
    dizzydublove
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Fantastic 110% the nicest place I've bn in a while.. staff were so friendly food was amazing. now I'm in trouble with my fianew for not taking him. bir that treat for my friend (balloons were put out) just fab xxx
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great with good gluten free options
    Russrf
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Visited on a Sunday afternoon with family 2 adults and 2 children. It was busy but we were welcomed by very friendly staff and shown to our table. Our waitress was very nice and even spent time running through the options on the menu and explaining what each dish was. They also had a great gluten free menu with various dishes to choose from which was great. My wife had to send her ribs back after they were overcooked but it was no bother for the staff who apologised and replaced them with the perfect ribs in no time at all. All in all the food was outstanding and the kids especially liked the campfire marshmellows. I would highly recommend this place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All round fantastic
    Simon
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I went here for a meal recently the waiter was very quick to sit us down and instantly a waitress came across greeted up offered us free popcorn as a pre appetiser and got us drinks. The food from starter to desert was outstanding which matched the fantastic service we received. Would definitely return and 100% recommend
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    group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Steffi
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Nice waitress, great food, nice atmosphere. Definitely going there again!!!
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    brunch, child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance
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  • Authentic American BBQ
    DaveT911
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We have visited Hickory's on a number of occasions in Chester and every time it is excellent. The food is very good and very authentic to American BBQ we have had in the States. Also the service has that excellent American element including water on arrival etc. The staff are excellent and nothing is too much trouble. A great atmosphere and always lots of fun.
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    brunch, fit for foodies
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  • Luke
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a lovely table in a booth with a view of the river, ordered 2 smokehouse platters between 4 people
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun BBQ Styles evening
    FatPhilS
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our second visit to Hickories and it never disappoints. Good BBQ styled meals more food than the average stomach can hold. Everything in this American themed restaurant is big! We were lucky enough this time to be placed in a private booth with its own tv and choice of sports channels. As a starter try the Burnt Ends they are delicious! Washed down with some Brooklyn Brewery ale we then moved onto the mains. Three massive burgers and one Hog Mac and Cheese nothing disappointed No one finished their meal! If you like huge amounts of loud American ambiance and loads of food Hickories is the place for you.
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  • Brilliant!!
    Emily
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went here with my mum for lunch and had a lovely meal! The service was brilliant as the girl that served us was very friendly and helpful!
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • outstanding
    LeeW
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I came to hickorys for my graduation meal and it was, as always, outstanding. The food is always amazing, and authentic to their trade mark. The service are fantastic, they really care and are helpful.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midweek Deals!!
    NGLB
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Me and my girlfriend recently visited for the hog heaven deal and it didn't disappoint! Excellent value for money and would 100% recommend to anyone who likes wings and ribs!
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic american restaurant
    megzsam2
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    My fiancée and I visited Hickorys on a weekend away in Chester. We were both amazed at the authenticity of the restaurant. There were several little touches that set it apart from a 'tgi's' or 'Frankie and bennys'. The bar selection was amazing. The food was delicious and offered something a bit different. The evening was very enjoyable and I would certainly visit again!
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    child friendly, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Barbecue!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Best proper barbecue I've had in years!!! Everything was amazing!
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • Table for 2 - smokehouse platter
    Mrcovonex
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Girlfriend and I had homemade milkshakes and lemonade which tasted much much better than any others I've tried. We also had the smokehouse platter full of ribs and smoked meats which was amazing for the price, filled both of us right up and had to roll home
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hickorys = poor service
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    Went into Hickorys at 4.30pm for food we were seated instantly provided a menu and then left for 25 mins, the only reason we were served was because my husband caught a waitresses attention. Didn't really set the scene for the rest of our stay. Food was fine, nachos dish was the smallest I'd seen, mains were fine but nothing to rave about, with the ribs being dry. Considering it wasn't overflowing with people we were very disappointed with our visit and therefore have no intention of returning as there are much better restaurants in Chester.
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  • DISAPPOINTING
    Glyngirl
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    My daughter and granddaughter visited a few weeks before and raved about it, so I decided to take all three of my granddaughters. Firstly, we were not offered popcorn - I had to ask for it halfway through the meal (only because we knew everybody else was being offered it). The service was poor, we had to wait at least 15 minutes for our starter and it wasn't that busy, as the only time we could book a table was 11.30am. We wear not shown the same menu as my family had on the precious visit and basically not one of us enjoyed our meal. The chips were cold and my pulled pork was TOUGH!! The children just didn't enjoy their meals and most of the food returned to the kitchen. Not a good experience for me/us and won't be returning
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  • Meat lovers paradise
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    Relaxed atmosphere,all staff very friendly. We went on a Tuesday night Rack of ribs, buffalo wings fries and slaw on offer £10 .Fantastic food and price. Our friend had a burger, loved it. Try the hot sauces if you dare. Third time of going and will definitely be going back. I would recommend booking, but if they can fit you in on drop in they will. Large range of drinks on offer.
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    child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    this was our second visit and yet again can not fault. We can only praise the service, food as it was fantastic. will call again and keep on recommending your restaurants to our friends
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good experience
    Mc73
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    It was the second time me and my girlfriend came. We were really please by the atmosphere, the table we sit at and the service. Food was also really good. Only reproach would be we were looking for a small burger but couldn't see any, the smaller one being the "double".
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hickorys in Chester
    Gecko
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Went for a meal for my boyfriends bday, had the platter with lots of different meats, it was absolutely delicious. Have been before and food always exeptional and service friendly. Took a friend who had never been and he said his hog mac n cheese was best meal he'd had in years.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Steakhouse
    Beatsx
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    Great steakhouse, great staff, great food... what more could you want?
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  • Perfect
    Woody
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    Staff are very welcoming, friendly and helpful. The food was perfect, every bite was full of amazing flavour. I have yet to have a bad word to say about hickories.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    ed3680
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    2nd time we have been and what an improvement. 1st time service was iffy whilst the food was amazing and this time everything was fantastic. Just remember not to drive there the adult milkshakes are fantastic for afters.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back!
    HelloNikki
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    Amazing service from staff so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Food was amazing. Was a perfect nice meal out for a birthday.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tasty American treat
    Gigi
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    Visited Hickorys for a family meal. Had an amazing cocktail in the bar whilst waiting for a table. The menu is very meat focused, so I wouldn't recommend for vegetarians or people who aren't big meat fans. Though there are some veggie options on the menu. Tuesday night is hog heaven night, so you can get a whole rack of ribs, barbecued chicken wings and fries all for a tenner. The potion was massive, and really nicely cooked so would recommend if you fancied a challenge. I think they have similar deals Monday-Thursday. Others in the party had a burger and the pulled pork, both of which were reportedly very tasty. The portions are generous so we didn't consider deserts. Overall American style cooking done well.
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  • Amazing
    Dannii558
    Dined on 20/10/2014
    Went for boyfriends birthday was lovely staff very friends good was amazing
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    WeLoveHickorys
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Always visiting Hickorys as myself and family and friends love it and travel 40 minutes to visit!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    Lewis
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    As a regular to hickory's I always find the experience to be outstanding.
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    brunch, child friendly, disabled access, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Andrea
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Very nice place and the food is great! Real american food!
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  • Amazing!
    Squidge
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    I booked a table at Hickory's for my partner's birthday meal. We arrived early and were directed to the bar area for drinks as our table wasn't quite ready yet. The meal itself was amazing the girl serving us was very friendly and chatty and asked if we were celebrating anything and I told her it was his birthday. When it came to dessert we saw a server coming out with sparklers and then realised it was coming to our table! Completely unknown to me the server had told the kitchen it was my partner's birthday and so they put his dessert on a large board, written "Happy Birthday!" on it in chocolate sauce and added the sparkler! He said it was the best meal ever.
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  • Ham shank redemption
    Foodfan35
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    We had the £10 ham shank redemption deal on Wednesdays. It was delicious and great value for money. The ham shank was perfectly cooked in BBQ sauce and fell off the bone. It came with apple sauce, coleslaw, skin on fries and the craft beer of the day. All ordered, eaten and paid for within an hour at lunchtime as well. We were sat in a private booth with space for a car seat for a baby as requested.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    From the moment we arrived the service was poor! It took 10-15 minutes to take a drinks order at which point we were actually ready to order the food! We then had to wait a further 15 minutes for the drinks by which point the starters had already arrived! The food was very good! We then asked our stuck up young waitress to see the desert menu, she obviously couldn't be bothered to fetch it and 10 minutes later I asked another waitress for got one for us! Overlall if the service was better we'd definetly return as we loved the food!
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  • Wow - its New Orleans!
    vannin123
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We got the starter platter for 4 persons, When it came to the table it was massive, Ribs,BBQ chicken wings, prawns, dips , onion rings and garlic bread with dips, all succulent and tasty. we all had different mains, I had a rare blakened steak ooh la la it was good, with seasoned fries. The ambiance is busy & bustling, with great music. Hey they have Brooklyn beer on draught too, what a find. The staff are really great, happy smiles, and nothing is too much trouble. Overall it is a superb place to eat and chill, we all had a great night down by the river.
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  • Amazing
    Iheartfood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My boyfriend and 2 of our friends came to eat on Wednesday. Because my boyfriend had never been before we decided to order the hickory's platter and the smokehouse platter so he could try a bit of everything. We couldn't fault a thing, the food was exceptional, the service was good and overall the bill was only just over £100 for 4 people who could barely move they were so stuffed and had also had a bottle of wine an a few beers.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but moody waitress
    Damo
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was great very tasty but the service from the waitress who was serving us let it down. Very miserable and unfriendly. Didn't seem to enjoy her job.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.