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Hickory's Chester

Hickory's Chester Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hickorys.co.uk
  • Phone: 0124 440 4000
  • Hours of Operation:


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

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


    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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Diner Reviews
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful meal at hickorys on Friday night to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We were greeted immediately on entrance and showed to our booth table which was perfect as we had our baby boy with us and it was quiet for him in his car seat next to us. He slept the whole time. Our order was taken promptly by our lovely host. We loved the free popcorn while we waited for our starter's which arrived soon after, and which we enjoyed. then the main course arrived in lots of quirky dishes arrived and pots, the food was fantastic! We had pulled pork and Mac and cheese and would recommend both choices. For dessert I had the key lime pie which was worth every calorie! We enjoyed it all so much we have already booked again."
    dined on 29/08/2014
  • "I booked a table online whilst abroad as a surprise for my boyfriends birthday. Hickories responded to my notes of asking for a time change and some birthday decorations very well, and when we arrived the staff even had been informed of my boyfriends birthday and gave him their best wishes. They had placed balloons on the table and set us in a lovely booth - very clean and stylish. The waitress was lovely, and I only wish I could remember her name, very helpful and very well informed of offers and drink choices. Overall the meal was amazing, my boyfriend had never been to hickories and thoroughly enjoyed his first experience. We both had starters and a main each and left feeling full to the brim! Couldn't of asked for a better lunch :)"
    dined on 29/08/2014
  • "Excellent range of items on menu, staff extremely welcoming and setting of restaurant is lovely. Make sure you prebook though as it can get extremely busy!"
    dined on 28/08/2014
  • "We wanted to give our children a taste of the barbecue / smoker flavours that they've seen in US films / TV series. The reception was great, very friendly and welcoming, and we had a super corner table with loads of space and a chance to watch what other tables were enjoying. You HAVE to have wings to start and we shared a large portion between four. We had Tennessee glaze which is only two on the heat scale but they had a kick.The milkshakes were excellent as were the speciality float drinks. We had two of the XXXL burgers and we had the sharing plate to try the different flavours. Its a lot of meat but great if you don't know which cut / treatment you want. Dry rub ribs with the winner for us! a really good experience and recommended"
    dined on 27/08/2014
  • "This is the second time we have eaten at Hickorys. The food was lovely and yet again we couldn't finish our meal because the portion sizes are so generous. Even though the restaurant was fully booked we were still served quite quickly and the staff were friendly. The only downfall is that it is so hot in there, they need to invest in air conditioning or at least open some windows as it was quite uncomfortable."
    dined on 27/08/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Hickorys in Chester and it definitely will not be the last.Their were 5 of us dining and we enjoyed the little extra attention and details like the free salted popcorn and complimentary water bottle, such a nice touch.Some of us had the xxxl burger which was amazing, my mouth is water now just thinking about it! We had a little alcove all to ourselves which made us feel that we were dining on our own.Our son had previously been to this restaurant before and raved about it , saying it was the best meal he had ever had! So we had to try it and we were not disappointed.The service, food and atmosphere was brilliant and we cannot wait to go back.Thank you Hickorys for making our night extra special."
    dined on 26/08/2014
  • "I had a dessert, toasted marshmallows which I have never seen on a menu before. Was very enjoyable."
    dined on 26/08/2014
  • "This was recommended by a friend. It took 3 separate attempts to get in as we do not live in the area but have visited quite a bit in the last year. I ended up pre-booking weeks in advance to visit on a Sunday night. It was worth the wait with great American smokehouse food. Downside was, that we had a table by the bar which was very noisy. Staff were very hospitable and worth their tip. This is the sort of restaurant that we would normally just rock up and get a table so slightly frustrating they can't accommodate walk-in customers. That said - definitely worth visiting."
    dined on 24/08/2014
  • "Everything from start to finish was amazing. I just hope that the Rhos on sea venue is as good as the Chester as we have booked to go there next x"
    dined on 24/08/2014
  • "Another fantastic meal at this trendy, welcoming smokehouse, with great food."
    dined on 22/08/2014
  • "Fabulous food, excellent service, child friendly - what more could you ask for for a special family meal"
    dined on 22/08/2014
  • "amazing food and experience one of the best meals i have had in a long time. would definitely recommend and eat here again. staff extremely friendly and helpful even with non restaurant related enquiries."
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "Anothet fabulous trip to Hickory's, service was second to none and my mum with her dairy allergy was treated with respect and alternatives found, nothing was too much trouble. Food was also delicious"
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "Great food, great variety, spoilt for choice, lived everything about it. And clean toilets - always important!!!"
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "We went to Hickory's for a birthday meal for my daughter. There were 3 of us and the staff were very attentive and the service was excellent. Food was as always great, and very filling."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "We arrived at hickorys and was greeted by a friendly member of staff, we ordered drinks first and then our mains and the food came out quickly. The staff checked if everything was ok throughout the meal. Had a great experience."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Hickory's and we were not disappointed. We were seated in a lovely booth by the window and were extremely well looked after by a new member of their team. We had 'burnt ends' and 'prawn in the USA' to begin (delicious) followed by the Smokehouse platter. Despite my husband having a huge appetite we struggled to eat even half our main course which would easily have fed 3-4. Nothing was wasted, however, and it was expertly bagged up so we could easily take it home. I had the vanilla soda to drink which came in a jam jar and went down a treat!! The food was very, very tasty and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lively yet relaxed eatery to anyone."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "Food and service were impeccable, anyone going to Chester and have something to eat. Hickorys smokehouse is a must. Well done to this eatery."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "No cocktail menu any longer just a piece of paper as a 'drinks menu'...no other options according to bar staff. Asked in advance for a seat at the Chef's bench but even though there was space the waitress said they had to fill the tables first. It was our anniversary and I asked for this when booking. We were sat on a table that was dirty as well. Then we were billed for a hundred pounds for two starters and two mains...and they said we must have ordered it! Had to escalate it to get it resolved, no apology!!!! Shocking service and considering not returning, the reasons we liked it there have all gone!!"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "Enjoyed the meal and great service, would come again soon! Wasn't left disappointed, couldn't even have pudding haha"
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "We booked a table to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary at hickory's after reccomendations from friends, from arriving to leaving we had an amazing experience, we were given in my opinion the best booth in the place over looking the river, the staff had decorated the table with heart shape balloons and candle, which just made the table outstanding, the staff where all very friendly and attentive which made our visit even more special, and as for the food, WOW! we had the sharer meat platter, with every taste cooked to perfection, we couldn't finish it all but happily took the leftovers home (which we ate for lunch the next day). All in all we couldn't have chose a better place and will definetely be returning in the near future, thanks."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "We walked past the restaurant at lunchtime and asked about booking a table for Tuesday night.we were told that there were no tables available until Thursday night at 10pm.my husband then booked on open table for 6.30 Tuesday night. It didn't appear that busy. Food was ok but portions were not great.i ordered chicken skewers and would be lucky if it amounted to half a chicken breast.my sons children's portion had 2 small chicken cubes on it. Food was tasty enough,but not value for money.drinks glasses are filled to the brim with ice so you get much less drink. We enjoyed what we had, but looking forward to trying lots of other restaurants on our holiday"
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "From the minute you go to the desk to be seated the service is fantastic. The staff are extremely helpful and fun. The food is so tasty and they do very good portion sizes. Menu is great as so much to choose from and great value. Will definitely be visiting again when I'm up there on my travels"
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "We enjoyed the meal - very generous portions and the service was friendly and efficient."
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "This was our first time eating at Hickory's and we were really impressed. Had the pulled pork nachos to share to start followed by brisket and ribs. All outstanding. Definitely going to have an ice cream next time because they looked fab but we had marshmallows toasted for desert to share. It's a lovely atmosphere in there as long as you like sport and as long as you like it busy as it's very popular, lots going on."
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "Visited sat nite 9th aug. Really enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. Will recommend to friends visiting chester and hope one open in liverpool in the future"
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "The food at hickory was very good value for money and very tasty and the waitress who served us was very helpful and friendly and gave us advice about what to do that evening and the local area too. The only let down was that the food didn't arrive all at the same time. All in all a very positive dining experience. Also, I highly recommend the cocktails. Very yummy."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "No problems at all with this resturant, however there was No bitter on tap."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "My husband and I have said for years that we need more places like this in the UK. The food was amazing, brisket melted in the mouth, creamy mac and cheese and succulent ribs. The service was impeccable. Our waiter couldn't do enough and personally recommended a few items on the menu. Our booth was comfortable, a perfect spot for an anniversary meal. It was good to finally go somewhere that served root beer and the jar it came in was a querky touch! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and took away what was left of our meal to snack on later (something else that should be done in a few more restaurants) we will recommend Hickorys to our friends and will definitely return before too long."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "Upon arrival our table wasn't ready so we took a pew/keg at the bar. Service was quick, as it was throughout the meal. when seated we were given complimentary salted popcorn, very moorish! So much choice on the menu but decided on the Beef brisket which just melted in the mouth. Hubby had the Cajun spiced steak which tasted amazing too We were very full after the meal but I could just about manage the Vanilla vodka with salted caramel milkshake it was divine! we were asked to move tables as it was soo busy, maybe they could have spaced the booking apart more or gave us a table for two in the first place but on the other hand you know its special when its always full house"
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "Greated in the entrance area by very friendly staff, taken to our table and given a good overview of the menu."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "great food and wonderful service, we arrived on time and were told our table wasn't quite ready, we got a drink from the bar and stood outside! when the table was ready we were seated at a table that overlooked the river, lovely views! we were a table of 4 with good appetites we had the starter platter and the mains platter to share all the food was wonderful, we couldn't quite eat it all though!!"
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "I booked a table for my wife's birthday and requested a nice table. When we arrived we were seated at a nice cosy booth and there were balloons on the table. The waitress even wished my wife happy birthday. Great service, great food. Highly recommended!"
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Our food was delicious, we had a platter; giving us a variety of dishes. We had leftovers so it was great that they provided the bag/service for us to take our remaining food away with us. We were waiting for our booked table for a while, but we were happy to have a drink whilst we waited etc. I would (and have!) recommend this restaurant, yet wouldn't go there too often myself as its more of a "go for a treat" restaurant."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Love hickorys. The food here is amazing. Quick service even when the restaurant is busy. Was a bit warm in there though and a little bit uncomfortable."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Difficult to get a booking? You can see why. Delicious food, great atmosphere and surprisingly non-expensive! There's not much waiting around as the staff are always on point and attentive, and being friendly is just a bonus. The dishes in this place are all worth returning to for, from the sweet pancakes for breakfast to the BBQ covered burgers for dinner, I would definitely return to try out some more things on the menu."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "outdoor area needed a good clean. food disappointing. cocktail poor. not enough staff, though the few were all charming. far too hot inside."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "I visited for my sons birthday and was concerned as he has a severe nut allergy. I needn't have worried. I booked in advance, staff spoke to the chef and the meal was fantastic and completely nut free. My son is understandably anxious about eating out but he felt very safe and thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks to the staff and chefs at hickorys Chester, we will definitely be back soon!"
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Great food, good service, nice place!! Would recommend."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Was recommended by many friends, went for birthday treat was very disappointed with quality and portion size😞"
    dined on 26/07/2014