Hickory's Chester

Hickory's Chester

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hickorys.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01244404000
  • 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
546 reviews since 25 October 2013
Average Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambience4.4
    Value4.2
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (349)outdoor eating (286)fit for foodies (280)group bookings (265)child friendly (217)outstanding value (163)brunch (147)romance (136)disabled access (76)business meals (68)sunday lunch (56)afternoon tea (50)pre/post theatre (37)good vegetarian options (28)Show More
  • 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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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Dannii558
    Dined on 20/10/2014
    Went for boyfriends birthday was lovely staff very friends good was amazing
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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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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    fit for foodies
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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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    child friendly, Sunday lunch
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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.
    Special Features:
    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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    brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions
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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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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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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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    fit for foodies
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steveyt
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    great food great nite couldnt fault anything.eat here again
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • hickories virgin
    marathonrefuel
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    first time at this restaurant recommended by my son, we took our granddaughter on Sunday evening who loves the place and were pleasantly suprised at how good it was in every department will be back when I do Chester half marathon next April.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Good Night
    Gsrodger
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Really enjoyable evening had and lovely food! The staff made sure I was able to watch the NFL game. Although the table was a littlw late in coming the staff made sure everything was ok and that we had a great time. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Fabday
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was fantastic my kids love toasting marshmallows at the table. Had to wait around for our table even though tables were empty, service was slow but friendly. All in all it was a lovely place to go with the family, I would definitely visit again.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Nice Location
    Mikeac
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Relaxed atmosphere next to the river. Food is good, but not exceptional, service is ok. Would eat there again.
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    brunch, outdoor eating
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  • Lovely meal. Let down by menu!
    Meal42
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I ate here with my partner. It was great service, a great meal and atmosphere. But, as I read the menu I found that one of the meals (ribs I believe) offered to customers is suggested as 'Not for Girls'. I don't quite understand the methodology behind this 'advertisement' as it poses both a demeaning perspective towards the eating capabilities of women and, as a male, it made me feel uncomfortable for suggesting we eat at Hickory's. We are both quite liberal people with open minds, so my view of Hickory's changed after this. We did not let it effect our eating experience because the food and service was just too good. However, the shine is taken off of my experience due to a lapse in consideration towards women. I suggest this is revised.
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb
    fosk
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The service was superb, very attentive to our needs and very accommodating of our toddler. The food was gorgeous, huge servings and great value for money. Very very positive experience
    Special Features:
    child friendly, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BillyBoggs
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The service , food , service were all outstanding. The choice of menu was good the atmosphere was also good.its a must place to go for something very different
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab
    ZoeH93
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I absolutely love hickorys I would recommend it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Usually go for evening meal and food has been good,went for lunch and was very disappointed,the quality of food and the waitress was not very good at all,will not be hurrying back.
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  • don't bother with breakfast!
    loshy82
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Restaurant was empty, waitress obviously didn't want to be there! Asked if we wanted coffee on route to the table hadn't even sat down or seen a menu at that point! Made us feel awkward, rushing us never smiled once she was terrible! It was my husbands' 40th advised of this at time of booking nobody acknowledge my request! This was the second time we had been to Hickory's and both time service was shocking we walked out the time before it was that bad! Food is fine but they really need to focus on the customer experience and invest in some training for their team!
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  • heaven
    richie377
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    Hog heaven, just as the name suggests excellent food keenly priced, will be back on other days to sample more of the fine fare!!
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent value
    GKF2
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    I went with a friend for the first night of their Steak and Shake evening which was £10 for a steak meal and a milkshake. The steak meal was steak, fries, onion rings, peppercorn sauce and all decorated with a bright red chilli. The milkshake choice was apple pie or snickers. All were amazing. Service excellent as usual, glad I had booked several weeks in advance !
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Delicious
    Jays
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    Great food, great value, great service! We had a great deal; steak, chips, giant onion rings and a snickers milkshake, all for £10!
    Special Features:
    child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Amazing!
    meateater
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    I went here with my boyfriend for his birthday and as soon as we arrived the staff were very friendly and helpful. The service was extremely fast, we were only in there for an hour. The food is of amazing quality so the price you pay is just great, we got the platter for 2 people which was £35. The only downside was when i ordered a milkshake for desert. I think there must have been nuts in it, and i did have a mild allergic reaction, so it should have said on the menu that it may contain nuts but it didn't, however the milkshake was actually very nice, so it was still a shame i couldn't finish it.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant!
    Jcdine95
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    it was our first time dining at Hickorys for lunch and we were amazed by how inexpensive the meals were, considering how much food you got! I had the southwest chicken skewers which were delicious! My boyfriend had the Roadhouse XXXL Burger, my gosh! His eyes were definitely bigger than his belly but it was so tasty and looked the part. The service was great and quick delivery of food also. The only thing is that it could have been a little bit cleaner, but that is only a small thing. I would definitely recommend this place as the food is awesome, the staff are friendly and it's great value for money, considering the amount you have,
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Great as always
    Bikespace
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    There's a good reason that its a struggle to book a table at Hickorys. It's always so good. The only disappointment is that the stomach capacity runs out before you want to stop eating! Would be great to have more effective heating outside to create even more space and make booking easier on the colder nights. One of the best places around for great food in a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fab night.
    Goodytastic
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    We went to Hickory's for the first time last week and wow, couldn't fault a thing. The setting was ideal. Had a table looking over the river. Friendly staff greeted us and showed us to our table. Atmosphere was great, food was excellent. Really, really good night was had by all. Will certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, 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.
  • Meat Fest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Not ideal for non meat eaters but the food is superb. Portion sizes are typically American - large! - of great quality and piping hot. Service is outstanding and a wide range of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are available. The place is so popular that you have to book well in advance but you may get lucky if just a couple of you, when space at the bar (normally) can be found to accommodate.....but don't bank on it.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Great birthday meal! 🎈
    Curly88
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Me and my boyfriend dined here for his birthday. Great service and great value for money. We sat down just before 8 after booking our table for 7.30pm but had eaten starter and main by 9pm.
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    child friendly, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Eaten here a few times and at the branch in West Kirby and the food is always really tasty. Perfect if you love bbq and are a bit of a carnivore.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food to die for
    Nige
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    We decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary by having lunch out at Hickory's. We ordered the mixed smoked meat platter which is a must. Two hours later we were still enjoying the sumptuous falling off the bone ready rubbed and glazed meat selection. As always Hickory's serve their food in a novel and artistic way. Rather than leave anything Hickory's bagged up the food we could not quite manage to take home with us. The restaurant is also situated in one of the most picturesque places in Chester beside the river. A truly wonderful experience, we will of course be going again!
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    disabled access, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fullup
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Excellent service, the staff are very friendly & helpful. The platter for two is very good value with more than enough food. The outside area is very nice,, by the river. A good place to meet & eat on a summers evening.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's awesome
    NoFranks
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    I went with the lady for a birthday treat and had the platter to try as much as I could. What can I say: Ribs = awesome, brisket = awesome, hot links = awesome and the bbq pit beans.... just try them. In short, if you don't go, it's your loss.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous Gluten Free!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    We're so impressed by the gluten free menu; it's massive!
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    group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First vist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Husband had triple burger and I had the pulled pork. Quick service and good value. Good location by the river.
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    child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange booking system
    Willyolly
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    When we booked for a Thursday early evening table Opentable informed us that the latest we could book was 4.15pm. We booked this time but when we arrived 80% plus of the tables were empty. When we left 1.5hrs later many were still empty. I queried this and was told that of course I could have booked a later table! Opentable and hHickorys need to get their act together.
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  • Perfect Place 4 Anniversary Dinner
    kantai
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    My husband an I celebrated our 8th wedding Anniversary here, (we didn't tell the restaurant that however ;)) we had a wonderful meal, and the staff were lovely and friendly as it wasn't in the half term and we went at lunch time it was a little quieter than usual inside, but there were a lot of people sat outside eating. I had Mephis style dry rubbed baby back ribs @ £8.95 for half a slab and my husband had half a rib Kansas style BBQ Glazed spare ribs @ 12.95 (I think you must get a cow with full slab!) The place was lovely and clean the food was excellent the staff friendly and we had a lovely Anniversary dinner 5stars definitely! Also I forgot to mention that I had some onion rings as a side and they were DELICIOUS and Massive!!
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  • Amazing
    Awesome
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    The service was incredible! The food was quick and tasted amazing and the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly! Definitely a must go!
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    love2nosh
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    We were a group of four ( The youngest being 67 ). We received first class treatment and the food was excellent, thank you.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.