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Hickory's Chester Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hickorys.co.uk
  • Email: hello@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "I had family coming to visit and knew I had to take them to Hickory's for a meal. Everyone was impressed. Great food, generous portions that make it good value for money. Despite being a busy Saturday lunchtime we were not made to feel rushed and the staff were really attentive. "
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "This place is excellent for breakfast, lunch or dinner! We have been going here for over a year now and it's definitely our fave place to go. The service is always great... Friendly staff that can't do enough for you! But not over the top friendly where it's uncomfortable. We went for breakfast this time. I had a gingerbread latte and it's the best I've had! Hubs had the American breakfast... It was huge! Always a lovely atmosphere and the view of the river dee is nice if you want to sit outside. 10/10 "
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "Reserved a table a week and a half before for my boyfriends 21st birthday. Food was great, service was fab and was surprised at how small the bill was once we came to pay! Gorgeous location and the atmosphere was lovely, recommend this play to anyone! "
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "We booked a table as we've struggled to get a table on previous visits. It was worth the wait. The manager and staff all looked after us well. The ribs and shakes went down well (shakes for adults with a cheeky drop of something alcoholic -we enjoyed as a desert alternative). The atmosphere was good and general restaurant layout appeals with a mix of booths and high chaired tables. Location is great for a stroll on the River Dee to walk off some calories. The biggest selling point is the friendliness of the staff and the way they put their customers first -even when it's very busy. We didn't get to sit down on time, complimentary round of drinks was given by way of an apology. Excellent highly recommend"
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "Lovely food everytime, very helpful pleasant staff, we come every year (were not local) as a treat when visiting chester, would recommend highly food is delicious ;-)"
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Hickories is a great place to eat, it serves american style food. the only problem is getting a table. this restaurant is always booked."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "The food is mainly a selection of meats and all very expensive, I've eaten there twice and had the same thing because I thought something elseis too expensive. Real cooking thou! Nice atmosphere :) "
    dined on 14/04/2014
  • "It was surprised how busy the place was for a Tues night, inside and out! We were shown to a table in a booth which was perfect, the staff were friendly and pleasant and really busy!! The complimentary popcorn and bottled water with the menus was a nice touch! Great food but the portions are massive so beware! We had a platter for 2 to share which was great as we got to try a bit of everything on our first visit but it would easily have fed 3 or even 4, sadly we were defeated and sent a lot of food back! Very reasonably priced for what we had too! We will definitely be back :0)"
    dined on 15/04/2014
  • "service was fantastic. food great and excellent value for money. would recommend the platter for anyone wanting to experience great bbq"
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "Hickory's is a little gem, we heard about it by word of mouth and are very glad that we did. Its difficult to get a booking for an evening especially a weekend but I completely understand why after eating brunch there. We will definitely be going back!"
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "This is the second visit i have paid to Hickory's both for very special birthdays :) The service from the moment you step in the door is outstanding, lots of recommendations from our waitress, very attentive and customer service second to none :). The food variety and standard again is outstanding and the presentation is wonderful, always makes you feel very special indeed, would ver highly recommend, will definitely be going back :) xxxxxxxxxxx"
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "We visited on Saturday at 11.45 and we love Hickorys. We are due to visit again in 1 month as part of our Honeymoon."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "A very authentic American smokehouse experience, loud and lively, good service, freindly, helpful staff and great food. Top tip: make sure you are hungry when you arrive !"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Good food atmosphere splendid roll on the summer so can eat there outside. Nice touch sports bar can see why a livermanc(M Owen)would go there so regularly!!!. Will be going back shortly menu was excellent."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant, something a bit different. Great location and good for the kids"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Hickorys as we were only visiting Chester for the weekend but it will definatly be our first choice if we come again, the meal,service and value for money was outstanding and they were really good with our daughter they also have a great playroom which she loved. If you are in Chester and want a good meal then go to Hickorys."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "Lovely meal, still had to wait for a table, even though I'd booked one."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "I went to Hickory's on 5th April 2014, I had booked the table the week before as recommended by a friend as the restaurant books up quickly! When I booked online there was only an opening at 22.30 so we ate lightly through the day in order to leave room for our dinner. We ordered the Hickory platter, which can be a starter for 4 or a main for 2. Me and my boyfriend who are by no means little eaters were completely defeated by the platter. The food was AMAZING! Particularly the ribs and shrimp in batter. Neither of us could even face dessert which is something I always have. The service was great, we weren't hassled but we were also given an attentive level of service which didn't at all seem scripted. Definitely recommend!"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "I booked weeks before and about 2 days before my booking, I was called upon to provide last minute cover at an event, leaving me with minimal time before my booking to get ready etc. I called to see if there was any chance of moving by booking to a later time, after explaining my situation this was done without question! AWESOME! I felt welcomed, comfortable and well looked after that evening. The waitress was helpful, friendly and couldn't do enough for us, it was a nice, pleasant experience. The food was excellent and the whole experience was wonderful, I will definitely be back!"
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "A fab American diner quick and friendly service would defiantly recommend."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "As soon as I told my friends we were going hickorys everyone was jealous as they had all been before. We had the smokehouse platter which was more than enough for 2 people. Pleasant atmosphere and when we arrived (make sure you book) we were seated immediately and given table water and popcorn without asking. The staff were very pleasant and not over the top. After eating we took our cocktails and sat outside looking at the river. Would definitely visit again !"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "The food was good, service excellent and the kids area outstanding with Monsters inc on video for them. The setting by the river was really nice too with a good patio."
    dined on 02/04/2014
  • "The place is outstanding and the service is great. The staff are great and fun. The food is 5*"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "We booked for a group of 10 for a birthday party. The seating was awkward because we all had to sit on one curved booth so whenever someone wanted to get up, everyone had to move. They didn't acknowledge that we had a birthday at all, which was disappointing because when we've gone in the past the birthday girls always got a drink. We all loved the food and even the guys were stuffed, which is a no easy feat! But we were never checked on or offered second drinks. Which is probably good since my cider and black was £5.75! I've always loved Hickory's in the past, so my guess is that they're just not the best option when you have a large group."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Staff were friendly, the service was fantastic. The food came quickly and was presented great. Have recommended it to many people!"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Me an my boyfriend av been twice an both times we order different foods an av got 2 be really onist de first time was nicer dan de 2nd time we went de food was still ok tho would deffo recommend"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "We had in our heads all day that we were receiving the 'Steak and Shake' promotion and when we arrived, I asked our RUDE waitress whether it was still on. When she told us it wasn't, we weren't in the mood for anything else. I booked this table 2 months prior to is eating here because I know Monday's are always packed so I was easily contactable for them to let us know. They should have made it clear when they take there deals are off. And also, give their staff a 'happy' course."
    dined on 31/03/2014
  • "I can highly recommend the American breakfast; it was large and very tasty! The service was generally very good; the waitresses were happy and smiley (which always helps), however, there was quite a wait for a second coffee I ordered, and I had to ask to make my food order. I could understand this, if the restaurant was busy, but there were only a few diners at 9.15! The small area for children is nice, but I suspect too small once there are more than three of four children in the area. That said, the overall experience was very good and we would certainly return, and would recommend this place to our friends."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Been here several times before and never disappointed. Great atmoshphere - food was excellent - especially the mac/cheese and pulled pork. Travelled from Bolton especially and will be visiting again very shortly. Always telling people about it. Thanks"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Fantastic food as always and great service, highly recommend."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Great service. Was given our own booth despite the restaurant being very busy which was ideal as I am breastfeeding Nowhere to leave the pram which meant we had to unfold it all and hold the baby to avoid it being in everyone's way. Food was good. Staff very friendly. Enjoyed ourselves. Thank you"
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Wife had the chicken skewers which were substantial and I enjoyed the steak. Good food with friendly service"
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "This was our first time at Hickorys, and I can only praise the place. The food was fantastic, simply put my steak was the best I had ever tasted. The staff were lovely too. Me and my partner had 3 courses and the bill came in under £60 which for the quality was brilliant and worth every penny."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "The whole experience left me feeling a bit queasy. Don't expect to be fussed over, it's like grand central station, lots of rushing and scuttling. Certainly do not expect a relaxing experience. As for the food, very average at best, sinewy steak, "fast food" not as fast or as tasty as McDonalds.."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "We had a lovely time and the staff were brilliant and accomadated are daughters needs to. Been many times and have recommended to friends."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "This is my second visit to Hickorys, and it has been immense both times! Can't speak highly enough of it!"
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "Couldn't really fault the food and the service was good up until the point at which we received our bill. It was for double the amount we had actually spent and was completely wrong (even though it had our table number on it). This could have been forgiven as an honest mistake until we flagged it up and the waitress ran another bill that was also wrong! This one had two extra drinks added to it at £4 each. The waitress handed it to us and said:"is this right?" No, it wasn't! Left us with a bit of a sour taste and feeling they had tried to get away with over-charging."
    dined on 24/03/2014
  • "The meal was lovely though it was very noisy in the booth which we had right next to the bar.. The food was fair size portions and a wide selection of american puddings and drinks over all was a pleasant experience"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "My partner and I went for a weeknight dinner and even though we had booked we had to wait at the bar for 15 minutes until our table was ready. This wasn't a massive problem because they had a great selection of drinks including fab milkshakes. We had a great booth for our meal, with its own TV showing sports. The menu was very extensive. They're weren't many veggie options or super healthy things, but that's what you tend to get in American style places. Full slab of ribs were massive, we definitely underestimated how much we would eat. Good atmosphere and good value for money on the large meals. Went home absolutely stuffed and happy."
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "I dined here for the first time ever on the 18th march, the food was superb. Our waitress has only worked there for two days. But you would have thought she had worked there for years. She was very professional very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. I would highly recommend Hickories in Chester and I will be back soon. Very happy customer. :-)"
    dined on 18/03/2014