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The Original Hick'ry Pit

1495 S Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-5318
+1 925-935-7450
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“pies” (5 reviews)
“ribs” (20 reviews)
“coleslaw” (4 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 AM - 9:45 PMAll hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1495 S Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-5318
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yes it needs an update on the interior but don’t judge a place that has been here since 1958. To be around that long you must be doing something right. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Over the last two years the staff has become...More

Thank Tony C
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Great food and service. Food is filling. I couldn't finish the hamburger. Old fashioned and cooked the way I like it. I will be back.

1  Thank lebnan
Reviewed 19 April 2017

A friend and I happened by the Hick'ry Pit recently for breakfast. Although I had not been there for many years, the restaurant seems to have changed little and the experience was much as I remembered it as a kid 50 years ago. The breakfast...More

2  Thank LightFighter
Reviewed 26 November 2016

This is almost the original but it changed ownership some years ago, the original was called Emil Villa's. But same location, same menu (almost) and same decor. Even some of the old timer servers still work there. Service remains prompt and friendly. Our family has...More

2  Thank Malice6
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Walk back into the '60's, and have some great BBQ. They give you lots of tasty meat and sides. Problem is that they pile the salads on small plates..falls off when you try to eat them. We were disappointed in the crumb apple pie topping...More

Thank yvonne p
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Though not a fancy place (no table cloths, ordinary serving utensils), it still is a step or two up from diners or chain budget eateries. The menu, as the name implies, is mainly ribs and meats but there is a fair amount of variety, including...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Consistent and good food. Never a bad meal and I always get what I expect. Ribs are seasoned well and always perfectly cooked. I love the handmade bleu cheese dressing. Love the hamburgers and entree salads. Always friendly and helpful service. And don't forget a...More

1  Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Five of us had lunch here. Salads, ribs, burger etc. The coleslaw consisted of raw cabbage and a applesauce type dressing on the side. Ribs (for two) were good but the portions of the sides were small. The burger had not been allowed to rest...More

Thank SKG109
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

This place was conveniently next to where I took a class so I decided to give it a shot. I had an alright lunch here. I really liked he coleslaw and they had a variety of sandwhich selection and I picked the Ultimate Hick'ry sammich....More

Thank rose r
Reviewed 1 October 2016

My family has been going to "Emil Villa's"Hickory Pit for 50 years and even though we have moved away from the area every time we visit Contra Costa County we have to eat here. We always have the ribs with the original sauce and every...More

Thank jacksonfoodie2016
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 9:45 PM
6:00 AM - 9:45 PM
6:00 AM - 9:45 PM
6:00 AM - 9:45 PM
6:00 AM - 9:45 PM
6:00 AM - 9:45 PM
6:00 AM - 9:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1495 S Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-5318
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 925-935-7450
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