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Hole in the Wall Barbecue

215 James St, Seattle, WA 98104-2211
+1 206-622-8717
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible0%
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“pulled pork” (6 reviews)
“ribs” (2 reviews)
“bbq sauce” (2 reviews)
American, Barbecue
215 James St, Seattle, WA 98104-2211
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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

After seeing the reviews about this place I decided to try it out. Having lived in the Midwest and mid-south I am very picky about my bbq. They did a great job! I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was amazing! Smoked just right...More

Thank Clinton A
Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

John has a great spot. He continues a legacy of award winning grub and keeps us lunch timers happy as fried clams. But he don't serve no clams. Pulled pork, brisket, chicken, and turkey, All smoked just right. Fridays he has ribs and they always...More

Thank SeahurstJuan
Reviewed May 8, 2017

Who could resist going to a place called Hole in the Wall? Very good BBQ. We got the 3 meats - pilled pork, brisket and hot links. The gem is the hot links, so long as you like a little heat with your BBQ!

Thank Elaina R
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Hole in the Wall is named aptly. It's a hole in the wall, but it's humble exterior hides the heart of true North Carolina BBQ. Hole in the Wall serves NC specialties like pulled pork and homestyle macaroni salad. If you're truly Southern at heart,...More

Thank Samantha Z
Reviewed April 8, 2017

Great mac salad, exceptional pulled pork, and wonderful decor and services. Will visit next time I'm in Seattle.

Thank nileamazon
Reviewed December 10, 2015

We went out of our way to eat here, recommended to us. It was worth every bite, what a sandwich. Best pulled pork I ever ate. You can get spice hot, medium Hot, or mild. It's also gluten free if you skip the bun. Near...More

Thank Tom S
Reviewed August 7, 2015

I love the BBQ here. I used to come here a lot when I worked downtown. I now work in the U District. However, yesterday, I had the chance to visit Hole in the Wall for lunch and enjoyed every bite. The brisket is great...More

Thank Brandon S
Reviewed June 18, 2015

I moved to Seattle from the southeast and was at first disheartened when I couldn't find a decent BBQ place. I came across Hole in the Wall one day after my office moved to Smith Tower. Evidently the guys are from Austin and have been...More

Thank jubilantjesse
Reviewed September 28, 2014

Given the quality of brisket beef has gone down, the price has gone up, the combination equates to poor. Food is average price is high. After all these years of patronage I'll probably call it quits for that place.

Thank MXonceAyear
Reviewed October 1, 2013

I was craving some BBQ while in Seattle. Low and behold I find out there's a place within walking distance of where I'm staying. No need to think, off I went. It's a small place for sure but I went after lunch hours and had...More

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 James St, Seattle, WA 98104-2211
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-622-8717
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Legendary pitmaster Chuck Forsyth founded Hole in the Wall Barbecue in 1989 after many triumphant years of competing in barbecue and chili cook-offs. Chuck's legacy lives on today, as Hole in the Wall approaches 30 years of serving BBQ on James St. in Downtown Seattle. Still a family establishment, John and Diane Forsyth have perfected and preserved Chuck's original recipes, as well as the no-frills, down-home, finger-licking BBQ joint experience. Located near the business district and Pioneer Square, Hole in the Wall Barbecue serves lunch Monday through Friday. Our meats are thoughtfully sourced, carefully hand-trimmed, and expertly seasoned before being smoked low and slow for up to 16 hours on site. Try the renowned beef brisket; fresh out of the smoker and hand-sliced to order. Come early on Thursdays and Fridays if you want to get your hands on some of our St. Louis-style pork ribs; dry-rubbed and served with sauce for dipping, you're going to need some extra napkins.
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