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Hard Eight BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
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1091 Glen Rose Rd, Stephenville, TX 76401
+1 254-968-5552
10:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:30 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We regularly travel US 281 from Austin to north of DFW. Hard Eight is a perfect stopping place for lunch. Not fancy, but give the small number of easily accessible options on this stretch of road, really awesome. We often get the loaded potato with chopped beef on top. It is just enough to fill us up, but not make... More 

Thank snaper1
Yukon, Oklahoma
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon arrival, I noticed a very casual family atmosphere. There was a large crowd at lunch, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. My husband and I stood in line to order outside as we looked at the menu and selected the meat we wanted to eat. The smell was perfection. We were given instructions on how to order and... More 

1 Thank larren c
Marble Falls, Texas
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127 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a trip to Arlington, Euless and Weatherford, coming back via 281, so we planned all day to eat at Hard Eight, Good food, great sides and a neat TX "Q" atmosphere. We were late, had not had lunch and got there about 4:45pm, sort of looked like between rushes, but it is always good. I had a brisket &... More 

Thank fred a
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We come from Arkansas to visit family every year. We come for Hard 8 and while we are here we visit them. JK. The brisket has such good flavor no sauce is needed. Try it on the jalapeño bun.....fantastic! Thanks Hard Eight for making our trip worth coming to visit family. JK

1 Thank Danny M
Corpus Christi, Texas
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy to order. Nice atmosphere...typical BBQ. The ribs were dry. The brisket was dry. Even BBQ sauce didn't help much. Sides were good, but too expensive. Like $4.95 for a baked potato.

Thank Pam L
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This has been one of my favorite BBQ joints for years. When I am on a diet or just want to gorge out this is the place to go. They open up a huge pit of Brisket, Sausage, Poppers, Beef Tenderloin, Etc. Etc. that will blow your mind and leave you drooling. Couple things: 1. Try a chopped sandwich with... More 

Thank Jerod M
Fort Worth, Texas
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Meat choices made outside, then we went inside to have the sandwiches finished, and to choose other items. Chopped beef was excellent, with lots of it. Sauce to my liking (a bit sweet). Coleslaw and baked potatoes were good. Interior nicely decorated - interesting and not overdone. Staff was friendly and helpful. I'll be back!

1 Thank KEmmele
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Hard 8's smoked pork shoulder is outta this world delicious. It's like rib meat with no bones. EXCELLENT flavor. The free bean bar has beans cooked with small smoked sausage chunks, a good bit of black pepper, and whole pickled jalapenos... It's almost the whole reason I come here except that the pork shoulder is the best I have ever... More 

Thank Tbone P
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

If you are within a 100 miles of this place, do yourself a favor and "drop" by this iconic barbecue heaven. You want be dissapointed. The best and meatest smoked ribs I have ever had. Brisket to dream about. Pinto beans the way us Texans like them. I only get by here every year or so, and spend the rest... More 

1 Thank Oscar G
Wylie, tx
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Anytime we pass through Stephenville, we always stop here. I always get the stuffed potato with lean brisket and my husband likes the special ribeye steak grilled on a charcoal grill with onions and jalapeños. We're never disappointed!

1 Thank Lindysue11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1091 Glen Rose Rd, Stephenville, TX 76401
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Stephenville
  • Phone Number: +1 254-968-5552

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?