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Hard Eight BBQ

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1091 Glen Rose Rd, Stephenville, TX 76401
+1 254-968-5552
10:30 - 21:00
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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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The ordering process adds a bit of interest: you start outside by the pit and order the meats you want by the pound. We like burned ends, and when we asked about them they told us we need to tell the manager we asked for them as they normally don't serve them. The brisket and the sausage were both great.... More 

Thank D1234792
Stephenville, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hard Eight is average barbecue and pricey to eat. If you like paying high prices for barbecue served on a brown paper towel on uncomfortable seats with excessive drinking then this is the place for you.

Thank Michelle C
Claremont, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Their beans and BBQ sauce are great. Their brisket and ribs were so tough! I took them home and simmered them for hours in Smoky Mose BBQ sauce. That finally made them tender. End up throwing most of them out. We just had Vincek's BBQ brisket for dinner. East Bernard. Always great. Killans in Pearland is great. Franklins in Austin... More 

Thank Barbara T
VickiN413, Owner at Hard Eight BBQ, responded to this review

I am so sorry you had a bad experience! Can you email me please, I would like to know which location you were visiting, and if a manager came to your table? My email is: vnivens@hardeightbbq.com Would love to chat with you! Thanks! Vicki Nivens More 

Liberty, Illinois
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144 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the brisket and ham here on Easter Sunday. Both very tasty. The brisket was slightly fatty, but brisket can sometimes be that way, and it was delicious. Other members of our party had the steak and the sausage, and both were said to be very good. I really enjoyed the creamed jalapeno corn and the creamy cole slaw. My... More 

Thank Crystal P
Moses Lake, Washington
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89 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was outstanding. You order at the outside pit all the meat that you want brisket, ribs, chicken, pork. They weigh the meat & you proceed inside to pick out your sides cafeteria style. The shrimp poppers are a must have. Sweet potatoes were delicious. All the meat we had was perfectly cooked & flavor was great!

Thank Em O
VickiN413, Owner at Hard Eight BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review!! Really appreciate you taking the time to compliment us!! Thanks... Vicki More 

Eastland, Texas
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102 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten at Hard 8 a few times in the past couple of years. You'll find meat cooked over an outdoor pit that you choose and they weigh for a per pound price. The sides and sauces are inside. Beans are free. You can eat inside or outside. It's got a unique Texas decor and atmosphere. We felt the... More 

Thank Kathy H
Fort Worth, Texas
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413 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Read this place was #1 on TripAdvisor. It was a total let down. I asked for a lean brisket sandwich. Got a fatty dry tasting pot roast meat. One worker had her knees on the counter tops while cleaning it. She might as well have stood on the counter. It's dirty. Music was the only thing good in that place.... More 

Thank Sadie D
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hard 8 is unique in that you wait in line outside to order your food from an open pit & grill. The barbecue is priced per pound, but you can order smaller sizes (quarter pound, half, etc.) for most of the items. The sides are inside & available cafeteria style. Ordered a rib eye (the special that day) and while... More 

Thank Keegan D
Denton, Texas
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hard Eight is one of the best BBQ places I've ever eaten anywhere. You go by the giant outdoor pit and actually pick what kind, and how much, of each meat, chicken, or sausage you want. They cut it right in front of you and put it on a tray immediately. From here you go inside to add all... More 

Thank Kendot52
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for lunch and had a wonderful ribeye!! This will s a favorite in town and definitely worth it if you like meat! They serve just about everything! The free beans and good variety of condiments help make the meal!

Thank jwpreacher

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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?