Bitterroot BBQ

BBQ Joint and American Restaurant
5239 Ballard Ave NW (at NW Vernon Pl), Seattle, WA 98107, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Benjamin O.
    "Get the Cowboy Killer to try it all."(3 Tips)
    Aviv S.
    "The brisket is amazing and by far the best in Seattle."(6 Tips)
    Holly T.
    "Try the pulled pork sandwich and the old fashioned."(7 Tips)
    Patrick B.
    "Great BBQ, great drafts and amazing burning and whiskey."(9 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • whiskey
  • Southern food
  • pulled pork
  • brisket
  • happy hour
  • cocktails
  • cowboy killer
  • mac & cheese
  • bourbon
  • grits
  • BBQ nachos
  • baked beans
  • pecan pie
  • great value
  • good for a late night
  • baby back ribs
  • good service
  • spicy food
  • beer
  • Benson K.

    Brisket, greens, gritz, and whisky FTW.

    Benson Kalahar · 3 weeks ago
  • Mirek N.

    While the BBQ was alright, it might have been tainted due to the dirty dishes (yup, sent back 3) and the poor service.

    Mirek Nowak · 3 weeks ago
  • Michelle

    BBQ is OK. Would have gone back again if it wasn't for the poor cleanliness. 3 of our dishes had gobs of gross dried food stuck to them. Staff weren't all that concerned.

    Michelle · 3 weeks ago
  • Soren L.

    Get the BBQ nachos and wash em down with a ballardmaker: bartenders choice pairing of bourbon and beer. Oh and spike your drink with bacon jerky.

    Soren Laulainen · June 13
  • Holly T.

    Great happy hour! Try the pulled pork sandwich and the old fashioned. Excellent!

    Holly Tucker · May 14
  • Stefan

    Full menu served at the bar in the back. There's a high chance you will find an empty spot there.

    Stefan · April 16
  • Mary S.

    Cornbread. Good happy hour.

    Mary S · March 29
  • Arlene F.

    Hipster BBQ in Ballard

    Arlene Fletcher · March 14
  • Katie Y.

    Nachos, barbecue, beer

    Katie Yamada · February 16
  • Greg Y.

    Probably the best Bloody Mary in the Ballard area - thick, spicy and well-garnished. Great whiskey selection. Barbecue is alright but it's no Texas.

    Greg Yardley · February 2
  • Terence C.

    Got the cowboy killer and was mostly disappointed. All meats lacked any flavor. The ribs tasted like they smoked it lightly for an hour then tossed it on the grill to cook quickly which made it dry

    Terence Chan · December 10, 2014
  • Lyndsey N.

    A good attempt on Ballard's part for a BBQ joint, but it's just a little too swanky. Decent food, but the atmosphere, service, and bold dishes kill any shot this place had at being "authentic"

    Lyndsey N · November 30, 2014
  • Wesley V.

    Great staff, enjoyed the good as well

    Wesley V · November 6, 2014
  • Nate Y.

    Excellent BBQ & grits

    Nate Yancy · August 2, 2014
  • Susan R.

    BBQ nachos FTW.

    Susan Rouser · July 26, 2014
  • Pavel B.

    Kicking boot whiskey kitchen is a better option for BBQ

    Pavel B · March 18, 2014
  • Hilary B.

    Full menu and late night happy hour til 1 am, the best late night food in Ballard!

    Hilary Beam · March 2, 2014
  • Chelsea S.

    Get the fried chicken on Thursdays, plenty to share the plate.

    Chelsea Shearer · January 3, 2014
  • Stephanie W.

    Good cocktails and excellent selection of whiskeys.

    Stephanie Wu · December 10, 2013
  • Paul D.

    BBQ Pork sandwich is awesome, especially at happy hour which starts again at 11pm

    Paul Davis · December 1, 2013
  • Ivan S.

    Enormous Mac and Cheese with any of 6 mixins!

    Ivan Storck · October 13, 2013
  • Charlie C.

    Best cream soda ever!

    Charlie Chang · September 1, 2013
  • Dominic M.

    Got the biscuts and maple pork belly - like pork belly on a lollipop!

    Dominic Marion · August 25, 2013
  • Kristie B.

    Get the house-made fireball whiskey. (Fire extinguisher not required.)

    Kristie Brooks · August 25, 2013
  • Michael B.

    They'll text you when a table becomes available on busy nights! Oh, and the food is great. To drink, try the Montana Manhattan.

    Michael Bowers · August 12, 2013
  • Dylan M.

    Mac'n Cheese with bacon lardons mmmmm

    Dylan Miller · August 4, 2013
  • Ben S.

    Corn on the cob. Do it.

    Ben Stott · August 2, 2013
  • Keri H.

    Great staff, great menu. Mac & Cheese with pulled pork? Do yourself a favor and order it!

    Keri Helen · July 8, 2013
  • Yatharth G.

    Texas Style BBQ, Pulled Pork Sandwich is awesome :) Get drinks at the Gerald on the other side of the road.

    Yatharth Gupta · June 29, 2013
  • Haley B.

    Did not live up to all the hype I read in Seattle Magazine. Cocktails are original & tasty but the fare left much to be desired, especially for the price. Pete's in Fremont is consistently better.

    Haley Brown · June 24, 2013
  • Patrick B.

    Great BBQ, great drafts and amazing burning and whiskey. $5 pulled pork or braised beef sandwich for happy hour. Fried chicken on Thursdays! Try it! Try it all!

    Patrick Boyce · June 22, 2013
  • Matt

    Pecan pie topped with whiskey, amazing!

    Matt · May 20, 2013
  • Dave S.

    Great pulled pork, burgers and pecan pie.

    Dave Sharp · March 23, 2013
  • Benjamin O.

    Get the Cowboy Killer to try it all. Be sure to add a Mac and Cheese.

    Benjamin Olswang · March 14, 2013
  • brian w.

    Ugh. Still searching for bbq. Key is to perfect cooking one animal and one sauce. With no more than 3 side options.

    brian waldrop · February 3, 2013
  • Julie W.

    After living in NC and GA, this place makes me sad. Not good.

    Julie W · February 3, 2013
  • Madeline M.

    The non-alcoholic drink options are awesome, especially the Squirly Shirley with smoked grenadine.

    Madeline Moy · January 28, 2013
  • Eater

    No better place to go for barbecue in Ballard than this hot spot. Don't skip out on the sides, especially the pulled-pork nachos and Buffalo chicken livers. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · January 21, 2013
  • Eric G.

    The Bitter Butter Bourbon will warm your soul.

    Eric Greene · January 9, 2013
  • Aviv S.

    The brisket is amazing and by far the best in Seattle. They use a naval cut.

    Aviv Stern · January 7, 2013
  • G M.

    They have a whole part of the menu devoted to Mac and cheese!

    G M · December 31, 2012
  • Dan L.

    Braised beef sandwich was one of the best things I have tasted in my life.

    Dan Lee · November 3, 2012
  • Jeff G.

    The beef brisket was amazing! Loved the corn on the cob too! The baked beans... eh they were ok.

    Jeff Greatorex · September 16, 2012
  • Lindsay

    The mac and cheese is enormous. Enough for 2 to share and still be full. Also, the corn bread is burnt and not worth the $$.

    Lindsay · July 7, 2012
  • Jarret F.

    Befriend Trevor at the bar!

    Jarret Falkner · May 17, 2012
  • Soren L.

    Watch out for the Dalek behind the bar!

    Soren Laulainen · April 14, 2012
  • Katie L.

    The cornbread with honey butter is $2 at happy hour and basically crack in bread form. Get two.

    Katie Lawrence · April 13, 2012
  • Sandra F.

    Cowboy Killer is a LOT. Enough for two, or maybe three.

    Sandra Fan · April 1, 2012
  • Sandra F.

    Sides are all tasty! Creamy grits, perfectly braised greens, and baked beans were the best.

    Sandra Fan · April 1, 2012
  • Sandra F.

    Order of BBQ tastiness, descending: beef brisket, ribs, pulled pork, pork belly, chicken.

    Sandra Fan · April 1, 2012

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