We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Top Hat Barbecue

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
8725 Old Hwy 31 N, Hayden, AL 35079
+1 256-352-9919
10:00 - 20:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 39: English reviews
Hayden, Alabama
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has great food. There are so many choices and everything we have tried is good. My son loves the catfish, i love the bbq baked potato.

Thank Ralph L
Albertville, Alabama
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We saw Top Hat on Man vs Fire on the food channel a few weeks back. Decided to try it out, not disappointed!! The unique setting around the Top Hat is very pretty. We, 4 people, order small plates and sandwiches. We did not go away hungry. If you want a little day trip, this wold be a great area... More 

Thank Maggie-946Sept
Birmingham, Alabama
Level Contributor
61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Now this place is where its at. You will not find any better BBQ anywhere around. Do yourself a favor and get some fries, a salad whatever you got to get to put some ranch dressing on it... The homemade ranch will leave you speechless.

Thank Beachin_B
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I had the ribs and pulled pork plate with onion rings and baked beans. Barbecue was OK but had no smoke taste. For all I know it was cooked in a crock pot. Ribs were fall off the bone over done. Defiantly not cooked on the smoker. Baked beans were straight out of a can and onion rings straight out... More 

Thank James B
Mount Olive, Alabama
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

There are many more items on the menu but I always have barbecue. The plates come with a basket of white loaf bread. It never disappoints. We have been stopping at Top Hat for barbecue for 40 years +. Many people order the catfish, also.

Thank Teresa H
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Go here a lot & normally get take-out. The food is always very good, but take-out is never hot when you pick it up. Once you warm it when you get home it's still very good, but would like to see them serve it warm! The dine in experience has never been an issue, always hot, fresh & delicious!

Thank John E
Level Contributor
105 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

My family eats here at least once per week. The food is always wonderful. We always get the barbecue, but the catfish is very popular as well. They offer take out.

Thank sciencetraveler2016
Hayden, Alabama
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

I have been patronizing the Top Hat Barbecue for many, many years. A rather small and old-fashioned restaurant, but you will enjoy the food. Prices aren't bad. I live in the Hayden, AL area, very near to the Top Hat.

Thank fcheatwood
Huntsville, Alabama
Level Contributor
78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I had been to Top Hat BBQ before a long time ago. It has been in business it seems forever. The smoke has permeated the blocks that make up the pits but there wasn't any of that smoky flavor in the chopped pork. The sauce was very good though and the ribs were covered in it. This is your typical... More 

Thank AutumnFlame1005
Huntsville, Alabama
Level Contributor
26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Very disappointing. The smokers were not even going while we were there so obviously nothing was fresh from the smoker. The pulled pork was okay but not the best I've ever had. The ribs not only were not smoked they were not even grilled, they apparently were BOILED. The sauce is good. The sides are nothing special at all. They... More 

Thank Freddie Y

Travellers who viewed Top Hat Barbecue also viewed


Been to Top Hat Barbecue? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8725 Old Hwy 31 N, Hayden, AL 35079
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Hayden
  • Phone Number: +1 256-352-9919

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Top Hat Barbecue and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
7 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Top Hat Barbecue staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?