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Upcoming Events:

Every Tuesday: 

Taco Tuesday at Emil Villas Hick'ry Pit in Livermore, and we've got a fantastic deal for you! Come on down and enjoy $5 margaritas 🍹 and delicious tacos cooked to order 🌮. Whether you're in the mood for classic beef 🐄 or chicken 🐓 tacos or something a little more adventurous 🌶️, we've got you covered. So gather your friends and family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and join us every Tuesday.  See you there! 😋 #TacoTuesday 🌮 #EmilVillasHickryPit 🍴 #Livermore 🌅 #Margaritas 🍹 #TacosCookedToOrder 🌮

May 5th - Cinco De Mayo Celebration:

Join us for a festive Cinco De Mayo celebration on Wednesday, May 5th! Enjoy delicious tacos and $5 drinks all day long. Bring your friends and family and get ready to indulge in the flavors of Mexico. Don't miss out on the fiesta!

May 14th - MoMosa (Mother's) Day Brunch:

Show your appreciation for the extraordinary women in your life by treating them to a delicious Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14th. We'll have New dishes, such as shrimp cocktail, Monte Cristo Sandwich, Fried Pickle Spears, Irish Benni, Chorizo and Eggs, BBQ Burger, and more. 


June - Catering for Graduations:

Graduation season is just around the corner! Celebrate your graduate's achievement by throwing a party they'll always remember. Let us take care of the catering and help you plan the perfect menu for your event. From finger foods to full meals, we've got you covered. Contact us today to place your order!


June 20th - Father's Day Brunch:

Treat Dad to a special Father's Day Brunch on Sunday, June 20th. We'll serve all his favorites, including bacon, eggs, and more. And remember to raise a glass to the man of the hour with our special drinks menu. Celebrate all the amazing dads out there with us!

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3064 Pacific Ave

Livermore CA 94550

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About Us

Let's go back in time, ninety-five years ago. It was 1928 in Oakland, California, and Emil Villa had a dream. He was an immigrant worker from Italy. He was a family man who cooked with his mom and brother. He was a man with a vision; he was to bring mouthwatering, barbecue, and irresistible pies to the people of the Golden State. With passion and a recipe book, Emil embarked on a culinary journey to become the legendary Emil Villa's Hickory Pit.


In the mid-20th century, Emil opened the first of many Hickory Pits in the bustling city of Oakland on Telegraph Ave. Locals quickly fell in love with his signature California-style barbecue, a delightful blend of smoky, tender meats and tangy sauces. Emil's commitment to quality ingredients and time-honored techniques earned him a loyal following, and soon, his fame spread throughout the Bay Area. But what would a barbecue joint be without a bit of sweetness to balance the savory?

Emil Villa's pies and desserts soon became the talk of the town. As Emil Villa's Hickory Pit continued to flourish, several more locations sprouted up throughout the Bay Area, and along the western coast, with 2 locations in Seattle delighting barbecue enthusiasts and fans alike. It wasn't long before the Clorox Company, a household name synonymous with innovation, took notice of the smoky, saucy sensation sweeping the region. They decided to acquire Emil Villa's Hickory Pit, ensuring the legacy would continue for generations. However, as time passed, the franchise experienced a split, giving rise to two distinct entities: Emil Villa's Hickory Pit and the Original Hickory Pit. Both continued to carry on the rich tradition of Emil's delectable barbecue and pies, catering to the diverse tastes of the Bay Area.


Today, only a few of these beloved establishments remain in the Bay Area, located in Livermore, Walnut Creek, Hayward, and San Leandro. Each location is now independently owned, preserving the unique charm and flavors that Emil Villa's Hickory Pit and the Original Hickory Pit have become known for. Let's take a moment to remember the man who started it all, Mr. Emil Villa, and the dream that brought us all together. Here's to good food, great company, and the enduring magic of Emil Villa's Hickory Pit. Enjoy!




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3064 Pacific Ave Livermore CA 94550

Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 1:30PM reopen 4pm- 8

Friday-Sunday 7:30am-8pm (open all day)

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