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Buster's Southern BBQ & Bakery

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1207 Foothill Boulevard, Calistoga, CA 94515
707.942.5605
Today
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 45
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great casual find

This was a great find while driving back from a long tour of the wine country in Northern California and if you stop by, please know, it's VERY casual but great BBQ. Try the tri-tip and spicy sauce it's definitely the way to go. So delicious

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
LisagirlNC
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Newport Coast, CA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
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140 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Calistoga, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I tried this place twice now for takeout. Tri-tip first, beef ribs next. (They were out of pork ribs. The beef ribs were remarkably tough and difficult to eat. Also, it's hard to get sauce on a large rib from a little plastic cup. Side portions are small, but we're better than the meat each time. The tri-tip was also... More 

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Newport Coast, CA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This was a great find while driving back from a long tour of the wine country in Northern California and if you stop by, please know, it's VERY casual but great BBQ. Try the tri-tip and spicy sauce it's definitely the way to go. So delicious

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St. Helena, California
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Buster's offers great BBQ with no nonsense or the usual Wine Country pretension. No unpronounceable or unaffordable fancy schmancy dishes here, just honest tri-tip and pulled pork. They have other stuff, but why bother? The sides are tasty, although a bit on the skimpy side. Can't complain about the service because there isn't any, which is fine. This is a... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Very good food for not being in the South. The pork ribs and tri tip are above average. The garlic bread and baked beans are phenomenal!

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Folsom, California
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207 reviews 207 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Buster's Southern BBQ is an institution in Calistoga, with a loyal following of customers. Located at the intersection of Highway 29 and Lincoln Street, this barbecue stand oftentimes has a crowd waiting in line to order. You place your order at a window, pay at another window and then take your food inside a screened patio where everyone sits at... More 

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Napa, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Great pork loin, pretty good tri tip. Had the dinner plate vs the sandwich, which for another dollar you get 2 sides instead of 1. The side of coleslaw was good and the baked beans were good with a unusual spice. It was too busy to ask what is was, not sure if they would of told me. There is... More 

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95448
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85 reviews 85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Reviews are all over the board for Buster's and I decided to try it today. Has been a long time since I first had a meal there. I ordered pork ribs, baked beans, and cold slaw to go. Lots better than in the past. So I'll be returning!

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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

So disappointing. Despite the cook grilling outside, giving the impression of genuine great BBQ, this place is a hot mess. The food was bland, and served on paper plates and plastic cups. There is nothing to recommend this place.

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Dublin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My sister in law and I went here for dinner on one of our nights - the food was awful. We both wanted ribs but they were pure fat - yuck!

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

OK, get ready to enjoy the best BBQ around. Tri-tip (and if you don't know what that is, you need to stop here), pulled pork, sausages, and excellent BBQ sauces with a range of beans for sides. The hot sauce which Buster claims to be Louisianan probably is, not hot enough to my taste, but delicious. My sons sample the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1207 Foothill Boulevard, Calistoga, CA 94515
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Napa Valley  >  Calistoga
  • Phone Number: 707.942.5605

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm

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