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Coops Barbecue

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2625 Lemon Grove Avenue, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 (Formerly Barnes BBQ)
619.589.0478
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 31
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Oh yummmmm!

One thing that is difficult to find in San Diego is great brisket. This place is the real thing, Texas style BBQ with the flavors, smell and ambiance you expect from a BBQ place. Melt in your mouth food with friendly service!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

One thing that is difficult to find in San Diego is great brisket. This place is the real thing, Texas style BBQ with the flavors, smell and ambiance you expect from a BBQ place. Melt in your mouth food with friendly service!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Split the 6-meat with a co-worker so we could try almost everything. Top notch across the board with the possible exception of the smoked sausage. Possibly the best pulled pork I've had, some of the best brisket and beef ribs and the hot link was excellent. I have bbq everywhere I travel and I rank this among the best I've... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We were in San Diego for a wedding and Coops catered our lunch the day after. I assure you that this is the best barbecue in San Diego. I've tried several other spots. The ribs were yummy. Everything was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend them for events that require catering!!!

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bonita, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I've been here several times and Coops always satisfies. True bbq, not just something thrown a grill like the big place here in San Diego. My favorite is the brisket.If you have the room try the peach cobbler-yummy Worth the drive from anywhere in San Diego. Why go to Texas when Coops is in my backyard.

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Federal Way, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Maybe I hit them on a bad night... But nothing here was fantastic like in Texas. I got a two meat combo with brisket and the homemade sausage made only for Sunday. I also got two beef ribs my sides were red beans & rice and candied yams. I was not a big fan of the sausage while the beef... More 

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have had lots of bbq from lots of places but Coops is the best by far in San Diego. Great pork sandwiches mac n cheese is fantastic slaw redbeans and rice. O so good its making me drool. I will be back

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San Diego, California, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Went here with my wife and son. We have tried BBQ resteraunts all over San Diego and Coop's is by far the best! My wife is from Texas and there is no fooling her when it comes to brisket.... Portions - average Quality - Superior Atmosphere - small but all about the food Staff- friendly Here is the deal: if... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Found Coops BBQ on Trip Advisor, decided to give it a try. What a great find. Like another reviewer, We usually eat BBQ at Phils, but Coops is a cut above. The pulled pork was to die for, tender and smoky. The baked beans were too good. Can't wait to take my son for ribs. Great music selection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

If you're in the San Diego area you must go here and get barbecue!! The pulled pork is amazing. Great staff and ribs were delicious. Barbecue had that amazing smoky flavor. Yummy!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I used to swear by Phil's, but after trying Coops, I think this might be my go-to BBQ in SD! A regular recommended the jerk chicken so we tried it as well as the brisket and ribs. The smoky flavor and sauce were phenomenal. The beans were excellent too. Well worth the drive from La Jolla.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2625 Lemon Grove Avenue, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 (Formerly Barnes BBQ)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lemon Grove
  • Phone Number: 619.589.0478

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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