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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

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
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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
Most recent review
Best of west Texas in SD

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Bradnvicki
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El Cajon, California
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El Cajon, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Lemon Grove, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The meat just melts in your mouth and the smoky flavor and sauce are to die for! We usually get take-out. I love the beans too.

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Chula Vista, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Coops BBQ does it the right way... slow cooking in a pit, no BBQ sauce added to hide the meat flavor... the sides are delicious (don't forget to try the red beans & rice!)... and the desserts, especially the peach cobbler, end your meal the right way!!!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It's on my very short 'Best Of' list, and Coop's West Texas BBQ easily has a spot. It's well off the beaten path, but worth a visit for some savory eats and warm hospitality. It was a great experience when I first visited Coop's a few years ago after they opened up shop and it's still great today. I ALWAYS... More 

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We got a few pounds of meat to go. The brisket and rib tips are so yummy! ! I highly recommend this place. The gal at the counter was helpful in determining how much I needed for the number of guests I had. She made sure I had enough sauce and then thanked me for choosing Coops. I will be... More 

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Lemon Grove, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I have visited this restaurant different times, and the food has always been good. While visiting, a few suggestions were given to me, on the food and the desserts, which are always great.

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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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