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Salinas City BBQ

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700 W. Market Street, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 758-2227
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Amazing Ribs and Chicken combo and Tri-Tip....and get the dessert too.

The interior looks a bit rustic with small tables and western theme on the walls. A new bar in late 2014, showcases a multiple beer tap and more beers by the bottle. Usually, every Tuesday they have a pint night special. Check with your host. As for the food, Salinas City BBQ has the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
wineguy5150
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Salinas, California
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Salinas, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The interior looks a bit rustic with small tables and western theme on the walls. A new bar in late 2014, showcases a multiple beer tap and more beers by the bottle. Usually, every Tuesday they have a pint night special. Check with your host. As for the food, Salinas City BBQ has the best ribs, tri-tip and chicken in... More 

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Castroville, California, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This place is in the old Smalley's location. They have a very good BBQ menu and reminds me more of the old Smalley's than their new place on Main St. This is old pit smoked and grilled.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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510 reviews 510 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
615 helpful votes 615 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We stopped in this small restaurant after reading the reviews. It is right as we came in from Monterey on the right side. It is a small red wooden building with parking on the street and the BBQ cooking in back. The smell is heavenly! We ordered the dinner plates, one with tri tip and one with brisket. The brisket... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

No frills. Small venue. Excellent bbq The owner was super friendly Wanted the brisket, but they were out. Food was excellent!! We had the pulled pork and tri tip. Coleslaw was good. The Pupil beer was fabulous

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Pleasanton, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

On our way back from a great weekend in Cambria, CA, I checked Trip Advisor on my phone and found this place in Salinas. When we drove up I was a little shocked....looked a little sketchy to us, but the food was awesome. I highly recommend it. All 4 of us loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Great BBQ & Friendly staff! Pulled pork was on point, side salad was very fresh & the BBQ sauce was a great compliment to both the pork and the brisket!!!

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Prunedale, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This place is awesome. All the food is killer but the brisket is off the hook. Tuesday nights are my favorite because it's pint night. They have a different featured craft brewery on tap every Tuesday and pints are 5 bucks. You can also go home with a signature pint glass. I bring my family here all the time, it's... More 

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san francisco
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Luckily the brisket is available every day now and not just once a week. The barbecue is smoked over real wood. And the staff understand why sauce should be served on the side. No need to cover up meat like this.

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Salinas, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Salinas City has taken the place of Smalley's as the best BBQ in town. The meat is smoked, then bbq'd, and the flavor is always right...not to sweet, not too smoky. Beans and breads are great sides. Cole slaw is fine but the chicken salad is a bit too sweet. They have an interesting and always changing list of beers... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We stopped here for lunch midweek. Ordered a brisket sandwich and NC style pulled pork BBQ. We loved it. Having traveled extensively in North Carolina and tried plenty of BBQ in the south east, this is the real deal. Didn't try the beers but the selection looked great. The side of beans were southwest style vs NC style and they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 700 W. Market Street, Salinas, CA 93901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: (831) 758-2227

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 - 9:00 pm

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