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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 32
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  • 10
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic BBQ

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
EdJ333
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Rockville, Maryland
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Rockville, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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San Juan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Don't let the neighborhood or the appearance of the building fool you, this place has AWESOME BBQ! I knew we had found the right place just by the smell as we drove by, and the BBQ ovens out back. The Tri-Tip was perfect. Their sauces are excellent. The baked potato was old school huge. Large beer selection too.

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Salinas, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I called ahead to make sure they had the ribs...They were great. Service was just ok...We waited for a long time for our food so we were really hungry when it arrived. Must have been the busy night....We have had better service on other occasions. Everything was really good BUT no Bread Pudding....

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California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Truly excellent BBQ, the best we've had outside Texas. We got the brisket and rib plate with two sides plus bread and loved every bite. The bread pudding was to die for.

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Sallinas, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

As a longtime Salinas resident, the place to go was "the other place." Not anymore. This joint is the real deal. Best pork ribs and sides I ever had. Great sides of beans and slaw and spuds. I also liked that they had a good selection of craft brews to go with your meals. The orders come out quickly and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We came with friends, and ordered the grilled chicken and smoked Tri-tip the dishes are very big and delicious. The prices are more than fair for the size of the dishes, only we didn't understand the extra charge for baked potato (comes with the meal). It's not a fancy dine but definitely a good one!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Be sure you get the combo of all the meats; we had the chicken, pulled pork, brisket and ribs and couldn't decide which was our favorite! We knew it was going to be good when we walked up and saw the smokers going in the back and we were not disappointed. Not only was the food amazing, but the staff... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Perfect food, perfect place! eat a very bbq! when I come back in California now to eat here all my meal. Thanks and see you soon!

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Best ribs, great flavor, tender also best potatoe salad ever. I particularly liked that the ribs werent smothered in sauce and were easy, not messy to enjoy.

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Salinas, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The BBQ is very good. Go early to make sure they don't run out of your favorite dish. I have had everything and have to lick my fingers. The bread pudding is great.. I take it home and have it for days...If you want good BBQ try them out. I have not been there for lunch but dinner 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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