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Smalley's Roundup Restaurant

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1190 S Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
(831) 758-0511
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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 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • 6
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  • 6
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Huge portions

Some of my group were thinking BBQ and this place was recommended to us by our Hotel. The staff here was great and made sure we were being looked after throughout our visit. I had the "Sampler" which included ribs, chicken and tri-tip roast beef. Do not order this unless you are very hungry! I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2011
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Salinas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

I have eaten here a few times, once when they used to be at another location in Salinas, then they moved. They hide the lack of flavor with alot of sauce! TO me, BBQ should taste great without the sauce! A freind of mine got food poisoning TWICE there with the last two years. So he won't be back. Pass... More 

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Monterey, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

Over priced and food was not that great. Service was slow. Avoid.

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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

I've lived in Salinas for quite some time and remember when Smalleys used to be amazing when the father used to run the eatery. Now adays the food is just terrible. If you want real BBQ, go visit their old address.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

Some of my group were thinking BBQ and this place was recommended to us by our Hotel. The staff here was great and made sure we were being looked after throughout our visit. I had the "Sampler" which included ribs, chicken and tri-tip roast beef. Do not order this unless you are very hungry! I had no idea it was... More 

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Salinas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

Since they moved, there's parking and room to get in. But the food is served swimming in a soupy ketchupy sauce. If you ask for the sauce on the side, you can see the meat, and it's a so-so cut that's greasy and overcooked. Service is good, atmosphere is good, and you get a lot of meat, but it's not... More 

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Darien, Connecticut
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147 restaurant reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010

We tried this BBQ joint just on the basis of all the rave reviews here on TA. Wow... what a mistake? Those reviews couldn't have been about the same restaurant! The BBQ was awful. The ribs were skinny and over-cooked. The best that could be said was that the portions were big and the baked potato was good. Free sherbet... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

This is a great place for BBQ. I had a BBQ chicken sandwich which tasted fantastic. The chicken breast was huge and was barbecued perfectly. The BBQ sauce was excellent. The service was both fast and friendly. I highly recommend this place if you like BBQ meat.

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Salinas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2010

First please note that the name of this restaurant is still Smalley's (never changed) But they have move location to a much bigger and better facility located at 1190 S Main St , Salinas. Right in front of the Starbucks Savemart center. Well worth the visit, the combination plates are a great value, large portions and absolutley delicious!

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Burlingame, Ca
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2010

It's really worth the drive. This place has the best pork ribs I've had! Nom nom nom!!! They give you large portion at a cheap price! I had to take a doggie bag, couldn't finish it all! My hubby wanted to drive down to go to Smalley's for his birthday. We were a bit confused that it was in a... More 

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Vancouver WA
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17 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2009

Because of the high rating here we tried this small out of the way home cooking steak and rib place. It is so small and unassuming (little parking, have to find it on the street) that we drove right past it. Good thing we turned around and came back. Your visit actually starts on the outside as you can smell... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1190 S Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: (831) 758-0511

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 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
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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