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Phil's BBQ

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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
+1 760-759-1400
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery
Description: The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food...
The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.
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  • 73
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good BBQ, generous portions, friendly staff

I eat at this location about 3 times a year. I have had the pulled pork sandwich, the half chicken (all white meat) and the Tri Tip sandwich. All are very good but I like the pulled pork the best. I always get the sauce on the side because I am very sensitive to spices and their sauce is just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
CaGirl24
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San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I eat at this location about 3 times a year. I have had the pulled pork sandwich, the half chicken (all white meat) and the Tri Tip sandwich. All are very good but I like the pulled pork the best. I always get the sauce on the side because I am very sensitive to spices and their sauce is just... More 

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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Been here several times over the past few years. Always a good experience! This time, just OK. The food just tasted, well, like it had been sitting around for awhile. Maybe it was just me. The sides are great! Wish they had mac & cheese. I must say, the burger with pulled pork and an onion ring on it, is... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Long line but worth the wait. Food was great, huge portions and great friendly service. We had the beef ribs and we were not disappointed. Beans, slaw all was very good.

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Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We love Phil's! The pulled pork sandwich is ginormous. The baby back ribs are the best, fall of the bone tender and moist. I ❤️ the onion rings. The fries are excellent too. Hubby loves the baked beans, potato salad....meh but cole slaw great. We drive 20 minutes just for Phil's every time we're in SD. Driving home we saw... More 

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Pasadena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Every visit to San Marcos and San Diego is not complete, without a visit to Phil's BBQ!! I almost hesitate to tell people about it, because it is that good!! The wait for lunch is not bad but the wait for dinner, can be long. My favorites are the baby back ribs, with a side of potato salad.

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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Nothing can compare to Texas barbecue. Phil's comes a bit close and all entrees we had (6 of us) were enjoyable. Very friendly staff who don't mind explaining menu and making your visit enjoyable. During peak time, there may be a line waiting to order. You order at the counter, receive a number, head to your table and items will... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Have been here a few times. The food is excellent and the staff match the food. Just a great experience. A must try are the beef bones.

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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Pretty good barbecue for southern California. The food is ordered at a counter, and announced with a pager. During your meal, a runner comes around and brings forks and interrupts your conversation about each 7 - 10 minutes. Huge TVs are hung throughout, so it's noisy. Good barbecue, great fries, good potato salad and slaw. We've tried both the pork... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is one of our favorite home-town restaurant choices. Great selection of both pork and BEEF ribs and other BBQ. Love the onion rings as well. If you don't like the line in the standard eating area, try the expanded bar.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Phil's is a local favorite for barbecue, they use mesquite wood for their barbecue instead of hickory or pecan wood which gives the meat a different smoke favor and not my favorite.

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Additional Information about Phil's BBQ

Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Description

The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?