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Phil's BBQ

579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
760 759-1400
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Ranked #2 of 206 Restaurants in San Marcos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Delivery
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.
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English first
San Marcos, California
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

BBQ is an art and there are so many choices and different types, that it becomes a personal preference. I like a variety of BBQ styles, but for me Phil's is one of the best. The restaurant is a little loud, but that is what you expect for this type of restaurant. The service is very good and the food... More

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San Marcos, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

one of the better BBQ joints in San Marcos lesbo pleasant service outdoor seatingyou have a nice little bar area the ribs and pulled pork and onion rings are very good

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Nice atmosphere and incredible ribs. This puts the lie to the idea that the only good ribs are smoked. Phil boils and grills the ribs and doses them with a wonderful sauce which produces the best ribs in the area. Nothing against the local smoke houses, but in my opinion and most reader polls they just don't compare to Phil's.... More

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Coto de Caza, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had a party of 4 so we were able to sample different items. The pork ribs were very good but the beef ribs were the best I have had outside of the South. The pork tips were very tender and tasty. The coleslaw and the onion rings were also very good. The only disappointment was the pulled pork sandwich.... More

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San Marcos, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great food and nice atmosphere. Good prices for the food.The sauce is great.Best onions rings. I wish that had a little more seating for outside.

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Vista, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We Always sit at the bar - Beer is ICE Cold . . . Service is Friendly & Fast . . . FOOD IS DELICIOUS. . . portion sizes are VERY Generous - LOVE PHILS BBQ!! :)

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We visited the San Marcos location as this is the closest one to LegoLand. The first time I ever try the food at Phil's BBQ was the one in San Diego. We only had a take-out that day because we came during dinner time, and the lineup was unbelievable! This time my family arrived before the dinner rush and found... More

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Oceanside
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This place is awesome. Nice atmosphere and the servers are very accommodating. The food is fantastic from the meat to the BBQ sauce. We normally order the rib tickler, beef or pork ribs with fries, coleslaw and 2 big onion rings, $6.95, can't be beat! We add a side of their beans for a little over $1.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

So good.......service was fast.... ribs were delicious. We "over ordered" and had a ton of food to take home. That's not a bad thing......Was a little surprised they didn't have a pulled pork dinner - only the sandwich. The sauce was good - I like a little sweeter sauce (being from the South). Yum.....wish I lived closer.

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Saipan, Mariana Islands, South Pacific
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I am usually a big eater but after 3 bountiful beef ribs, I was done and out...delicious ribs and sides...its a must try.

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Additional Information about Phil's BBQ

Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
Phone Number: 760 759-1400
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
Average Prices: USD 6 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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