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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
760 759-1400
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Ranked #3 of 212 Restaurants in San Marcos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $20
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

My wife and I love going to phils! The meats are flavorful and the price of the food does not break the bank. The onion rings are some of the best I have ever had! I got the tri tip and my wife got the chicken! All delicious!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant popped up as one of the top restaurants in San Marcos so we decided to give it a try. So glad we did. The food was excellent and we couldn't have asked for better service.

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Walnut Creek, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We really liked everything we had. But it is very popular so (thanks to the kids) we went early. By 7 the line is out the door - and that would not be an issue but you have to circle the dining room and hunt for a table. You need to order alcohol separately at the bar. Two entrees was... More 

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San Diego County
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Phil's is kind of a local institution in Point Loma so when we got one in North County we were very excited. The wait times have definitely calmed down since it opened but you can still get stuck in a long line at the wrong time. They do have a line camera on the web page so check it out... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

From the wait in line, to the noise, to having to go get your food after sitting down and running out of sweet tea, I did not enjoy this place at all. The food was ok (didnt care for the sauce or coleslaw) but for what you pay, it is what it is. Order take out and pick up to... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

We have nothing bad to say about Phil's, it was very good. The baby back ribs were excellent, the chicken was very good, slaw & fries....rounded off a great BBQ supper. A must return in our books.

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SF Bay Area
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91 reviews 91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

Local friends highly recommended Phil's BBQ. They raved about the large portions, low prices and good food. That is a good, accurate summary. We were told lines and waiting time could be quite long. Accordingly we arrived for lunch at 11:30 and were seated immediately. However, in the outdoor queue area was a sign saying IF YOU ARE HERE it... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

You can never go wrong with Phils. Their broham sandwiches are the best and can be shared between two people.

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San Diego
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Phil's Broham is a great sandwich with pulled pork, cole slaw and a yummy bun. We usually get it to go since the wait can be long. The restaurant is easy to work with and you generally wait for pick up food for about 10 minutes after arriving. They plate everything fresh after you pay.

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Crestview, Florida
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156 reviews 156 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We hadn't had Phil's BBq since January of 2013 because we moved to the East Coast. Was tempted to have some shipped to me on several occasions but resisted. True to form, Phil's does it right! Plan on returning again and again.

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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
Open Hours:
Sunday 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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