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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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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great for the hungry meat lover and good value

Our large family group sought out Phil's after we had been unable to get a table at Stone's Brewery for a weekend lunch. Phil's is well organised and the queue moved fairly quickly towards the ordering point (you order and pay first, then find a table and wait to collect your order when it's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Corb2000
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
301 reviews 301 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Our large family group sought out Phil's after we had been unable to get a table at Stone's Brewery for a weekend lunch. Phil's is well organised and the queue moved fairly quickly towards the ordering point (you order and pay first, then find a table and wait to collect your order when it's ready). It cost $100.55 for meals... More 

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Vista, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is probably the very best BBQ place I have ever eaten at in my life. Nobody beats the baby back ribs. Love the huge onion rings. If you are anywhere near one of these and don't eat there you are missing out.

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TurkeyPotPie
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a very popular BBQ restaurant, so the lines can get long at lunch and dinner time. The food is delicious. The veggie burger is AMAZING, topped with an onion ring and Phil's BBQ sauce. My husband is a huge fan of the ribs and chicken.

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San Marcos, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

If you like your BBQ sauce a bit tangy and a bit spicy, got to Phil's. We eat here regularly and are never disappointed. We tend to focus on the pulled pork (Broham sandwich) and the chickless dinner. We love the beans and potato salad too! The wait can get long, but the website has a video feed and you... More 

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Our first visit to Phil's BBQ and this will not be our last. We sat in the bar area which was very comfortable. The wait staff servers were excellent and very helpful. We both ordered the baby back ribs dinner 20.00 for 10-12 ribs. We both got 12 ribs they are fork tender and delicious, sides of baked beans macaroni... More 

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Garden Grove, California, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

After reading all the reviews, we decided to give Phil's a try. There was no line at 6 pm on a Thursday so we walked right up to the cashier and said ,"we've never been here before" to which we got no reply except a point to the menu...no suggestions, no welcome, nothing. And, when she said what sides do... More 

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San Marcos, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

One of the best BBQ places in the county, it is so popular it has become a chain. It can be crowded at times, especially weekends.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I drive one hour and a half no traffic to this restaurant to eat real delicious barbecue. Service very good, the food is very yummy, I have several places close to my home, but nothing compare to their food. Also have gone to San Diego, but this one in San Marcos has less line 😀

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Senior Reviewer
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Excellent food, especially the large Onion Rings, good service and plenty of variety. A family of six we had a selection off the menu and all was good. The opportunity to have proper BBQ food in a way we cannot get in UK could not be missed and was well worth the visit.

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San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Phil's is a popular BBQ joint with a great atmosphere and even better food. The "Rib-less & Chick-less Dinner" was fantastic. The BBQ sauce is one of the best I've had. I got a side of Steamed Veggies that were cooked perfectly. The Fresh Cut Fries were nothing special, but the Onion Rings were thick and so good. I don't... More 

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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
  • 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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