We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Phil's BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
+1 760-759-1400
Website
Improve this listing
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 190 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
We had a group of eight people and the staff was awesome about getting us seated and responded to our needs.

We had a great time! Sat on the patio with the awesome heaters! Service was good and staff were very friendly and helpful on our first visit to this restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Barbara T
,
Prescott, Arizona
Add Photo Write a Review

190 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Prescott, Arizona
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great time! Sat on the patio with the awesome heaters! Service was good and staff were very friendly and helpful on our first visit to this restaurant.

Helpful?
Thank Barbara T
Spokane, Washington
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Phil's reputation for great barbecue and service are well known. I've never seen it without a line. My favorite choice is the El Toro Tri Tip sandwich. As I live outside of the San Diego area, I am only halfway joking when I tell others that this sandwich is worth the plane ticket to San Diego. Here's the secret to... More 

Helpful?
Thank SrPlop
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
122 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We often call in an order and pick it up to go, but it's better to eat in when we can/want. The food is always good but the fries are best hot and on site. Onion rings are a favorite of mine too. The Rib Tickler is plenty of food, and a complete 'meal' with 3-4 baby back rib, fries,... More 

Helpful?
Thank BlondieOriginal2014
Whittier
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here to eat some BBQ before heading to a friends wedding. Ordered the pulled pork sandwich. Nice amount of cole slaw and meat. But the big winner had to be the onion rings! I'd go back just for those (that good!).

Helpful?
Thank FredoPants03
Chandler, Arizona
Level Contributor
52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this place! The lunch portions are very generous for $7.25 for a boneless rib plate. The place was very busy: the best sign of a good restaurant. We will definitely return on our next trip!

Helpful?
Thank Sue H
San Diego
Level Contributor
91 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Phil's BBQ is very popular in San Diego and the San Marcos restaurant is fun, lively, well-managed and serves great food.

Helpful?
Thank LJHSViking
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Extremely helpful servers, great ribs& sides made for a really pleasant experience. The place was packed with a long wait - but well worth it.

Helpful?
Thank Jerry C
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I visit this place at least once a month. Very popular with San Diego locals. The Baby Back Ribs with fresh corn on the cob can't be beat. Have also had a really good BBQ Cheese Burger. Onion rings are amazing as well. Also, nice sports bar off to the side. Great selection of beer as well as mixed specialty... More 

Helpful?
Thank Robert L
San Diego
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Their onion rings are to die for. All their ribs are good but the beef are great! The lines are ridiculously long but worth the wait. A little overpriced but worth it.

Helpful?
Thank deb03traveler
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

I have lived in San Diego for 18 months and am always hearing how good Phil's BBQ is. After trying to go only to find an hour wait on two occasions, we finally went at 4:45 and there was a minimal wait. You can stand in line and wait or try to find a full service table in the bar.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jnanderson3

Travelers who viewed Phil's BBQ also viewed

 

Been to Phil's BBQ? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Phil's BBQ staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?