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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: 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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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    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
Most recent review
Good Bbq but not kid friendly...

Overall the BBQ was good. Not the best but above average. The ribs didn't have that much meat but the brisket was good. They do not however have kids meals or anything a kid might need such as mike. They are skimpy on the portions and charge you an extra $2 for a piece of bread. Will not be back.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Overall the BBQ was good. Not the best but above average. The ribs didn't have that much meat but the brisket was good. They do not however have kids meals or anything a kid might need such as mike. They are skimpy on the portions and charge you an extra $2 for a piece of bread. Will not be back.

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San Diego, Ca
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You can order on line and pick up 30 minutes later. The food was excellent. Parking is a bit limited, especially on the weekends. Baby back rib bones seemed a bit larger then what we have received in other restaurants. Lots of food and get extra napkins.

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San Marcos, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We either dine there or carry out at least once a month. Wouldn't go any other place for BBQ. Personally think this place is better than Famous Dave's. If you don't like to wait in line to order your food, you probably won't like it. But once you eat the food, you'll become a fan.

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San Diego
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I have to say, after all of the hype, we are still fans of Dave's Famous so we won't be back to Phil's.

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San Diego, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Phil's BBQ is probably the best you will find in San Diego. Their restaurants are always busy (Pt Loma location has lines out the door), but the food is worth the wait. The ribs, pulled pork and chicken are fantastic and served with a spicy BBQ sauce on the side. For side dishes they offer corn-on-cob, beans, coleslaw, great fries,... More 

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sunny San Diego
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

The food is great and well-priced but the line-up to order is slow and frustrating. The staff is courteous but harried and finding a table on a Friday or Saturday evening can be difficult. I have ordered takeout on several occasions for two and 25. In all instances the food was fresh, hot and tasty. The chicken pieces can be... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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183 reviews 183 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Phil's BBQ is located right off San Marcos Boulevard near the on ramp to Highway 78 East. There are two sections inside. You can order food at the counter and take it to a table yourself or you can go into the bar and get a table. A food server will take your food and drink order and bring it... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I leave the airport in San Diego and head to one of Phil's Restaurants. I was happy to learn that they are now open on Mondays. The BBQ chicken, pork ribs and beef ribs are outstanding. Try an order of onion rings and do yourself a favor. My wife loves the French fries and the slaw appears to contain a... More 

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Southern California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We go to Phil's each time we're in San Diego. Probably the best BBQ I've eaten.....and I love BBQ! Inexpensive too. Order and wait for them to page you. You take it back to your table and enjoy! Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.

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Vista, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You can always count on TOO much food and a fun, relaxed environment! The staff is very pleasant and always helpful.

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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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