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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, United States
1 review
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
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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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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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 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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Menifee, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Phil's is a great BBQ place. Whether it is the Broham (Pork), El Toro (Tri-tip), Chicken or Ribs (Pork and Beef), it does not disappoint. While some might think that BBQ is all about the sauce, it is really all about the smoke. The meat here has a smoke flavor that permeates through the meat. The sauce compliments the meat... More

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Escondido, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

ok if you never have had real southern bbq, but trendy, big portions may make up for it. tri tip-for bbq? see what I mean, no brisket. cole slaw good, but not on top of pulled porch. good onion reings, avoid at all costs the potato salad-yuk. good service, but be warned, if you want better real bbq try Dickey's.... More

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Los Gatos, CA
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Was there during the San Marcos fire. A perfect place to relax for a little while after a rough couple of days. I am not a bbq connoisseur so I will not make any comparisons. Well thought out restaurant with great service and food. Loved the food "tweaks" not the same old same old - better. I'll be back.

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San Marcos, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The atmosphere is casual, the way you would expect a BBQ place to be. They have perfected the cuisine and the method of accommodating lots of customers in a very streamlined fashion. Its just good food and very tasty. Not sure what else to say about it. They have a good range of BBQ menu items. Just go there knowing... More

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