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Phil's BBQ

579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
760 759-1400
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Ranked #3 of 202 restaurants in San Marcos
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: 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.
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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
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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San Marcos, California
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have been here several times. It is usually very busy but they do a good job of getting people through the line, seated and served. It is somewhat pricey for bbq but it is popular and was on the man vs food show. My son loves the pulled pork. But I wouldn't say its anywhere near the best bbq... More

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San Diego, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

First, the service was great. Greeted by the manager. Order taker was patient. Food came out at fast. Now for the average part. The food, the sauce was to sweet. The beans were more Mexican then baked. Horseradish in the coleslaw gave the slaw a strange taste. The price was on the upper end of reasonable. For the cost of... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I was alittle dissapointed but I would go back. Was in area for a wedding & decided to feed the group at hotel. They all liked it.

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San Diego
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Not sure what all the hype is about. Ordered the try tip sandwich, cole slaw, beans, baked potato and fries. I found the BBQ sauce to be too peppery. Ate about 4 bits of everything. Nothing special. Big, noisy, crowded disappointment.

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HereIGoJJ, Public Relations Manager at Phil's BBQ, responded to this review

Hey there! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Sorry you were disappointed with your experience here. When you were in, did you let any staff members know you weren't happy? We like to take care of all issues while you're still in the restaurant so we can make it right! :) If the sauce is too... More

Rancho Cucamonga, California
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

We don't get to this area very often, but when we do my husband always puts Phil's on our To Do list. The servings are generous, the service is friendly and the prices are reasonable. Pane most important, the food is consistently good! What more can you ask for?

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Temecula, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

Yes, there will be traffic and noise at the dinner hour but well worth it. Our first time at the San Marcos location and we were not disappointed. Excellent tri-tip and outstanding onion rings, and the half rack dinner is more than enough for one person. It's a great value menu and this location is well managed, efficient and very... More

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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Wife and I ordered the el toro and broham. The el toro is beef and the broham is pork. Both meats were very tasty. Portion size is huge. Cole slaw was great and onion rings are seriously some of the best I have ever had! We were going to order a large onion ring but Nikki talked us down to... More

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Danville, Illinois
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

My wife Emma and I were visiting Familia in Carlsbad, CA. and they took us to Phil's BBQ. I had the Beefy Rib & Chicken Dinner. The portions were excellent. The meat from the ribs were beyond good, excellent taste. I could have eaten the ribs without the sauce but I had to give the different sauces a try and... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Excellent food and place! Totally recommend to the carlsbad or san marcos visitors! The food is the best that eat!

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