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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: 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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Visitor rating
  • 52
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 12
    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
Great BBQ

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Susan V
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW 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
66 helpful votes 66 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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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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San Diego
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I like phil's it's good BBQ and the overall set up of the place is great. They have sinks outside of the restrooms to wash off hands and face after eating BBQ great idea. I have had better BBQ in San Diego but phil's is good and I can't say anything bad about them.

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San Marcos, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The ribs at Phils are really good, but I also like a nice pulled-pork sandwich. Unfortunately, for my taste, their Broham pulled pork sandwich is made with too many large chunks of pork. You get lots, but nearly everywhere else the traditional sandwich is made with a more finely shredded product.

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Oxnard, California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lines can get long, but not at all compared to the one in Pt Loma. food was very good, and service was great! semi fast food and sit down and serve. it went each day i was in San Marcos and had the pulled pork and the Toro sandwiches. serving sizes were huge, and for about $7, an AMAZING BARGAIN!... More 

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El Cajon, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My wife and I visited Phil's BBQ in San Marcos for the first time and, was not disappointed. We have visited Phil's many times at their Santee and San Diego locations, and the San Marcos Phil's was is at the same high level. The San Marcos location has the nicest Bar lounge with huge big screen TV's. A great place... 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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