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
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
+1 760-759-1400
Website
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 139 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Barbecue

Nothing can compare to Texas barbecue. Phil's comes a bit close and all entrees we had (6 of us) were enjoyable. Very friendly staff who don't mind explaining menu and making your visit enjoyable. During peak time, there may be a line waiting to order. You order at the counter, receive a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
mac33028
,
San Marcos, California
Add Photo Write a Review

139 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Marcos, California
Level Contributor
45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Nothing can compare to Texas barbecue. Phil's comes a bit close and all entrees we had (6 of us) were enjoyable. Very friendly staff who don't mind explaining menu and making your visit enjoyable. During peak time, there may be a line waiting to order. You order at the counter, receive a number, head to your table and items will... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gainesville, Florida
Level Contributor
92 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Have been here a few times. The food is excellent and the staff match the food. Just a great experience. A must try are the beef bones.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Marcos, California
Level Contributor
69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Pretty good barbecue for southern California. The food is ordered at a counter, and announced with a pager. During your meal, a runner comes around and brings forks and interrupts your conversation about each 7 - 10 minutes. Huge TVs are hung throughout, so it's noisy. Good barbecue, great fries, good potato salad and slaw. We've tried both the pork... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is one of our favorite home-town restaurant choices. Great selection of both pork and BEEF ribs and other BBQ. Love the onion rings as well. If you don't like the line in the standard eating area, try the expanded bar.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Phil's is a local favorite for barbecue, they use mesquite wood for their barbecue instead of hickory or pecan wood which gives the meat a different smoke favor and not my favorite.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

When we want BBQ we always go to Phils. We sometimes eat in and sometimes we do takeout. We usually get ribs with a couple of sides

Was this review helpful? Yes
Valley Center, California
Level Contributor
71 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We have visited other barbeque places before but one not quite like this one. You choose from a vast menu and then pay a cashier up front for what you selected, are given a pager which flashes when your meal is ready and you pick it up at the end of the counter. There are several helpers around to assist... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

Having lived in Texas, I love a good BBQ. I had been referred to Phil's by a friend and was really looking forward to the meal. I believe the meat was well prepared, but, the sauce was sweet and spicy, not a typical HEARTY BBQ sauce. I had trouble finishing my meal.i don't recommend the sauce and without a good... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santee, California, USA
Level Contributor
24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Phil's BBQ and its staff are great. The food is excellent ESP the ribs n chicken tenders not to leave out the macaroni salad that is really good too

Was this review helpful? Yes
Warrenton, VA
Level Contributor
60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is a casual, order-at-the-counter BBQ joint. The setting is very new and very modern, a franchise operation but with a very attentive staff. Their beefy ribs are a local legend but they were out the night we went. I settled for the baby-back rib/chicken dinner and was not disappointed. It was more than enough for a filling dinner with... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Phil's BBQ also viewed

 

Been to Phil's BBQ? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Phil's BBQ

Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage 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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • 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

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?