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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 - 10:00 pm
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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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  • 57
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    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Love the food 😍

I drive one hour and a half no traffic to this restaurant to eat real delicious barbecue. Service very good, the food is very yummy, I have several places close to my home, but nothing compare to their food. Also have gone to San Diego, but this one in San Marcos has less line πŸ˜€

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I drive one hour and a half no traffic to this restaurant to eat real delicious barbecue. Service very good, the food is very yummy, I have several places close to my home, but nothing compare to their food. Also have gone to San Diego, but this one in San Marcos has less line πŸ˜€

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Excellent food, especially the large Onion Rings, good service and plenty of variety. A family of six we had a selection off the menu and all was good. The opportunity to have proper BBQ food in a way we cannot get in UK could not be missed and was well worth the visit.

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San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Phil's is a popular BBQ joint with a great atmosphere and even better food. The "Rib-less & Chick-less Dinner" was fantastic. The BBQ sauce is one of the best I've had. I got a side of Steamed Veggies that were cooked perfectly. The Fresh Cut Fries were nothing special, but the Onion Rings were thick and so good. I don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Always great BBQ, satisfies everone in the family, even my meat loving dad, and my health conscious mom.

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Los Angeles
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31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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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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4 restaurant reviews
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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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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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26 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?