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Armadillo Willy's BBQ

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2624 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051-5351
408-247-1100
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Smelled great!

We love BBQ and this place had some good reviews, so we thought we would give it a shot. When you walk in you can smell the amazing BBQ scents wafting through the air. That's always a good sign for a BBQ joint. It's an order at the counter type of place. I ordered the pulled pork plate with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Kristen T
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Wheatland, California
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San Jose, CA
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263 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is a chain restaurant so not sure what other reviews are expecting. It's pretty decent BBQ, nothing to write home about but it gets the job done. Brisket was a nice texture and juicy. The corn bread was pretty good, that stands out for me. Sauce was good too, the spicy could use a bit more kick depending on... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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317 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

If you want a quick bbq fix then this place is for you. If you want something more complex then I said say don't bother. They do have some nice plates that are pretty good and their prices are very reasonable.

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Thank rcjetskier
Leicester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Tried this place based on other reviews and was rather underwhelmed. Had the Texas ribs and was not impressed. Meat quality wasn't great and quantity wasn't great. Cajun fries were good but I'm afraid this place wasn't that great. Better off going up the road to Andy's Bar -B-Que!!!

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Thank Zippy-stripe
Wheatland, California
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249 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We love BBQ and this place had some good reviews, so we thought we would give it a shot. When you walk in you can smell the amazing BBQ scents wafting through the air. That's always a good sign for a BBQ joint. It's an order at the counter type of place. I ordered the pulled pork plate with a... More 

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Thank Kristen T
Hong Kong
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I visited with four colleagues and we enjoyed ourselves so much we returned later in the week! This is not a flash place, but the service is quick (and with a smile), the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable and the food is lip smackingly good. Between us we had ribs, brisket and steaks and not one was anything other than... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Nothing beats Armadillo Willy's when it comes to bbq. I always go to this place when I have cravings for good ol' American barbecue in their "small" place in Cupertino. They have moved to a bigger one since then and opened other restaurants. Cupertino is still my fav. Meats are tender and juicy. My favorite is their cheeseburger wit lettuce,... More 

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1 Thank Dovee888
San Jose, California, United States
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I always think or burger as home type meal in the backyard with the grill. Well now i think of Armadillo Willy's, because they make a burger, that looks like a meal! They took time setting the deep fried onion along side of 7 different ingredients in the burger. mmm mmm, i think i'm going there after this post. I... More 

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1 Thank Robert S
Santa Clara, California
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Armadillo Willy's BBQ is one of our favorite casual restaurants for either dinner or for lunch. The portions are generous, good food, and a great selection of side dishes. The restaurant has kept up with the times by offering a selection of healthy items...all are delicious!!!

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1 Thank MissEeeee
Long Beach
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101 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Armadillo Willy's is my favorite BBQ in the San Jose area. I've eaten at several of their locations, but this one is the one I frequent the most. On my visit there most recently, they had just redecorated the restaurant with new paint and lighting, and reorganized the dining room. My husband and I liked the changes. I like the... More 

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1 Thank Jeff D
Santa Clara, CA
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86 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

This is just a great place to eat. Love the very comfortable atmosphere and the great food. Service is usually top-notch too. I haven't found better BBQ in the entire South Bay. Not going to break the bank either. Check out either the location on Homestead (near the Safeway at Homestead and Kiely) or the one on El Camino Real... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2624 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051-5351
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Clara
  • Phone Number: 408-247-1100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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