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Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar

441 Washington Street at 5th, San Diego, CA
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Albuquerque, NM
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Very good food. I had the pulled pork sandwich. Very flavorful with some interesting touches that made it Brazen's own. The sides were tasty and plentiful. We sat outside with our dogs in tow, which was very nice. One nice little surprise? A hand-wash station in the center of the restaurant. I'd go back!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

I ordered the Brisket and Pork Spare Rib combo platter; while waiting I had a cucumber martini; the martini was delicious and refreshing, the brisket was so tender and the taste was outstanding; I would say it was the best brisket I have ever had, the pork spare ribs were nicely smoked and tender. I am ready to return San... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This seems to be a bar which just happens to sell fast food - the decor did nothing to add to it's appeal for us. The food & service were both fine but we felt like we were eating in a railway station concourse & the bar seemed to be the main attraction. We ate here at the start of... More 

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Del Mar, California
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437 reviews 437 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
290 helpful votes 290 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by a local several weeks ago, so I checked the reviews on TA and I was a little leery about the mixed comments about this place. We decided to try it anyway and it turned out to be a disappointment, the not so good TA reviews were very accurate. We ordered several items and the consensus... More 

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San Diego, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Ever since Brazen BBQ opened in Hillcrest my partner and I have loved it! Their service is AWESOME! It is the only place that has real southern style sweet tea that is brewed FRESH! Being from the South it is really nice to have some southern style food around in a place that is full of nasty "organic" crap! I... More 

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San Diego, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

I'm a lover of BBQ and I was impressed. The brisket was delicious. So many layers of flavor and the pulled pork sandwiches were delightful as well. We will be back for sure.

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33 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

I've never been served a meat dish without a knife before, but when I started to eat and the meat just fell apart I started to think this could awesome. Sadly the top layer of meat was the only piece I received that was cooked that well. The rest was fatty and difficult to get into. The side of fries... More 

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San Diego, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

The BBQ pork ribs where a disappointment. They seemed to be like jerky on the outside which leaves me to believe that the moisture levels were not sufficient during the smoking process. The onion rings were 8 dollars (No there were no gold flakes in the batter) and most the other appetizers were similarly priced. The atmosphere and service were... More 

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San Diego, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

I had read several reviews on this restaurant and thought since some friends suggested going there I would finally get to see for myself. It started out good, because there is actually a parking lot which is difficult to find in that particular area. Inside the restaurant wasn't what I expected but that's okay. The counter people were friendly enough... More 

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

I've eaten at Brazen BBQ five times now and everything is delicious! Great pulled pork sandwich; excellent catfish po-boy sandwich; most tender beef brisket I've ever had; gumbo to die for; and service that's simply exceptional. Their sides are great too: heavenly Smoked Kernal Corn Medley; Awesome Brazen Fries; delightful Ancho Spiced Baked Beans; great cole slaw and delicious cornbread.... More 

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Additional Information about Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar

Address: 441 Washington Street at 5th, San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 619-816-1990
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue

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