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Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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Ranked #1 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: For the past thirteen years, BBQ lovers across San Diego County have turned to restaurateur Phil Pace to satisfy a singular craving: mesquite-grilled baby back ribs, beef ribs, chicken and sandwiches. Serving thousands of customers a day from a diverse clientele of skateboarders to Bentleys, Phil has built his foundation on consistency, quality, freshness, and friendly service. "We thrive on providing each guest with the 'Phil's Experience', which basically comes down to organized chaos," laughs owner Phil Pace. "The biggest reason behind our success is our loyal customers who have supported us and waited in line for a taste of BBQ for the past fifteen years. "Since opening its doors in San Diego in 1998, Phil's BBQ has served over one million pounds of BBQ sauce (enough to fill Shamu's tank).
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Phil's lives up to the billing. Long line great eating. Chicken and ribs is what this place is all about. I did a chicken rib combo and it was great. The sauce is sloppy and my companion thought it might be nice without the sauce, sauce is a must I think. Great mega onion rings. Servings nice and big. This... More

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San Diego, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We have been away from San Diego for six month & our first stop for a great B-B-Q dinner was Phil's. We were NOT disappointed. Great service, great FOOD & great pricing. We will endeavor to frequent Phil's more often.

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Twickenham,United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Thought I'd see why this is rated #1 in San Diego. The line moved very quickly & the menu is extensive so be prepared to make a quick decision! I ordered the full rack off babyback ribs & my partner ordered the ribs & chicken combo. No sooner had we sat down, than our order was ready. We both agreed... More

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Denver, Colorado
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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I greatly enjoyed the Phils BBQ in terminal two of the San Diego airport. All of the sides were delicious--home made fries, great macaroni salad, wonderful beans, fabulous coleslaw, and so on. I don't eat meat, but my father said the BBQ riblets were outstanding. The prices were LOW for an airport restaurant, the environment was nice, and the employees... More

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Vacaville, California
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Intrigued by the consistent line day in and day out, my family and friends walked across the street from our hotel and stood in line for 1 1/2 hours to try out Phil's BBQ. We had a great time in line, met some interesting people and enjoyed the concept of the restaurant, but the food was not worth the wait.... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I had head about this place from the travel channel and from some of my co-workers, well it was well worth it. The line to eat at Phil's was out the door, even though it was 10 minutes to closing. We ordered to go, it was walk in and walk out. Phil's is was really tasty, I would recommend it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Being from the South I have high expectations for BBQ and thus place hit the spot. Everyone must try the ribs. Phil's was friendly, and a very short wait since it was a Wednesday afternoon. I was also impressed with the cleanliness of the bathrooms.

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Fountain Valley, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great bbq. Very popular with a long line to prove it. Suggest order to go and beat the line. Quick too. And you will have leftovers. Baby back ribs are great as is the bbq broham (bbq pulled pork) seasoned and char-grilled on a bed of cole slaw withbbq sauce at $6.95. Girlfriend loves the macaroni salad. When I work... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a unique experience and deserves all the great reviews. Having to wait to get into the restaurant is unique but it is well worth the wait !! The food is excellent and very large portions.

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Modesto, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The pork ribs at Phil's BBQ are AMAZING... This was our first time and I'm telling you next time we are in the area we'll be back. The line outside totally said something to us. Keep us the great job Phil's BBQ...

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