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Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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Ranked #3 of 4,054 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Mon - Wed 10:00 pm - 11:00 am
Thu - Fri 11:00 pm - 11:00 am
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Great BBQ (our favorite meal of the trip), huge portions, relaxed atmosphere for a group, including kids. Total gem off the main roads you may be visiting but very close to the freeway and easy to get to. Yum!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It is about 15 minutes from downtown in a taxi . You can"t book , so we went on sunday night expecting to get a table quite quickly ....wrong . The line was well over an hour . When inside food is served very quickly and it is probably worth the wait . Getting a taxi back at around 10.30pm... More

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99 reviews 99 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is the fourth year on the Bonkmeister RV Road Show hitting all the TA favorites across this great land. Until today, the best BBQ we have encountered was BOBBY Q in Phoenix. Needless to say, PHIL's has them beat! You know this is a great place when you roll up and are walking to the entrance, glance up and... More

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23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We went here after a long day at san diego zoo! So had built up a big appetite. It was fairly busy but we got seated in bout 15mins Food wait was hardly anything. I had the boneless dinner it was delicious.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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43 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We visited this much-acclaimed BBQ joint while on a visit to SD. Located in a strip mall, it was easy to find nearby parking space. My young children also had place to roam around and keep busy while my husband and I took turns standing in line waiting to be seated. We were there at noon, and the line was... More

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Camano Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I first got to try Phill's BBQ at a Padre's game ... 10$ for a serious plate full of goodness ! After a few days we as a family decided to go to one of their actual restaurants ... Saw 100 people in line and thought it would take forever.. Least to say it didn't ! The restaurant has amazing... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Ok I'm from the UK and maybe look at things differently but had a 2 hour queue/line for this restaurant last night at 6pm and frankly it wasn't worth it. A lot of seating wasn't used and only 2 serving desks so its the kitchen/service that's the problem rather than lack of table space. Went past this on Sunday lunchtime... More

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Chandlers Ford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My son had the Broham which looked amazing and apparently tasted the same. I had the ribs which were fall off the bone as they should be. I loved the spicy BBQ sauce. Great fries and slaw. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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Littleton, Colorado
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43 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Every time I come to San Diego, this is a MUST visit restaurant. The BBQ is out of this world. The portions are huge and the BBQ sauce is AWESOME! The pork ribs and chicken are my favorite. Always have extra sauce. I have never been disappointed. Yes, I came from Mongolia just to eat here. And I will return... More

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San Diego
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12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is the best BBQ you will ever have, bar none! I love Phil's and love having it so close to my home. The wait is terrible, it is so worth the wait. I no longer eat at the restaurant, rather place a to-go order and enjoy it at home.

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