We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
619-226-6333
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #3 of 4,058 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Cuisines: Barbecue
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
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).
Write a Review

1,325 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
    870
    318
    102
    16
    19
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Central Coast NSW
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We saw this restaurant on man vs food and it looked great, we were so glad we did, the food was phenomenal!! Absolutely finger licking good!! Huge portions and good value, I had a beef sandwich and my wife had baby back ribs, Phil's was easily the best meal we had in San Diego. Go now!!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
DEPEW
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Food was good, service was great. Was visited by 2 managers during our meal. The place was clean and ran very efficient.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toledo, OH
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Family lives in the area and they said we had to go! We arrived around 1:30 and there were about 15 people in line. Family said this was the shortest line they've ever seen sometimes wait is 45 mins (but worth the wait). Portions are big, onion rings great. Loved the coleslaw but the chicken ticklers were just right, loved... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Amazing ribs! Delicious potato salad! Yummmmm! The line is like nothing I've ever seen & if it hadn't been for a friends email from Phil's to get in front of the line I would have left.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hong Kong, China
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If you've never had the Beefy Ribs, well - time to get in and try some. They will change what you think of as a rib.Hands down best BBQ around. This place will have a line out the door quick so get there early. The food and system is amazing. A must try when in Diego.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The good is amazing, almost everything is.. The only I hate is the wait time, omg their line is always around the restaurant

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Phil's BBQ, totally AWESOME! So let me start with the very long chain of people before Phil's. Yeah it is a bit deterrent, but the wait is more than worthy. I dont have to wait long because we were 5 people and there was a staff member that asked if there were a group of 5 people to come in.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Norwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed Phil's BBQ also viewed

 

Been to Phil's BBQ? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Phil's BBQ, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing