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Phil's BBQ

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Sandwiches, Barbecue
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3750 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
619-226-6333
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: For the past 17 years, BBQ lovers across San Diego County have turned to...
For the past 17 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Superb! Can you wait 45 minutes?

Whether you eat there or phone in for pickup you will wait about 45 minutes. Is it worth it? Yes. I get the beef ribs and the sauce on the side. The awesome part was they gave me as much bbq sauce (heavenly) as I wanted! Hint: Sneak into the bar to eat if you have a small party and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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san diego
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Whether you eat there or phone in for pickup you will wait about 45 minutes. Is it worth it? Yes. I get the beef ribs and the sauce on the side. The awesome part was they gave me as much bbq sauce (heavenly) as I wanted! Hint: Sneak into the bar to eat if you have a small party and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have dietary restrictions so we weren't sure what we would be able to eat. They were able to make us "dry" beef ribs, no sauce touched it. It was delicious and the leftovers lasted until lunch the next day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

My conference had catering from Phil's BBQ and it was phenomenal! I'm not a rib person, but I became one at Phil's. I'll definitely try this place again when I'm in San Diego next.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Awesome ribs highly recommend the baby back, sauce is amazing. Also ordered the onion rings and burger which was also good. Atmosphere family friendly but not lavish. Expect to wait but worth it in the end.

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Stockton, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Son #1 and I finally visited this location with son#3 who lives in San Diego. He had been telling us how great this place was and he was right. Phil's offers a variety of barbequed meats (pork, beef brisket,chicken) and all were very tasty. Their chocie of side dishes should satisfy any taste. The wait time to receive your meal... More 

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Long lines are definitely worth the wait. There's a reason why people wait in line for the food. It is by far the best BBQ I have eaten and that list includes Lucille's and Famous Dave's. Large portions, very tasty food, excellent menu variety and fun eclectic atmosphere. Don't miss this experience. It's a "must-do" when in SD area.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Been here before, some of the best eats around. Go here before the concerts at the Sports Arena, or just to sit with friends and enjoy the food.

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Taipei
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were so excited to try Phil's BBQ ribs. But the waiting line was way too long. And we travelled with kids, so we decided to have it to go. The ribs is so yummy and the spicy sauce is just right for me. Especially, the onion ring is the best onion ring that I even had.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

These ribs are perfect! I would eat them everyday if I lived in SD. While the wait was a bit longer then you would like it was well worth it. We also had a delicious pulled pork sandwich with some potato salad. The only thing that could make Phil's better would be a spicy version of their BBQ sauce.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

we waited in line about an hour (which we don't normally do but it was a saturday so we figured why not) the restaurant is set up so you order at the counter find your seat and go back to the counter for your food. it was super busy but they are fairly organized and get you in and out... More 

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Additional Information about Phil's BBQ

Address: 3750 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
Phone Number: 619-226-6333
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3750 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-226-6333

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children

Description

For the past 17 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).
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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