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Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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Ranked #3 of 4,058 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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English first
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The best baby back ribs I've ever had. The lines are long every day they are open but it's definitely worth the wait. They have beef ribs, pork (pulled and ribs), sandwiches, and chicken. Sides include potato and macaroni salad, great corn on cob, best coleslaw, baked beans. One to ten, I give it a ten.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW via mobile

There seems to always be a line to get in. It is worth the wait. Good food & getting a little on you was worth it.

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Fullerton, California
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39 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We got to Phil's on a Sunday morning at 10:40 am for 11:00 am opening. Once the doors opened, I was to the register in 5 minutes and food was out lightening fast. The pork ribs were really good with the meat falling off the bone, The french fries were good too, but I was not impressed with any other... More

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San Diego, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

This restaurant only serves Factory Farmed Meat - horrid severe cruelty to the animals, live in hell and fed corn and grain laced with growth hormones and anti-biotics ....not good for humans to ingest......eat grass fed and humane raising ( organic) and allowed free access to the outdoors for fresh air and sunshine and not injected......healthy for you and your... More

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New Jersey
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72 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I had the sliced steak and liked it a lot but too much sauce on it that was too tangy. My wife had the salad with chicken and very much enjoyed it. I also liked the cole slaw and beans a lot.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

I am not really a rib eater....I prefer BBQ chicken. So we stood in line for 1.5 hours to try this place out. I never heard of it but I picked it because of the 5 star trip advisor reviews. During my wait, I'm thinking this **** better be good! So I order the baby back ribs, chicken combo. I... More

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Central Coast NSW
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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!!!!

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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.

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Toledo, OH
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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.

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