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Kansas City Barbeque

610 W Market St, San Diego, CA 92101-6720 (Downtown)
(619) 231-9680
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Ranked #1,202 of 3,977 restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Well worth a visit if you're a top gun fan! Loads of memorabilia, great atmosphere, friendly and fun!

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San Francisco, CA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I love bbq and try new places any time I can. Was happy to discover this place across the street from my hotel. One afternoon I tried the pulled pork sliders and mac N cheese balls during happy hour. The pulled pork was tender and cooked perfect. The mac N cheese balls we crispy on the outside and soft and... More

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Redlands, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We ate at the KCBBQ because it was convenient to our convention hotel. Its a fun place to eat just because of the history of the restaurant. The BBQ was average. We left satisfied with our meal and experience.

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New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

If you're a 40-something Top Gun fan and you want to sit where a scene from the movie was shot, have a beer at the bar and then go someplace else to eat. I don't expect fancy service at a BBQ joint, so I was willing to abide the uncaring, throw-it-on the table style of service. But the food itself... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Top Gun atmosphere okay but not the thrill it once was. Expected a lot from the food but was disappointed. Just not very good. Sorry

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Had to visit this place just because of the iconic scene from topgun that was filmed here. Friendly service however we decided only to have a drink. Nice atmosphere too.

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San Diego, California
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4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The food was not good and the waitress was inattentive. For a BBQ restaurant we expected it to taste like BBQ but it was very bland. We asked if they had any other BBQ sauces, such as a sweet BBQ sauce, and were told they only had that 1 sauce, which was not impressive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Take my review with a grain of salt...because I'm not a big fan of "BBQ only" restaurants. Kansas City's big claim to fame is that it was the location of the serenade scene in Top Gun. But I'm not that into Top Gun anymore-is anyone? My boyfriend loved the BBQ-the bar-is very basic. I'm a wine drinker-so my choices were... More

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Audlem, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I visited with friends because of the scene from top gun. I was slightly disappointed with the cleanliness of the place but the food was tasty and had an opportunity to take photographs with several props from the movie before heading off to USS Midway :)

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Wasn't the best barbeque I've ever had, but it's a block from the waterfront, had outdoor seating, good service, and was reasonable. Very pleasant.

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