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“What a great find!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ

Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ
888 Prospect Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Ranked #23 of 1,262 Restaurants in La Jolla
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Phoenix, Arizona
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19 restaurant reviews
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“What a great find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

If you want great BBQ and service, this place is for you. Owners Jeff and Ali make every customer feel welcome and they are intent on providing a quality product.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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“Oh, the beef ribs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We happened upon Bubba's completely by chance 2 years ago. I would never have connected La Jolla with barbecue, but after eating at Bubba's I'm a believer. The beef ribs are the absolute best I've ever had. Meaty, juicy, and not fatty. Choices of sauce available on a condiment bar that also has some good pickles. Pulled pork is good, baby backs are good, but oh those beef ribs!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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“Awesome Burger!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We stumbled on this place for lunch one day. The burgers were delicious. It was the least expensive meal I had all week and the best!

Visited September 2012
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“It's not real southern BBQ, but for the west coast it's pretty darned good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Red wine with BBQ? Only in California :)

Vacationing in the La Jolla area we got a hankering for BBQ, and a quick scan of online reviews brought us to Bubba's Smokehouse. The atmosphere is casual -- order from the counter and they'll bring your food to your table. The menu is reasonably extensive including traditional BBQ options (ribs, smoked meats, pulled chicken and pork), burgers, and some kid-friendly options for the less adventurous children in your party. There's a small wine and beer list as well. The staff is friendly and helpful. The location is on Prospect Street in the heart of everything.

For west coast BBQ Bubba's was about the best I've found. It's not real southern pit BBQ, but it's a fair substitute if you find yourself in La Jolla. The ribs are substantial, the smoked meats are fairly lean without being tough or dry and have a nice smoke flavor to them, and both the sweet and hot sauces are nicely complex. The hush puppies were a bit spicy for my taste (where I grew up we made them less hot and dusted them with powdered sugar) but were hot, crisp, and not at all greasy. We didn't sample any of the desserts because we were celebrating a birthday and brought our own birthday cake. The staff was entirely cool with this.

Next time I'm in La Jolla and have a yen for BBQ, I'll head back over to Bubba's. You should do the same.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Bubba's in LaJolla is great for lunch or a quick dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Bubba's on Prospect Street LaJolla is great for a quick lunch or dinner while plying the streets of LaJolla or nearby coastline. The pulled pork and jerk chicken sandwiches were great. Check out the pecan pie. Excellent. If you are in to BBQ make this a must stop which is definitely affordable for all.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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