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“Great BBQ for San Diego” 4 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 #22 of 1,274 restaurants in La Jolla
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great BBQ for San Diego”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Being from North Carolina, my standards for BBQ are pretty high! However, this place was recommended to us by our friends who lived in Kansas City for years, so we trusted it would be good. They were correct. The BBQ here is really excellent and extremely tender. I would have given it 5 stars, if the sauce were just a little bit better. Don't get me wrong, it was great, but not the best sauce I've ever had. We had mac and cheese for our side, and it was fantastic. All in all, if you're looking for good BBQ in San Diego, look no further. Parking is difficult here though. After lunch, walk down to the cove for some beautiful views of La Jolla.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Great food at decent prices...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

On our ongoing quest for US BBQ we thought we would try out this highly rated restaurant/take out.
The food is reasonably priced, served fast, and tasty...served by very friendly staff.
The food is ordered and paid for at the counter then served at your table.
Portions are reasonable and the food is great in a comfort food kind of way.
The combo meal for two of us was around $30...excellent value.

The food is pitched somewhere between a fast food restaurant/tgis and bar-style restaurant.

I'd definitely go again..,

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, CO
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
“Nice find in LaJolla”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

What a pleasant surprise! The food was awesome! Everything was reasonably priced and portions were large. The chicken wings were large and meaty with delicious sauces. We had the Bubba sandwiches which were piled high with delicious pulled pork, brisket and hot links. All of the sides - macaroni and cheese, red skinned potato salad and cole slaw were homemade. We would definitely go here again.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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La Jolla, California, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
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“Always Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We're never sure why that other BBQ place in San Diego gets all the attention because we love Bubba's. The meat is always melt in your mouth tender and delicious, the sides are plentiful and a selection of your particular type of sauce is available. Nice restaurant, too. Park on the street and walk in just across the street from Rappongi's. Excellent BBQ.

Visited February 2013
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College Station
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“As advertised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Good food and the portions seemed very reasonable for the price. The pulled pork and chicken seemed a little bland compared to other barbecue that I've tried, but given the chance, I'd eat there again.

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