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“Definately one of the best places to go for BBQ. For less than $20 you get a very delicious and full meal. Yummy!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Phil's BBQ
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
619-226-6333
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Ranked #6 of 4,093 Restaurants in San Diego
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, Reservations, 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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“Definately one of the best places to go for BBQ. For less than $20 you get a very delicious and full meal. Yummy!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2008

Definately one of the best places to go for BBQ. For less than $20 you get a very delicious and full meal. Yummy!!!

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“the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2007

the best BBQ ever! be prepared to wait at peak hours at this casual joint but it's well worth it.

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“Great BBQ would highly suggest eating here.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2007

We ate at the Phil's BBQ location on Sport Arena Drive and it was excellent! We went on a jammed packed Saturday night and the line when we first viewed it was intimidating (almost to the street!) but it moved fast. We grabbed a menu from inside and decided what to order while waiting and once we were inside the staff was so friendly and helpful. As it was so busy an empty table was hard to find (it is seat your self) but they had a few staff members watching for people to finish and then helping you locate a table. The food is great! We ordered chicken, ribs, baked beans, potato salad and corn on the cob. Everything was great except the baked beans which we felt were pretty average. The prices are also really reasonable for the amount of food that you get. Also, if you don't want to deal with eating there they have a to go line which was much shorter. You can call in ahead of time and just pick up your food. If your looking for great BBQ in San Diego this is the place to go!

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“The ribs here are awesome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2007

The ribs here are awesome

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“Phil's BBQ is quite good, but I gotta say, their old location was a lot cooler. The new place feels more like an...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2007

Phil's BBQ is quite good, but I gotta say, their old location was a lot cooler. The new place feels more like an Applebee's than I'm comfy with.

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