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“Good place, not the best” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Phil's BBQ

Phil's BBQ
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
619-226-6333
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Ranked #6 of 4,099 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).
Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“Good place, not the best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Look, this place was good, but not great. The burger was supposed to be medium rare, and it was bloody and very pink in the middle. the sides were small. the wait was long, even at 5:45pm.

Visited February 2014
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Simply the Best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The lines around the building are your first clue that this is going to be a great dining experience! It doesn't matter what you order---it's all delicious. Getting in on the weekends is tough, and dinnertime is always a challenge, but sometimes you can hit it just right at lunch time . Regardless, you have to go because it's Simple the Best!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Tasty BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Great place for BBQ. Can't go wrong with Phil's! My son really likes the chicken and the beef. It's best to call in for delivery because the lines can get long.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Terrific BBQ ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Large portions of very tasty barbecue food ... some of the best I've experienced. The prices are reasonable ... but be prepared for a crowd. The word is out that this is one of the best barbecue restaurants in San Diego ... if not the best!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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“Always Worth the Wait”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Seeing the line wrap around the building may be intimidating, but the place is big enough and the line moves fast enough so fear not! The service is very friendly and food amazing!! My go to is usually the baby ribs or beef ribs with slaw and fries, fries is a must just because the BBQ sauce that drips off of the ribs and onto them is oh so delicious. Every time I have friends in town or family I Phil's is always a must.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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