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Salinas City BBQ

700 W Market St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
+1 831-758-2227
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“pulled pork” (33 reviews)
“tri tip” (35 reviews)
“ribs” (33 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
700 W Market St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Needed a family meal to go and the huge smokers outside this converted house looked inviting and smells great as you arrive. There is no lot so you have to find a spot somewhere on the side streets to park. I got lucky and didn't...More

Thank Sandra P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Salinas City Barbecue latish on a busy Friday evening. Small, old-fashioned, homey atmosphere, packed wall to wall with families, couples, and friends. We were quickly greeted, seated, and offered the most popular drinks. I ordered brisket, homemade ranch beans, and a baked...More

Thank Carole C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had driven many hours through Sunday traffic and checked Trip Advisor for restaurant suggestions and got this one. Their ribs and brisket were outstanding, as well as their homemade sides (coleslaw and potato salad) and their homemade berry cobbler. The service was great and...More

Thank LauranTony
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brisket is the one item that sells out first, so get there before lunch for sure to stake your claim. The combo meals really are the way to go, and get the larger portions for 2-3 to share for sure! The beer options are super...More

Thank Kristina M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have to get there early, as they do run out of meats as the day and night move on. They smoke everything on site, in the huge smokers on the side of the restaurant. We were in Salinas for four days, and ate there...More

1  Thank surfgur
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this spot on Yelp. It was really cute, had good food, and friendly staff. I'd come for BBQ again if I'm in town.

1  Thank like_totally_kelly
Reviewed July 11, 2017

This was definitely a high point on a two-week road trip up the coast.From the outside the restaurant looks maybe a bit iffy, but once inside we knew this was the right place (as suggested by TA, which is how we got here). It was...More

Thank AdamSmith2013
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Homey feel to this cafe - like may have been an actual house at one time. Tri-tip is very good - nice smoke ring. Menu consists of tri-tip, brisket, sausage, chicken, etc. Tri-tip or brisket are my favorites. Comes with two sides for the regular...More

Thank ibtravelinj
Reviewed July 2, 2017

Hearing about the great reviews for this place we decided to stop in on a week night for dinner. Yes, parking can be a challenge since there is no on-site parking. And, no doubt they smoke their meats because you can't miss seeing or smelling...More

Thank Dan G
Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

This place is great. Just like you'd imagine a BBQ restaurant to be. Non pretentious, simple and easy going. Staff are very friendly although the service is sometimes a little slow. But I'll put that down to a huge order that came before us. But...More

Thank rcbart2016
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 W Market St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-758-2227
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