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Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar

#584 of 3,740 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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441 Washington Street at 5th, San Diego, CA
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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San Diego, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

Brazen BBQ Smokehouse and Bar has some of the best bbq that you are going to find in San Diego. The food was fantastic. I had the bbq chicken and my gf had a bbq salad, both were fantastic and came with excellent sauce. All that being said, restaurants to me are more than just food. If I am going... More 

Thank SDConcierge
Reno, Nevada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Excellent lunch in the middle of Hillcrest (very cool SD neighborhood). Ribs were tasty, moist, wide selection of brews, waiter Ben was so cute!

Thank LoraM59
Belfast, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food, excellent service. Cannot recommend highly enough. We dined here twice during our 5 night stay in Hillcrest and the meals were delicious both times.

Thank D T
Yuma, Arizona
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440 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

Brazen BBQ 1/14/16 We stopped in for a late lunch. They do have a parking lot in the back, there is very little street parking in this area. This place is very nice and clean. The sandwiches are pretty good not being from the South the barbecue taste was not that good. We used to have a saying if you... More 

Thank Emry L
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016 via mobile

Nice selection of BBQ favorites, yummy sides and a great location for people watching in the Hillcrest neighborhood. In addition to flawlessly executed meat their sauces are in point as well. My favorite is the Barn Burner, it's sure to blaze away the boredom in your mouth!

Thank Haakon H
Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

We had pulled pork, brisket and chicken. All were perfect. The fries were done, the mac&cheese was amazing. The service was above what I normally get.

Thank Brian_Nelligan
San Marcos, California
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620 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

BBQ is one of those things that is really a matter of taste. Not everyone likes every kind of BBQ. Personally I think this is one of the best I have had in San Diego County. The service was great and the food delicious. The lines were not long at all. The only issue was finding a place to park,... More 

Thank csarchibald
Bristol, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

Had a real good experience at the Brazen, our waitress Leanne was very informative and friendly. I had the buffalo wings to start and the 6 meat sampler as it was Tuesday. The meats were cooked well and really juicy. I washed it down with a nice back porch lemonade. Very nice meal indeed. Well worth a visit.

Thank gc1982
San Diego, California
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103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

I usually stop in here for a chipotle quesadilla (chicken) and a cocktail after my haircut. The service is always top notch. The food is fresh and never disappoints. I only wish they had more an assortment of hot links and sausages since I am allergic to pork. They even have some vegetarian fares. The patio is a great place... More 

Thank Russell B
Omaha, Nebraska
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

This is by far the best BBQ in San Diego. Don't get tricked into going to Phil's BBQ this is way better without the long line.

Thank jacobp662

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 441 Washington Street at 5th, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-816-1990

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?