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Phil's BBQ

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3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Palm Desert, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We first experienced Phil's in Santee. The line was wrapped around the building and thought this must be good. Well, it was not good, it was Excellent. We by passed the line by going straight to the bar. The bartenders were SO FRIENDLY, big screens everywhere and we actually ate our delicious ribs right at the bar. Now we have... More 

Thank TravelBearsCA
South Royalton, Vermont
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72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a pulled pork breakfast burrito with a Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Stout prior to a Sunday morning flight to Boston. I usually regret airport food, and this selection worried me. I was nicely surprised that the food was very tasty, and combined with the craft beer, made a great start for a long travel day. The staff were very... More 

Thank Raymond O
Omaha, Nebraska
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The concierge at our hotel recommended Phil's, so we gave it a try. There was a line at 3:30 in the afternoon, but it went quickly. I had the Chickless Dinner (no bones) with steamed veggies. The veggies were perfectly tender. I had the bbq sauce put right on the chicken, my husband, who had the 1/2 chicken, had it... More 

Thank Wewo68106
Castleford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Big que! Fabulous food! Well worth the wait! Beef ribs just like the ones from the Flintstones! Baby back just so tasty. The coldest beers in San Diego!

Thank buggsymoran
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

heeccck yah!!! This place is legit! The lines are long but it goes fast when you're with friends and chit chatting. If it's your first time, you get a sticker at the front of the line! woo hooo! The tri tip was really saucey which I didn't like too much. I suppose you can ask for less sauce. The beef... More 

Thank caliiitrav
Allen, Texas
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199 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For the price you get a lot of food. Wife and I had the tickler lunches. The sausage and chicken were tasteful and portion size was very adequate. My only regret was that Phil's BBQ sauce is the sweet variety. I prefer the tang insets of Texas BBQ. I would still eat here while passing through the San Diego airport.

Thank plschilt
Poway, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best ribs in the county. Popular, and it deserves to be. I think their baby back ribs are amongst the best in the US, it's just a shame you can't get their fabulous cornbread unless you submit a catering order with at least one days notice. It's as good as the BBQ! The new Rancho Bernardo location is a real... More 

Thank viewlover49
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Hard to figure out what u want but all around good food. And the coolest thing is that when u get done eating they have sink stations close to where you are.

Thank Patrick B
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is great for a family of even a couple to eat dinner. If you love BBQ then this place is a place to try. We had the chicken and the ribs and it was all very good. Their onion rings are really big too. Order extra dipping sauce if you like extra BBQ sauce to dip into. I've... More 

Thank dmartin102016
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place has some magical experience. Had the ribs and giant onion rings. A good tip is to take a walk after you go to phill's bbq. But need to mention that even when it was VERY CROWDED... it did not last 5 minutes to have my lunch in my table... a lot of line but, after 10min i was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-226-6333
For the past 17 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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