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Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
+1 619-226-6333
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“beef ribs” (297 reviews)
“onion rings” (279 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (225 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place for great barbeque in a super casual setting. Food is plentiful. Just be prepared for long lines because this is a very popular place. Go with the right attitude (it's gonna take a while... and it's basically self-service) and you'll have a good...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Gary S
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had the riblets and slaw. It was very tasty, not spicy. The atmosphere was like a general grill type restaurant. Drinks are self serve. You can dine in or take out

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank orrs1999
Reviewed 2 days ago

I got a BBQ beef sandwich which was average but our friend got ribs. I think that is what you should get there.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank talima
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Incredibly crowded local barbecue. Ribs, fries, onion rings all good. Big portions and be ready for lines out the door during peak time. Order and pay first. Pick up with beeper after. Barbecue sauce is a bit on the spicey side.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank SueVirginiaBeach_Va
Reviewed 1 week ago

Phil's is a great place for some good old fashioned BBQ. The line wasn't super crazy when we arrived, but there were a bunch of signs so I think it must get crazy during dinner or lunch rush. We came in between the rush hour....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lovetravelbooks
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Phil's BBQ is an excellent BBQ restaurant. Love the ribs and brisket. Very busy on weekends..over an hour wait time. Recommended arriving before 1730. Service is fairly quick. Friendly staff as well. Seating inside and covered wait area outside.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank vegasrugbyref
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to Phil's a couple of times with a few years in between. Both times were great experiences with friendly and accommodating staffs and good ribs. Not the best ribs I've ever had, but very good and tasty traditional side dishes. Great for family...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank oregonfamilytravel50
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This by far was the best bbq I have ever had. The beef ribs and tri tip were exceptional. The sauce was amazing and the staff were accommodating and welcoming.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ldillinger9195
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can’t say enough good things about Phil’s BBQ at the original location. I’ve tried their other locations that were not so good. One being at the Lingberg airport San Diego, Ca that I tried three times which were consistently bad.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank HSI642
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't get to visit their main restaurant, but I had the pleasure of discovering their amazing food at the San Diego Airport. It was an oasis of tender ribs and chicken, great sides, and a relaxing atmosphere in the hectic world of an airport....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank tvprdcr
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August 30, 2018|
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Response from endeal00 | Reviewed this property |
Untrue. And kudos on that witty sense of humor.
July 15, 2018|
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Response from xiggyx | Reviewed this property |
No way around the wait, but during the day and week maybe your best bet
April 10, 2018|
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Response from ElFeliz | Reviewed this property |
It is, but when you say waiter service: not in the traditional sense, as they are popular and extraordinarily busy. Having said that, if you want another fountain drink, for example, you can flag a passing waiter and hope... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
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: +1 619-226-6333
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At Phils BBQ we combine the best barbecue, legendary service, and the biggest value to create a fast, casual, and fun experience. Our baby back, beef, and chicken dinners all come with your choice of sides, our most popular are the fresh cut fries and colossal onion rings! The full service bar features the tastiest craft beer in SD and tickers surround the restaurant so you can keep up with all your sports. We also cater! Phil's bbq has been awarded best bbq catering in SD year after year.
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