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Phil's BBQ

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3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
619-226-6333
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Chino Hills
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pleasantly surprised and huge portions! Plan on sharing next time with my husband. Friendly staff and great food.

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Thank surewin2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Phil's has been our favorite "go-to" place for BBQ since we found it shortly after we moved here. Food is always tasty, the prices are very good, the staff is very accommodating -- If you ask for help (they nicely stay out of the way of the regulars). The place is always crowded; and, very often in the evening, there... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you're in a rush and don't mind ordering at the bar, sneak past the line and head straight for the bar. There may be a line there but it will most likely be smaller than the one going around the corner into the parking lot. Another thing you can do is order to-go ahead of time and just walk... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Phil's BBQ is known for its amazing tasting food, but unfortunately, both locations are ALWAYS extremely crowded with super long wait times to get your food. The ribs just fall off the bone and are very tasty. If you don't mind a long wait for your food, then I would recommend giving this place a try.

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Pullman, Washington
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was overcrowded, we had to stay in a line to get in but it is all for a reason, the food! This was the best bbq ribs I ever had. I ordered chicken too which was also great. But the ribs were not of this world.

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Thank Morteza A
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Okay, I'm a vegetarian who is off the wagon. This is the place to NOT be a vegetarian. My name is Philip, so I grabbed my Phillip's screwdriver and headed on over but couldn't get in because the LINES ARE SO LONG! That's a good thing if you're a carnivore. This place does get rave reviews.

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Thank philipmatzigkeit
Greeley, Colorado
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am not a BBQ person but I loved loved loved this food! Not pricey, was wonderful... Must Try! Everything was finger licking good, to the home made salads to the great BBQ sauce.

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Thank chilimama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Phil's has got to have the absolute best onion rings I've tasted. My favorite meal is the El Toro with deli sliced Tri-tip. The prices are good for such amazing food and king size portions. I make a point to visit here any time I'm in San Diego.

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Thank Leo M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great service , great surroundings and the most amazing BBQ food. If you're nearby you must try it. We've travelled all over the USA and this place is right up there

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Elk Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in a hotel around the corner and each day we passed by there was a line around the building. We looked online and saw excellent reviews. So of course that means we had to try it. Although there was a long line they got the orders relatively quick while still maintaining a good level of courtesy and friendliness.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?