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Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
+1 619-226-6333
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“beef ribs” (288 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (222 reviews)
“onion rings” (270 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here and it was good. We got a variety of things - the boneless ribs and chicken, steamed veggies, tri-tip, baked potato, French firewood, coleslaw, onion rings, and a side salad. Everything was very good, all the meat had that smoked taste....More

Thank Lauren S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pork rib dinner was delicious with well-flavored sauce and perfectly cooked ribs. Excellent macaroni salad. All in all, a satisfying and tasty meal

Thank lecterit
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing & very delicious beef ribs. The chicken is very tinder and tasty. I have to come back. The stuff is smiling and very helpful

Thank Mohamed H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is great BBQ joint! It gets really busy sometimes, but worth the wait! This is an order at the counter, but still a sit down type restaurant. Very comfortable atmosphere.

Thank Scott J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you come here at peak hours you can expect to wait at least and hour to be seated. Nonetheless, you will not be disappointed. Food is amazing and staff is very friendly. Slow cooked meat and chicken is very tasty. It is family friendly...More

Thank g8051011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have a San Diego Zoo pass. Our routine is after a day at the zoo, we stop at Phil's for an early dinner before the 2.5 hour drive home. After a couple of trips, we now look forward to Phil's more than the zoo....More

Thank Cheapasian
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Phil's barbeque over 10 years ago and was excited to return. I remember it being extremely tasty. We were there on a Wednesday night and it was quite busy but the line went quickly. They are good at quickly clearing and...More

Thank FrankieMak
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place was across the street from our hotel, and so we tried it on a weeknight. Weekends were a huge line, and we found out why. Really good BBQ sauce, tender chicken. My husband and daughter enjoyed their riblets. It's crowded and tight seating,...More

Thank Ann N
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

So we decided to come here at the referral of someone I know who visits here often. I’ve been to other BBQ places where you stand in line then go up to a counter to pick up your food, so that didn’t bother me. We...More

Thank Matt M
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

The food was very good. I wasn’t crazy about how you stand in line and then order and then sit down but every restaurant does their own thing. We will definitely come back when we are in town.

Thank KCinpas
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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
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
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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