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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 - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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Reviewed August 3, 2018

I don't have anything against this place, I just think it's overrated. It's expensive, the lines are always long, and the food isn't that great. The one redeeming quality of Phil's is the staff. The staff has always been friendly and helpful. I love pulled...More

Thank kd_sachi
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

Thank you to jimmy and your staff for making our business supper memorable. We had a large party and upon arrival were greeted, shown to our reserved table and then our orders were quickly taken all at once so we could eat together. The bbq...More

Thank Jobo14
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Great food. The line is long but they get you through fast so dont be discouraged when you see the line wrapped around the side of the building

Thank Jon H
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

If you are anywhere near San Diego, you must go to Phil's. Before you go, check the webcams to see how long the line is and be prepared to stand in line... but once you reach the counter, you'll see what all the fuss is...More

Thank endeal00
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

Great for smoked meats. Enjoyed the atmosphere and way they have the menu posted on boards where you place your order. Very friendly staff.

Thank Chasfilar
Reviewed July 30, 2018

The food is hearty here, so come with an appetite. What can I say, it is tasty. The noise level is a bit much, but the bbq is one of the best in CA.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed July 28, 2018

This was our first time at Phils. We were warned about the wait and it was true. We went there and was told it would be an hour and 45 min wait. The staff were accommodating and said we could go through to the bar...More

Reviewed July 27, 2018

We ate at Phil’s with some friends who had eaten there several times. We had beef ribs, tri tip sandwich, hamburger, and macaroni salad, baked beans, coleslaw sides. The ribs were good the tri tip was great and the hamburger was dry and over cooked....More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

Now I see what the hype is about. Great food big plates! Line is long but a pro tip is order to go. food done in 10-15min. great spot

Thank LPSfirefly
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

The Ribs were delicious! The potato salad was amazing too! Friendly people I got a sticker for being there for the first time, that was nice.

Thank aliciam55555
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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, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, 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
  • E-mail
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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