We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Phil's BBQ

Is this your business?
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
+1 619-226-6333
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“beef ribs” (282 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (216 reviews)
“onion rings” (264 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (3,564)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

891 - 900 of 3,074 reviews

Reviewed April 26, 2016

When Phil's was a small BBQ place in Mission Hills we would order the ribs and bring them home to enjoy. Now that Phil's has expanded to the chain it is, my feeling is that it's lost it's luster. We went to the Sports Arena...More

Thank BubblesinFrance
Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

I was very disappointed in the Onion Rings. Tri Tip sandwich, which was the BBQ beef sandwich was very spicy and meat was dry. FFries were not good. Ribs were just OK.

Thank BeverlyC49
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Phil's is getting a 'reputation' and it is well deserved! If you like his brand of sauce and method of cooking (I do), you will not mind the wait. Since I live in the area, I order takeout and bring it home for a real...More

Thank Hopenjoy
Reviewed April 25, 2016

We had family come in from N.C. where BBQ is famous and without a doubt they were floored as we all were with the food, atmosphere, cleanliness, friendliness and the knowledgable waitresses and waiters...Everything was absolutely fantastic

Thank Faye G
Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

What can I say...Phil's BBQ is the best! Yes you have to wait. Yes it is worth it. The food is amazing, that's why there is always such a crowd. Their meats are all delicious. My personal favorites are the beef rubs. They are so...More

Thank Lynne B
Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

On our way home from Legoland we felt like BBQ. As always I look for reviews from Trip Advisor and Yelp and found Phil's BBQ.It is also zagat rated with a 25 for food rating which is super high for BBQ food. As most of...More

Thank petepull
Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

After watching 'Man vs Food' this restaurant was a big part of our visit to San Diego. After lining up for 30 minutes at 10pm our expectations were high. The food was great, a little let down by the table service (lack their of) and...More

Thank Brett P
Reviewed April 21, 2016

This was one of the most enjoyable dinners I had while in the San Diego area. They offer boneless BBQ ribs which were fantastic. The cole slaw is very tasty and their onion rings are to die for!! Give them a try...it's more than worth...More

1  Thank PackerGirl70
Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Phil's consistently delivers flavor, generous portioned, fresh BBQ in a way that leaves you craving another visit before your meal has even been digested. Everything is good. I am a huge fan of the pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw. Ribs, chicken and other stuff...you can't...More

Thank Mscher127
Reviewed April 20, 2016

Quality barbecue with reasonable prices. The coleslaw is perfect.suggestion order ahead or just go for take out and eat the delicious meal at home or in your hotel get a room of Scott towel. Enjoy good with a dark beer.

Thank virginia495
Nearby HotelsSee all 287 hotels in San Diego
Wyndham Garden San Diego near SeaWorld
2,385 reviews
.08 miles away
Ramada Limited San Diego/Near SeaWorld
661 reviews
.15 miles away
Heritage Inn San Diego Near Sea World
201 reviews
.22 miles away
Holiday Inn Express Sea World
299 reviews
.28 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Devine Pastabilities
167 reviews
.29 miles away
The Pho Shop
10 reviews
.04 miles away
Los Panchitos Mexican and Seafood
14 reviews
.16 miles away
Nearby Attractions
8,946 reviews
.92 miles away
Modern Times Beer
52 reviews
.55 miles away
Kobey's Swap Meet
48 reviews
.13 miles away
Valley View Casino Center
72 reviews
.20 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
April 10, 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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
Susan M
October 27, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from yuniced | Reviewed this property |
I know that my office did have a catering order delivered. I don't know about individual orders. The website would have the answer.
November 5, 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from yuniced | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can request sauce on the side! Extra is better!
Improve this listing

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
Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, 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
  • 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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing