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.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

“Great BBQ for San Diego” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ

Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ
888 Prospect Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
858-551-4227
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #19 of 1,252 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great BBQ for San Diego”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Being from North Carolina, my standards for BBQ are pretty high! However, this place was recommended to us by our friends who lived in Kansas City for years, so we trusted it would be good. They were correct. The BBQ here is really excellent and extremely tender. I would have given it 5 stars, if the sauce were just a little bit better. Don't get me wrong, it was great, but not the best sauce I've ever had. We had mac and cheese for our side, and it was fantastic. All in all, if you're looking for good BBQ in San Diego, look no further. Parking is difficult here though. After lunch, walk down to the cove for some beautiful views of La Jolla.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Ryan H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

198 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    110
    69
    16
    3
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great food at decent prices...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

On our ongoing quest for US BBQ we thought we would try out this highly rated restaurant/take out.
The food is reasonably priced, served fast, and tasty...served by very friendly staff.
The food is ordered and paid for at the counter then served at your table.
Portions are reasonable and the food is great in a comfort food kind of way.
The combo meal for two of us was around $30...excellent value.

The food is pitched somewhere between a fast food restaurant/tgis and bar-style restaurant.

I'd definitely go again..,

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank CCopies
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Denver, CO
Level Contributor
20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Nice find in LaJolla”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

What a pleasant surprise! The food was awesome! Everything was reasonably priced and portions were large. The chicken wings were large and meaty with delicious sauces. We had the Bubba sandwiches which were piled high with delicious pulled pork, brisket and hot links. All of the sides - macaroni and cheese, red skinned potato salad and cole slaw were homemade. We would definitely go here again.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank My3sonsUSA
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
La Jolla, California, United States
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Always Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We're never sure why that other BBQ place in San Diego gets all the attention because we love Bubba's. The meat is always melt in your mouth tender and delicious, the sides are plentiful and a selection of your particular type of sauce is available. Nice restaurant, too. Park on the street and walk in just across the street from Rappongi's. Excellent BBQ.

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
Thank Kelly W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
College Station
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“As advertised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Good food and the portions seemed very reasonable for the price. The pulled pork and chicken seemed a little bland compared to other barbecue that I've tried, but given the chance, I'd eat there again.

Helpful?
Thank JnLEld
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.

Travelers who viewed Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ also viewed

La Jolla, San Diego
La Jolla, San Diego
 

Been to Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing