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“Finally in East County!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Phil's BBQ

Phil's BBQ
Ranked #2 of 107 Restaurants in Santee
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
San Diego
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Finally in East County!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

Phil's at Santee might just be better than Sports Arena. Love the micro brews available while you wait to be seated. Tons of TV's, great place to watch your favorite game. And of course the barbecue. The wait is worth it

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Santee, California
Level Contributor
69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“World Class BBq now in Santee.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

I have enjoyed BBq in Kansas City, Memphis (Memphis in May BBq competition), all over Texas, and now Phil's BBq in Santee, CA. Phil's was a delight to my BBq senses. Tender, juicy, and drop-dead delicious dry, but double the experience with the sauce. OMG visit. When dining is this good there is bound to be a wait. DO NOT let that deter you. It is that good. And priced to fit anyone's budget. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere. This place deserves more stars than I can award.

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San Diego
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120 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great BBQ Comes to Santee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

A duplicate of their place in Pt. Loma, BUT still great food, plan on waiting in line, but enjoy the conversation. TRY the ribs.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mike N
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Tucson, Arizona
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Definately a place for our next visit to Santee”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

We were on vacation staying at the Santee Campground and we were advised to try this and we did with 2 other couples. We visited on a Wed evening and were surprised at the long waiting line out the door. The line went fairly quick and after placing our order at the counter then being seated, we waited less than 15 minutes for our orders. I had half chicken $6.95 (no sides) my wife enjoyed a 3 rib dinner $9.95 with 2 sides and we ordered a large side of onion rings $5.95. Everything was very good. Others in our group said they very much enjoyed their dinners. We difinately will return but will not order the onion rings as they were just to much to eat with all that we had for dinner.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank rbemiller
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San Diego, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best BBQ in San Diego”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Everything is delicious and the portions are gigantic! You will take home lunch for the next day guaranteed. Make sure to use the bibs provided. Lots of fun , super good and worth the wait!

Visited August 2012
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