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“Amazing BBQ and my veggie daughter enjoyed it too”
Review of Phil's BBQ

Phil's BBQ
Ranked #28 of 4,804 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: For the past 17 years, BBQ lovers across San Diego County have turned to restaurateur Phil Pace to satisfy a singular craving: mesquite-grilled baby back ribs, beef ribs, chicken and sandwiches. Serving thousands of customers a day from a diverse clientele of skateboarders to Bentleys, Phil has built his foundation on consistency, quality, freshness, and friendly service. "We thrive on providing each guest with the 'Phil's Experience', which basically comes down to organized chaos," laughs owner Phil Pace. "The biggest reason behind our success is our loyal customers who have supported us and waited in line for a taste of BBQ for the past fifteen years. "Since opening its doors in San Diego in 1998, Phil's BBQ has served over one million pounds of BBQ sauce (enough to fill Shamu's tank).
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Amazing BBQ and my veggie daughter enjoyed it too”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

We visited San Diego last year and a highlight was the trip to Phil's BBQ. The queue was about half an hour but boy was it worth it. I had a mix of ribs and chicken and both were fantastic. The sauce is so tatsy and the meat divine. My daughter enjoyed the experience and had a number of sides becuase she is a veggie. Parking was easy, everyone was really friendly and the atmosphere fun. I would recommend to anyone.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Stewartwwalton
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San Diego, California
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“Best BBQ ever”
Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

I have tried many many different BBQ sauces in many many different states... 12 years ago I had the best one in Kansas City; best one until Phil's BBQ came along. I could eat their pork ribs everyday.

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Columbus, Georgia
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“Total worth it!”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

The best pork baby ribs I've ever had, and the small sides surprised me, it is a large size side named as small side;-) and the price is super affordable. It is better you be hungry to eat all the food they serve, otherwise you should share the meal with somebody, like I did with my husband!!:)...definitely worth it!

  • Visited January 2014
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San Diego, California
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“One of the best in San Diego”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Phil's BBQ is a well known spot in San Diego for some excellent food. The portions are large, and the price is reasonable. Even the small side dishes are enough to be able to share among multiple people. The legendary part of Phil's is not so much the food, but the length of the lines that can form waiting to get in at the Point Loma/ Sports Arena location. Even as fans of the food, we will still refuse to wait an hour or more to eat. On times when you can catch a shorter wait time, it is well worth it. If you have the availability, we've found the best times to generally be able to get in and out are closer to opening for lunch. The restaurant is closed on Monday's.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Patrick H
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Cork, Ireland
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“Amazing BBQ”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Phils is a 100% must do when in SD...... Ribs excellent meat just falls off the bone, juicy chicken, try the onion rings and fries it really is a struggle to finish as theres so much on the plate. Tip to avoid the long que eat in the bar side of the restaurant.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank wingfo
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