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Beach Pit BBQ

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1676 Tustin Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3247
+1 949-645-7427
11:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Irvine, California
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Several months ago the restaurant changed Ownership and I was afraid I was going to have to find a new BQ restaurant. The new Owner has substantially upgraded the interior decor and the outdoor patio. And much to my delight had kept the menu substantially unchanged. I can detect to difference in the preparation or sauces of any of the... More 

Thank Dan H
Newport Beach, California
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177 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This is a good traditional BBQ "hole in the wall" with limited (picnic table-style) seating. Better for takeout; although, if you have little ones, you can sit outside and there's a little space for them to play. They have two BBQ sauces - one is more spicy but both are good. All the meats are good; the blueberry cornbread is... More 

Thank Janae L
Newport Beach, California
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139 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

I have been here many times. The food is high quality and very quick! I love the beef brisket with sauce!! The sides of corn, cornbread etc are also great! Try this placd

Thank Thehandsometraveler1
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Some places put BBQ sauce on meat and CALL it BBQ--but NOT Beach Pit BBQ!!! REAL hickory smoked meats are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! The rack of ribs was FANTASTIC, brisket was AWESOME, pulled pork DELECTABLE and the burnt ends were the BEST that I have ever had!! DEFINITELY worth the visit if you are ANYWHERE near!! A little off the street,... More 

Thank Steven J
Hopkins, Minnesota
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58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

This was a great place to grab some lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Lots of options for BBQ and great sides to have with them! The BBQ baked beans and brisket are what I would recommend.

Thank lc11soccer
Palm Desert, California
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69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

We live in the desert so when we're near the ocean it is such a treat. The Beach Pit BBQ is one of our spots to grab some good Q in a laid back atmosphere. The remodel looks really nice. I ordered the 3 Sliders (brisket, sausage, and pulled pork) with sweet potato fries.... so good.

Thank Berlinda B
Irvine, California
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135 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2016

The reason for the title is that, although the food here is decent barbecue, it lacks the depth of smoke and flavor of real southern US barbecue. My favorite dish was the chicken, which I found moist and flavorful of wood smoke, not too much, not too little. In contrast, I found the brisket lacking in much wood flavor. Although... More 

Thank Rexflash
Fountain Valley, California
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350 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

Beach Pit BBQ is tucked back off of 17th St. and Tustin Ave. in Costa Mesa. It is an old cottage style house with a lot of personality and amazing food. Gary recently bought the restaurant and has remodeled it while keeping it cozy and charming. You will find a few seats inside and picnic tables out front to enjoy... More 

Thank beetrvln
Orange County California
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147 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2015

This is a local hang-out and we have been going here for years. I never thought about posting this on TA because it is so local, but then thought, "why-not?" as many people come to this area, especially during the summer. The food is about as authentic as you can get for BBQ. I don't like huge meals, so always... More 

Thank Blnaq
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262 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

We were surprised to find this place tucked away on Tustin. I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was such a large serving that I did not eat dinner that night. We had their homemade banana pudding with vanilla wafers and it was very good. Their cornbread is the best that we have had compared to other BBQ place... More 

Thank Noel J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1676 Tustin Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3247
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 949-645-7427

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?