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Salinas City BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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700 W. Market Street, Salinas, CA 93901
+1 831-758-2227
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Pawcatuck, Connecticut
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82 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's hard to tell if the service is always top-notch because we went with a couple of regulars, but the staff was attentive and the food plentiful and quick to come out. Unable to decide on what meat to get, we ordered the combo meals which came with a variety of tender, smoky deliciousness. The beans are not your typical... More 

Thank Thom-Shap
Los Gatos, California
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178 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were surprised at the food and prices at this restaurant away from downtown. The parking was excellent and the service very good by Katie. She was very helpful in describing the different dishes and her suggestions turned out to be excellent. The brisket meal were her recommendations and they turned out to be way above our expectations in taste... More 

Thank donwolf20
Helsinki, Finland
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406 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This small place is a hidden gem of Salinas. Everything is done on site in those huge smoking barrels. Everything is super delicious. But come early, as they closes once all meat is sold and that happens often!

1 Thank GlobalTraveller81
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Love this little place! Stop in and have anything on the menu and you will not be disappointed. Silverware is optional and parking is sparse.

Thank Julie S
Marina, California
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

BBQ is a very personal thing to many folks. Having just moved from the Kansas City area, we were quite familiar with many kinds of BBQ and understand that personal preference plays a part in this review. The place is small, which is no problem unless you are planning for a large group to dine in. The people here were... More 

Thank littleeve
White Salmon, Washington
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318 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Great BBQ & Sauce. It was close to closing when I mosied on in with a hankerin for some good BBQ. It was so good in fact that many of the items were sold out. The pulled pork & the hot link were amazing! Their spicy sauce is one of the best I have ever had!

1 Thank ttocsnodrog_2000
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Found this gem from my iExit app as we were driving to Pismo beach. Definitely worth going out of your way for if you want some great BBQ. My husband's brisket sandwich was delicious. Softest meat he's ever tasted. He got the 8oz of meat thinking it may be too big but he had no problem finishing It! My daughter... More 

Thank Athienitou
Santa Ynez, California
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87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Salinas City BB! is a hole in the wall - with a perfect front porch for a BBQ place. What it lacks in decor - it makes up in food. The BBQ, sides and service are right out of the South. The food is authentic, serving sizes big and service great. My only minor complaint is that they do run... More 

Thank Christa R
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97 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went for lunch. We had ribs, brisket with cole slaw and beans. We loved everything except the beans we only liked them. The service was quick and friendly. I would very much recommend this BBQ

Thank camillu
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is the best BBQ I have found in California. I am from GA and had about surrendered to mediocre BBQ when I read about this place on the Kosta Browne Winery blog. We made a special trip to the small town of Salinas (40 miles) and it proved to be worth it. The brisket is terrific and the beans... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 W. Market Street, Salinas, CA 93901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-758-2227

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