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Salinas City BBQ

700 W Market St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
+1 831-758-2227
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (33 reviews)
“tri tip” (35 reviews)
“ribs” (34 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
700 W Market St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is hands down the best BBQ spot in Salinas! Don't even think of going to Smalley's! It is just not the same as it was where Salinas City BBQ is now located...how ironic is that! One BBQ place takes the place of another! Salinas...More

Thank CentralCoastCAMissy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A stop at Salinas on route from Santa Maria City to San Francisco presented an opportunity to have dinner at Salinas City BBQ. And what a fantastic dinner it was! It's a small restaurant with a laid back feel not close to anywhere in particular....More

Thank Jimmy_Lemon
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Needed a family meal to go and the huge smokers outside this converted house looked inviting and smells great as you arrive. There is no lot so you have to find a spot somewhere on the side streets to park. I got lucky and didn't...More

Thank Sandra P
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

We went to Salinas City Barbecue latish on a busy Friday evening. Small, old-fashioned, homey atmosphere, packed wall to wall with families, couples, and friends. We were quickly greeted, seated, and offered the most popular drinks. I ordered brisket, homemade ranch beans, and a baked...More

Thank Carole C
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We had driven many hours through Sunday traffic and checked Trip Advisor for restaurant suggestions and got this one. Their ribs and brisket were outstanding, as well as their homemade sides (coleslaw and potato salad) and their homemade berry cobbler. The service was great and...More

Thank LauranTony
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Brisket is the one item that sells out first, so get there before lunch for sure to stake your claim. The combo meals really are the way to go, and get the larger portions for 2-3 to share for sure! The beer options are super...More

Thank Kristina M
Reviewed 18 July 2017

You have to get there early, as they do run out of meats as the day and night move on. They smoke everything on site, in the huge smokers on the side of the restaurant. We were in Salinas for four days, and ate there...More

1  Thank surfgur
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We found this spot on Yelp. It was really cute, had good food, and friendly staff. I'd come for BBQ again if I'm in town.

1  Thank like_totally_kelly
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This was definitely a high point on a two-week road trip up the coast.From the outside the restaurant looks maybe a bit iffy, but once inside we knew this was the right place (as suggested by TA, which is how we got here). It was...More

Thank AdamSmith2013
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Homey feel to this cafe - like may have been an actual house at one time. Tri-tip is very good - nice smoke ring. Menu consists of tri-tip, brisket, sausage, chicken, etc. Tri-tip or brisket are my favorites. Comes with two sides for the regular...More

Thank ibtravelinj
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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 St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-758-2227
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