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Phil's BBQ

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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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San Diego, California
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204 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is kind of hard to believe. We went to Phil's bbq for beer and veggies. My son was the only one who has bbq. The short ribs and chicken breast. It is the smallest item on Phil's menu. Filling for a 13 year old. Service always great.

Thank Keith M
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was very surprised to see Phil's was a order at the counter then find a seat place. It has always been very crowded when we drive by indicating the food must be good. I always order chicken and I found it very moist. I like my chicken on the dry side so it wasn't a great choice for me.... More 

Thank Bonnie W
San Marcos, CA
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Phil's BBQ provides delicious belly-busting meals , but you can grab your own box when you're full to enjoy your leftovers. Always good, always consistent. Whooped pies, too!!!

Thank chalst
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great BBQ Ribs! Tri-tip and pulled-pork are good too! Wish there was a "Phil's BBQ" in Vegas! Very fast service!

Thank Joerod01
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103 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drive down to Phil's 3 times a year. 1 hour and 15 minutes each way if traffic is on our side. Well worth it this place is the Best!! And priced very reasonably for the quality they put out. Wish they were in O.C. But great place to dine while visiting San Diego!

Thank Kevin M
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love baby back ribs. This place served some of the best we have had. Cooked just right, great sauce. We had to get a doggy bag and had a great lunch the next day. Portions and value for the money were great. If you go for dinner on a Saturday night get there early or expect to wait in... More 

Thank pdinsure
the Coast
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125 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, you read it correctly. First was for late dinner, and second visit was early dinner/snack sort of. We tried their pork ribs, but their BEEF ribs are very delicious too. Must try their cold slaw (our favorite).

Branchburg, New Jersey
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a perfect spot to take the kids. The prices are reasonable, you have a lot of menu choices, and the atmosphere is very relaxed and informal.

Thank Susan S
Carlsbad, California
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224 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We go to Phil's several times a year - when we just want to PIG out! I love their BBQ Broham sandwich and ask for extra sauce and put the slaw on it. The sandwich and fries covers a week's nutritional needs. Others love the ribs - get a full rack. Someone will make room to finish. Phil's BBQ Sauce... More 

Thank db7477
San Marcos, California
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We like to go during off times between peak lunch and dinner hours to avoid the crowd that this place draws. We also like to sit in the bar where it is full service. In the main dining room, you order at the counter and then the food is brought to your table. The food is very good and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.

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