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Phil's BBQ

579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“beef ribs” (26 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (27 reviews)
“onion rings” (29 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
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1 - 10 of 312 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Be ready for a line to get in. Very similar to Rubio's service, but there is never a line at Rubio's. For Dinner expect about a 15 minutes in a line to get in the door. IT'S THAT GOOD.

Thank JohnnyB_G00d
Reviewed 2 days ago

Really, great stuff and they are always jammed but have a way to execute great service. Ribs are to die for!

Thank Bob O
Reviewed 6 days ago

This place is really great for mouth watering tasty ribs. Done to perfection with fall off the bone tender. Great bbq sauce( we always ask for extra on the side). Serve yourself or served - this is the place for BBQ'D. Ribs

Thank jerryatric
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know there are many different tastes when it comes to BBQ, but in Southern California, Phil's is my favorite. You order at the counter then they beep you when the food is ready, so don't expect to be waited on like in a fancy...More

Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m not a big bbq fan. But I have to handed to Phil’s for the best bbq chicken. I get the chicken bites cause I hate fighting with bone. But the bbq sauce is so delicious, you can’t help but dip your fries, cole slaw...More

Thank P1257FSmariam
Reviewed 6 December 2017

the BBQ is good but the wait for take out or sit in is ridiculous. We phoned an order in and the arrived in 30 minutes. then we had to wait another 20 minutes to check in. then we had to wait another 20 minutes...More

Thank E3660LWsteveng
Reviewed 24 November 2017

This place has probably the BEST value and taste when it comes to a BBQ joint , EVER!. pros: -food is AMAZING. -BBQ sauce is near perfect. -Ribs are solid , falling off the bones and melting in your mouth. -Price doesn't get any better...More

Thank Sky. S
Reviewed 12 November 2017

I love this place, and it is somewhere where I go at least once a week. It is a regional chain, but has a family style feel. I can't see what people don't like about it, but whatever. Sauce is more on the ketchupy side,...More

Thank T Y
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Ordered 6 meals for take out for when the store opened on 11/10. Not only was it ready in a timely manner, I was treated with respect and a professional manner. Food was delicious too!

Thank brenlee1111
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Fun Fabulous Sticky Sweet Succulent BBQ Ribs Tri-Tip Simple Salad and a Whoopie Birthday Pie!! 🎈 Happy Birthday Lisa!! 🎂 Great place to Celebrate a Birthday!! 🎈🎈

Thank Debbie R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
At Phils BBQ we combine the best barbecue, legendary service, and the biggest value to create a fast, casual, and fun experience. Our baby back, beef, and chicken dinners all come with your choice of sides, our most popular are the fresh cut fries and colossal onion rings! The full service bar features the tastiest craft beer in SD and tickers surround the restaurant so you can keep up with all your sports. We also cater! Phil's bbq has been awarded best bbq catering in SD year after year.
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