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Phil's BBQ

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9816 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071-3834
+1 619-449-7700
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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California, Maryland
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222 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although there is counter service, there was also a circulating waiter checking on diners to see if they needed anything. I needed more of the delicious barbecue sauce, and he went and got some for me, and served it warm. I originally came for the coleslaw, as it is the best I've had anywhere and is always super-fresh. I added... More 

Thank WorldTraveler9
Vancouver, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for lunch and everyone was impressed, it was definitely worth the trip. Tons of seating and the meat was practically falling off the bones.

Thank dyn085
Santee, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So so food. lots of food too much BBQ sauce. Would not return by choice.. Service is OK. Fast food type setting

Thank Toni1949
Santee, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Where else can you get 4 ribs..meaty and yummy and cold slaw nd F.F. for 7.99 it is very good and filling.!

Thank ritavalencia2016
San Jose, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great BBQ Chicken tips are fantastic. Ribs are the BEST. Great macaroni salad and beans. Family Friendly

Lemon Grove
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Phil's BBQ has a very friendly environment. The people who work there are pleasant and hospitable. The food is sooo yummy! I like the type of barbeque sauce they use because it is not too sweet. And, the location is close to where I live (Santee). Kudos to Phil's BBQ!

Thank Billie S
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The personal was great and the food was very good Also a very short wait in line to eat..The staff was very helpful and very friendly.

Thank rmccormick17
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Meat dishes pretty good but sides no bueno. Not bad but overrated. Prefer other BBQ restaurants. Staff always busy so not very friendly. Just 3 stars folks!

Thank Scott P
Seattle, WA
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Spouse and I split a full rack of baby back ribs with fries and coleslaw. Think we got the bottom of the fryer basket on the fries - many small and extra crispy. Ribs were meaty and coleslaw real good. Good value - $19.99. Staff was great, friendly. Bar maid (no disrespect intended) was very thoughtful and helpful in giving... More 

Thank jcnmac
Santee, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

So glad Phil's is in Santee so we don't have to stand in block-long lines to enjoy the best barbeque in San Diego County! Que moves fast, so the wait is short. Newcomers should stay to the left. Good selection, abundant food. Not great for the diabetic in our family due to the sweetness of the sauce, but we always... More 

Thank lb9191

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, 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: 9816 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071-3834
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santee
  • Phone Number: +1 619-449-7700

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