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Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
+1 619-226-6333
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“beef ribs” (262 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (210 reviews)
“onion rings” (259 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Phil's BBQ is a self-serve fast food diner. To avoid the crowds with lines that snake around the building on Sports Arena, go for lunch. The ribs were succulent, but the sauce was just average. A plus is that there are 6 types of beer...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked in and thought we were entering a sit down, fully served restaurant. This wasn’t the case, you go up to the counter and order and then find a place to sit. I find that usually these type of restaurants lack service. But the...More

Thank passportgurl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on a recommendation of a friend. We were headed for another spot that we always visit when we come to San Diego, but decided to try this spot. What a great choice we made. Are we fans? Yes!! The only issue (and reason...More

Thank traveltransittrip
Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here many times while in San Diego. Seems as they have grown the food has slipped.The ribs were fair no real smoke flavor and the onion rings and fries were very greasy .Sorry to report Phil's is off our list after many years satisfied...More

Thank sean k
Reviewed 1 week ago

GPS took us to a location next to the Sports Arean. Don’t panic. That’s only a short distance from where the real location is. We went at 11 AM when it opens & there were no lines, maybe 3 people in front of us. First...More

Thank calnevatraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always try regional BBQ's when we travel. But BBQ in San Diego, we've tried that our last trip 6yrs ago and the sampling was not very good. Lets just say Phil's fills the ticket as good BBQ. We had the full baby back slab...More

Thank wonderkap
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We feel like the hype was a bit much. The bbq is good, although a little on the sweet side for my taste. I question their authenticity. Still, good bbq at a decent price, and the BEST onion rings!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the El toro comes with two sides. Ordered Fry's and slaw. Got Fry's and macaroni. Meat was only fair Fry's cold and I don't want macaroni. Only in an airport would this even be average. Trapped rats will eat most anything.

Thank Dan H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great reputation well earned. We visit when we can and have never been disappointed. Seemingly new smaller options this visit help from over indulging or over spending as there are so many options ! Love this place.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s our third time at Phil’s. Love this place! Their ribs are just so juicy and tender I’m still dreaming about it! Cost is fair. Place is clean. When you’re ready to get down and dirty for some pork and beef ribs, think only if...More

Thank Erma W
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Susan M
27 October 2017|
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Response from yuniced | Reviewed this property |
I know that my office did have a catering order delivered. I don't know about individual orders. The website would have the answer.
6 November 2016|
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Response from yuniced | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can request sauce on the side! Extra is better!
Sue P
14 January 2015|
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Response from yuniced | Reviewed this property |
I've been to the Sports Arena and Santee locations. The San Marcos is a new one for me. They are all worth going too!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups
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: 3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-226-6333
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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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