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Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ

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888 Prospect Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4260
+1 858-551-4227
11:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped in 4 minutes before closing on a Thursday night. We ordered quickly and the staff (turns out it was the owner) couldn't have been nicer. Looking for what I thought would be a light late evening meal I ordered the Cobb salad. OMG I couldn't finish it and it was really delicious! Great BBQ sauce. I will be back

Thank sgrahammd
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For the best BBQ this is the place to be. Clean, fast service, friendly, the portions are just right and melt in your mouth.

Thank Mark C
San Diego, California
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217 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Call ahead, place the order, and aromatic, delicious ribs and pulled pork will soon be enticing your family!! When I know we'll have a busy week and I want to try something a bit different for dinner, Bubba's is a fun, delicious and well-received choice.

Thank 2beans2000
waterford mi
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tri tip steak was over cooked and bland. The ribs were fantastic. I loved their greens and the burgers were tasty. We will go back again. When we paid they gave us our change in bills but kept .50 I figured it was an oversight but was told they don't keep change and round up to nearest dollar. Very... More 

Thank barbc820michigan
Simi Valley, California
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a 20% discount coupon from Inn By The Sea and it offered gluten free fare so walked down from the Inn and was pleasantly surprised. It's a restaurant where you order your food at the counter and they bring it to your table. The staff were very knowledgeable about what was gluten/gluten-free so had a good meal for ribs... More 

Thank PaulSimiValley
London, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw a sign directing us to this place after we came off the beach. We really would not have known it was there if it was not for this sign. We had our lunch here. It is not a restaurant as such. More of a casual and laid back place. There were a lot of food choices and it... More 

Thank Zoe D
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was ok, nothing special. BBQ chicken sandwich was bland even with the sauce, which was thin and watery and not very good. Wouldn't recommend.

Thank EC210
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90 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

This is def more a joint. Order with cashier and they bring to your table when it's ready. I had the brisket with sauce on the side. Sauce was a little sweet but good in moderation. Brisket was tender but little fatty in places - would've preferred more lean and more well done. They kindly accommodated my request for one... More 

Thank IV15
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Had some great hot chicken wings and mixed BBQ (chicken, brisket and ribs). All good. Nice sweet potato fries also. The place is more of a quick food/diner than restaurant though - service is quick and friendly but you go there more for a quick sit down and eat than an evening meal event. They had a good selection of... More 

Thank Richard H
Zelienople, Pennsylvania
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153 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I dragged my husband to Bubba's since I wanted to try their chopped brisket sandwich. He does not like BBQ, the smell or the taste. I ordered the sandwich and he ordered the Tri-tip salad. I had not seen him so happy with a meal in a long time. Both of our meals were fantastic. He decided to try their... More 

Thank mustangjeanne

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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
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 888 Prospect Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4260
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-551-4227

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