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Salinas City BBQ

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700 W Market St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
+1 831-758-2227
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one tasty place. I had ribs with the others had beef brisket sandwiches. All were delicious and tender, even the beans and cole slaw were yummy. We also tried the bread pudding, yum, and the berry cobbler desserts. All home made and good to the last bite. The place is small, so expect a wait if busy. Worth... More 

Thank Ddeboer05
Carmel Valley
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had heard that this was the best BBQ around and took a friend to lunch. It definititely looks, feels and smells like a BBQ joint with possibilities. Located in an industrial area of Salinas right next to the Monterey County Foodbank (if you read this make a donation! lots of folks around can't afford to go out to lunch).... More 

Thank pjdowd
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second visit here enroute between Fort Hunter Liggett and San Jose. The BBQ is excellent. Cooked out back in two large trailered pits. Beer list is good too. The spicy BBQ sauce is great with the tri-tip, but it burned the next morning... not a good feeling as you are getting on a plane :-) Food's so good, I got... More 

Thank reefcomber
Pawcatuck, Connecticut
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93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

It's hard to tell if the service is always top-notch because we went with a couple of regulars, but the staff was attentive and the food plentiful and quick to come out. Unable to decide on what meat to get, we ordered the combo meals which came with a variety of tender, smoky deliciousness. The beans are not your typical... More 

Thank Thom-Shap
Los Gatos, California
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178 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

We were surprised at the food and prices at this restaurant away from downtown. The parking was excellent and the service very good by Katie. She was very helpful in describing the different dishes and her suggestions turned out to be excellent. The brisket meal were her recommendations and they turned out to be way above our expectations in taste... More 

Thank donwolf20
Helsinki, Finland
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410 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This small place is a hidden gem of Salinas. Everything is done on site in those huge smoking barrels. Everything is super delicious. But come early, as they closes once all meat is sold and that happens often!

1 Thank GlobalTraveller81
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Love this little place! Stop in and have anything on the menu and you will not be disappointed. Silverware is optional and parking is sparse.

Thank Julie S
Marina, California
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

BBQ is a very personal thing to many folks. Having just moved from the Kansas City area, we were quite familiar with many kinds of BBQ and understand that personal preference plays a part in this review. The place is small, which is no problem unless you are planning for a large group to dine in. The people here were... More 

Thank littleeve
White Salmon, Washington
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318 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Great BBQ & Sauce. It was close to closing when I mosied on in with a hankerin for some good BBQ. It was so good in fact that many of the items were sold out. The pulled pork & the hot link were amazing! Their spicy sauce is one of the best I have ever had!

1 Thank ttocsnodrog_2000
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Found this gem from my iExit app as we were driving to Pismo beach. Definitely worth going out of your way for if you want some great BBQ. My husband's brisket sandwich was delicious. Softest meat he's ever tasted. He got the 8oz of meat thinking it may be too big but he had no problem finishing It! My daughter... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 W Market St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-758-2227

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