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Phil's BBQ

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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Los Angeles, California
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294 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I ducked in here tonight to get out of the rain to have me some great Q! I ordered the "El Diablo" sliced BBQ beef sandwich. It was cooked perfectly but after a few bites, the seasoning was way too strong and was starting to disagree with me. I summoned their manager Scott over and explained my situation. He asked... More 

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Thank Sid k
Reston, United States
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Service is excellent and quick and the food is some of best BBQ that I've had (outside of North Carolina and Texas) Go here. Trust me. You want a good filling big portion of BBQ and you are hungry AND your doctor says your cholesterol is not too high ;) Try it. We've been several times and enjoy everything

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Thank Clark G
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79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter you lives in Carlsbad took me here while visiting her. Yummy food. I have had bbq from across the US and this place is one of the best. I bought sauce and rub mix to take back to Kentucky with me. Great service, love the sports ticker at the bar. Will be back when ever I visit California... More 

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Thank Pauline P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I travel around the country and follow Man Vs Food establishments. I live in Texas and have eaten a lot of BBQ yet I have found the BEST beef ribs in the USA( we ate both beef and pork ribs). Please be aware that others feel the same way so you WILL WAIT in line, at times over an hour,... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since first seeing Phil's BBQ on a popular US food TV programme this restaurant has been our #1 destination whenever we have a family vacation in southern California. The service is excellent, offers great value for money and the food is simply awesome.

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Thank wmsimpson
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121 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is addicting, fortunately we do not live super close as we would be there way to much but whenever we are down in the area It's Phil's time! The chicken and trip tip are amazing, add in come fries which are some of my favorite ever fries, the corn and some great beer on tap and you have... More 

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Thank Mark P
Colorado
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341 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Our group of four recently went to Phil's for dinner for the first time. Despite the long line to order at a counter, we enjoyed our food very much. The service was somewhat inconvenient as we had to go to the bar to order beers and then were unable to get a second round from our waiter. He said we'd... More 

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Vista, California, United States
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Staff is very kind, helpful, can i get you anything service. i like that! ***Plus when i order food to go (picnics at the park), they put food in large containers family style and let me assemble so pulled pork sandwiches are fresher instead of soggy.

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Thank Sylvia M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Best Bar B Q Ever. People are Great, Managers like Danny are the Best. In fact all the Managers are Great. We eat at Phil's at least once a week and take home twice more. Lob you Phil

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Thank Lee T
Orange County, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I'll make my review short and simple. THE BEST BBQ PLACE IN SD!!! All of their meat items are really good, moist and yummy,make sure to order their Colossal Onion Rings as well, its very genormous . my personal tip ; skip the line and go straight to the bar , a server would be happy to help you right... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
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
Description
The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?