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Lightnin' Jack's

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4705 Clairemont Dr, Clairemont Town Square, San Diego, CA 92117-2740
+1 858-270-8227
11:00 - 22:00
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San Diego, California
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152 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

This hole in the wall, next to the Town Square Cinemas, offers good BBQ and gives a 10% discount to movie ticket holders. The ribs tend to be greasy, but the other choices are ok.

Thank Darrell92104
San Diego, California
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235 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

There is nothing fancy about this place. You order at the counter. Food is brought to you on disposable plates. But the food is outstanding. Best BBQ beef around. Sandwiches come with one side. I always have the Cole slaw, although the fries are great too. If you have a movie stub from next door, you get a discount. Sitting... More 

Thank Sa-i44
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Located in San Diego's Clairmont area . You have movie theaters and other food choice in this mall. I had the sampler platter which has good variety of meats from the menu, Pork and beef ribs, 1/4 chix and a spicy link. The sides were mac and cheese, beans and Cole slaw. The slaw was the best, beans right out... More 

Thank SoCalSydney1362
Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Very overpriced for the quality and quantity! Mushed, bland potato salad. 'Home style' fries were mostly dry end pieces. Ordinary, plain side dishes. Dry, thin hamburger patty. Pulled pork was stringy with dry, brittle pieces and fat-not good cuts of meat. Fried okra, slaw and BBQ sauce were so-so, Customer service was good.

Thank lannytops
San Diego, California
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

Beer on tap, fresh made barbeque, and outdoor dining with a movie theatre next door. What more can I say?

Thank Carolyn H
Tampa, Florida
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2014

We were visiting my mom in San Diego and she said we had to go get barbecue sandwiches. Having lived in the south for many years, I have had a lot of barbeque and was somewhat skeptical. I was surprised by the large amount of meat on the sandwich and the excellent texture and flavor of the pulled pork. The... More 

Thank John R
San Diego, California
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

Place used to rock when it first opened. Now it's so bad they don't even give you a pickle with your BBQ and the quality has definitely slipped. It's still edible but not a place we crave like we used to when it first opened up.

Thank R P
Enfield, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

Wow my husband and i went here and were pleasantly surprised very good value for money. Left feeling very satisfied. Found this place after arriving at Phil's BBQ and it was closed as it was Monday. Great friendly service from the counter guy! If I lived in San Diego I definitely keep returning :)

Thank Marglovestravelling
The Villages, Florida
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124 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013 via mobile

We ordered the special of the day, pulled pork sandwich with fries & coleslaw. The wife got fried okra too. Gotta say, since we lived in North Carolina for 10 years, we are spoiled on great pulled pork. So, we hesitate to order it from any restaurant away from the Carolinas. But, it sounded good & looked good as I... More 

Thank Brad F
Foley, Alabama
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117 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

Thought Phil's had the only good barbeque in SD. Boy was I wrong. Discovered this place when looking for a place that would sell BBQ by the pound since Phil's would not.. Found it hidden away beside all the other food places in Clairemont Town Square. Had been to the movies many times right beside it but had never noticed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Barbecue, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4705 Clairemont Dr, Clairemont Town Square, San Diego, CA 92117-2740
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-270-8227

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