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Phil's BBQ

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3750 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Carlsbad, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Okay, so we've been going to Phil's since they were in Hillcrest. Even waiting out their closure there until they could reopen in the same spot. We were living in Chicago and called monthly to check on their progress. Well, no worries because now we have several locations from which to choose. Great sauce, tender meat and flavorful fries. Great... More 

Thank Speaksoftlyplease
New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was told by my hotel receptionist that this was the place to go in town. We arrived around 4:30 in the afternoon. It was already getting busy but no wait. I found the BBQ sauce sparce and too much vinegar for my taste. The chicken I had was very dry to the point you couldn't eat it. We added... More 

Thank creekdweller2017
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommended by motel personnel as best restaurant in San Diego. They were right!!!! If we hasn't been told it was great, we would have known by long waiting line. Very reasonable prices and very large portions. GREAT service and very friendly associates. Eat there two nights in a row. Ribs are to die for.

Thank Larry C
Silver Spring
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not the best atmosphere (semi fast food) or prices, BUT we come for the food (and so do lots of others so you might have to wait in line). Good menu choices and excellent barbeque

Thank James R
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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159 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The el toro tritip is a great BBQ. Service is fantastic. Fruit passion beer very refreshing. They have both full service and self service options

Thank gwmeyer31
San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

mouth watering to the fingers leeking good ribs, and everything they sell..always.. hate the line to get in. but it's worth it.

Thank mrivera2017
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best in San Diego county. Love the ribs. Now that they have a few locations Phil's is easy to get to.

Thank Roger B
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When the line runs around the building, you know the barbecue is good! Try the pork broham sandwich....served with cole slaw on top or on the side. The ribs are amazing...the meat falls off the bones, Tables for large families, and a bar with ice cold beer. A place to love!

Thank rickaandersen
Wolverine, Michigan
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55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing BBQ!! I don't know what else to say really. The waitstaff was terrific. The place was clean and organized. The food was beyond amazing! I wish there was one by us!

Thank Heather F
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Phil's BBQ restaurant chain is considered a must-visit in SD by some, but we find it just ok. After being here numerous times over the years, their meat continues to be somewhat dry and waaaaay too much salt! Tried to be healthy last go-around with a salad, but it was little more than a side-salad, not entree size as normally... More 

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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
Average prices
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3750 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-226-6333
For the past 17 years, BBQ lovers across San Diego County have turned to restaurateur Phil Pace to satisfy a singular craving: mesquite-grilled baby back ribs, beef ribs, chicken and sandwiches. Serving thousands of customers a day from a diverse clientele of skateboarders to Bentleys, Phil has built his foundation on consistency, quality, freshness, and friendly service. "We thrive on providing each guest with the 'Phil's Experience', which basically comes down to organized chaos," laughs owner Phil Pace. "The biggest reason behind our success is our loyal customers who have supported us and waited in line for a taste of BBQ for the past fifteen years. "Since opening its doors in San Diego in 1998, Phil's BBQ has served over one million pounds of BBQ sauce (enough to fill Shamu's tank).

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?