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Phil's BBQ

) #23 of 3,869 Restaurants in San Diego €€ - €€€ American, Barbecue
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“beef ribs” (251 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (192 reviews)
“onion rings” (285 reviews)
Closes in 6 min
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American, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After we visited Sea World, we were really hungry and thanks for advisor we found the BBQ~How can it be so delicious?!

Thank 俊哲黃
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow we are from Texas and Texans love BBQ. Phils ribs and sides were superb. The BBQ sauce is magnificent. Meat was very tender. I am going to contact Phils and see if they want to expand to Texas.

Thank Carl R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had Phil's catered for an evening meal at our Beach house on Sunset Cliffs. Great BBQ for San Diego. I come from BBQ country and this west coast smoker is red hot. Great meats and sides.

Thank CClifford505
Reviewed 4 days ago

Phil's BBQ has several locations in the San Diego area. The food is very good and the portion size is large. The only negative feature for me is that you must wait in line to order from a menu on the wall rather than from...More

Thank Howard B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visiting from out of town, we stayed at the hotel across the street. Every night there was a line to get into this place so we asked the front desk & decided to give it a try. Not only did we wait 2+ hours for...More

Thank 143ace
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our first stop at the Padres game is a stop at Phil's before heading to our seats. We usually eat at the location near Party in the Park but this last time we ate on the upper level. The tri tip platter is my top...More

Thank 610travelgal
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Good was great. The line was wrapping around the building but we were inside after about 30m. Self seating so if you get inside and there's not seats, you either eat outside or standoff to the side in a VERY busy room and wait for...More

Thank cmac1177
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-try for any visit to San Diego. Huge portions - you willl not leave hungry. Try the ribs - they also have some good combos if you want a variety. Side dishes are also good quality Be prepared for crowds and lines...More

Thank SED960
Reviewed 1 week ago

Consistency, for many years, always very good, choice of cold beers, baby back ribs with sauce on the side cole slaw fries yummy

Thank Coast G
Reviewed 1 week ago

i heard about this place soo many times , and honestly i was not surprised or happy about the food or service ... meat on my bbq ribs were dry , waitress never show up .. not even to pay !! was a bad experience...More

Thank Ana A
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
are the beef ribs available without ANY sauce>
6 November 2016|
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Response from Debbie R | Reviewed this property |
I would think that you could request them without sauce
Sue P
what are the 2 locations
13 January 2015|
Response from HereIGoJJ | Property representative |
Hello Sue! We have three locations in San Diego county: Sports Arena Blvd (Point Loma/ Midway area), Santee (East County), and San Marcos (North County.) You can find out more information and addresses on our website. Thanks!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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 Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-226-6333
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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).