We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Gorilla Barbeque

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2145 Coast Highway, Pacifica, CA 94044
12:00 - 20:00
Closed now
See all hours
Wed - Mon 12:00 - 20:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 135: English reviews
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
64 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard raving reviews about this place so we took a drive from the city. We tried the sausage, ribs, and brisket. It had a nice smokey flavor BUT the wait was long...so long that I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here. If you're craving barbecue and there's not a long wait then do it but I... More 

Thank oliviakimsf
Enumclaw, Washington
Level Contributor
284 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here 6 years ago on our travels up the coast of California and loved it!!!! We went a very long distance out of our way this time to come back with much anticipation and were very disappointed. The food was not anywhere near as good as it was and we would never stand in line for that length... More 

Thank Nancy W
Pacifica, California
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't go to this BBQ place for years, until a friend told me that they serve vegetables and delicious Mac n Cheese. I'm excited to report that the Portobello Mushrooms instead of the meat is DELICIOUS! Mac and Cheese was crunchy on top and delicious throughout. I'm planning on returning - no doubt!

Thank courtk123
Pacifica, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing pulled pork. Wonderfully smokey chicken. The brisket! Perfect soft sandwich rolls. Generous portions. Best sauce ever. Sides are iffy; usually overcooked, but no one goes to Gorilla for mac and cheese. Biggest downside is the cramped quarters: a repurposed train boxcar. Steep stairs lead up to register. 4-5 people tops able to stand around inside waiting for order (at... More 

Thank Tammy A
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
52 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Gorilla is basically Pacifica's version of Austin's famous Franklin's Barbecue. There. I said it. Now make fun of me. I've been to both, and I can honestly say my palate isn't sophisticated enough to taste much of a difference. The beef brisket sandwich is fantastic. The line is reminiscent of Franklin's. At Gorilla you can take your food and eat... More 

Thank Matt G
Chico, California
Level Contributor
33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Take out only. Hope you are hungry - very generous portions and excellent quality. Super flavor as these folks know what they are doing. Pretty long line to order but it moves fast. Well worth the wait. I am thinking you don't show up here for vegan eats - just saying.

Thank 2pablo2015
Holiday, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent BBQ have visited a lot of states this is my name is George soehl one of the best BBQ around

Thank George S
East Bay, California
Level Contributor
394 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We came across this little hole in the wall place while driving in Pacifica. Expect to stand in line. Large portions and great BBQ. We decided we would share a meal next time! Meal had meat (brisket), 2 sides, rice and beans, corn bread and BBQ sauce. Delicious and worth the wait. This is a take out establishment so don't... More 

Thank theheatonfamily
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I have been here a few times and it is worth waiting in line for. It is not cheap, over $13 for a combo plate without a drink, but the sandwich is big enough to split if you want to. I would reccomend buying a whole one and taking the rest home to have later though. No where to sit,... More 

Thank Tony C
West Menlo Park
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is a takeout place. There are a few picnic tables nearby, and beautiful beaches within a 10 minute ride. The food was wonderful (chicken, pork ribs), but we got there too late for the brisket which is the star attraction. I am told brisket usually sells out by 2:00 pm.

Thank Steve T

Travellers who viewed Gorilla Barbeque also viewed


Been to Gorilla Barbeque? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2145 Coast Highway, Pacifica, CA 94044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pacifica
  • Phone Number: 650-359-RIBS

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Gorilla Barbeque and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Gorilla Barbeque staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?