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.

Phil's BBQ

9816 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071-3834
+1 619-449-7700
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“beef ribs” (18 reviews)
“onion rings” (21 reviews)
“cole slaw” (12 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
9816 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071-3834
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (179)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 177 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Always a great taste treat. Love this place. Very efficient and lines move fast. Love the potato salad.

Thank anniedutch13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

San Diego is not well known for it's huge BBQ joints, but this is a local mainstay that has some pretty decent BBQ and choices! The crown goes to the awesome onion rings that have a tempura like batter and have just the right amount...More

Thank ExploringViking96
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Phil's for the first time yesterday. We had tried in past and they always had long lines - a good sign. We went a lunch time Monday in their Santee location. The place wasn't busy so we stayed. I love BBQ and have...More

Thank sdg119
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Phil's Barbecue is popular and often crowded, but I find the food quite mediocre.To my taste, the sauce is too sweet and lacking in distinction, and I suspect the meats have been pre-cooked before arriving at the grill.

Thank Sue T
Reviewed 13 May 2017

sometimes there are long lines. I've eaten there a few times and I think it's OK. They have also sent out catering to events I have attended. Great sauce.

Thank Jeremiah B
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

I believe BBQ is an art form. There are many people who have their own twist, but good southern ribs are hard to find. This place is amazing. And the staff is awesome!!!

Thank soundonsoundon
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Good BBQ. The long lines go fast. Don't be intimidated. I usually get food to go. They have samplers that are plenty of food. Good food and service. Consistent.

Thank Adrienne S
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Great food but the wait is just too long for tables. Unless you want to sit at the bar. I liked it when it was in Mission Hills but their business is booming.

Thank John B
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Showed up with 10 people.. family... with 3 wee ones... excellent choice of menu, items... WOW what portions, and excellent taste.. beef ribs.dinosaur bones.. yum... beef spare rib tibs.. NO BONES ... YUM..corn on the cob.... great.. chicken tips... and beans.. yum... salads, great.. cannot...More

Thank Glennda_11
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Phil's BBQ is no doubt the best BBQ in San Diego. I've been a happy customer since they were in a small place in Mission Hills. I'm so happy for Phil and all of his success. He's now in at least 5 locations of which...More

Thank HappyTraveler92120
Nearby Restaurants
Anny's Fine Burgers
69 reviews
.30 km away
Olive Garden
36 reviews
.17 km away
Mimi's Cafe
73 reviews
.11 km away
Nearby Attractions
Santee Lakes
130 reviews
2.22 km away
Creation and Earth History Museum
38 reviews
2.27 km away
Hilliker's Ranch Fresh Eggs
19 reviews
3.61 km away
Santee Drive-In
25 reviews
2.42 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Phil's BBQ staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
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: 9816 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071-3834
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santee
  • Phone Number: +1 619-449-7700
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