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Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
+1 619-226-6333
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“beef ribs” (257 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (203 reviews)
“onion rings” (229 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

While the fries, cornbread and beans were good the BBQ chicken and Ribless was not all that great. Chicken seems undercooked and ribs were dry. I had to ask for more BBQ sauce and that didn't really help.

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I wasnt sure what to expect, but boy was it fantastic. The staff were extremely helpful and the Ribs!! You gotta get the ribs! You have to visit Phil's

Thank londonones
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best BBQ ever! Loved this place and staff was friendly! Restaurant and bathrooms were clean and it had a good atmosphere.

Thank angie v
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Dinner with a large group, which was easily accommodated in the back patio. It's first come first serve, you stand in line order your food, they give you a vibrating pager to let you know when your food is ready. Very friendly service and willing...More

Thank RustyWater
Reviewed 3 days ago

There is great BBQ in San Diego but you have to seek it out. Phil's is kind of close to everyone with five locations and serves good slow-cooked meat, and a lot of it, for a very reasonable price. The meats are not smoked (except...More

Thank SDJackstraw
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not the first time nor the last time illl go to Phil’s. Live here so I avoid the high season as you will stand in line. It’s totally worth it but since I live here...the baby back ribs are awesome. I love the onion rings...More

Thank Heather R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place without any doubt serves the most amazing BBQ food you could ever wish for and believe me when I say your taste buds will be sent to heaven. When you arrive if you see a long queue don't walk away it will be...More

Thank Lloydstevens29
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a craving for some good barbecue food while on vacation. Found this quaint little place in San Marcos and thought we'd give it a try. I have to say the taste of the food was really good but the place is far from quiet....More

Thank Boltman54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love good bbq and Phil's is some of the best we've ever had. Long line out the door but it moves quickly and everyone there is happy to guide you if you're a first timer. We had the pork ribs, mixed green salad with...More

Thank amu1977
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is delicious and the service is great. The only down side is the BBQ is so good that everyone in town is there which causes a bit of a waiting time.But once you take that first bite, you will know that the time...More

Thank tray03
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Questions & Answers
6 November 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Debbie R | Reviewed this property |
I would think that you could request them without sauce
Sue P
14 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
USD 20
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, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, 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: 3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-226-6333
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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).
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