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Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
+1 619-226-6333
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“beef ribs” (255 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (202 reviews)
“onion rings” (295 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
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3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
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Reviewed yesterday

I had never heard of it but when you walk up and see the lineup I felt like we were out of the loop on this beauty! Incredible ribs and side dishes at great prices - wish I had more time on my trip to...More

Thank Wicksie33
Reviewed yesterday

well, first we had the plan to visit Tony Romas, until we realised that they have closed. So the taxi Driver told us we should try Phil's, and what can i say: the Food is phantastic! Specially the rips.

Thank mikebordt
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Phil's has been around for many years and has built a strong reputation for its BBQ ribs. The BBQ beef ribs here is very soft and juicy. The homemade BBQ sauce is a little peppery, and can separated on the side upon request during ordering....More

Thank Phi S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food was great, big serves and the food she out quickly the only negative is having to line up for 25mins before you get through the door because it's so popular, worth the wait though

Thank venochik
Reviewed 4 days ago

We drive over 20 miles to get to Phil's as there is not one sadly in San Diego South County. hear that Phil ?? It never disappoints . If you can go during the weekdays for lunch. The food is excellent and are very accommodating...More

Thank belliottsanders
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I visited Phil's BBQ whilst killing time before my flight back to the UK from the very amazing San Diego. Upon entering the premises we were faced with a massive queue, after a little pondering we decided to take a chance and join the queue....More

Thank StevenT1664
Reviewed 5 days ago

Phil's BBQ has the meatiest, more tender and exquisitely flavored ribs of any place I've ever been to. Their BBQ sauce, which you can purchase for home, cannot be beat for flavor. If that weren't enough, brisket sandwiches and beef ribs are so huge, you...More

Thank Char K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ate here because we were staying at the hotel next store. Food was just ok. Pulled pork was dry, burger was dry, fries were just ok. Lots of amazing BBQ in Chicago where I am from so this was a let down. My sons sausage...More

Thank Shannon G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Whenever we come to San Diego we always stop in for dinner one night at Phil's. The line might be long out front, but that's for a reason. They always serve consistently delicious BBQ meats and sides. The staff are super busy, but always friendly....More

Thank Leanne C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coming from Virginia and growing up in the home of Famous Dave's, I know GOOD BBQ when I see and taste it, and this is NOT IT!!! First off the "Cashier" was clearly upset that we did not tip her. Excuse me, but you work...More

Thank ExploringViking96
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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
US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, 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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