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Phil's BBQ

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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

BBQ is my favorite food and I found Phil's and fell in-love with the place especially with the food can't forget the place and still keep coming back

Thank jeymchua
San Marcos, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have found the food to be decent, consistent, and plentiful. Can get noisy...loud. Staff consistency is unpredictable.

Thank Don W
Vista, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I first came here in 2013. I go here all the time now and will continue to do so. Best ribs, both beef and pork, Ive ever had. Bangin bloody mary. Oh yes please onion rings. Bomb diggidy BBQ chicken. Wonderful whoopie pies. Just EVERYTHING is to die for!! But the ribs are my all time favorite.

Thank WickedVegas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love taking the family to Phil's - or - just picking up dinner. The ribs and sides are consistently great!

Thank Bob B
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good BBQ food for little money. Tasty sides, as well. Line up to order and pay. Beware: lines get very long. They do bring food to table. Great wine and beer selection.

Thank Hairup
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything we've had here is excellent. The menu offers a great variety. We eat here a couple times a month.

Thank T L
San Diego, United States
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So if you get the urge to have Bar B Q in San Diego County probably Phil's is your best shot...but get there at off times if you are going to dine in otherwise your in for a long wait in line to get a table. Your better off to order by phone grab those ribs and take it home.... More 

Thank James P
San Diego
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Nothing special, expensive, not very tasty, plus they gave me a different sandwich than I ordered. No atmosphere, just a sandwich shop in a shopping center

Thank NomersSanDiego
San Marcos, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Food selection is good as to varieties chicken, beef and pork - however past the food selection, I am dissapointed in the ambiance - the acoustics are terrible and even trying outside is not very satisfactory - probably next time would choos resturant next door and better comfort and less noise and better service.

Thank terryhensley1
San Marcos, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Because of our dietary regime, we do visit this location only about once a quarter, but any time we had a meal there, it was fantastic. The greeters are always smiling, the order takers friendly, and the excellent quality food always served in a timely manner. Like to take out of town visitors there.

Thank patberi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
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: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?