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Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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888 Prospect Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4260
+1 858-551-4227
11:00 - 21:30
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is def more a joint. Order with cashier and they bring to your table when it's ready. I had the brisket with sauce on the side. Sauce was a little sweet but good in moderation. Brisket was tender but little fatty in places - would've preferred more lean and more well done. They kindly accommodated my request for one... More 

Thank IV15
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had some great hot chicken wings and mixed BBQ (chicken, brisket and ribs). All good. Nice sweet potato fries also. The place is more of a quick food/diner than restaurant though - service is quick and friendly but you go there more for a quick sit down and eat than an evening meal event. They had a good selection of... More 

Thank Richard H
Zelienople, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I dragged my husband to Bubba's since I wanted to try their chopped brisket sandwich. He does not like BBQ, the smell or the taste. I ordered the sandwich and he ordered the Tri-tip salad. I had not seen him so happy with a meal in a long time. Both of our meals were fantastic. He decided to try their... More 

Thank mustangjeanne
Overland Park, KS, United States
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoying the BBQ sandwiches here at Bubba's. I had the chopped beef brisket and my wife had the sliced beef brisket. For my side I had the Garlic Mashed Potatoes (great) my wife had the sweet potatoes fries. We also shared a side of Broccoli which was cooked perfectly. The beef sandwiches did not have a bunch of fat... More 

Thank Robert H
Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

On a Tuesday night this place is hopping. Not a sit down restaurant you order at the counter and take a number and find a table. The food soon comes out. The cost is about half the price of a moderate sit down service and the paper towels on the table along with get your own soft drinks makes it... More 

Thank Rohrshack
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a walk-up counter service restaurant, but we were greeted by friendly employees, who made us feel welcome. I ordered the brisket sandwich, and it was delicious. It had a little bit of fat I trimmed off, but not a lot. I ordered a Caesar salad with it. Very good. For around $10 it was a really good deal.... More 

Thank Greenmemonica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I didnt have experience for Phils, stop by after visiting La Jolla Cove. We ordered family meal for two (1/2 chicken&1/2 baby back rib),those r taste very good unlike my experiences before, i will visit this place.again.

Thank paxsonh
New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Had visited this place 1 1/2 years ago and liked it. The brisket was very good but not much provided for the base price. Love the baked beans and the fries. The corn bread was just ok. Not much taste to it. Service was good and you can eat on the patio. I will be back.

Thank Clinton1
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Brilliant ribs, one of the best eats we had while in the San Diego area, decent selection of beer, very pleasant staff, will hopefully be back

Thank Peter F
Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

we were visiting Sn Diego with a couple of friends, and after been walking by the beach we ended up very hungry, looking for a nice (not expensive or fancy) place to eat....Bubba's offers that and more! The ribs were delicious, also the corn bread and the sweet potato fried were simply amazing!!! Our waitress wasn't only kind, but also... More 

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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
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 888 Prospect Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4260
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-551-4227

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