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Bad To The Bone BBQ

13738 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
+1 949-218-0227
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (23 reviews)
“tri tip” (20 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13738 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ordered a tritip medium rare. Got rubberized over cooked slices of saddle. Chewed a piece for over four minutes and could not swallow it. I Hate waste so I gave a piece to our dog. He spit it out. When I tried to feed it...More

Thank henryquevedo
Reviewed 1 week ago

Freeway close, with tight parking, Bad to the Bone is an excellent choice when you have a craving for barbecue. Rustic environment. You order at the counter and they deliver the food to your table. Not pretentious. Wear your boots and cowboy hat.

Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

I love this place. As soon as you get out of your car, you will smell the sweet smoke wafting through the air. The brisket is so tender and has a great smokey flavor. If you visit on the weekend, try the smoked prime rib,...More

Thank Dennis K
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Best damn barbecue baby back ribs you ever had, place is small local hometown relaxing, great people good conversation sports , music playing good beer Great selection

Thank alcgomez
Reviewed 14 March 2018

You will smell it before you can see it... and the smell is divine. Everything we ordered was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I had the Shrimp and WOW!!! So much flavor. My son had the ribs kids meal and literally cleaned the bone... My husband is gluten free...More

Thank TyKaGo
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Most tender I’ve ever had. I’m not a big BBQ sauce kinda guy, but theirs is a must. Tangy goodness. Great value and generous portions.

Thank Geoffrey M
Reviewed 24 February 2018

So many reviews say "fall off the bone tender ribs." Well, last night was the night of Very Dry Baby Back Ribs. It was even difficult to cut the meat off the bones much less have it fall off. The baked beans and corn ($1...More

Thank rayu
Marty W, Owner at Bad To The Bone BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Rayu, We apologize your ribs were not what you expected. We take great pride in our product and sometimes it does happen however if we are made aware of an issue we are more than happy to resolve it. Please let us know if you...More

Reviewed 26 January 2018

This place is on the opposite side of the 405 from the mission and the many restaurants there. It is in a strip mall of mostly offices but only a short distance from the highway. The BBQ was outstanding as was the potato salad. We...More

Thank VAtraveller_11
Reviewed 23 January 2018

Got there during happy hour; had some great craft beers on tap; the barbeque pork was tender and delicious. My husband had the tri-tip and said it was tender and tasty; I had the brisket which was you could cut with a fork and had...More

Thank 121lela54
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

A hole in the wall BBQ joint in SJC. Crowded on the weekends because the place is good. Great bbq (any meat) and great corn bread too. A must try when visiting SJC.

Thank Abby D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$100
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13738 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: +1 949-218-0227
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