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670 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3593
+1 805-285-2473
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 20:00
Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Old San Luis BBQ is a very casual eatery with great food. We love their tri-tip sandwiches and tri-tip sliders - especially the BBQ sauce! The strawberry fields salad is delicious. This is a fun place to eat a tri-tip sandwich by the creek or in their casual dining room. The staff are helpful and friendly. Some of the other... More 

Thank Molly Z
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

I read reviews and thought this would be a great place to eat. The tri tip was kind of dry and lacked flavor. The fries were overcooked and more like potato chips.

Thank 1Calitraveler
Los Angeles, CA
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370 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Good food that takes a while to cook, so not as fast food as some. There are places to sit just outside near the river, and also a spacious dining room inside, complete with bathrooms. Food (pulled pork and special cole slaw) was good. My wife and I shared one sandwich and one side for lunch. Root beer served was... More 

Thank GEDLosAngeles_CA
Wales, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on the way to Morro bay from LA at around 9.30pm and food and service was great for an amazing price! Inside area shuts at 9.30pm but outside they have seating too. Pulled pork is amazing and so are the sweet potato fries 🍟

Thank Ambi1212
Central coast CA
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I know they're a Tri tip BBQ place but I was unprepared for how delish the chocolate shake was. Tried the corn pie for the first time and was pleasantly surprised - it's a tasty combination of cheese and corn in a sort of casserole. The garlic bread is sublime and really decent French fries too. The main event, the... More 

Thank 458debbia
London, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Old San Luis BBQ serves up some really delicious (and seriously well priced) BBQ, and all in a cool, industrial, slightly-hipster, student-friendly space. Good fun all round. And, when reflecting on our entire three-week road trip, this is one of the meals (even though it was relaxed, quick and pretty fast foody) that we recall with great affection. Looking forward... More 

1 Thank LDN_2009
Santa Cruz, California
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139 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

My friend and I were on the road, headed to LA and needed something in our tummies. We stumbled upon this place and were completely impressed with their friendly service and awesome food. We went for the tri-tip sliders and fries. Yes. Yes. Yes. It was perfect and really hit the spot. The fries are cut and cooked on site... More 

Thank Smudge R
Bakersfield, California
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97 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Most people have never had Tri Tip and you need to try it here. Smokey and Delicious, it practically melts in your mouth. Nothing fancy about this place, but they do their food up right. Fries and great and is the corn muffin.

Thank JBakersfield
San Luis Obispo County, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

It just might be my favorite salad in town. The Strawberry Fields is just the ticket for a good lunch! Add some tri tip or pulled pork (my favorite ) for some added protein. For you bread lovers, their sandwich comes on a yummy sourdough roll. The corn pie is delightful.

Thank Tim T
Braintree, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Split the pit plate with my boyfriend, had tri-tip with the cowboy pie and beans all of which was amazing. Also had $1 draft beer to wash it all down. Wonderful setting for a quick and easy lunch.

Thank fijifruits

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 670 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3593
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-285-2473

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