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Phil's BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
+1 619-226-6333
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“beef ribs” (261 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (209 reviews)
“onion rings” (259 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I took my wife out to lunch before a movie and we had great BBQ. This is not the Texas, slice-the-meat-in-front-of-you-by-the-pound BBQ, but still, it has a very nice flavor and generous portions which are reasonable priced. We had the rib tickler plate ($7.99) and...More

Thank Dennis S
Reviewed 2 days ago

This review is based on our dining experience at Phil's BBQ at the location on Sports Arena Blvd in San Diego!.........Don't let the line/wait outside fool you, it moves quick and you won't be disappointed! Plain & Simple...Phil's BBQ gives you great food, great service...More

Thank larilu
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A wonderful restaurant with outstanding fare. You can't go wrong with anything you order. It has a full-service bar. The only downside is the long wait to get in.

1  Thank Steve W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great food, quick service; I was back in my car in minutes after ordering, heading home for a wonderful meal. Great Friday-night-don't-feel-like-cooking-meal!

1  Thank AlbertandSuzy
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was on my to try list from our last visit but we never made it. But this time around we did. It was a rainy night and we parked opposite and walked straight into the bar area. I was thinking is this it?? But...More

1  Thank sun4oz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were n San Diego on vacation so we usually eat here every time we come, well this time the food wasn't great at all. So disappointed with the ribs and baked beans, no one even wanted to try to eat the beans. Hopefully next...More

1  Thank Marilyn S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I looked up he most reviews restaurant in San Diego and found Phil’s BBQ - I had to try this place out. We got here around 11am and there was already a line. I love that there is a lot of parking. You can smell...More

1  Thank Iheartjennychu
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely delicious food. Atmosphere is casual too funky. The food is served quickly and very tasty. The only downside is that you will come out smelling barbecue smoke. It will be time to wash all your clothes.

1  Thank jb3flyfish
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Met my friend at Phil’s BBQ. I had never tried this place but it was close to the hotel I was staying. I really enjoyed eating there they have a big menu but I ordered the baby back tickler. It had 4 bones, coleslaw, french...More

1  Thank reviewerreview4245
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Best BBQ in town. It is worth waiting in line. Recommend Beefy Rib Dinners includes 2 small sides or 1 small side. Ribs were served in large portions and finger licking tasty. 돼지고기 베이비백 보다는 쇠고기 갈비를 추천합니다. 디너로 주문하면 사이드 포함이라 둘이 배불리...More

1  Thank Gallongom
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Susan M
27 October 2017|
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Response from yuniced | Reviewed this property |
I know that my office did have a catering order delivered. I don't know about individual orders. The website would have the answer.
6 November 2016|
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Response from yuniced | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can request sauce on the side! Extra is better!
Sue P
14 January 2015|
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Response from yuniced | Reviewed this property |
I've been to the Sports Arena and Santee locations. The San Marcos is a new one for me. They are all worth going too!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110-5129
  • 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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