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Lil' Ronnie's Backyard BBQ

COVID-19 Update: This restaurant is only available for takeaway or delivery at this time.

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US$8 - US$20
Barbecue, Canadian, American, Southwestern
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We tried this place twice for takeout, since we’re camping here and both times were bad. Staff are not friendly and it feels like we were inconveniencing them to order. The brisket was slimy. The sides were cold, even though I asked if they had...been sitting there and they assured me it was fresh. The live music seemed good but just eat before.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 3, 2021

Great patio vibe. We were there for open Mike night.. SO FUN! .. the BBQ food was delish.. we got the platter and was delish! They have a great thing going on here and we could walk over from Bella Pacifica Campsite!.. Perfect!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 31, 2021

We loved the idea of this place, right off the beach in a beautiful spot BUT...we waited an hour before we were even offered water. There was no wine and some of the dishes were already off. We ordered and waited and then waited some...more. The kitchen was stacked out and after over two hours we abandoned the idea and left. No one appeared to have noticed. Only high spot was the singer who was excellent ($10 cover charged which we paid) VERY DISAPPOINTINGMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 16, 2021 via mobile

Great flavour and fantastic brisket. Ribs were dry however. I believe they are known for the cooked “ low and slow “ ( 16 hours) brisket and that is worth going for! The rest is probably just sides you can take it or leave it....A little overpriced for the amount you get, but still worth trying. It is all outdoors, very casual on picnic tables.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 8, 2021 via mobile

We arrived in Tofino tired and hungry from a long trip there. On our way to the Lodge we see cars parked along the dusty road to McKenzie Beach. The parking lot is full. Finding a spot, we follow the gentle rocking music and patio...lights to Lil' Ronnie's BBQ. We come across a band of 4 surfer dudes set up around the base of a huge tree, surrounded by picnic tables full of people of all ages. This place is hopping! The music rhythmic and bluesy. Perfect for the setting on the perimeter of this campground. We scoop one of the last tables and are greeted by one of the enthusiastic servers. The menu is all bbq: pulled pork, brisket, chicken and ribs. He tells us this what we are getting which is a sample of everthing with a side of mac and cheese. Drinks are slow which is hard to understand with beer and their popular pre-made margeritas, but the food arrives in a reasonable time. The food is melt in your mouth tender and mass quantities - we didn't need the side of mac and cheese as the main comes with potato salad and coleslaw. My partner thought the pricing was a bit high, but all food is expensive in Tofino. At least, no regrets regrets for a great meal and great experience.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 28, 2021

The place specialties are very taste and nice for kids. The atmosphere is very nice. The local singers are very pleasant and nice. The food was very good!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed January 10, 2021

We really enjoyed having margaritas and barbecue at Lil' Ronnie's in Tofino. This place has great outdoor seating, love music, really good margaritas and the the barbecue was some of the best we've had in BC. The meats were smoked well and we appreciated Ronnie's...signature of adding mustard seed and all the pickled veggies. Reminded us of visiting barbecue spots in Texas and Arizona! That being said, consistency can be spotty as the first time, we had a great mix of lean and fattier brisket but the second time, the brisket was mostly fat and not sliced as it should. There is a COVID fee to use the patio and the default gratuity is high but we are willing to accept this due to the circumstances. We felt the price of the food was in line with what you pay in this area and good value compared to other spots.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 14, 2020 via mobile

So excited to try this place but unfortunately it was not great, the food was expensive you didn’t get a lot, our ribs were under cooked, 18% gratuity service was so so, COVID fee as well and we didn’t see a lot of cleaning happening...and we were expected to clean are own dishes at the end of meal? Wouldn’t recommend or go back there are way better choices in TofinoMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 12, 2020

Ordered the shared platter at $30 per person; only got 1 narrow slice of brisket that was half fat to share; only one rib each;and 1 chicken leg and thigh with rubber skin to share. Sides ok but nothing special. Charged 18 percent mandatory gratuity...plus a $2 Covid fee and we had to take our own dishes afterwards to dirty dishes station. Considering we were sitting at an unvarnished picnic table, not sure how they were disinfecting it.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed June 7, 2020 via mobile

went to Austin, TX this year - Lil’ Ronnie’s food is easily as good. best bbq I’ve ever had in Canada, the brisket is wild 💪🏽 top notch crew working there, we had loads of fun. much love ❤️!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Yes, Lil' Ronnie's Backyard BBQ offers takeaway services.

Lil' Ronnie's Backyard BBQ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5