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Phil's BBQ

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9816 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071-3834
+1 619-449-7700
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Phil's Barbecue is popular and often crowded, but I find the food quite mediocre.To my taste, the sauce is too sweet and lacking in distinction, and I suspect the meats have been pre-cooked before arriving at the grill.

Thank Sue T
San Diego, California, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

sometimes there are long lines. I've eaten there a few times and I think it's OK. They have also sent out catering to events I have attended. Great sauce.

Thank Jeremiah B
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I believe BBQ is an art form. There are many people who have their own twist, but good southern ribs are hard to find. This place is amazing. And the staff is awesome!!!

Thank soundonsoundon
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Good BBQ. The long lines go fast. Don't be intimidated. I usually get food to go. They have samplers that are plenty of food. Good food and service. Consistent.

Thank Adrienne S
San Diego, California, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Great food but the wait is just too long for tables. Unless you want to sit at the bar. I liked it when it was in Mission Hills but their business is booming.

Thank John B
Arnold, California
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87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Showed up with 10 people.. family... with 3 wee ones... excellent choice of menu, items... WOW what portions, and excellent taste.. beef ribs.dinosaur bones.. yum... beef spare rib tibs.. NO BONES ... YUM..corn on the cob.... great.. chicken tips... and beans.. yum... salads, great.. cannot go wrong... stand in line... receive table... and then go up and order individual can... More 

Thank Glennda_11
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Phil's BBQ is no doubt the best BBQ in San Diego. I've been a happy customer since they were in a small place in Mission Hills. I'm so happy for Phil and all of his success. He's now in at least 5 locations of which 2 or ? are in other states. CONGRATS PHIL & STAFF!!!

Thank HappyTraveler92120
Casa Grande, Arizona
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Even if you see a line out front, don't be discouraged. This place is amazing. It is fast food, because you line up, order your food then find a table and wait for them to call you. Then you get your food and enjoy the fine dining taste of amazing food. I got the beef ribs and French fries. Not... More 

Thank Cathy H
California, Maryland
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222 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Although there is counter service, there was also a circulating waiter checking on diners to see if they needed anything. I needed more of the delicious barbecue sauce, and he went and got some for me, and served it warm. I originally came for the coleslaw, as it is the best I've had anywhere and is always super-fresh. I added... More 

Thank WorldTraveler9
Vancouver, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Came here for lunch and everyone was impressed, it was definitely worth the trip. Tons of seating and the meat was practically falling off the bones.

Thank dyn085

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9816 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071-3834
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santee
  • Phone Number: +1 619-449-7700

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