Our Story

After moving to SLO in 2001 to attend Cal Poly, I fell in love with the traditional BBQ of the Central Coast. Desiring an inexpensive quick-service restaurant with authentic recipes developed over generations by SLO native families, I decided to open a "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant to produce this tasty fare. 

Today Old San Luis BBQ Company is the local spot to enjoy the best BBQ on the Central Coast! Come order at our walk-up window, with outdoor seating on a nice day and indoor dining as well. Old San Luis BBQ Company specializes in authentic Santa Maria style cuisine and many of our family recipes date back nearly a century. All our meat is grilled over a red oak BBQ and our Tri-Tip is hand-trimmed, certified Angus beef. We use locally farmed, organic vegetables and freshly made local artisan sausages. In addition to Tri-Tip, Chicken, or Linguica sandwiches, we also have salads, delicious side dishes, and family-style meals. 

Come experience our authentic, affordable, and Delicious Santa Maria style BBQ!



Explore our Tasty BBQ Menu!
Old San Luis BBQ Happy Hour
Old San Luis BBQ Happy Hour

Santa Maria Style Corn Pie
"Part cornbread and part casserole... Great favors with just a hint of heat."

-Michael S. via Yelp
Santa Maria Style BBQ Tri Tip

"AMAZING tri-tip sandwich! So glad we stopped by!"

-Jen S. via Yelp

Strawberry Field Salad

"The strawberry fields salad is very refreshing and packed with flavors and nutrients"

-Nicole D. via Yelp


Make your event a hit with Old San Luis BBQ as your caterer!

We Cater...

  • Weddings
  • Private parties 
  • Business luncheons 
  • Any small or large event! 
We have many affordable options available

You can reach us on our Catering Page and we will be in contact to discuss your vision shortly!

Would you like to have an Event or Fundraiser at Old San Luis BBQ?


Old San Luis BBQ is rated 4.8 / 5 from 344 customers!

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Tom H.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Tri tip is great , tip add peppersAnd onions and blue cheese to your sandwich , fries are hit or miss , always friendly

Nov 19, 2016
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Bryson L.
San Jose, CA

In terms of the BBQ I've had in California, this one was really one of the most average.  What really disappointed me was the lack of memorable BBQ sauces here.  They were pretty average.  Meat-wise, it was pretty good, but once again nothing extraordinary.  I also didn't care for the ...

Oct 31, 2016
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Niccole D.
Moreno Valley, CA

Great BBQ! We were told to try the other BBQ place in downtown, but this place had some great sliders. The cowboy corn bread was so good... and that try tip... AMAZING. We could have skipped the garlic bread, but we LOVED the bread on the sliders!

Oct 24, 2016
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R S.
Arroyo Grande, CA

Yummy Tri-tip sandwich. There was a lot of meat! Good location easy in and out. Friendly staff. I can't wait to go back.

Oct 23, 2016
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Lissa B.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Best Tri-Tip, Best service, AMAZING FRIES!! They always work with me for gluten free and wrap everything separate because they're just awesome like that!! I crave it all the time and take everyone here. SO GOOD!!

Oct 21, 2016
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Tiago P.
Santa Clara, CA

Tri Tip.Great. Melted in mouth. Whats left to say but nom nom away.

Oct 21, 2016
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Jenny H.
Diamond Bar, CA

Pull pork sandwich was yummy but tri-tip was a bit dry.  My four year old couldn't get enough of the sandwich.Gentleman who took my order was extremely nice

Oct 11, 2016
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Sarah A.

This is the best Tri-Tip you can get your hands on in DTSLO!Don't be fooled by long lines and other hype. tri-tip is tender and moist as opposed to stale and chewy. The service is great and they have a handy rewards program as well. There is indoor and ...

Oct 10, 2016
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The C.
Monterey, CA

Heard about this place so I figured I would go ahead and try it out. I am glad I did! They have really good bbq. I had their tri tip and pulled pork sandwiches so far and both were great. Their side of salsa is pretty tasty as well. Also ...

Oct 5, 2016
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Jerry H.
Lompoc, CA

This is a local favorite,4 stars for the food... three stars for atmosphere.   Patio seating near dumpsters are an issue.  The tri tip stands on its own. But the BBQ sauce is sweeter than I prefer.  Don't expect anything fancy, you order at the window, and get your own food.  ...

Sep 25, 2016


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Old San Luis BBQ is seriously the BEST! Definitely my favorite BBQ in SLO! Their sliders on sourdough bread are to die for! And their milkshakes are super yummy! The staff is always friendly and helpful. It is pretty hidden, but I definitely recommend looking for it! Their food is the best!

- Julia R., SLO, via Yelp

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670 Higuera St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4406
Directions | (805) 285-2473

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