About Us

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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!

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Old San Luis BBQ is rated 4.4 / 5 from 94 customers!

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Pete O.
Los Angeles, CA

Tri tip is crazy good. Pretty low priced for BBQ.  Service is fast and food is fresh and delicious! I'm a fan!   You don't need the sauce.  Eat it plain and you won't be disappointed.

Aug 13, 2015
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Erin Y.
Henderson, NV

We got just about everything on the menu and it was all awesome. The sliders, the pulled pork sandwich, linguica sandwich, cowboy pie, fries...it was so good! The service was friendly, helpful, fast and efficient. *They've expanded their restaurant so there is more indoor seating.

Aug 11, 2015
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Frank T.
San Luis Obispo, CA

This is by far the best BBQ in SLO!  The tri-tip sandwich is out of this world.  Love the food and the staff.  I can't wait to see their new expansion!

Aug 9, 2015
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Michal F.
Charlottesville, VA

Old school walk up ordering from a street side window with outdoor and indoor seating. We got the Tri Tip with sides of corn bread and garlic bread. The trip tip was flavorful and came with a nice bbq sauce, I prefer it a bit more tender. Some of the ...

Aug 8, 2015
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Corey S.
New Orleans, LA

Thoroughly enjoyed our tri-tip sandwich. Thankfully, the BBQ sauce comes on the side because it's totally unnecessary given how flavorful the meat is. Pro tip - add the onions and peppers. Corn pie was good too!

Aug 8, 2015
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Jennifer B.

So good! The hubby and I tried sliders, chicken sandwiches and several sides. everything was delicious!

Jul 27, 2015
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Thor Z.

Tri tip bacon sliders will destroy your whole life. If you're not eating here right now, you're making a mistake. Stop making life mistakes. Eat the food.

Jul 25, 2015
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Heather H.

Just steps away from the San Louis Obispo Children's Museum, this friendly place is filling and affordable. My personal choice was the tri tip slider which was $2.50 and I would suggest getting 2 of them. These sliders also come in chicken for about $2.15 or around there. What I loved was ...

Jul 25, 2015
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Diana B.

An underrated alternative to Firestones. While I still think that Firestones is better, Old San Luis has less of a line and a small parking lot right next to its walk-up window making it more convenient to pick up your food and go if that's what you want to ...

Jul 23, 2015
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Ashley G.

We have been going to Old San Luis BBQ for over 2 years now. They have the best tri-tip sandwiches in town, hands down! The sourdough bread is slightly grilled and has a garlic butter on it that just makes the sandwich that much better. We love them so much we ...

Jul 20, 2015

Fan Favorites

"Part cornbread and part casserole... Great favors with just a hint of heat."

-Michael S. via Yelp

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

-Jen S. via Yelp

"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!


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  • 4 FREE Reg. side or drink
  • 7 FREE Reg. side or drink
  • 10 15% OFF entire order
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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

Contact Us

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

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