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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!



"TAP TALK" w/ Matt Pearce

Take a look and listen of our first installment of "Tap Talk with Matt"

In this installment Matt is speaking with Nolan Mott of Earth and Fire Brewing in Paso Robles. Nolan has been brewing for over 10 years on the Central Coast. Nolan began home brewing with his buddies while attending Cal Poly. His passion for great beer has escalated from those early days and he has become a thriving brewer in Paso Robles.  

Try the Barrel Aged Stoudt!!!

Award Winning Food

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

Old San Luis BBQ Happy Hour

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


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!


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

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Linda S.

Had a wonder tri tip lunch here today! Great service from Taylor at the cashier and really enjoyed the atmosphere and generous portions. Best tri tip I've had and think my husband agreed. Highly recommend!

Dec 19, 2017
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Andrea L.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Best BBQ and amazing selection of beers on tap. If you haven't tried out the new tap room you're missing out. It's affordable and delicious! Not to mention the new "makeover" is inviting and classy. Best place to have a beer, grab some grub and people watch from the taproom.

Dec 17, 2017
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Tiffany L.
Riverside, CA

We came in on interesting night. There was a large group of people doing a beer tour, so the restaurant was pretty packed, backed up, and didn't seem to have enough staff for the night. We still had a great experience and the employees were really friendly and helpful. We ...

Dec 16, 2017
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Hector R.
Corona, CA

I saw some reviews on yelp and made me want to come try  the strawberry salad   The salad was very good great taste, my only complaint the try tip need it a little more cooking. I told them and they made it right. That why I gave them a 4 I ...

Dec 16, 2017
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Devin M.
Tacoma, WA

Honestly the best BBQ I have ever had. Their pulled pork sandwich was spectacular, the pork was moist and it literally fell apart. It didn't even need the sauce which was actually really good. I don't like BBQ sauce normally but I always try some and this is the first ...

Dec 3, 2017
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Jennifer M.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Delicious! We eat here every time I my boyfriend in town. The menu is very simple, and there is a nice variety of seating to choose from.

Dec 3, 2017
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M R.

We visited SLO from our home in Atlanta and we swung into this place for some BBQ for lunch. The ordering process is a little odd, in that you order at a...

Nov 25, 2017
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Shaundra D.
San Luis Obispo, CA

went in for lunch yesterday and It was amazing.  Will definitely be back soon

Nov 16, 2017
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Elizabeth C.
Norco, CA

Great tri-tip!!!Not too fatty, tender, delicious!!!Really good garlic bread a fries. Pulled pork was also really good!

Nov 14, 2017
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kj v.

This San Luis Obispo restaurant is my go-to place for a delicious meal of a Tri-tip sandwich, sweet potato fries and a shake. For fall they offer a...

Nov 12, 2017


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

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