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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 4.8 / 5 from 344 customers!

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First L.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Better tri tip than Firestone's in SLO plus you don't have to wait forever for your food.  With their new expansion to the building next door there's plenty of room to sit and relax while you enjoy your food.  I recommend the tri tip or the linguica!

Jan 17, 2016
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Steven C.
Woodland Hills, CA

Good food. 9.25 for the tri-tip has higher then I expected from the previous yelp picture postings. Loved the BBQ beans, but would not get the corn pie again. Overall based on an almost $10 sandwich, even though it was good, I would try a few other spots in town before coming ...

Jan 8, 2016
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Vikas J.
Fremont, CA

Biggest mistake of 2016!!!It was midnight and I should have walked straight to my car and driven back to my room but instead I made the cardinal sin of walking across the street and ordering pulled pork sandwich,  cowboy corn pie and beans.The end result - Sitting on my ...

Jan 3, 2016
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Sharon S.
Los Angeles, CA

Excellent food and service! Been here twice now. I took my family this time around and they were not disappointed :) Looking forward to our next visit! Highly recommend.

Dec 27, 2015
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Kristina H.
Thousand Oaks, CA

Definitely recommend the tri-tip. Pulled pork was ok, but would have been better with coleslaw, but not every place serves it that way. Reasonably priced for a bbq joint. Fries weren't amazing but consistent. Followed the recommendations about the corn pie; it's interesting and different just be prepared ...

Dec 27, 2015
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Bryan S.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Seriously one of the best tri-tip sandwiches in SLO. Extremely reasonable prices, and all their food is excellent.

Nov 22, 2015
Herndon, VA

Great stuff!!

Nov 20, 2015
Falls Church, VA

Great Stuff!

Nov 20, 2015
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Hang O.
Santa Ana, CA

Ordered the tri tip sandwich it was so good! The fries was good too. It is located in downtown.

Nov 15, 2015
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Amy S.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Let's talk legit Santa Maria tri-tip. This place is where you get it. Everyone talks about getting tri-tip sandwiches at some other location which shall remain nameless, but I'm sorry, they don't compare in true, delicious flavor to Old San Luis. Old San Luis's tri-tip is ...

Nov 8, 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


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  • Weddings
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  • Business luncheons 
  • Any small or large event! 
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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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