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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Christina S.
Phelan, CA

Tried the pulled pork and try-tip sandwiches. They are both very good. But my favorite would be the pulled pork! Yum Yum Yum! Also very awesome that they are open late till 2 on Friday and Saturday! Some good eats at great prices!

Jun 24, 2017
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Vicky T.

This place is delicious. Came here after eating dessert first at Avila Farm. I got the meat plate w pulled pork.. perfectly moist and tasty! The corn pie...

Jun 18, 2017
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Austin L.
New York, NY

Great tri tip sandwich especially when you are looking for food during the Thursday farmer's market. Make sure to tell them the special tri tip sandwich for the discount

Jun 14, 2017
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M E.
Santa Barbara, CA

I drive 2 hours just for the chicken sandwich, fries and their amazing BBQ sauce! Every time I come I bring more people with me and everyone loves it! Amazing food for a great price. Make sure to get BBQ sauce, it's the best I've ever had! If it's your first ...

Jun 13, 2017
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Brian K.

Jumping on the bandwagon here. Food is really good. It was a little hard to find, but turn the corner and BAM, you're there. Really nice guy behind the...

Jun 3, 2017
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Ciara S.
Glendale, CA

EVERYTHING was good! awe had the tritip platter that came w/ cowboy corn pie and garlic bread, also tried the chicken sliders! Deliciousn!!

May 28, 2017
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Sean M.
Valencia, CA

Seen this place recommended just about everywhere. Last time we were in SLO is was closed, so we got it in today. It lived up to the hype. We got the pulled pork and the tri tip place, along with a chicken slider. At the first bite of chicken my ...

May 26, 2017
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Francesca R.
Los Angeles, CA

I'm only writing this because my boyfriend is making me. He doesn't use yelp but he was so impressed he had to let the world know. He said he had one of the best tri tip sandwiches ever and he would recommend this place to anyone breakfast, lunch or dinner. ...

May 20, 2017
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Kathleen R.
Pismo Beach, CA

Consistently the BEST BBQ and STAFF IN SLO!  Trip tip sliders are amazing, corn bread, salads and all. Fast and efficient service.

May 19, 2017
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Pete S.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Love their Strawberry Fields salad with added chicken! Also, be sure to drop by for one of their $5 Tri-Tip BBQ sandwiches from 6-9 on Thursday evenings during the weekly Farmers Market. Absolute yum!!

May 17, 2017


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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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