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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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Andrew S.
Modesto, CA

This place was very good, especially following a tour at Cal Poly. The food was probably the bbq I'd tried in a very long time. Recommend the tri-tip.

Mar 28, 2016
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John K.

Love the food here. The quality is excellent and they get the food out fast. It is nice that they have a few different things than all the other places around town. A great place for late night food as well.

Mar 27, 2016
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Glenn B.
Arlington, VA

Been here a few times for a tri-tip sandwich.  Good meat, good bread, good sauce.  All good here!

Mar 26, 2016
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Heather R.
Thousand Oaks, CA

Stumbled into this place by chance and loved it. The sandwiches, chicken and pulled pork, were generous and delicious. Fries with a side of blue cheese dressing to dip got devoured. Staff really nice, too. :)

Mar 26, 2016
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Joseph S.
San Jose, CA

After my hike at Bishop Peak, I decided to come here for a meaty lunch and ordered their Tri-Tip sandwich. I asked to put the sauce on the side (I believe in trying food first without any flavoring first, because sauce can hides the taste). The Tri-Tip sandwich is fantastic, ...

Mar 25, 2016
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Richard M.
Arroyo Grande, CA

Better than Firestone. I Can't believe I never knew about this place! Good deal on 805 beer too.

Mar 23, 2016
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John N.
Atascadero, CA

Best bbq sandwiches in town! By biggest problem is always choosing between the Chicken Sandwich and Tri Tip sandwich when I go. SLO is known for Tri Tip and OLD SLO BBQ does it best IMO. It's also awesome that they only offer local beer to give you a true ...

Mar 15, 2016
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M C.
Columbus, OH

Tri tips were excellent. Sauce is unique, smokey and very good. Staff super friendly and restaurant was clean. They have sliders which are perfect size for kids. Can't go wrong here.

Mar 8, 2016
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Tess S.

Back yard Santa Maria BBQ. This is the true regional dish in San Luis Obispo. Their tri tip is trimmed of fat and connective tissues prior to cooking, leaving only juicy meat with a lovely crust. Grilled over coastal live oak which grows abundantly on the Central Coast and gives ...

Feb 24, 2016
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Regina X.
Los Angeles, CA

Love the service plus it's open late meaning you can grub late. Food is out fast and taste quality it's all great I'm very happy I found this place if I lived near I'd be here every day. But I'll be here when I visit

Feb 19, 2016

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

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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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