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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!


Old San Luis BBQ Happy Hour
Old San Luis BBQ Happy Hour

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

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Miki O.
Irvine, CA

We were on our way home from Hearst Castle and were starving! Glad we found this place. Had the tri-tip sandwich and fries. Both were great! Will definitely be back if ever in the area! Would have taken a photo of the food but was too hungry lol

Jun 6, 2016
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Eliza J.
Avila Beach, CA

Haven't been to the eatery yet. I have eaten their tri-tip, corn and beans because we contribute to ASN Fundraiser and they use SLO BBQ as their food contributors.  I look forward to this fundraiser. The meals we eat are delicious!  Best Tri-Tip in town. The corn is oh so ...

Jun 5, 2016
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Ehsan A.
Houston, TX

Their tri-tip sliders are a screamin deal, price and flavor-wise! And their outdoor seating is a nice place to chill and eat in.

Jun 3, 2016
Porterville, CA


May 28, 2016
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Saturday night a to Z.

Great food.  Honestly, this is the best of your typical San Luis County Bar-b-cue.  I'm so glad they offer sliders--that allows you to indulge in the corn pie and the garlic bread, which are both so good!  There's no way I could fit in a milkshake on top of all ...

May 22, 2016
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Mimi M.
San Luis Obispo, CA

I've only ever had the sliders prior to today. I love them. They come in chicken or tri-tip and are under $3 each for a filing snack. Today I had a full tri-tip on sourdough with a small fry. The tri-tip is moist and tender with good flavor on buttered sourdough ...

May 22, 2016
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Wesley W.
Bakersfield, CA

Best bbq place in town. Food is simple but wonderful and always brightens up my day. Service is good, never too long of a wait. In a great location downtown. Every local should try this place. BBQ done the right way!

May 21, 2016
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A. T.
Monterey Park, CA

I'm really glad that I decided to come here instead of Firestone, not saying Firestone was bad. There wait was short and the tri tip sandwich was really good. They have different sauces to choose from. The bbq sauce was on point, spread it in your sandwich and use it ...

May 15, 2016
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Christian H.

You know the place where you finish your food, scratch your head, and wonder "is this too good to be true?" yeah, that's Old SLO BBQ in a nutshell. I just figured the food would match the prices the first time I went there (been back several times since then), ...

May 12, 2016
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Mario L.
Fallbrook, CA

Best Tri-Tip sandwich I've had in a long time.  They also serve beer on tap.  Thick slices of Tri-Tip cooked tender with great sauce.  There is both outdoor and indoor seating and a window to go.  Pit plate was fantastic!

May 7, 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

You can reach us on our Catering Page and we will be in contact to discuss your vision shortly!


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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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