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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!

Would you like to have an Event or Fundraiser at Old San Luis BBQ?


Old San Luis BBQ is rated 4.4 / 5 from 94 customers!

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Anchorage, AK

Tasty bbq and homemade flavor beans make this dinner good. You can eat in or outside and enjoy the yummy food. Recommend because it is good and it isn't as busy as some of the other places, so they are fast.

Sep 27, 2015
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Andy A.

Old Slo BBQ is very good and I prefer them over some of their competition depending on the day and I realized consistency is large concern. Trip tip sandwich is very tasty especially the bread roll is local and fresh. Fries are fine but I had better. Strawberry green field ...

Sep 26, 2015
Kathleen Ramberg Rewards Member
Cerritos, CA

Great food and service every time I go to Old San Luis BBQ !!!! Fast, delicious, fairly priced. Don't miss it!!!

Sep 22, 2015
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Hilary G.
Atlanta, GA

Great food and nice people. I had the pulled pork sandwich + corn pie. The sandwich was good (especially the bread), but that corn pie was awesome. My boyfriend had the tri tip plate with fries and bread and devoured it all. In addition to the food, the staff was very ...

Sep 16, 2015
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Gehry W.
Los Angeles, CA

Perfect, It's the best meal on my trip in California ! Environmental is fine designed, but has some flys.

Sep 15, 2015
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Fresno, CA

Corn pie really tasty but the cheesy jalapeño flavor was even better with bbq sauce on top. The candied bacon made the tri tip sandwich extra delish. Fries crispy and just right.

Sep 11, 2015
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Erik T.
San Luis Obispo, CA

It was very inexpensive for food of its pedigree. They don't discriminate and it's just.. Probably the best ribs you can get in slo. And the employees are always fun to talk to in the seating area.

Sep 10, 2015

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We stopped for some refreshment while walking downtown. The tri-tip I had was just great awesome. Surprisingly, there are a few bbq places in town, but sit outside and graze on some Old San Luis BBQ while you're in town. The staff members are positive, the outdoor seating means you ...

Sep 9, 2015
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Kirk M.
San Diego, CA

Yum!  Lots of good stuff. Kinda awkward ordering out front eating in back. Terrific food and nice people. Much less pretentious than Firestone's

Sep 7, 2015
Dominica Rewards Member
San Luis Obispo, CA

Order was perfect and didn't take long.

Sep 5, 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


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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  • 4 FREE Reg. side or drink
  • 7 FREE Reg. side or drink
  • 10 15% OFF entire order
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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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