About Us

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!

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

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!


 Join Today & receive FREE Food!

  • 4 FREE Reg. side or drink
  • 7 FREE Reg. side or drink
  • 10 15% OFF entire order
  • 13 FREE sandwich of your choice!
  • ..and the rewards keep coming!  Join our rewards program today!

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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Ashley G.
We have been going to Old San Luis BBQ for over 2 years now. They have the best tri-tip sandwiches in town, hands down! The sourdough bread is slightly grilled and has a garlic butter on it that just makes the sandwich that much better. We love them so much we ...

Jul 20, 2015
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Brian S.
Simply the best BBQ around, great late night food and done of the best tri-tip ever. Worth every penny, and the staff is incredible and very friendly. A must visit if in the area!

Jul 11, 2015
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Bernadete R.
Amazing food and great service! The tri-tip was tender and flavorful and  the bread was freshly baked. We ordered the cowboy corn pie and it was supper flavorful. This is a great place for families and late night dinners. Great atmosphere!

Jul 11, 2015
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Renee M.
We used Old San Luis BBQ for our son's graduation. The food was AMAZING and Matt was great to work with. He had the amount of food we'd need for 50 people down to a science and made menu suggestions that were appealing to both the grads and parents. ...

Jul 4, 2015
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Malinee S.
We Had pit plate tri tips w garlic bread, corn pie w bbq sauce. We also ordered chocolate bacon milk shake.  The meat was juicy w mild flavor NF tastes better than rancho Nipomo. The garlic bread was just ok--loaded w garlic. The sauce was good and not too sweet.  ...

Jul 3, 2015

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670 Higuera St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4406
Directions | (805) 285-2473

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