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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!

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!
Catering Page


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  • 4 FREE Reg. side or drink
  • 7 FREE Reg. side or drink
  • 10 15% OFF entire order
  • 13 FREE sandwich of your choice!
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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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Golnaz P.
Can't beat this place. There is a reason I come here every Thursday for farmer's market. By far the best quality and tasting tri tip on the Central Coast. The tri tip is super juicy and I don't see the same streaks of fat I do at ...

Jun 29, 2015
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Ryan T.
Best BBQ I have had in SLO.  Tri-tip sandwich was very good and reasonably priced.  Also the bacon milkshake is awesome.

Jun 27, 2015
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Shaina J.
Came here once with some friends and we ordered something off the secret menu. It was a little bit on the pricey side being $13 but the tri-tip was so good! I don't know if I'd get in trouble saying it, but it's half linguica and half tri-tip. ...

Jun 26, 2015
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L. W.
Visiting from Houston for a conference. This is a fantastic choice. Chicken was delicious and the corn pie was just as amazing. The cilantro bbq sauce tastes great and the strawberry lemonade was sweet and tangy. My co-worker had the tip-top beef sandwich and he said that was amazing also. ...

Jun 22, 2015
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Calvin G.
The BBQ beans are amazing. Trip tip sandwich was good too - French or sour dough bread!  Milkshakes have a special yummy flavor - try the rootbeer float too!   Authentic and classical try this gem in SLO!!

Jun 21, 2015

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

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