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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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Lydia R.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Pit plate w/ tri tip, beans and garlic bread was really good. Super salty rub on the tri tip. Strawberry lemonade is good and I like the music on Thursdays

Apr 23, 2016
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Judy S.
Arroyo Grande, CA

Super good food in a great location. We loved our casual meal. We ordered the chicken pit plate, a tri tip slider, and the strawberry fields salad. Definitely will be back for a great lunch. Thank you!

Apr 17, 2016
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Marc C.

This place is amazing! The tri-tip is excellent with only Firestone having better meat. However, the tri-tip sandwich as a whole is better than Firestone.

Apr 16, 2016
San Luis Obispo, CA

High quality ingredients, with a fresh taste. For a consistent and predictable meal every time, SL BBQ is my go to spot!

Apr 9, 2016
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Lisa F.
San Luis Obispo, CA

I love this place so much!! I'm sure there are other good things on the menu but I am stuck in love with the tri-tip salad. large portions of all the perfectly cooked goodies on top--hard boiled egg, blue cheese and bacon. And SO much of the very tasty tri-tip....

Apr 9, 2016
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Michelle D.
Kutztown, PA

Excellent tri-tip sandwich.  Lucky enough to go there when there was a farmers market going on and they had a $5 sandwich special (2/3 of the meat of the $10 sandwich), which was more than enough for me.  The only issue was that it was a nice night and we wanted to eat ...

Mar 31, 2016
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Alex A.
Santa Monica, CA

Came to San Luis obispo not expecting much quality. When I came to this resteraunt I went "wow" it's very sketchy. After I ordered the tri-tip sandwhich, I had no idea what to expect. Once I took my first bite, I was in food heaven. Unbelievable service, with a phenomenal ...

Mar 28, 2016
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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

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


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We Cater...

  • Weddings
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  • Business luncheons 
  • Any small or large event! 
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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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