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!



Explore our Tasty BBQ Menu!
Old San Luis BBQ Happy Hour
Old San Luis BBQ Happy Hour

Santa Maria Style Corn Pie
"Part cornbread and part casserole... Great favors with just a hint of heat."

-Michael S. via Yelp
Santa Maria Style BBQ Tri Tip

"AMAZING tri-tip sandwich! So glad we stopped by!"

-Jen S. via Yelp

Strawberry Field Salad

"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!

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


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

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Emily P.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Excellent BBQ & Salads. We often go for their sandwiches and the salads but their fries are amazing too. The tap room they just opened up provides a great separate space for eating and terrific drink choices. Glad to see this restaurant just keeps getting better!

Oct 15, 2017
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Jeff H.
Los Angeles, CA

I've been dreaming about this place ever since I visited it last weekend.   Until the next time, my friend.

Oct 15, 2017
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Cam D.

Ok, let me start off by saying WOW! The food is great, got the pulled pork sandwiches since the tri-tip was sold out. It was so jucy and delicious; I also...

Oct 14, 2017
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Jenny D.
Petaluma, CA

This was a fun place to eat with my husband and pups! The beer selection seemed limitless, and the food was satisfyingly yummy! We spent a good amount of time hanging out here cant wait to come back.

Oct 13, 2017
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Erica H.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Great food!!!!!!oh m G. The sliders and coleslaw was amazing. And the service was fast and courteous.Thank you!

Oct 4, 2017
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Jessica M.
Clovis, CA

Love the strawberry fields salad with a nice glass of wine. Good service! Had the tri tip and it's delicious. Recommend you stop on by.

Oct 2, 2017
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Heather D.
Kingsport, TN

I think these guys have a unique take on barbecue. I'm pretty picky about my food and I don't typically like trying new things. However, I gave this place a shot and I really liked it. They have a unique flavor goinng on here. I found the environment to be ...

Sep 29, 2017
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Nigel M.
Costa Mesa, CA

Amazing!  I love this place.  I go the SLO once a year for a break and always make a point to eat here at least once.  Try the Cowboy Corn Pie, it's to die for.  Everything is good.  The beer is cold and served in mason jars, which is a ...

Sep 21, 2017
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Katerina B.

Hidden treasure. Probably the best tri-tip you will have in SLO. Just love it. Location isn't a place you'd just stumble upon downtown. Clear on the...

Sep 20, 2017
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John D.

I enjoyed a great pulled pork sandwich and the nice view while I ate. I was served quickly by a friendly staff. Thank you.

Sep 19, 2017


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

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