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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Anna G.
Cupertino, CA

Every Thursday during farmer's market they have a $5 deal for either a pulled pork or tritip sandwich. The people working here are always so warm and friendly and make the overall experience a great one. Despite how busy they are on Thursdays they always manage to prepare food fairly quickly! ...

Mar 9, 2017
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Frances M.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Outdoor seating and good service.   Very casual and relaxing atmosphere.  The Cowboy corn pie is delicious!  And their tri-tip slider is also very good. Love this place. I'm becoming a regular now.

Mar 5, 2017
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Sara L.
San Luis Obispo, CA

the sliders are amazing... and that corn pie they have is OUT of this world! gotta try this place! great prices too! true slo food at its best!

Jan 18, 2017
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Adam H.
San Luis Obispo, CA

The best tri tip sandwiches in SLO county! All of the food that I have had has been excellent and the service too! Right at the edge of downtown SLO, so it's a convenient walk to any of the downtown stores. And the riverside seating is quite scenic too.

Dec 28, 2016
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Brett S.

the tri-tip was outstanding...the pulled pork too. I would get both again. It's a good atmosphere too. There were three families of us there, all with kids running around the dining area, thankfully with no other customers at the time. The children loved the food as well, and their ...

Dec 23, 2016
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Todd M.
San Luis Obispo, CA

I love this place!  The tri tip is the best around.  try the corn pie, it goes perfect with a cold beer.

Dec 22, 2016
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Jordan D.
Sacramento, CA

I've driven by this place a few times and finally stopped in. The pulled pork sandwich was really good but the chocolate milkshake was one of the best I've had!! It was delicious!! The atmosphere was pretty relax and there's even couches to chill on. The girl working there was ...

Dec 19, 2016
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Joseph M.
Yucaipa, CA

We're back.. LoL this is one of my must eat at places. Love BBQ and place is great has very good BBQ. Would love to see brisket added to the menu..!  But I will be back again,  I'll have to see how remodel with the new space goes..

Dec 15, 2016
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Excellent food ....they have a neat garden/atrium seating area which is really pretty. The cowboy cornbread is good. Tri tip is cut thick. They carry many different kinds of beer also. A definite stop in from the downtown SLO area

Dec 15, 2016
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gary w.
Alhambra, CA

This place has the best tritip sandwiches is SLO.  The tri tip is more flavorful here than at Firestones.

Dec 9, 2016


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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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