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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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Arnie B.
Downey, CA

Great food, interesting ambiance. We came here last year on an after Christmas road trip, and I am just getting around to leaving the review . I discovered this establishment while perusing YELP for good eats, and this joint proved to be a great bbq spot. We came here in mid ...

Jun 27, 2016
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Mandy B.
Brea, CA

Delicious, delicious food! Even better than their yummy tritip and cowboy corn pie was the AMAZING customer service. My dad has Celiac and HAS to eat gluten free.  The manager was so accommodating and knowledgable. There really was not much to change as it is almost all gf (even the ...

Jun 26, 2016
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John Paul E.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Brads the man! Thank you Old San Luis BBQ! Tri-tip... amazing! Pulled pork...amazing! Bacon strawberry shake...amazing!!! Can't get enough of this place.

Jun 25, 2016
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Cristy B.
Ontario, CA

Best tri tip sandwiches in town! Conveniently they close at 2am. We had to stop here after the bar and loved the sandwiches. The sandwich we ordered was delicious!I would just recommend to get Hot BBQ sauce. The one they have is sweet, I like my BBQ sauce to ...

Jun 21, 2016
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Jill N.
El Dorado Hills, CA

Let me start by saying this business not only serves great food, but great over the top service as well. I ordered in advance of Cal Poly graduation a very large order for pick up. I was hosting a party in Avila Beach and my daughter wanted Old San Luis ...

Jun 17, 2016
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Stella K.
Rocklin, CA

Yum! Yum! Yum! The line was so long, but worth it. I am certain was longer than normal because it was the weekly farmers market. We had the pulled pork sandwich and tri-tip sandwich. They were five dollars each because of the farmers market. GREAT DEAL! Both sandwiches were loaded ...

Jun 17, 2016
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T. B.
Lompoc, CA

What an outstanding crew!  I hosted a grad party for my son's HS graduation of 50+ people in SM, Old SLO BBQ was so professional.  I would recommend anyone thinking of throwing a party, to enjoy family and friends and allow Old SLO BBQ to take care of your needs.  The ...

Jun 17, 2016
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Chris K.
Diamond Bar, CA

excellent bbq at a good price. very casual, both inside and outside seating. it's located right at the south end of the thursday night farmer's market. we had the strawberry field salad with chicken - excellent. tri tip plate came with 6 small slices, a bit dismal but hey it's tri ...

Jun 16, 2016
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Jay P.
Clovis, CA

Excellent barbecue. The ti-tip and pulled pork are equally good, but if you're from out of the area and not used to Santa Maria/Fresno style trip-tip, go with it and you'll be happy that you did. Great location on the creek. Only one complaint: they need to get a ...

Jun 14, 2016
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Philip S.
Mission Viejo, CA

Simple yummy food.  When I mentioned that I had allergies to gluten, soy, and sesame, they knew immediately what I could and could not have. They took my order and then to make sure there would be no problems, they cut up all food on a new cutting board. They ...

Jun 9, 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
  • Private parties 
  • Business luncheons 
  • Any small or large event! 
We have many affordable options available

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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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