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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Moorparkmark M.
Moorpark, CA

Wow! They catered my son's wedding Saturday evening and rocked it.  "Tell your friends about it" food, service, attitude and passion for doing it right. Everyone was talking about the food and going back for seconds and thirds. Killer tri-tip, chicken and best on the planet cowboy corn pie, BBQ ...

May 13, 2017
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Rebeccah W.

Alright, we all love Firestone's - but the quality and service is sub-par. Old San Luis BBQ Co is the adult version. Their tri-tip can't be beat, and it's...

Apr 24, 2017
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Darren J.
Milwaukee, WI

The tri tip here is fantastic definitely a must have if your in the area. The corn pie is really good to try the pit plate and get coleslaw as the side and make a sandwich

Apr 22, 2017
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Zachary L.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Honestly can't believe I haven't written a review for this sooner. This is without a doubt a SLO staple on Higuera. The farmer's tri-tip is by far the best deal you can get during Farmer's market. 5 bucks gets you hearty dark meat that is occasionally sandwiched between sourdough bread. Once ...

Mar 31, 2017
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Eric P.

Ok I've had great tri tip for years yes. The cowboy corn pie forget about it. Best side ever! It's a shut up side dish!

Mar 17, 2017
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Richard S.

Best tri-tip BBQ place around. I switch off between the sliders & the full sandwich. Corn Pie is amazing & unlike anything else I've ever had, it's like...

Mar 16, 2017
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Jeremy B.
Stockton, CA

Food was great! We had the tri tip & pulled pork meat plates. Perfect amount of smoke. Juicy meat and wonderful flavor. Also tried the tri tip sliders with the candied bacon.... perfection!!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Can't wait to go back!!

Mar 10, 2017
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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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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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