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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!

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


Old San Luis BBQ is rated 4.4 / 5 from 94 customers!

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Angie E.
Orange, CA

The meat here is flavorful, albeit a tad bit on the salty side. The strawberry field salad is fresh, good, and hearty (if you add tri tip and get a side of fries:) The service is good, but there is only outdoor seating, and you pick up your food at ...

Aug 31, 2015
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Frances W.
Santa Cruz, CA

Loved every part of this delicious meal. Read all the tips on here... and then do them all. Seriously, the corn pie and the pulled pork are amazing.

Aug 30, 2015
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Joseph M.
Yucaipa, CA

The food was terrific and the friendly staff was awesome. We will diffidently be back on our next to San Luis Obispo. OSL BBQ Co. is going to be one of our regular stops now.

Aug 24, 2015
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Matt G.
Fresno, CA

The ABSOLUTE BEST BBQ IN SLO!!! Unbelievably amazing food.  Everything I have tried here is delicious.  I personally recommend the candied bacon tri tip sliders.  The meat is perfectly grilled/BBQed, the sourdough compliments it perfectly, and their BBQ sauce is out of this world.   The chicken sandwich with their ...

Aug 22, 2015
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Caroline R.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Loved the brisket with candied bacon! Beers on tap, friendly service and hip atmosphere!

Aug 19, 2015
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Jeff B.
Grover Beach, CA

Just heard of this place in a youtube video about san luis obispo county. Cool spot and the food is just what you expect. Pricey but you get what you pay for. Between SLO and Santa Maria I can't say who has the better bbq. It's all good ...

Aug 18, 2015

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Long Beach, CA

We were at the Farmer's Market (which is a great time as well) and happened upon the stand they had in front of the restaurant and they were handing out free samples. Well of course the samples were delicious so we had to give it a try. We had the ...

Aug 14, 2015
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Pete O.
Los Angeles, CA

Tri tip is crazy good. Pretty low priced for BBQ.  Service is fast and food is fresh and delicious! I'm a fan!   You don't need the sauce.  Eat it plain and you won't be disappointed.

Aug 13, 2015
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Erin Y.
Henderson, NV

We got just about everything on the menu and it was all awesome. The sliders, the pulled pork sandwich, linguica sandwich, cowboy pie, fries...it was so good! The service was friendly, helpful, fast and efficient. *They've expanded their restaurant so there is more indoor seating.

Aug 11, 2015
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Frank T.
San Luis Obispo, CA

This is by far the best BBQ in SLO!  The tri-tip sandwich is out of this world.  Love the food and the staff.  I can't wait to see their new expansion!

Aug 9, 2015

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


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!


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  • 4 FREE Reg. side or drink
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  • 10 15% OFF entire order
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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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