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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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Elizabeth V.
Atascadero, CA

We LOVE this place! The environment is casual, but it backs right up to the creek in downtown which is really nice. There are a ton of gluten free options here - including the corn pie, fries and bbq sauce (so you can get any meat minus bread). I especially ...

Aug 14, 2016
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Clive M.
Cambria, CA

This is one of the rare places where everything was perfect. The pulled pork in the sandwich was delicious, as was the roll and the sauce. The cole slaw, which had apples in it, was so good we bought more to take home.The employees were friendly. When I ordered ...

Aug 6, 2016
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marty a.
San Ramon, CA

Really good, I had the Tri-tips sandwich and you can see the smoke ring! Very tasty.  People here are great too!

Aug 5, 2016
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Earleen C.
Davie, FL

A friend said we had to try s tri tip beef sandwich while in the central coast and theirs was awesome. Flavorful and great bbq sauce as well.

Aug 5, 2016
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Mister And Missus F.
Los Osos, CA

Full disclosure: I know the owner. But I really think this is the best tri tip around. Other reviews confirm that. Just tried the corn pie last week. I'm surprised how flavorful it is. Come by on Wednesday nights for free Irish music.

Jul 27, 2016
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Lisa V.
Redwood City, CA

Best tri-tip on french bread we have ever had. Pulled pork is buttery soft and super delicious. We liked the options to eat outside by the creek or inside. Don't waste your time reading more reviews: this place serves fantastic food you should try ASAP. These dishes were among the ...

Jul 27, 2016
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Joss B.
Camarillo, CA

We were a group of 5 people with 5 different meals and nobody was disappointed. Well served, tri tip sandwich is tasteful.

Jul 26, 2016
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Michelle L.
San Jose, CA

After a tiring day at the beach, we were super hungry. Thanks to Yelp, I found this awesome place! No one objected because who doesn't like tri tip? I ordered the tri tip pit plate and substitute the bread out. The sides are no joke. They ran out of the ...

Jul 25, 2016
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Victoria B.
Santa Clarita, CA

We tried this place because of the great reviews. We were not disappointed. The pulled pork and tri-tip sandwiches were delicious!! So we're both the regular fries and the sweet potato fries. It's walk up ordering. They have some outdoor seating, but they also have an indoor space as well. ...

Jul 24, 2016
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Eric B.
Sacramento, CA

Would highly recommend the sides (corn pie was stellar). This is a great place to stop by and get takeout and the atmosphere inside is great. Their BBQ sauce was very good and we need up dipping almost everything in it. Prices were also very good, solid 5 stars

Jul 23, 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

Old San Luis BBQ Menu
Old San Luis BBQ entree menu
Old San Luis BBQ Sides and Drinks Menu


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

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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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