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!



"BEST BBQ in SLO COUNTY"


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


Catering

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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Social

Old San Luis BBQ is rated 4.8 / 5 from 344 customers!

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C F.
Air Force Academy, CO

Amazing BBQ. Tri tip sandwich and sweet potato fries and live music is all you need...$5 sandwich special on Thursdays during the farmers market.

Aug 4, 2017
Tom
Goleta, CA

Best tri tip anywhere. Hands down.

Jul 31, 2017
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Michelle H.
Wildomar, CA

My friend and I enjoyed the tri-tip sliders, the strawberry pecan salad, and the corn pie. We thoroughly enjoyed everything that we had and look forward to a future visit.

Jul 30, 2017
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Desi B.
Livermore, CA

Great place for a late night snack of quality food. Seem like it was a local favorite with all the college students surrounding it munching on the famous tri tip sandwiches. They offer you a choice of sourdough or French roll.  I had the one with sourdough and didnt really ...

Jul 25, 2017
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Owen L.
Pensacola, FL

Dope! Super dog friendly and great sitting arrangements. Everyone had a good time and left satisfied.

Jul 22, 2017
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Owen L.
Pensacola, FL

Dope! Super dog friendly and great sitting arrangements. Everyone had a good time and left satisfied.

Jul 22, 2017
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Larry B.
Northridge

Ok so I hadn't been in SLO for a long time was driving through so I thought I would stop and have some barbecue. Check my Yelp and found old SLO BBQ. This place is fantastic food is great got a live band french fries are fantastic. I couldn't decide ...

Jul 19, 2017
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Larry B.
Northridge

Ok so I hadn't been in SLO for a long time was driving through so I thought I would stop and have some barbecue. Check my Yelp and found old SLO BBQ. This place is fantastic food is great got a live band french fries are fantastic. I couldn't decide ...

Jul 19, 2017
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Carla W.
Omaha, NE

This was by far the best BBQ chicken sandwich I have Ever had! My husband had the tri tip sandwich and we were both so pleased!The sauce was excellent and the meat was so tender. We live in Northern California, if ever in the area will be there again. ...

Jul 15, 2017
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Lindsay M.
Redwood City, CA

I prefer Old San Luis over Firestone. The BBQ is great along with the amazing sides. The staff is also very friendly and I love the atmosphere.

Jul 14, 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

Contact Us

670 Higuera St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4406
Directions | (805) 285-2473

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