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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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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
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Jason C.
Escondido, CA

This is some great BBQ! Delicious pulled pork sandwich (the ciabatta bread was an interesting touch!) with the cilantro BBQ sauce. The service and ambiance were stellar. We would CERTAINLY go back again! Check it out!

Jul 19, 2016

Tri-tip sandwich, candied bacon and the strawberry lemonade. Three delicious and easy to consume foods. The menu is short and to the point. We went during the SLO farmers market so the line was wrapped around but they moved it fairly quickly. There is outside and indoor seating available.

Jul 17, 2016
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Mary H.
Taft, CA

Disappointed because they were out of corn pie and I was looking forward to trying that. We ordered 2 pit plates: try tip with coleslaw, pulled pork with sweet potato fries, then a linguica sandwich and pinquito beans. I could try to describe each dish, and I will, but amazing sums ...

Jul 15, 2016
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Estevan W.
San Luis Obispo, CA

I loved the food! The corn pie tastes great and I don't even like jalepeños. The tri-tip was juicy and tender. The prices are very reasonable and the staff is so friendly. Defintely going to become a regular place for me

Jul 13, 2016
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Lauren W.
College Park, MD

Stopped here during our drive from LA to San Fran and were pleasantly surprised with San Luis Obispo's cute downtown area on a sunny afternoon. We split the pulled pork pit plate (say that three times fast) and a strawberry lemonade. The inside area was very well kept but we ...

Jul 12, 2016
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Tina I.
Morgan Hill, CA

Great food. Great for a quick stop with the kids - when you don't want to go to a more expensive sit down restaurant. Excellent BBQ food... Love the BBQ sauce here! My kids ages 2 years through to 18 years, all love it too.... Great for all ages. $9.25 for Tri-Tip, $7.75 for ...

Jul 10, 2016
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Liz A.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Best tri-tip  sandwiches in town,  in my opinion. Amazing side dishes too. Love the salsa on my tri-tip sandwich. My family and I eat here a couple times a month....something for everyone here and aways delicious! Oh, and love getting the strawberry lemonade!

Jul 4, 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


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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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