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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!



"TAP TALK" w/ Matt Pearce

Take a look and listen of our first installment of "Tap Talk with Matt"

In this installment Matt is speaking with Nolan Mott of Earth and Fire Brewing in Paso Robles. Nolan has been brewing for over 10 years on the Central Coast. Nolan began home brewing with his buddies while attending Cal Poly. His passion for great beer has escalated from those early days and he has become a thriving brewer in Paso Robles.  

Try the Barrel Aged Stoudt!!!

Award Winning Food

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

Old San Luis BBQ Happy Hour

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


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!


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

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M R.

We visited SLO from our home in Atlanta and we swung into this place for some BBQ for lunch. The ordering process is a little odd, in that you order at a...

Nov 25, 2017
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Shaundra D.
San Luis Obispo, CA

went in for lunch yesterday and It was amazing.  Will definitely be back soon

Nov 16, 2017
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Elizabeth C.
Norco, CA

Great tri-tip!!!Not too fatty, tender, delicious!!!Really good garlic bread a fries. Pulled pork was also really good!

Nov 14, 2017
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kj v.

This San Luis Obispo restaurant is my go-to place for a delicious meal of a Tri-tip sandwich, sweet potato fries and a shake. For fall they offer a...

Nov 12, 2017
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Michael C.
Oceano, CA

At 25 cents an ounce, you can buy a pint here for $3! No bar tender required. Beer is self served with a magnetic strip. You can buy more expensive beer here if that's your thing. The selection is vast. But $3 a pint is unheard of...

Nov 5, 2017
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Noah S.
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Amazing food, I got the tri tip sandwich and asked for the bacon bits put on top, this made it amazing. Barbecue sauce was also very good. Bread was a little too toasty, but that's just my preference. Also enjoyed the huge selection of beers and really cool tap set ...

Nov 4, 2017
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Jocelyn M.

Garlic. Cilantro. BBQ. sauce. I didn't even know I needed it in my life until I tried it! Also, delicious pulled pork and corn pie. Yep, corn pie.

Nov 4, 2017
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Ty P.

First, the food is outstanding! Secondly, the people are nice and friendly! Third, the food is outstanding. Finally, we placed a huge order after a team bus...

Nov 3, 2017
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Chris F.
La Quinta, CA

The bbq was amazing. I like the self serve beer concept. The order process was challenging for a first timer but the waitress walked us through the process, showed me the beer service procedure and was very helpful. Once that was understood- we really enjoyed our time and our meal. ...

Nov 1, 2017
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Michelle B.
Arroyo Grande, CA

This place has the best tri tip sandwiches I've ever had. Their fries are also delicious. Orders are finished very fast & employees are always so nice. Highly recommend this place to anyone looking for amazing BBQ!

Oct 23, 2017


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

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