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!

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

Social

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

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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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Chelsie N.
Long Beach, CA

I've had a lot of BBQ in my life as a native of the Midwest but NOTHING ever as good as Old San Luis BBQ. Their tri-tip is phenomenal! It is so tender and flavorful, it's just SOOOO good. Get the slaw too and throw it on top of your ...

Jul 14, 2017
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Amber B.
Arroyo Grande, CA

Delicious sandwiches and sides too! The tri-tip and pulled pork sandwich deals during Thursday Farmer's Market can't be beat. Nice setting and frequently have great live, local musicians. Great staff!

Jul 14, 2017
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Dianne D.
Seattle, WA

So good!!! I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and got the cilantro garlic BBQ sauce! Very very delish! I literally wanted to bring some of that BBQ sauce home! Oh! And I got the corn pie and that was so good! Corn, cheese and jalapeños - what a great ...

Jul 13, 2017
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Jean W.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Ordered food from SLO BBQ for an evening business meeting. The barbecue chicken and tri tip were delicious. Service was amazing; delivery very prompt.  Thank you Cali for helping with the menu and portions. Everyone loved the food. The Cowboy corn pie was DELICIOUS. Might have to get an extra ...

Jul 10, 2017
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Elizabeth D.
Los Osos, CA

As a local, I've tried every tri-tip place in SLO. Hands down, Old SLO BBQ has the best! Make sure to get an extra side of BBQ sauce for your sandwich (I believe the one I get is a cilantro garlic one). I honestly haven't tried anything else, because this ...

Jul 8, 2017
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Dallas P.
Bakersfield, CA

Old San Luis BBQ Company deserves the second review I've ever submitted on Yelp.  I've been to Old SLO BBQ at least five times and felt compelled to finally leave a review.  I'll keep this short.  THE BEST SANTA MARIA TRI TIP IN SLO.  You order through a walk up ...

Jul 6, 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

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

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