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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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Jamie A.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Best salad ever! Great customer service as well! Actually ALL the people who have ever helped me here have been great which makes it easy to recommend ya'll. Not that it matters but I'm in the restaurant business too, and for that being said, the women who yelped you before ...

Sep 15, 2016
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Amelia F.
Lemoore, CA

Soooo good. The portions are great. I like how they serve the pulled pork, no sauce. I got it on the side so I could add as much as I needed. And the corn pie was delish! We will definitely be back!

Sep 7, 2016
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Ron E.
Los Angeles, CA

The barbecue tri-tip, sandwich or otherwise, is excellent. We first got this for a family camping trip in 2015 (catering-sized order) based on the yelp reviews then, and went here again yesterday for a meal while traveling up the 101. The BBQ is a good cut of meat and flavorfully prepared. Not ...

Sep 6, 2016
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Tate R.
Walnut, CA

The Old San Luis BBQ Co. is absolutely the best barbeque restaurant I have ever been to. With its rustic yet hipster environment, this restaurant is the perfect place for anyone. Not only are the prices very reasonable, but the portions are large. I would highly recommend trying the tri ...

Sep 5, 2016
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Smudge T.
Felton, CA

My friend and I were on the road, headed to LA and needed something in our tummies. We stumbled upon this place and were completely impressed with their friendly service and awesome food. We went for the tri-tip sliders and fries. Yes. Yes. Yes. It was perfect and really hit ...

Aug 24, 2016
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Bryce C.
San Luis Obispo, CA

This is by far the best tri-tip joint in SLO! They offer very fresh sourdough and french rolls. The trip tip is always perfectly cooked, and their fries are much better than Firestone. They have a rewards program and offer a student discount, you can't beat that! I will always ...

Aug 18, 2016
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Michelle M.
Lompoc, CA

Love their Tritip sandwich with candied bacon, the bacon shake and apple jalapeño slaw. Never been disappointed with the food. Pricing is another story... The candied bacon (CB) is an additional $2 but I've seen places charge that for 2 slices of avo. The issue is this- my son ordered the ...

Aug 17, 2016
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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

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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