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The 5 Best BBQ Restaurants Near La Jolla, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

La Jolla does BBQ well!l These spots offer everything from whole hog trays to vegetarian options like smoked corn. After scrutinizing millions of critic and diner reviews from top sites we give you the list of La Jolla’s best BBQ. Head to these spots for some of the tastiest brisket and burnt ends your taste buds can imagine!

Find the perfect Barbeque spot

The Promiscuous Fork

American, $$, La JollaAmerican, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ

American, $$, La JollaAmerican, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

Iron Pig Alehouse

American, $$, Pacific BeachAmerican, $$San Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2016

    Where to Eat Barbecue in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2016
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Eat in Pacific Beach

    Eater, 2021

Coaster Saloon

American, $$, Mission BeachAmerican, $$San Diego, Mission Beach
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Buffalo Wing Star

American, $, Clairemont Mesa EastAmerican, $San Diego, Clairemont Mesa East
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate this list?

Finding the right spot to satisfy your Barbeque craving shouldn't be a full-time job. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 10162 restaurants, and 624 lists and articles from top sources like Eater. These spots have been featured in Eater - Where to Eat in Pacific Beach and Eater - Where to Eat Barbecue in San Diego Right Now. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. Barbeque connoisseurs and amateurs alike are bound to enjoy this list of the best San Diego Barbeque.

Recurring questions

There are 3 barbeque spots in La Jolla.

The Promiscuous Fork, Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ, and BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse are the highest-rated barbeque spots for dinner in La Jolla.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is the highest-rated vegetarian barbeque spot in La Jolla.

Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ and BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse are the highest-rated barbeque spots that are good for groups in La Jolla.

Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ and BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse are the highest-rated barbeque spots for a pick-up order in La Jolla.

Drink pairing tips for Barbeque

  • Go for Rosé with grilled turkey burger

    For an elevated experience, pair your grilled turkey burger with Rosé. This combination works particularly well because this pink wine battles the grilled flavours.


  • The perfect match for your pork ribs with a barbecue rub

    Experts recommend pairing a pork ribs with a barbecue rub with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

  • Pinot Noir with your pork

    Experts would recommend a red wine as a pairing to your pork, specifically Pinot Noir because it highlights the richer flavours of the meat.

Factoids about Barbeque

  • A perfect match: tea & steak

    Experts recommend pairing steak with tea to complement the food’s fatty flavor with the tannin-rich flavors of the drink.

  • A long-held tradition

    A trip to Korea is incomplete without having tried the local bulgogi, a national classic!

  • Who made the first saucy chicken wing?

    The saucy chicken wing was only thought up in 1950s! We wonder what people ever did without some good saucy chicken wing in their lives...

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