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Smokin J's BBQ - Gaslamp, San Diego, CA

Smokin J's BBQ - Gaslamp

4.6
4.6
24 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for groups
  • Neighborhood gem
Grab your partner and hitch up that wagon, Smokin J's BBQ is now open in the Gaslamp Quarter! Located 5 minutes from the Convention Center, and a mere 10 minutes from Petco Park or the Rady Shell by foot, we are your new favorite spot for slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and craft beer. Smokin J's BBQ won Reader Magazine's poll for Best BBQ in San Diego in 2022 and at our spot in the Gaslamp Quarter we strive to create a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for date nights, family outings, Sunday football, weekend brunch, or for anytime you want eat a great meal with great people. Open for lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends, we offer plenty of indoor seating, a spacious bar, and patio seating.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American, Breakfast
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 795-1456
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Rick Daniels
  • Catering
    Contact us for downtown catering options at josh@smokinjsrealbbq.com
  • Private party facilities
    Rent out our entire 2,000 sq. ft., open floor plan, dining room any day of the week. Located in a historic building in the historic Gaslamp District, we will help you host an historic event!
  • Private party contact
    Joshua George: (703) 314-1486
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Park in garage across the street and get validation at our restaurant.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • The Happiest Hour

    Multiple dates available
    $4 draft beer and $4 pulled pork sliders! That's right folks, Happy Hour at Smokin J's BBQ is a tasty little treat from 3p-5p every day we are open. For a whopping $8 you can be the proud owner of a pint of local craft beer and a pulled pork slider. See you there!
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What 24 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Kid-friendly

  • San Diego

    Good for groups

  • San Diego

    Good for special occasions

  • San Diego

    Kid-friendly

  • San Diego

    Good for groups

  • San Diego

    Neighborhood gem

  • San Diego

    Good for special occasions

24 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was 10/10. Ambiance 10/10. Service was mediocre. They were slow so were super attentive, but the food was definitely worth every single penny. Great first time :)

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  2. JimB

    Atlantic City

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good barbecue Resturant in the heart of the Gaslamp district. The only issue with this restaurant and the others on this strip and in this district is the rampant homeless and open drug use you have to observe, walk past and literally step over. The business owners should unite and demand reform as this is detrimental to their business. I ate at this restaurant multiple times during my stay and enjoyed it but the can’t help to wonder what the city is thinking about allowing this to go on in a business district with bustling tourism. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall it was a good experience. the staff was amazing and attentive. Only downside a family at a nearby table allowed their children to yell and shriek without any intervention.

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  4. MaryF

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went with a group of 14 people and we loved the food! A couple people didn’t eat red meat but loved the smoked jackfruit and blackened shrimp. All the meats are perfectly cooked and I would highly recommend going!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first dining experience at Smokin J's BBQ. The service and food were great!! Looking forward to bringing family the next visit.

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  6. CraigJ

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very "down home" friendly and reservations are available.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great accidental find. Great atmosphere, loved the food “tv dinners”. Prime rib was outstanding. We will be back and bring friends.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Exceptional quality and great experience.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced for the quality of food. Would not visit again.

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  10. Manny

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice bbq lunch before the Women’s Gold Cup final. Surprised it wasn’t busier. The pork was delicious, as were the ribs. All the sides ordered were so good (Mac n chz, beans, fries, coleslaw)! I feel like this spot puts an emphasis on their sides. Not always the case at many bbq joints who sometimes place uneven importance on the meats.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Smokin J's BBQ - Gaslamp using the Order Online button. Smokin J's BBQ - Gaslamp also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 795-1456.

Smokin J's BBQ - Gaslamp is rated 4.6 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Smokin J's BBQ - Gaslamp

751 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Park in garage across the street and get validation at our restaurant.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Rick Daniels
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 795-1456
  • Catering
    Contact us for downtown catering options at josh@smokinjsrealbbq.com
  • Private party facilities
    Rent out our entire 2,000 sq. ft., open floor plan, dining room any day of the week. Located in a historic building in the historic Gaslamp District, we will help you host an historic event!
  • Private party contact
    Joshua George: (703) 314-1486
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