Phil's Bar-B-Q


Cuisine: BBQ, Barbecue

Phil's Bar-B-Q is a BBQ and Barbecue restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid less than $10, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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"Great food"
"I enjoy going to Phil's. The workers are nice, and the food is good."
"The Texas caviar bean dip blew me away! The BBQ chicken sandwich was really good I recommend this place "
"Nice people and very generous with extra sauces! Always kind and accommodating to my now five year old. "
"A St. Louis must!"
"This restaurant is kind of hit and miss. Sometimes the ribs are fall off the bone delicious... Other times they have very little flavor and the meat is very tough. But when they are good they are absolutely to die for. If you happen to hit a bad day try i"
"The fish was not that good."
"Great barbecue!"
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 Grantwood Village, MO

Real smoked BBQ at Phil's

Even though there has been some confusion about the location of Phil’s BBQ , Phil’s is really quite easy to find. Simply start anywhere east of the 7000 block of Gravois, head west and go until the sweet smell of hickory smoke fills your nostrils and your mouth starts to water. You will be at 9295 Gravois – home of Phil’s Bar-B-Que

Look to the right and you will see the, probably 50 year old, Phil’s BBQ sign and what looks like a tiny eating place tucked into an asphalt parking lot. You will also see smoke coming out of the wood fired grill and a bunch of cars.

Phil’s is a standard in St. Louis. It has been around longer than I can remember – and believe me, that’s a long time – and for decades it has delivered one thing – Great barbecue. There is nothing fancy about it. The building is much larger than it appears, but not that larger by restaurant standards. The red and white checkered table cloths are probably the same ones we used 20 years ago, but they are exactly what you want to see in great barbecue place.

This restaurant represents the cliche’ “BBQ joint” and fulfills all that you would expect.

The barbecue is first rate as evidenced by its long tenure, and the cole slaw and fries are perfect.

You don’t need to get dressed up because you may need a bib once you dive into Phil’s menu.

Don’t expect to spend too much and feel free to take the kids. Carryout is excellent, too. The ONLY drawbacks are: no one behind the counter is checking calories so watch yourself, and there isn’t a lot for veg heads like me. Even so, I did eat meat once, and most of my friends still do, so I go occasionally and dive into a plate of slaw and fries. It’s worth the trip.

BBB Pork Steak

What can we say. This is St. Louis! My friends were all licking their lips … and their fingers.

January 23, 2012

Will NEVER go back.

I live nearby and decided to try Phil's for luch one day. The food is nasty. Both my Pulled pork sandwich and my boyfriend's combo plate of briscuit and ribs were hardly edible. Sauce is gross, meat was tough. Not good BBQ by any…
April 28, 2009


I have lived in Memphis, and visited KC. Both have outstanding BBQ. \r \r Next time I am in St.Louis I will have to try some of the other recommended bbq...b/c I went to Phils and it was literally the worst meal I have ever had in my life.…
May 3, 2008

It's a delicious dive

Phils is always the same. Good food, ok service, and a dump. But dumps generally have the best food.

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  • 3/10/2017 A diner from Saint Louis, MO tried it.

  • 2/21/2017 A diner from Saint Louis, MO tried it, didn't like it, and rated it 1 star. They didn't like the food, didn't like the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    just not what I remembered it being 30 years ago. wanted to try again, but would not go back.
  • 2/07/2017 A diner from Saint Louis, MO tried it.

  • 1/12/2017 A diner from Saint Louis, MO tried it.

  • 1/07/2017 A diner from Saint Peters, MO tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 12/23/2016 A diner from Saint Louis, MO tried it and liked it.

  • 11/17/2016 A diner from Saint Louis, MO tried it.

  • 10/21/2016 A diner from Saint Louis, MO tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

  • 10/19/2016 A diner from Saint Louis, MO tried it.

  • 8/28/2016 A diner from Detroit, MI tried it.

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Phil's Bar-B-Q is located near the cities of Saint Louis, St Louis, East St Louis, East St Louis, and East St Louis Township.
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