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Kansas City Barbeque, home of the bar scene in Top Gun, is a restaurant and bar located in the heart of bustling Harbor Drive. Located across Harbor Drive from Seaport Village and just down the street from USS Midway. They have become infamous for their on-site slow-smoked bbq giving it a one-of-a-kind flavor. Revered by aficionados for their special sauces, rubs, and “burnt ends” of briskets known for their flavor! Daily Happy Hour on draft beer & delicious snacks from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm!

Kansas City Barbeque
3.9
Based on 2164 reviews
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Antoni Kunkel
Antoni Kunkel
22:33 02 Dec 21
Small indoor dining area and large outdoor dining area - chose indoor seating, table in the corner by the piano. Quick... service, food was tasty but not outstanding, just average. I ordered the beef brisket sandwich with slaw on it and mac & cheese as my side. My friend ordered the pulled pork with slaw and fries. I liked the slaw which is vinegar based, not mayonnaise based. We also ordered a side of onion rings which were the biggest disappointment of the meal as they are not homemade, but rather the frozen pre-packaged onion rings - wouldn’t recommend the onion rings! Went to see the Top Gun memorabilia, just thought it would be a better dining experience food wise.read more
Bill Munsch
Bill Munsch
14:03 25 Nov 21
Delicious BBQ. Get some ribs, sides and a cold beer. Don't forget desert. Peach cobbler was delicious and plenty big... enough to share. We ate outside. Watched some football and checked out the Top Gun memorabilia before we left. Great day!read more
Sydney West
Sydney West
00:09 22 Nov 21
Great KC Themed bar, as a KC person, the BBQ wasn't quite "Kansas City" to me. It is probably difficult to get the same... quality of meats on the coast. Great place to watch any Kansas City or (Kansas college) sports team play, especially The Chiefs!! Too Fun theme was also cool. Service was fast and friendly, would go again when I'm in town if there is a game on!read more
Frank Paulin
Frank Paulin
18:36 19 Nov 21
I ordered the slab of Ribs. Their Ribs are a dry rub and you get some sauce on the side. I like being able to taste... the meat and not having it swimming in sauce.Service is really good. This seems like a great place to watch football, especially if you're a Chiefs fan. The decor is really cool too.read more
Brent DeBruine
Brent DeBruine
04:07 28 Oct 21
Fantastic! Absolutely worth the stop! The atmosphere is that of a small town "Mom & Pop" style bar. Great Top Gun... memorabilia & the bartender had a great story of the filming of the movie scenes there. The staff was very friendly & full of knowledge as well! It's a FOR SURE stop for a cold one!read more
Al D
Al D
04:15 15 Sep 21
Definitely a theme based kind of local restaurant that holds on to its Top Gun roots. They have about 8 beers on tap... and wine but no liquor. The bbq is plentiful but it ranges from very good to average (burnt ends were great, pulled pork was good, brisket was average). Bartender was really friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient, but I'd try other places in the local area first.read more
Audrey Pena
Audrey Pena
14:54 07 Sep 21
Food and atmosphere was terrific. The brisket will cause you to question all other brisket you've ever had. Onion... rings, chicken wings, and fried pickles, mmm.Server, Kelsey, is the best. She's taking care of you without you having to ask.We'll go back for the food and service for sure. 👍read more
Vernon Smith
Vernon Smith
20:17 27 Jul 21
Meal fantastic.Has been sixteen years since last I visited the Top Gun Sleazy Bar scene grill. If anything the,... atmosphere, service, eats and Fun as aged brilliantly.The fun, the food, history and especially the owners were all reasons KC BBQ was always one of my main watering holes as I wheeled myself around San Diego on my bicycle.GO EAT and kick back under the San Diego sun on KC's patio or wheel into history at their bar!read more
lottei ZERO
lottei ZERO
03:40 25 Jul 21
It was very busy at the time I went in so the wait was a little long but the experience is worth it. I like the energy... of the bar, every server is very comfortably casual and nice.It's much easier to do a to-go order than it is to get a table.I hope these menus help folk, as it was difficult for me personally to read with what was already there.read more
Cindy Burke
Cindy Burke
20:18 09 Jul 21
Kansas City BBQ is the best bar in San Diego, in my opinion.From Cindy and Martin, to Chris, Melissa, Jennifer, Nina,... Jersey and Mike, the folks that work here make it a memorable experience, in and of itself.Add to that, a great menu, with great food, (the potato salad is incredible!), it is located in a museum!Stop in and say " Hi"! They will be glad to see you.read more
T G
T G
04:32 23 Jun 21
Let me start with saying the pulled pork and brisket are delicious!!!! I'm such a picky person to please.. but they... were really good! So good that I went back days later for more... The portions were good size & since I like to people watch the outdoors seating was perfect.*Let me add that the buffalo wings are good too..!read more
David Partridge
David Partridge
20:28 21 Jun 21
What a fun bar to visit. All of the paraphernalia of the original Top Gun movie is hear. It appears as a tiny dive bar... but it is so much more.The BBQ is so tender and delicious! We ordered a pulled pork sandwich and pork ribs. Both were excellent and love their BBQ sauce.Bartenders are great and there is a large variety of tap beers available including some of the local favorites. Prices are decent $$ and again the BBQ is delicious!read more
ARMAND Ouedraogo
ARMAND Ouedraogo
00:33 18 Jun 21
We felt welcome and appreciated. And the food.... I can't even begin to say how delicious it was. My 2 years old... wouldn't stop chewing on a succulent rib! Amazing placeread more
Allen Skinner
Allen Skinner
04:55 18 May 21
Fun BBQ joint in San Diego. Meats are smoked with a dry rub with tomato based and vinegar based BBQ sauce. Excellent... meat and vinegar based slaw. Fries good according to the teenaged assistant reviewer. Potato salad was a bit bland. Mac and cheese not bad but have had better. Excellent customer service. Bonus is looking at the memorabilia from Top Gun and other awesome military memorabilia.read more
jalen gonzales
jalen gonzales
18:02 26 Jan 21
One of a kind place! The food is to die for! You absolutely cannot go wrong with some of their smoked wings with an... order of fried Mac and cheese balls!! The staff is beyond friendly! I’ve made many lifelong friends amongst the staff and regulars, this is truly a one of a kind and magical place! Should be on anyones to do list who is visiting the beautiful city!read more
Liizzy San
Liizzy San
20:46 28 Oct 20
Went to this restaurant on Monday for the first time. I was really looking forward to it because of Top Gun. Didn’t... have to wait in line. As soon as we got there we got a table. The service was great. The waitress kept on checking up to see if we needed anything. I definitely suggest the fried pickles and the Mac balls to start off. I love how it’s all about Top Gun. I would definitely recommend this place to eat if you’re in San Diego.read more
O G
O G
02:57 06 Sep 20
Poor quality food. Pulled pork was not good and Cole slaw was terrible. Only Onion Rings were good.
Larry G
Larry G
06:25 24 Aug 20
Tried the ribs, chicken, coleslaw & cheesy corn. All good. Would recommend.
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