Kansas City Barbeque

Kansas City Barbeque 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!

 You shake my nerves and you rattle my brains…....

They also have more license plates hanging on their walls and ceilings than we’ve ever seen before. Oh……and the piano that Maverick and Goose played on in the movie is sitting in a corner of the dining room.

A little fun history…

“The location director for Paramount Studios was driving through downtown San Diego in search of locations during the filming of “Top Gun” at Miramar NAS. After stopping in for a beer, he liked the joint and brought back the director, Tony Scott, who approached us about the possibility of closing down for a day to do some shooting. In retrospect, it was one of our better business decisions.” Quote by owner Martin Blair.

Visit the bar and take home a “Top Gun” tank top, t-shirt, hat, or postcard! Their menu boasts a variety of great sandwiches, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and more! ”

Kansas City Barbeque
3.9
Based on 2049 reviews
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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
james harrison
james harrison
17:50 07 Jul 21
Brisket sandwich was excellent, good sauce. side of beans was good, not spicy. Ribs served at the table were moist,... meaty and fell off the bone with a great sauce. Although short on staff, we were well served by our waitress. Would eat there againread 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
Michael K
Michael K
04:45 14 Jun 21
Great local place for food and drinks. Top Gun filming location as well as a good BBQ spot. Bartenders are friendly,... fun and helpful. Stopped in here the first night in town, in a very friendly local gave some advice that paid off. Just happened to stop in by chance and so glad I did.read more
Shawn Mahkorn
Shawn Mahkorn
14:26 30 May 21
If you're a fan of the movie Top Gun then Kansas City Barbecue is a must stop while in San Diego. The food isn't bad... and the place has a cool vibe.It is also close to a lot of other places to visit (Gas Lamp District, Seaport Village, SD Convention Center, etc.)."Great balls of fire". 🔥 🔥read more
Jen Newman
Jen Newman
04:50 24 May 21
Fun little place. All the Top Gun pictures on the wall just adds to the fun atmosphere. Adding in that the "sleezy bar... scene" from Top Gun was filmed there just makes it that much better. And the food was great. Just one more fun place to check out in San Diego.read 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
Mary Brown
Mary Brown
23:10 15 May 21
A San Diego landmark with friendly staff and good grub in a casual setting. The brisket is tender with a thick, sweet... barbecue sauce. The Cole slaw has a vinegar-based dressing which pleasantly offsets the sweetness of the barbecue sauce. I like that the potato salad is not drenched in mayo, and the onions and red and green peppers give it extra texture and flavor. For a salty, crunchy appetizer or snack, try the deep fried pickles.read more
Harris Clemon
Harris Clemon
04:09 25 Apr 21
Atmosphere five stars desserts five stars I had the peach cobbler and the walnut pie delicious baby back ribs... outstandingly great tender, clean bite off the bone juicy and lots of flavor. Coffee was hot fresh and not burnt. I had 3 sides, beans, cheesy corn and Mac and cheese(skip the Mac and cheese). I had also gotten something they consider brisket(no smoke ring and very dry, try something else). The local drinkers may get loud and it's the typical bar talk, guys trying to impress out of town women and women a little too eager to be talking to guys yelling at a sports game. I'd say this is a must stop for babyback ribs and dessert. Get the coffee with the dessert. Top Gun themed bar maybe the movie was shot there.read more
Bethany Hayes
Bethany Hayes
02:00 25 Apr 21
Hands down the best barbque in California! Service was great. A nice little neighborhood joint. Very comfortable homey... feel. I HIGHLY recommend. Oh and I love the way they let their meats shine through by putting the sauce on the side. That let's you know they are proud of their food.read more
Stephanie Gonzalez
Stephanie Gonzalez
19:06 01 Apr 21
Great food! Everything taste amazing. I have visited this place 2 times. The first time everything was perfect. The... service and food were spot on. I decided to invite friends and family for a special occasion. We were 8 in total however, service was not that great. We waited for 2 hours to get our food once we were seated. I had to ask in two separate occasions if we could have an update on when we were going to receive the food and did not get a time frame. We were about to leave but the food is just so good here we decided to wait. Once the food arrived it was amazing as expected. I'm hoping it was just a bad day on the second occasion but overall I will give them 4 starsread more
Doniecee D
Doniecee D
23:11 27 Mar 21
Let me explain. I love this place. They're food is amazing but the wait time is bad. I ordered food thinking I'd be... able to grab and go after the quoted 25 - 30 minutes and had to wait and extra 25 minutes. My order hadn't even been started when I arrived. 🙃 I will be back but will better prepared for the wait time.read more
Patty A
Patty A
06:01 05 Mar 21
What a cute place! It's like a picnic by the sea. The BBQ was delicious, it's my new must stop for breakfast place... whenever I'm passing by San Diego. Service was fast and friendly. Def recommend.read more
Brandon Glenn
Brandon Glenn
04:07 20 Feb 21
I liked the bar and enjoyed its nostalgia for Top Gun. I think they should revisit the flavors of Kansas City Barbecue.... 😉 Otherwise the service is good and the beer is cold. Enjoy!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
RocknRollPiano (Scotty J)
RocknRollPiano (Scotty J)
01:00 01 Jan 21
We ordered ribs and pulled pork with 2 sides and it was great! We also ordered their hot wings and they too were... awesome! Definitely going back and will be often.read more
Kellie25 D
Kellie25 D
02:46 05 Nov 20
BBQ and the setting at this place is great. It's so appetizing. The service was very friendly and attentive. The bill... was well within reason for the quality.read more
Lizeth Sanchez
Lizeth Sanchez
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
Zoe Logan
Zoe Logan
07:53 18 Oct 20
BBQ at this place - very tasty. I like it here, excellent food & service. The service was very welcoming and observant.... It has a nice interior. Makes me feel like I am back in Sacramento.read more
Jim P
Jim P
02:25 12 Oct 20
Nice to see their ratings trending up. Honestly, after visiting for first time, I couldn't believe it wasn't more... highly rated. I found my meal (ribs) to be great. Place had some character, service was great, servings were hearty, and prices were very reasonable. I can't think of anything to complain about. I will definitely go back.read more
Petunia Wainwright
Petunia Wainwright
03:38 10 Oct 20
I ordered a chicken sandwich and it was not good at all. Also the waitress never came and checked on us. I had to send... the onion rings back because they weren’t cold. I will not be going back. Customer service is suppose to good. She didn’t greet us. It was not a good experience.read more
paul mayer
paul mayer
01:53 01 Oct 20
bbq and the setting at this spot is excellent. Looking forward to coming back with my relatives. Prices are appropriate.
Ignacia Nandy Rojas
Ignacia Nandy Rojas
21:03 28 Sep 20
So,far was delicious food! I recommend it for sure!
Rodney Ressling
Rodney Ressling
12:58 26 Sep 20
Top Guns fans will enjoy the BBQ and atmosphere. The BBQ was nice, with a sauce you will enjoy. I enjoyed the... outside dining.read more
Crystal Pope
Crystal Pope
12:41 22 Sep 20
A favorite location for BBQ. super appetizing. i can see why they have so many great reviews.
Aubree James
Aubree James
01:46 22 Sep 20
BBQ, mmm, very tasty. A preferred evening place. I'll return with my relatives. It has an awesome feel to it. If it... wasn't far from my work I would come by more.read more
T. Smith
T. Smith
00:54 17 Sep 20
Outstanding.......love the place
Matthew Rogers
Matthew Rogers
07:34 15 Sep 20
First visit.. I was told that this place had the best BBQ in the town.. Not sure if it is or not, but it was pretty... good. The brisket was nice and tender. The side were just okay.. The whole "Top Gun" scene was cool to see too!read more
Ryan Sketch
Ryan Sketch
03:29 13 Sep 20
Ok ok, I've been dying to come to this cool little bar stuck in the middle of all of these beautiful but massive sky... scrapers downtown San Diego. Why? Because its a restaurant that was used in a scene in Top Gun of course!There's a whole, incredibly fun story behind the scene in the movie, but ill let the bar tenders or wait staff tell it to you themselves.Its a really fun little bar (would you call it a dive bar?) and while I had fun stopping in, I left feeling a little...wanting.The food is good, don't get me wrong, and maybe its just because we are in the middle of a pandemic or maybe it's because I ordered the wrong thing....but I have had better BBQ pulled pork sandwiches elsewhere.BUT, the conversation with the staff, the environment and the stories make it absolutely worth the visit.Try it out for yourself.read more
Katie C
Katie C
03:13 07 Sep 20
Eh was about all I can say about the food. We went about 2000 and they had no fried pickles, not "balls of fire" took... over 90 minutes to get our food, was cold and my daughters mac n cheese had absolutely no flavor. Had to walk up to the bar (bartender was amazing) to get a beer refill TWICE, had to ask a passing waitress for soda refills for the kids.Our server brought our food and disappeared...had to ask another server for our check after waiting another 20ish minutes got our check. I dont think we would ever go back even though the smell of the food is what got us in the door! If only it tasted as good as it smelled!!!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.
Monica Kerr
Monica Kerr
11:03 03 Sep 20
BBQ and the setting here is better than most. The staff was very helpful and welcoming. This place has a great design.
jar324
jar324
22:03 02 Sep 20
Great place for BBQ and fans of the 1985 movie Top Gun. Film location and across from Seaport Village makes it a... perfect stop when visiting downtown San Diego.read more
Dylan Todd
Dylan Todd
03:00 26 Aug 20
Chris behind the bar is an absolute legend. He'll tell you all about the bar's history and brighten your day with his... awesomeness while doing it. The ribs are absolute dynamite, the servers are super friendly, and the beer selection is fantastic!read more
aaliyah kidd
aaliyah kidd
07:49 24 Aug 20
BBQ and the scene at this place is great. Got there about three, it wasn't crowded. I will be back with my coworkers.... It has a cool interior.read more
Larry Natividad
Larry Natividad
06:25 24 Aug 20
Tried the ribs, chicken, coleslaw & cheesy corn. All good. Would recommend.
Wesley Salazar
Wesley Salazar
15:24 15 Aug 20
This place is definitely one of the tastiest restaurants in the neighborhood. Anytime I go there I am incredibly... pleased. They manage their high standard service and the topmost level of cooking they offer. You no doubt will love this restaurant. Very recommended.read more
619Scout
619Scout
20:24 10 Aug 20
My chicken was cold like it just came out of the refrigerator. My sons mac and cheese was also ice cold. The rest of... the food was OK. Service was on point. She was very attentiveread more
Chris Boehmke
Chris Boehmke
22:42 31 Jul 20
Had the beef brisket and it was so tender. Husband had pulled pork and it was also really tender. Not a fan of the... slaw, but I was warned it was different before I ordered. Really good food.read more
James Sommers
James Sommers
04:56 30 Jul 20
We had never tried this place because we felt it was too touristy and that people just go because part of Top Gun was... filmed here. We finally went and man, it was good. Being from Texas, we know BBQ. This place is legit. The meat was smoked perfectly. Can't wait to go back!read more
Audrey Pena
Audrey Pena
18:26 27 Jul 20
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.Only issue is a surcharge that wasn't explained on the check. But we'll go back for the food and service for sure. 👍read more
Jim White
Jim White
12:38 18 Jul 20
If you have had good smoked bbq in the southeast, avoid this place. The ribs were fatty and dry, the brisket moist but... was not lean. Neither had pink color expected of slow smoked meat, or smoked flavoring. The beans were bland and the dominant flavor was of green peppers. The onion rings needed another minute in the fryer as they were soggy and not crisp. Definitely living off the movie. You can get better ribs at the Outback, and that is a poor comparison at best.read more
Val Lundgren
Val Lundgren
06:41 14 Jul 20
The food is tasty and in huge portions. Beef brisket is one of their specialty. That's why we keep Highly... recommending them to all. Even my coworkers go out of their way to pick up their food .read more
Marjorie Murray
Marjorie Murray
02:12 14 Jul 20
Baby back ribs were delicious, super tender and falling off the bone. The food came out fast just the way I like it.... The staff were so attentive and always making sure we were taken care of. Great service!read more
Alfonso Gurreri
Alfonso Gurreri
21:21 06 Jul 20
Great place to visit If you are in San Diego. Food was OK the spare ribs arrived a Little bit cold at the table. The... service was really niceread more
Leonardo G.
Leonardo G.
04:17 06 Jul 20
This was the best! Good food, good sauce, and their KC Mac Balls are so crisp and yummy! Perfect for a day after the... beach, or if you're on an adventure!If you are a big fan of Top Gun, then this is your restaurant! Enviornment is awesome and cool!read more
Maria Markarian
Maria Markarian
16:45 05 Jul 20
So casual and so delicious 😋.They have outdoor seating has street and hotels view.Good Kansas style BBQ, I loved the... brisket the most, they have in the menus were it called works that you can pick 3 kind of meat and 2 sides I got the baby back ribs, chicken and brisket it was just perfect.They have draft beer and I loved the red trolly the most, however they have the list Abby and that is an awesome option too.Great place for big group of ppl, family friendly, and of course they have french fries and Mac and cheese for kids 😉.read more
Elianna Vides
Elianna Vides
11:36 20 Jun 20
Loved it! Best boat ride ever. Didn't see any whales but, We saw plenty of dolphins and almost a great white. Boat ride... was really nice. Relaxing...I would come back..read more
Bill Konves
Bill Konves
01:45 06 Jun 20
Great service here. Friendly people. And home of the sleazy bar from top gun. The piano still in here. Very cool.
Naomi Kent
Naomi Kent
16:27 19 May 20
I have been to KC BBQ almost every time I've been to SD the last couple years. So many great things! The staff is... awesome, especially Jen M and Michelle. Outdoor patio is such a great place to relax and enjoy good food and a drink. The burnt ends were amazing. Hopefully I'll get to watch a Chiefs game there this season. Five stars for everything!read more
J Dub
J Dub
20:03 13 Mar 20
This is like a little hole in the wall but it is famous only because a scene from Top Gun was filmed there!!! Goose... and Maverick playing the piano and singing Great Balls of Fire!!! BUT...... The food was awesome and very reasonably priced!!! Great Balls of Fire!! I'm going back for sure!!!read more
JP
JP
01:32 28 Dec 19
Be sure to eat here when in San Diego, outstanding barbecue sauce. - Had the potato salad, beef brisket, corn. Budget... friendly too! Staff was polite and friendly. This was the place in 1985 top gun bar scene, so fun famous place too. Highly recommend!read more
Ken Hoekema
Ken Hoekema
06:58 09 Dec 19
What a fun, unplanned stop this was! We had been exploring the neighborhood for a bit and then decided to stop for a... break and a cool beer. The food smelled so good, we had to share a plate of brisket. Wow, terrific and a super sauce! Chris the bartender was a hoot and made it fun for everyone there. And the top gun connection is cool too.read more
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