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 1780 reviews
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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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