Best BBQ in Los Angeles

Whether you feel like a backyard barbecue, beachside bonfire or down-home restaurant experience, we've got your ultimate guide to tasty BBQ in Los Angeles, Orange County and beyond.

Updated: September 03, 2010

BBQ in Los Angeles: Markets and Shops


Hollywood Farmers' Market

1600 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Be easy like Sunday morning and stroll along this popular spot for local produce, bread and other organic edibles perfect for grilling or as side dishes.


Santa Monica Main Street Farmers' Market

2600 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Lest you think carnivores are the only ones who can BBQ, stop by this dynamic bazaar for farm fresh peppers, corn on the cob, heirloom tomatoes and other animal-free provisions to go with your tofu steaks on the grill.


Nijiya Market

124 Japanese Village Plz Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Have more of a global grilling sensibility? Find fresh fish and lots of exotic veggies for your BBQ at this popular Japanese market in the heart of Little Tokyo.


Santa Monica Seafood

1000 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Don't slap the same old salmon on the barbie: Head to this unpretentious yet seriously gourmet market for pristine, iced slabs of daily fresh fish catches.


Bel Air Prime Meats

2964 N Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077

Lifestyles of the rich and famous--in addition to the usual assortment of steaks, poultry and seafood, grab some marinated kabobs, ribs made fresh daily and homemade sausages at this old-school, old-money market.


Fish King

722 N Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91206

Fanatical about fish? Get rare varieties for your BBQ flown in from Hawaii and Fiji plus sashimi-grade ahi tuna, albacore and yellowtail--as well as gourmet game, pastas and Hawaiian specialties--at this Glendale go-to spot.


Beef Palace Butcher Shop

5895 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

If you're planning a BBQ at Huntington Beach, make sure to stop by this nearby chop shop first for informed service and loads of beefed-up grill options.


BBQ in Los Angeles: Places to Grill


Huntington Beach

21700 to 22500 blocks of PCH, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

This famed O.C. beach is one of the few SoCal spots with bonfire pits that are yours for the taking all night long--grab a bundle of wood at the concession stand and grill till the sun goes down. All with an ocean view.


El Dorado Park

2800 N Studebaker Rd, Long Beach, CA 90815

With more than 388 acres, this spacious Long Beach park is a natural for outdoor grilling--just remember, the barbecue pits here are first come, first served.


Whittier Narrows Recreation

823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, South El Monte, CA 91733

No need to stop at the market first. Catch your own fish and then throw it on the barbecue at this 1,500-acre park that has its own fishing lake (and golf course and archery range and BMX biking track and dog sports field and. . . you get the picture).


Wilderness Park

10999 Little Lake Rd, Downey, CA 90241

Bring your own BBQ grill or make use of the handful of small pits at this spacious park--just don't be surprised if the ducks and geese invite themselves over for a few crumbs.


Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Did you know that barbecue pits are provided free of charge at this sprawling paradise of trees, hills and hiking trails? Well, they are. . . so get grilling!


BBQ in Los Angeles: Restaurants


Baby Blues BBQ

444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Step right up and grab your spot in line--this Venice favorite is where folks go for good old-fashioned Carolina soul food. (There's also a newer, bigger location in West Hollywood, too.)


Woody's Bar-B-Que

3446 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

Sure, this place is a hole in the wall, but who cares when the food's this good? The sweet-smoky smell attracts hordes of barbecue lovers to this laidback L.A. takeout shop for BBQ.


Doctor Hogly Wogly Tyler Texas

8136 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91402

Is there a doctor in the house? You just might need one after indulging in the "Flintstones"-sized slabs of sweet, saucy meat at this Van Nuys landmark for cheap (but good) barbecue.


Robin's Woodfire BBQ

395 N Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

Get saucy at this Southern-style BBQ restaurant where the meats are hickory-smoked for hours and the mashed potatoes, onion rings and coleslaw are the perfect partners.


Phillips Barbecue

4307 Leimert Blvd Ste 3, Los Angeles, CA 90008

The lean, meaty ribs, savory sliced beef and crisp-skinned links are why legions swear by this divey but delicious Leimert Park Village BBQ restaurant.


Zeke's Smokehouse BBQ

2209 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

There's a reason Los Angeles diners make the trek to this family-style Montrose BBQ joint--smoky meats that pack a punch.


The Bear Pit

10825 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345

Who says things don't get better with age? Since 1954, slow-cooked, Missouri-style barbecue and famed garlic toast have been the hallmarks of this sawdust-floored family restaurant.


Jaybee's Bar-B-Q

15915 S Avalon Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

This tiny takeout shack in the warehouse hinterland between Gardena and Compton is where BBQ pilgrims order smoky meat drenched in sauce (available in three grades of hot).