Aptos St. BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
  • Brian M.
    "Great brisket, wonderful beer selection and awesome atmosphere!"(8 Tips)
    Mark S.
    "GET THERE EARLY!! Had the Tri-Tip and pulled pork, both excellent."(13 Tips)
    Rich H.
    "The best barbecue place in Santa Cruz County."(3 Tips)
    Niku A.
    "One of the best brisket sammies I've ever had."(6 Tips)
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  • Mark S.
    Mark SturnMarch 23, 2015
    GET THERE EARLY!! Had the Tri-Tip and pulled pork, both excellent. Good potato salad, coleslaw was simple but good. Arrived at 7pm they were sold out of brisket, chicken, beans & garlic bread
  • Abraham S.
    Abraham SanchezAugust 10, 2013
    I love this place. Their beer selection is great, but their food is why you stay. Live music, great food, and great beer, best place in Santa Cruz. Give it a shot.
  • Novy A.
    Novy AndreanJanuary 19, 2016
    The Pulled pork and tri trip sandwich with spicy BBq sauce is the best.this place always crowded in lunch and dinner
  • Brian S.
    Excellent ribs. Pork and cheese sausage was slammin too. Extra points for having BBQ salads that's allow me to get some healthy with my pork.
  • Bradley T.
    Bradley TinderSeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order early via phone if you can. Meat tends to sell out. Great atmosphere here, you won't regret it! Best BBQ in Santa Cruz county!
  • Fritz B.
    Fritz BoyleOctober 7, 2013
    I went in expecting rural barbecue experience only 2 be surprised by a hipster vibe, 40 beer taps, live blues band and good chicken barbecue
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGlynnSeptember 25, 2014
    Great brisket, wonderful beer selection and awesome atmosphere! Can't wait to visit again.
  • Jenae
    JenaeOctober 15, 2014
    The tri tip was fantastic, great beer selection and live music nightly!
  • Bradley T.
    Bradley TinderOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The pork ribs are the best. You can't go wrong with the tri tip sandwich. Best beer selection in Santa Cruz county.
  • Berner
    BernerFebruary 22, 2015
    Best pulled pork sandwich I've ever had. Wash it down with the unreal Breakfast Time sour ale and enjoy
  • Rich H.
    Rich H.July 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best barbecue place in Santa Cruz County. Very good beer selection too. Try the barbecue chicken sandwich.
  • Cristina B.
    Cristina B.September 27, 2014
    Craft beer selection is awesome and always changing. Pulled pork, ribs, BBQ beef sandwich- all amazing!
  • Ingrid S.
    Ingrid SApril 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    BBQ chicken sandwich ask for it on garlic bread. Absolutely delicious. Plenty of IPA to drink with it
  • A B.
    A BallesterosOctober 1, 2013
    Enjoy a huge selection of good brews with bison ribs. The Santa Cruz Ales IPA is great on a hot sunny day.
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WJune 15
    They have a fantastic beer selection! When we went they had rare barrel on tap 😱😱😱
  • Marke C.
    Marke ClingerApril 21, 2013
    Call before you come down. They ran out of 3/4's of the menu! Came for ribs, but none to be seen, tri-tip out! Hope you like hot links and burnt chicken.
  • SEGA
    SEGAJune 5, 2013
    This is some of the best BBQ in the Bay Area. There’s regularly live music and the food is out of this world. If you’re passing through Santa Cruz, it’s well worth a visit! - Kevin, Game Master
  • Louie ..
    Louie .October 26, 2014
    Pulled pork sandwich was delicious! 37 craft beers on tap!
  • Danny T.
    Danny ThorpeMay 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They've expanded! Twice as many tables, bigger kitchen too. Live music is still uncomfortably loud, but at least they shut it down at 8pm.
  • Sara B.
    Sara BensonNovember 17, 2012
    Insane list of regional & crafts beers - over 30 on draft!
  • Danny T.
    Danny ThorpeJune 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Blues players were great but this room is really too small for live performances. Everyone is standing out on the sidewalk because the room is so loud.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧April 2, 2016
    Good ribs, bonus live blues band & w berry cobbler the size of a VW bus
  • Mark H.
    Mark HanfordApril 6, 2013
    Amazing bread pudding. And I don't even like bread pudding!
  • Vansi
    VansiJuly 4
    Ribs, sausage are good. The brisket is decent.
  • Charlobo s.
    Strong beer selection and great great great bbq
  • John S.
    John SimsOctober 27, 2012
    tasty bbq, sweet and kinda tangy.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RJuly 27
    Get the spicy chicken salad and listen to some live blues.
  • Cathy N.
    Cathy NguyễnOctober 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing, no frills BBQ. Just deliciously juicy, tender meat on perfectly toasted bread. And then you drench it in however much sauce your heart desires! Bottles at every table and are always full up!
  • Dan D.
    Dan DupreeJuly 21
    Beer & BBQ. Ribs were awesome.
  • Yohay E.
    Yohay ElamJune 24, 2016
    Meat, beer, blues music
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DoddAugust 30, 2013
    Pulled pork on garlic bread!
  • Leonard M.
    Leonard MontgomeryMarch 13, 2016
  • Christian D.
    Pulled pork is great.
  • Allyscoop W.
    Allyscoop WJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Berry cobbler is the best!!
  • Mykey M.
    Mykey McnarySeptember 17
    Bbq pork sando!!!💣
  • Alana A.
    Alana AlciniSeptember 11, 2010
    They have the best Tri-Tip sandwich, the Raging Bull.
  • Nova S.
    Nova SmithJune 3, 2015
    The brisket sandwich.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BrittonAugust 9, 2014
    Great pulled pork!
  • Giovanna H.
    Giovanna HanoAugust 27, 2016
    NOT Texan approved! I would NOT recommend! Meat was dry and tough. Beans were terrible. Potato salad tasted like pickles
  • Steven G.
    Steven GraffMarch 26, 2010
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  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BartnerJune 1, 2015
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  • Rachelle C.
    Rachelle CAugust 12, 2013
    Best smoked meat is ribs and tri tip although the pulled pork is yummy too. Don't miss the soft garlic bread!
  • Fam A.
    Fam AloseryJune 21, 2016
    there was lots sold
  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamJuly 27, 2015
    One of the best brisket sammies I've ever had. Stop here for lunch on your way to SARA.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DearbornDecember 5, 2010
    It's all about the pulled pork.
  • Haylie J.
    Haylie JonesJune 29, 2012
    Loved it, order the pulled pork sandwich on garlic bread and be sure to ask for extra BBQ sauce!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱May 17, 2016
    Delicious BBQ! Make sure you get extra BBQ sauce!
  • Rachelle C.
    Rachelle CJune 3, 2014
    Terrific BBQ Tri tip and ribs. Pass on the chicken. We like the cornbread side.
  • Ted N.
    Ted NitzApril 10, 2010
    Delicious brisket on Fridays. Also secret menu items: the Raging Bull, spicy tri-tip sandwich; and the Firebird, spicy chicken sandwich.
  • Sarah .
    Sarah 💄April 28, 2016
    Any sandwich with the toasted garlic bread is freaking delicious.
  • Terry B.
    Terry BallantyneSeptember 16, 2011
    Best pulled pork sandwich ever! get the vinegar type au jus. Rockin!
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