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Award winning BBQ & Live Blues

Breakfast 7am-11am | Lunch/Dinner 11am-9pm

Every day

7 am


9 pm

or sold out

Closed Thanksgiving
& Christmas
plated three meat meal with chicken, brisket and ribs


Aptos St.

Aptos, CA


Good Vibes and soulful blues

We’re more than just your go to spot for the best BBQ in Santa Cruz county.  We’ve got live blues 7 nights a week and a seat at the table waiting for you.  So come grab a beer, or a whole BBQ spread, and join us for some soulful blues and good times.

New Item: BBQ Mac

We have a new dish in the kitchen- BBQ Mac! Your favorite Mac and Cheese topped with any smoked meat of your choosing and served with garlic bread.  A hearty dish that’s like a little gathering of all the best stuff on one plate.

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Throughout the year we partner with local schools, clubs, youth sports teams, and PTAs to help give back to our community. Fundraisers are easy to set up, fun to attend, and stocked with delicious BBQ for everyone to enjoy.

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Introducing Real Smoked Rewards

Award winning BBQ with perks, what’s not to love? Surprise birthday gifts, first dibs on holiday preorders, smokin’ deals and so much more.

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It’s another great day to be together

When the beer is cold and the pits are hot, people tend to gather. That’s a truth as old as time, and one that’s near and dear to our hearts. Grab a friend, a beer, and a seat, and join us in celebrating the power of fire and time in the most authentic way possible.

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Awards & Best Of's

best of santa cruz county award

Good Times

award from wedding wire for 2020

Wedding Wire

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Business Insider

Fab food with such a chilled vibe. Got the kids soccer team here..sat outside. Loved the pulled pork. The kids devoured the ribs. All the meats are great. The beer variety was awesome. We'll be back.

Aparma G.

June 23'

Not too many bbq joints outside Texas tend to impress me with their brisket...well Aptos St BBQ breaks that rule!! Perfectly done and served on a beautifully grilled piece of bread. The potato salad was on point and the little pile of pickled onions and jalapeños was perfect!!

Bobby M.

March 23'

Stopped here on a whim on our trip from Georgia. We have had a lot of bbq in the south. This is some of the best bbq we have ever eaten!

Paige H.

June 23'

A fantastic spot for barbecue in the Aptos area. Whether you're looking for a lively outdoor seating or a cool live band to jam to while you enjoy your bbq, there's something here for everyone. The selection is awesome.

Sandra N.

June 23'

For date night we decided to go to Aptos St. BBQ and let me just say, BOMBBBBBB... Perfect summer evening! Also the beer bar had a really good selection, a lot of different beers on tap! I even got to have options on sours which usually never happens! We forsure will be going back!!

Sandra R.

June 22'

Oh, mama. It was a meat bonanza, each item with its own special flavor and appeal. The ribs were meaty and juicy, bronzed with sauce. The tri-tip, tender but with a bit of chew, was cooked just right. And I loved the fall-apart pulled pork and its ridges of crackling-rich crust.

Ann Parker

Santa Cruz Sentinel

The tri-tip, in particular, is delicious. The first time I had it—fat slices piled into a split bun like ciabatta—its flavor, juice retention, and the elastic pull of its grain astonished me.

John & Chris May


This restaurant is a real gem, and definitely worth making a special trip to experience.

Sebastian Frey

Aptos Community News

The meat was cooked to perfection, almost melting into the fresh garlic roll. I could go on and on, relying on metaphors and analogies to get my point across to you; but instead I will say this: go get it.

Staff Writer

Santa Cruz Waves