Cole's Bar-B-Q

2590 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz
(831) 476-4424

Recent Reviews

Debbie Pieracci

Well I have lived in santa cruz for 54 years and have never been here. Now I know why. I had high hopes. Ordered a pulled pork sandwich and a jalapeño burger and fries. Ok let's start with the fries. They filled the bag with fries to bad they were very old, very old and greasy. The pulled pork sandwich had lots of meat in it but no flavor. The hamburger I ordered with bacon. All I can say was the jalapeños had flavor but the patty was also old and very dry. I will not go back.

Evan Richards

Sorry for the tough review but the ribs were unbeatable. So tough I couldn’t even get the meat off the bone. Potentially better things on the menu??

Olivia Wong

This place is insane. Not “good for Santa Cruz” but GOOD.I was driving to Home Depot or something and drawn in from Cole’s enticing fumes. They got the meat and the smoke and the wood, the whole shebang. I would take a date here, I would take my family here, I would have my last meal here. Highly recommend garlic bread, tri tip, pulled pork, chili burger.Everyone working here deserves a raise.

Pete Arballo

Great food and good prices! Everything prepared on site and is very delicious food. You can taste the love here!!


I had some fries and chicken that both tasted like they had been cooked 8 hours before and reheated in the deep fryer. I was really bummed out, probably the worst BBQ I’ve ever had. Some of the other reviews look like they had solid meals, maybe the main cook was out sick the day I went. I thew most of my meal away, really disappointed

Mario Modica

Looked like an interesting place to visit, as we drove by and smoke from the pit was billowing onto the street - smelled great as well.Sadly, it didn’t live up to expectations- we shared the tri tip (beef apparently) plate with chilli. Taste was not as expected and we ended up leaving more than half.Would I eat here again? No - not to my liking.

Jennifer Paniagua

My husband bought pork ribs today, with beans, bread, 2 salads and french fries, and the ribs were super dry, they were definitely not cooked today and the beans are not the same as before. We are really disappointed.


A great meal with tremendous choices at ridiculous price. Can eat on the premises or order take away. We as tourists where lucky to find this great restaurant. It must be good the locals love it and so did we.

Petra Ramirez

Had lunch special 2 ribs; ? yummy!!

Debb R (Debb)

Husband Expected more smoke flavor on the ribs and chicken. His tri tip was dry.It's nearly 3am and I'm still up not sure if it was spice in beans or the BBQ sauce I slathered on the pulled pork.Waitress was kind, she actually bought a homeless person dinner.

Jessica Hughes

Soooo good!! Definitely will be back to try more on the menu. Pork ribs and Cole’s fries and potato salad were all awesome!

Autumn Fox

Wow this place was bomb. Delicious and cool environment . Definitely what we needed after the beach. Food is great and service on the super busy 4th of july was awesome the girl did everything she could to make it a great meal. Attentive and nice. We will be eating here each time now. Grilled and wood fire BBQ food is even healthier than random street food. You are the best Coles bar-B-q

Er R

We shared the combo and it hit the hunger spot for us both - so good. It's been a favorite for years and we have to hit it when in town.

Sam Reeves

I have been coming to Coles for nearly 25 years. I remember the old Aptos location,, but we have eaten at the smaller Pleasure Point location many times too.. The food has always been very consistent, friendly service, and those famous French fries can't be missed ?. It's a great place for outdoor lunch in the cool breezes. I look forward to my next visit.

Chris Briano

Lots of Food for the price. I ordered Tri-Tip and they gave me enough to last 4 meals (for extra sandwiches, pick up bread if you get the tri-trip).One order of Tri-Tip can definitely feed 2-3 people a couple times. Slices are cut very small, which makes for easy chewing, but again it is ALOT of meat.

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