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General Info
Armadillo Willy s Barbecue specializes in barbecues of various kinds, and has several locations in California, including one location in San Mateo. Established in 1983, its menu includes Texas ribs, beef briskets, Memphis pork, barbecued chicken and turkey. Starters include boneless buffalo wings, and salads include its Willy s green salad. Its barbecued platters include sweet wet ribs, chopped barbecued chicken, smoked turkey breast, and sausage of the day. The menu features barbecue sandwiches, a wide variety of charboiled burgers, and desserts. Armadillo Willy s Barbecue also offers a separate menu of barbecued meat for children, which includes Texas fries and a soft drink.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Primary Phone: (650) 341-5271

Phone: (650) 341-5271

Fax: (650) 341-5271

TollFree: (800) 585-7427

Brands
Armadillo Willy's BBQ, Angus Beef
Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Location
Bridgepointe Shopping Ctr
Neighborhood
Marina Lagoon
Other Email

Categories
Barbecue Restaurants, Restaurants, Caterers, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Drive Through: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Burgers, Caterers, Barbecue, American, Take Out, Hot Dogs

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Parties, Fiestas

Price Range : Average

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psmith1975

12/16/2006

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Overall
Best BBQ in San Mateo

I never thought I would find such great BBQ in California. Armadillo Willy's is a great place to grab some BBQ and a great rest while your shopping. It is located in the Bridge Point shopping center near Target. You go in wait in line Order and they give you a buzzer for when your food is ready so you can go up and get it from the cook. So I was skeptical at first. However once I received my food my mind was instantly changed. It was with out a doubt the best BBQ I have ever had in California. I mean lets face it were not known for good BBQ. I ordered the ribs which I had to split with my husband who was already full from the burger he just devoured. The service could have been better and the prices were moderate to say the least but over all I feel I could recommend Armadillo Willy's to my family and friends.

suspiration

11/17/2006

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Overall
Great BBQ, dirty cups

BBQ foods are great. But all the silverwares including cups and plates are kind of dirty. I got this cup which had a bunch of BBQ sauce in it so I exchanged for another one, but that cup got some other dirt in it. Overall, the place is kind of dirty, however, the BBQ foods is good.

ddenis1212

06/05/2003

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Armadillo Willy's BBQ

This is a very popular restaurant. There is almost always a long wait, which is somewhat odd due to the semi-fast food nature of the restaurant. Prices are also a bit too high. As for the food, it is just okay at best. I would never use Armadillo Willy's BBQ to satisfy a BBQ urge. On the other hand, it is an acceptable lunch alternative to McDonalds or Burger King so long as you are willing to spend about nine to ten bucks for lunch and are willing to take a whole hour for lunch.

egriffith

05/22/2003

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Overall
better elsewhere....

As someone who was born in the south and has family currently living there, I can tell you that this is not Texas style BBQ. It's California style with a Texas label. If you want some seriously good southern style BBQ, try Roderick's Barbeque and Seafood in Dublin. Now that's some excellent BBQ!!!

tropo

03/24/2003

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Overall
Good Ribs

If you are not looking for atmosphere (and who is looking for atmoshpere in a rib joint) and you don't mind seating and serving yourself, this is a good rib place. Larger selection than some. Good beans. OK cornbread. Nice peanut cole slaw.

mbglover

11/03/2002

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Overall
Texas Back 40 Barbecue 10 Times Better

We ate at an Armadillo Willy's BBQ down in the Santa Cruz area and was one of the most disappointing barbecue experiences we have ever had. The place couldn't seem to decide if it was a fast food chain or just a restaurant that didn't want to offer any service. I found the barbecue mediocre at best. If you are into quantity, they do give big portions.

forbanter

10/28/2002

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Overall
Best BBQ in the Bay Area

The best BBQ I have found in the Bay Area. Good value and large portions.

plumerdan

10/26/2002

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Overall
my 2 cents...

I really enjoy thier food,you get a lot for the money (good leftovers!!!)

Ramblero

09/21/2002

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Overall
Yuk!!!!

After having been dragged to Armadillo Willy's the 2nd and 3rd times, I now refuse to ever eat there again. It is an insult to the term ""barbeque"".

BBQCritic

08/29/2002

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Overall
Not All That

I too am a true Texan and ate my fair share of Texas BBQ. I believe that the good reviews from others and the top 10 rating for Willy's can be explained more by the lack of BBQ places in the Bay Area than by the quality of Willy's food. Store-bought BBQ meats are significantly better.

The sausages and brisket I had were dry and tasteless compared to what I am used to. I can only guess that they started off with the wrong fat content (crucial for proper juicyness) and spicing, then improperly smoked the meat (do they even have a smoker?), and after this torture, the meat then sat under a heat lamp.

There wasn't anything particularly wrong with the place except for the food, but that is, after all, what I went there for.

amalmborg

08/13/2002

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Overall
Close to TX bbq

Other than Back 40 Texas Bar-b-que located in Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, Armadillo Willy's comes the closest to being ""TEXAS"" bbq. It it delicious. I enjoyed the chopped beef sandwhich and on another location the sliced beef. Their onion rings are great!

mfitch

07/29/2002

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Overall
Great food, Fast Service, fun place

The smoker is right up front - you can see where
and how they cook their meats. The food is very
tasty - the bbq sauce is on the side - so no trying
to coverup what's lacking in the meat. They move
large crowds of people through quickly. Their kid's
menu works for my fussy children. They also offer
food to go so you can order BBQ by the pound to
serve up to the large party at home.

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