San Juan Capistrano's Michelin-Recognized Heritage Barbecue To Open San Diego Location

June 24, 2022

San Juan Capistrano's Michelin-recognized Heritage Craft Barbecue & Brewing is opening a massive location in San Diego County. 

When Chef Daniel Castillo finally opened Heritage Craft Barbecue & Brewing in San Juan Capistrano's Old Town in August 2020, there was already a line a quarter mile long, with many people waiting since the night before. Castillo had already developed a cult following by hauling his massive 1,000-gallon smoker around Orange County and popping up at area breweries. In its short existence, Heritage Barbecue has garnered a stellar reputation for its Texas-style, slow-smoked barbecue, even being named by Orange County Register as the best restaurant in the county for 2022 and given Bib Gourmand honors by California's 2021 Michelin Guide. 

Heritage Craft Barbecue & Brewing will soon open a new location in the more than 7,000 square-foot building in Oceanside, CA, that last housed the short-lived Municipal Taco, which shuttered earlier this week after only a year in business. Expect a menu featuring an array of smoked meats like sausage, pulled pork, chicken, tri tip, char siu pork belly, spare ribs, brisket, and pastrami, as well as sandwiches, sides and cornbread. The company will also brew their own craft beers from the onsite 10 barrel brewing system. There will also be a full bar with cocktails and possibly an onsite speakeasy.  

Heritage Craft Barbecue & Brewing is anticipated to open by year's end at 2002 South Coast Highway in San Diego's North County city of Oceanside. For more information, visit