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Kansas City BBQ

600 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, California 92138 USA

$
$$$$
Budget
Closed Now
Opens Mon 11a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“"Top Gun" film location”

Kansas City Barbeque is a restaurant and bar located in the harbor district of San Diego, California. Self-proclaimed as the “Top Gun Bar”, it is known for being the filming location for scenes used in the film Top Gun. Opened 30 years ago by Kansas City natives Martin and Cindy Blair Kansas City Barbeque was one of the first restaurants to usher in the downtown dining re-vitalization of San Diego which is known today as the premiere destination for all things travel and business related. The location of the restaurant was key for Martin and Cindy, because in the coming years downtown would soon construct its famous Convention Center and a multitude of hotels all surrounding the barbeque. However Kansas City Barbeque is most famous for a 1986 classic movie. The location director for Paramount Studios was driving through downtown San Diego in search of locations during the filming of "Top Gun" at Miramar NAS. After stopping in for a beer, he like the joint, and brought back the director, Tony Scott, who approached us about the possibility of closing down for a day to do some shooting. In retrospect, it was one of our better business decisions. The bar was used in a scene in which Goose and Maverick (played by Anthony Edwards and Tom Cruise, respectively) belt out “Great Balls of Fire” while seated at the piano. The now famous line by Meg Ryan, “Goose, you big stuuuuuud! Take me to bed now or lose me forever!” was uttered in the dining area of Kansas City Barbeque. The bar was also used in the final scene, where the song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” is heard playing on the jukebox. Kansas City BBQ is owned by a KC native, and it THE best place for Chiefs fans in the San Diego area. The games will be on the TV, and rest assured there will be fellow fans there to cheer on the Chiefs right alongside you.

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Austin Coop

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September 19, 2014
Rated 4.0

If you like good food and cheesy movie filming locations, this place is for you. I couldn't stop singing "Great balls of fire" just like Goose did in Top Gun! When I think San Diego, I don't think BBQ, but this place does it right. A fun time!

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Kansas City BBQ

600 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, California
92138 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Outdoor Seating

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