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Gus's BBQ
Gus's BBQ

Gus's BBQ Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://gussbbq.com
  • Email: info@gussbbq.com
  • Phone: (626) 799-3251
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 8:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Kyu Yi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Gus's offers catering from 20 to 1000 people.
    Options include: Pick Up, Delivery, Full Service Buffet, Grill Onsite, or our Smoke Monster BBQ Trailer. Packages starting at $12.95.

    For more information including FAQ and pictures, please visit our website: www.gussbbq.com/catering or email catering@gussbbq.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Gus's BBQ welcomes private parties of up to 20 people for any occasion. We are able to accommodate you in our private room located in the rear of the restaurant
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Stouter (626) 799-3251

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mission Street
  • Public Transit: Gus's is located only a couple of blocks from the South Pasadena gold line station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Gus's BBQ
A South Pasadena landmark since 1946, Gus’s BBQ was purchased and remodeled by brothers Chris & John Bicos (owners of The Original Tops in Pasadena). The new Gus’s BBQ specializes in Traditional BBQ - California Style. Dive into an enormous plate of Memphis style baby back ribs or St. Louis spare ribs. You’ll definitely be back for their juicy Carolina style pulled pork sandwich, delicious cast iron cornbread or one of their many 100% Nebraska Chuck burgers. In the mood for classic comfort food? Try their Jack’s Mac and Cheese smothered in 4 cheeses, applewood smoked bacon, crimini mushrooms & drizzled with white truffle oil. You’ll leave knowing exactly why Gus’s food has been hailed, “….so good that we found ourselves eating more than we’d imagined” by S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times.

Recently named one of the top 10 BBQ restaurants on the west coast by Sunset Magazine, Gus’s boasts a super hip bar that serves an impressive list of bourbon and draft beer.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "I feel like I'm in the south when I visit Gus's--every one is so nice and charming. The food is on point--the fried chicken is amazing, but if they are out, do not be disappointed! The brick chicken is also killer."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Service was very good. Unfortunately out of mac & cheese my son wanted but rest of meal very good"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I reserved online with a request to "put a candle in some cornbread -- it's my husband's birthday and he doesn't eat desert." They gave us their best table at their busiest time and welcomed us with "Happy Birthdays" and......I got the candle in the cornbread!!!! It was a Delicious, lovely evening -- great Southern BBQ food (greens, red beans and rice and a full rack of ribs). They have good non-alcoholic beer, nice wine list and everyone was very friendly. Highly recommend Gus's -- but you MUST have a reservation!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Never had I thought I would even entertain such an item as Pulled Pork Nachos...well I'm so glad I did. They were seasoned to perfection, tender and not overwhelming in sauce. By far my favorite dish. The Ribs are to die for. Just the right amount of tenderness that you can enjoy. Lastly the Dinner portion Mac and cheese...yum yum yum"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Their appetizers are delicious. While the ribs may be a tad dry, it's still very tasty. The appetizers, BBQ nachos, sliders, etc, are what keeps me coming back."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "Made reservations on OpenTable using the mobile app, really simple! Got to the restaurant on time and was ready to be seated but our guest wasn't there yet, the restaurant said they will hold off on seating us but they did have a table all ready for us. Service was quick and very attentive but no overly done. Portions were very adequate. Food came out hot and fast. Gus's is our new favorite restaurant when we're in the mode for BBQ!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Is a great place to eat. The ribs and gumbo are terrific. Also they make the best chicken tortilla soup in town."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A very popular South Pas eatery: good food, excellent service, reasonable prices. The biggest detraction for me was only partially the restaurant's fault: it was one of the loudest restaurants I've been in in recent memory. Part of the problem was sitting next to a party with one extremely loud individual, but the overall noise level was so high that I often struggled to hear the people sitting across from me -- in part a consequence of acoustics, in part because they squeeze a lot of tables into the space, and it is a popular place. Of course the problem snowballs: the louder it gets, the louder people have to talk to be heard."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Over the years they have honed and improved their menu. The BBQ is excellent and the crowd is lively. Gus's is my 'go to' when I want BBQ and now I have discovered their fried chicken. Next will be a visit for brunch. The bar is also well stocked."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "If your looking for good bbq Gus's is the place to go."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "so delicious, you must absolutely try their pull pork nacho. the best nachos i have ever had. If you are still reading this than you are wasting your time not being at Gus's BBQ go go go. Oh and our server was amazing."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed the pulled pork tostada and then, on a later visit, we tried the pulled pork nachos. Big mistake!! They were so yummy that we always order them now and there isn't much room for anything else. The moist fried chicken made to order and the dirty rice side dish were also very tasty. On my last visit, I tried the chicken fried steak. It was a bit of a disappointment but that won't keep me away! Very nice restaurant, pleasant staff and always busy - best make a reservation."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "New to the area and loved eating here with the kids. Excellent choices, delicious BBQ sauces and great drinks for the parents. We had some issues with the kitchen forgetting part of our order, but the manager and server moved very quickly to rectify and discounted the bill without us even asking. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "When looking for a new place for lunch, I "stumbled" across Gus's...WOW - WOW - WOW! Am I ever pleased. My meal was exceptional - my guest's was too. The service was first-class; what one would expect at a fine restaurant. High praise goes to Michael who made my first trip perfect. Next time I am in the area I will be back - thank for a great experience!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Outstanding.. The fried chicken is great. Full breast pounded out and deep fried southern style.. Great brisket very good sausage and terrific pulled pork. Mac and cheese side is wonderful(per my lady) and you get 2 sides with a meal.. Ribs are fall off the bone tender with the slightest pull. But NOISY. Very loud inside place. Almost better to eat out on the table on the street"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Delicious! Best BBQ in the 626 and maybe all of California."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have been to Gus's a couple times before and enjoyed it enough to return, but this time was disappointing. We had a reservation on a busy Friday night and were seated right away, it was a full house and so noisy we found it almost impossible to carry on a conversation - perhaps it was where we were seated? Three of our group ordered the pulled pork and brisket combo and all of us had a lot of fat, which was unappealing to the point that I couldn't go on eating it. The sweet potato fries were good as were the deviled eggs but I thought the mac & cheese lacked flavor. Sorry to say, all four of us left unhappy with our meals, but our server was great."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We keep coming back for the great dinners. The ribs and brisket are always delicious. Friendly wait staff. Good choice of beer."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We come to Gus's BBQ often to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. It has a fun, casual atmosphere. Service has always been great. Food is tasty! It usually has more sauce than we want, but you can always scrape some of it away yourself. Can get crowded, but if you make reservations, it's not a problem."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We've never been to Gus's on the weekend, so didn't realize how busy it gets. And with good reason. My tri-tip was delicious, moist and flavorful and very tender. The brisket was great too, as were the sides we tried- cornbread, creamed corn, sweet potato fries. Our server Frankie was attentive and friendly. All around, a great experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "as above. ribs. and the spinach dips. amazing. oh, and the mac and cheese wasn't bad either, maybe."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We went on Sunday after seeing the Yelp recommendation for chicken and waffles. It was very good. We also got the Southern eggs Benedict ( really good ) and biscuits and gravy with grits ( creamy and delicious). Our waiter was great too! Make a reservation and avoid the wait!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I recently took my wife and in-laws to Gus's because it was something I wanted to share with them that I grew up loving. My father owned a 76 Gas Station on the corner of Fair Oaks and Hope Street so all of us use to eat at Gus's. I can remember as a small boy walking down to pick up my parents lunch and excited to keep the left over change from the bill. The owner at the time was Pete. We loved Pete and the food since the mid seventies,"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food is excellent and well presented. Service is speedy and courteous. Not suitable for quiet conversation as it is very noisy, especially the tables in the back. Probably better suited for large groups and parties."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was absolutely outstanding! Everything on my plate included! There were four other people in our party and it was a unanimous decision. This was our first visit to Gus's. Even though the restaurant was completely packed and swarming with people the service was great. There isn't really much scenery but the ambience is acceptable. But the food was so good you didn't care one way or the other. I thoroughly enjoyed my barbecue brisket's. Spinach was the best I've ever had. Even my french fries were absolutely delightful."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Gus' is a great place for BBQ, the food and service is always outstanding!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "What can I say? I've been here about 10 times and every time it has been a wonderful experience. I love BBQ sauce, and this place gives you 3 kinds right on the table. I brought my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day because she's never been here before. We had the pulled pork nachos and the cornbread. She was blown away by the nachos, and she never really likes cornbread, but she did enjoy this one. For the entree, we split a ribs and 2 meat platter which was more than enough for the both of us. We had a lot left over. The service was wonderful. The waiter was very attentive and constantly made sure that we were comfortable, but not overly attentive where it gets annoying. Overall it was a great night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Tri tip salad was very good! My wife enjoyed the fried chicken as well . I will definitely come back again"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love this place!!!! Great food and great service!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Delicious bbq great staff good drinks =tummy full! I wasn't expecting the bbq to be that good! But it was! I will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was really good! My husband had the ribs platter with the baked brand and he kept mentioning how amazingly delicious the beans tasted! Everything overall was great and we will definitely go back! It was a Saturday night and there were SO many people, we got lucky however because I made reservations, so I highly recommend reservations it will save you a lot of standing around, enjoy!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "BBQ here is very very good... meats are moist and tender, not like most bbq places...which can taste ok but are usually dry.. Gus's is the real deal.. its now a regular for us.. and I dont live close by..."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The menu selection for barbecue is by far one of the best. There are not many restaurants where you can get fried chicken and barbecue on the same plate. Also, the blueberry cobbler is delicious!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We has reservations and had to wait over 35 minutes. It was still better than the wait with no reservations but having a new born- we time our feeding to go out and this threw us off ;( Baby of course woke up towards the end of the meal. Hostess not the friendliest and should be more honest about the length of time."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I love this place; amazing BBQ; large portions; yummy beer; awesome staff."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Had gone to Austin, TX and had great great BBQ, and came back to CA and started craving BBQ. Had always driven by this place, but finally got to try it with the family. Prices are reasonable, and food was delicious. Spare ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender and had great flavor. Fried chicken was perfectly seasoned and crispy on the outside. Everything my family ordered, we enjoyed. Our waiter also checked-up on us frequently and had a great attitude. Definitely would come here again.. many times."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Gus' BBQ never disappoints. The hot wings and nachos are spectacular. All the meat platters are consistently delicious. Definitely make reservations, they get very crowded! Big Fan of Gus' BBQ"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Brought the family by after an afternoon at Garfield Park. Great environment, loved that we were comfortable with our kids. Food was excellent, the chicken was especially delicious. Happy they had local brewer, Craftsman, on tap. Our service was very nice as well, offered up solid recommendations and was very accommodating. I will definitely refer this restaurant to our friends."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I love Gus's great food, great managers! I would recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "I started coming here a few years ago after they remodeled & updated their menu.....Have never ever had a bad meal here. I keep coming back because there are so many good things on the menu. My favorite is their gumbo. Lighter than the usual gumbos served at other restaurants.........Once you start you can't stop eating......Delicious!!!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014