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Gus's BBQ
Gus's BBQ

Gus's BBQ Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "If you purchased a Gus's Growler don't bother bringing it with you when dining at Gus's. Our waiter said state regulations prohibit them from refilling them."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I've been going to Gus's for the past six plus years. It's usually my neighborhood go to. I feel offering some specials which I've suggested on numerous occasions might add a boost to their rather limited and not always tasty selections. Recently having had the catfish after a long reprieve I remember why I stopped ordering it. It's supposed to taste like something right? Well Gus's I may visit again some day but not my bi-weekly visits I've made in the past. PS The service is almost always great and admittedly some menus items are worthy."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This was our second time to Gus's as we live out of the area and don't get to Pasadena very often. Really enjoyed all of our meals, including the Carolina pulled pork and brisket. Especially loved the entree-sized mac and cheese. We didn't have the fried chicken, but know it is highly recommended, so maybe next time. Service was excellent, water glasses and iced tea kept filled and waiter was very attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Gus' BBQ is a neighborhood gem! Great for brunch, lunch, or dinner. The atmosphere is friendly, energetic, and fun. The servers are attentive and the food---DELICIOUS! Whenever someone visits South Pas for the first time, I always take them to Gus'. It's a wonderful introduction to a beautiful town. And, the food is FANTASTIC!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Thank you Open Table. Arrived at the fun funky BBQ restaurant, there were people waiting, we mentioned reservation through Open Table. It was like our secret code we were taken to a table immediatly. Restaurant is noisey, casual, been there forever. I wish I could remember our waiters name for he was wonderful. We mentioned it was our first time, OMG he like turned on offering to help us understand the menu. His service and attention were tops. Ok the food....we had a combo, St. Louis Ribs, boneless fried chicken, fries, coldslaw, house salad. Two of us shared, we both walked out full. Delicious, chicken well spiced crispy breading, seemed to be all white meet, ribs tender and fell off the bone. Fries were just ok. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "As Father's Day approached, I began thinking about which restaurant I would suggest when asked by my family. I have several favorites, depending on whether I crave Mexican, Italian or a steak-house. At his point, I was craving Barbeque and of course the first restaurant to come to mind was Gus's Barbecue in South Pasadena. I first ate there thirty-five years ago when it was already a well establishe fixture in the community. Needless to say, when Father's Day arrived, we went to Gus's. I ordered the full rack of St. Louis style ribs, far more than I could eat, so I could have plenty left over for barbeque sandwiches at work the following week."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "MY Wife and I have been going to Gus's for 7 years now every time we are supper happy with the food and the great service ."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Love this place, thank you for being consistent with excellent food and service! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We recently went there for brunch with some friends and I absolutely loved the food. We went back with my family the next week to celebrate father's day. The entire family loved the food and enjoyed the experience so much that we are planning a day to go back and try the ribs for dinner."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent. It was our first time at Gus's best cornbread, brisket and ribs. It's a definite gem."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoy taking the drive to Gus' for dinner with friends. The food is great and the staff are always friendly, although We do miss the "Matador", their Blood Orange Margaritas."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "BBQ is by car the best, my family and I are happy to have found this place while driving to out usual dinner spot. Highly recommended to try at least one time when in town."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had a 12:45 reservation. We were early and checked in at 12:15. They told us we might have to wait until reservation time. We waited 1/2 hour past our reservation time!!! Altogether we waited 1 hour for a table of 5 and they blamed the customers for staying too long. Sorry we won't be coming back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Haven't been in years after moving out of area and had a chance to go back recently. Big improvement and nice upgrade to interior. Food is great and service was very god. Enjoyed our dinner."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I am not a person who typically goes out for BBQ because my husband is good at it. However from the moment I tried the Pulled Pork Nachos, Babybacks, Mac and Cheese I was HOOKED.. This has become one of our favorite places"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Everyone is very friendly there and attentive which is what I appreciated the most. The food was exceptional. I really liked the corn bread, baby back ribs, and fried chicken. "
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Great ribs, fried chicken and hot fudge Sundays among other items."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "excellent service, large portions, tasty food, great beer selection"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Service was excellent and food at least very good. Enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We recently visited Gus's in South Pasadena on a Sunday Afternoon. We had a party of 4 and had a good time. The drinks were outstanding. I highly recommend the Tea Thyme concoction. When it comes to the food, some dishes like the entree macaroni and cheese and the brisket were exceptional while other dishes, fried chicken, braised greens, and the cornbread, were just okay. I would go back again and navigate the menu a little better. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "an incredibly delectable experience: must try the cornbread and creamed corn. all the bbq dishes are to die for but especially liked the BBQ brick chicken, so moist and delicious. this restaurant offers some really tasty food. only downside was it was a little noisy in the back room where our table was. the other table was packed with people and therefore were louder than our table. didn't really matter though since our table was busy chowing down."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I'll keep it very simple. I had been wanting to try this spot for a while now, especially because I had gotten into smoked BBQ recently. The food could've been warmer / hotter but the Memphis style Baby Back Ribs were dry, and so was the pulled pork. The flavor were right on, and the Brisket would've been perfect if it were served warmer. I also liked the St. Louis Style Ribs. I'm not writing this place off though. I'm going to give in couple of more tries because the service was great and the have a nice bar. I also want to try some of their sandwiches and burgers when I get a chance."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Yes! You need to make reservations and go on a weekend to have the Chicken & Waffles. I promise you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Outstanding service and food. My first choice of drink, Crown Royal, was not available. Still love the place though."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Probably one of my favorit bbq joints! Not far, and inexpensive! Great mix of different types of food. My go-to spot for ribs and some pulled pork nachos!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Gus's has been a dinning destination in South Pasadena for decades because it delivers consistently excellent food and service. A wonderful casual dinning establishment."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Bring your clients, bosses, VIPs, and people for special occasions. Food and service are always outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "One of the best bbq places in California. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Love the ribs, the hot links, the brisquet. The creamed corn is the best ever made. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "While this place was recommended to me as an amazing place for BBQ I have no doubt had much better BBQ in California. That being said the BBQ brick chicken was as good if not better than any BBQ chicken I have had. The place is busy (visited on a Friday night) as a good BBQ place should be. Reservations made things much easier, table was waiting for is when we arrived. Place inside is simply immaculate. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Our reservation specified "a table NOT a booth"... we got the booth right across the kitchen door. We wanted a table, we got it outside instead... It was too sunny, windy and noisy. We ate in a hurry because it was very uncomfortable. Our server was good but did not come back for a long while to check on us. Had to ask other servers for what we needed. Guess you were too busy... Not a pleasant experience. My grandson loves your hamburgers though!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal and outstanding service. The major drawback for us was the noise level. It was virtually impossible to have a conversation with others at your table."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "From the begining till the end Gus bbq place staff was curtious and attentive Food and drinks came when it supppose to. The whole experience is what dining out suppose to be. We had a great time and food was great. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I'm from the south so when I moved to LA it was a long search to find acceptable BBQ. Gus's is right up there. They have great sides. The service is great. The bar area is loud. I wish there were more quiet places to be seated. However, that's minor thing when the food comes. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "this has been there on 4 different occasions at four different hoursrunnig thOF the day and each experience has been wonderful. I would definitely recommend to my friends and family. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Don't bother with a reservation. They don't know the meaning. And the service? good luck! Never again."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "In every respect this was an utterly flawless experience. Remarkably fine BBQ, great sides and sweet desserts (if you have any space left). I don't have enough superlatives to accurately describe this flawless BBQ experience."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Gus's was recommended by a co-worker who resides in South Pasadena. I decided to take my mother there for her birthday because she had just gotten her braces off the day before and had been dreaming of biting into ribs for three years. Her dream came true and she was not disappointed. Our server Laura was extremely energetic, friendly and helpful with describing the menu. We ordered the pulled pork nachos (thanks to Laura's recommendation) which are the most original and flavorful tasting nachos ever. The main course was outstanding as well. Overall we were extremely satisfied with food, service and ambiance. We will definitely be going back soon. Thank you Gus's BBQ!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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