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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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Feel good environment with great service from Jillian. Food was good (not great) but I could imagine lunch being the next meal here. Had a good time with family and will be back again. Decent parking available behind the restaurant- a real plus for the area."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Pulled pork nachos were delicious. Unfortunately, the baby back ribs were dry this time."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Been here a few times, food was good as usual. However, this time the service was slow."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "My husband and I love coming to Gus's BBQ. They have an amazing bourbon selection and the food is outstanding. Service is also wonderful and we never wait too long for our food to arrive. Its a great place for double dates, parties, and family events. The only downside is the noise level is pretty high so I wouldn't recommend it as a "romantic" dining experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I had a good veggie hamburguer but it wasn't outstanding."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Since moving to South Pasadena a little over a year ago, one of the best spots we discovered was Gus's. Now we are sure to take any out of town guests to the place and it's their first request when they come back to visit for the second time. Just lovely."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "A friend had referred me to Gus' and I was there on a "first date" with someone. My friend hadn't been there for a few years, but recalled the food was very good. Maybe it was - then - but it wasn't when I was there. And the interior noise was so intolerable that we had to sit outside, where it was warm and humid, in order to hear each other talk without shouting. My baby-back ribs were overcooked to the point of being dry. I had ordered a full rack so that I would have a half-rack to take home. I took a take-home box but decided to chuck it when I got home. The sweet potato fries were SOGGY, the exact opposite of what they should be. The service was excellent, but that didn't make up for the rest. $50+ wasted."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "have been here a few times and each time the BBQ is amazingly moist and fall off the bone tender. the creamed corn is also to die for."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was great! Service was good except we had 4 different waitresses & wasn't really sure which one was my waitress,besides that everything was great."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My wife and friends had the fried chicken and love it! My personal favorite is the Gumbo. If you like gumbo, you really need to try theirs."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I live in Pasadena and this place was recommended for local BBQ. I would agree the food is good and I was satisfied with the meal. It isn't the best I have ever had but a good meal none the less. If someone were looking for BBQ in the area I would recommend that they check it out. There is even some nice seating outside if you prefer the fresh air. My only negative observation though was that when they are busy service can be a bit sparse."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is THE place for barbecue! Can't wait until next visit - a must every time I'm in the area."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Just love Gus's BBQ. The food is excellent and the service great. A modern take on an old fashion dinner. I will return again!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Best BBQ in the LA area! Also, great cocktails. "Please write a review that is at least 50 characters in length!" -- done and done!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Gus's BBQ is a favorite in my neighborhood. I especially enjoy the weekend breakfasts such as the poached eggs over cheesy grits and crisp bacon. The cinnamon/pecan buns are the best! For lunch/dinner try the fried chicken and collard greens or pulled pork sandwich. This is my go to place for comfort food."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "LA does not boast of too many BBQ joints, and after trying some in the area, Gus' is a tried & true favorite. Their baby back ribs, pulled pork, sausage, & potato salad especially are incredible & will leave you craving to return for more!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Really enjoyed a family dinner at Gus's. It was loud, but pleasantly so. It felt like a party. There were tons of young kids crowing and trundling about; normally that might have annoyed me, but it sort of worked. Gus's famous burger was even better than I remembered. Rich, salty, juicy meat; cheese melted just enough; thick, smoky bacon. We had it with outstanding sweet potato fries. I don't advise ordering a salad at Gus's, but we enjoyed the BBQ salad with steak, which was a mountain of mesclun with artfully arranged hunks of lean steak, jicama, fresh cheese. The Cobb looked typical but included delicious smoked turkey. I love the bourbon flights, draft beer, brick chicken, brisket: huge portions, the real deal. Best of all: good value."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Love the BBQ, those pit masters know what they are doing!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My wife and I have enjoyed great lunches and dinners at Gus's, but decided to go for a Sunday brunch on my wife's birthday. The breakfast offerings were excellent, and they make a good Bloody Mary (my wife's favorite!) The waitress having received this info, taped a candle to a Bloody Mary, and gave it to my wife compliments of the house; now that's service!!! We will continue going to this fantastic BBQ restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great food & service as always. Their ribs were tender, juicy, & delicious. Love this place!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Love this place, thank you for being consistent with excellent food and service! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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