Gus's BBQ

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Barbecue
A South Pasadena landmark since 1946, Gus’s BBQ was purchased and remodeled by brothers Chris & John Bicos -- owners of The Original Tops and Magnolia House in Pasadena.

The new Gus’s BBQ specializes in Traditional BBQ - California Style. Dive into a plate of Memphis style baby back ribs or St. Louis spare ribs. You’ll be back for their juicy Carolina style pulled pork sandwich, delicious cast iron cornbread or one of 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 also boasts a super hip bar that serves an impressive list of bourbon and draft beer!
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OT
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the pulled pork nachos to share.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely fantastic. Great chicken and ribs and the sides are unbelievable. I would recommend this for any get together.

B
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service

DB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent BBQ, excellent service, and a relaxed welcoming atmosphere - thumbs up all round :)

FC
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was literally the best bbq that I have ever had. Service was great. I had a bbq combo. An easy recommendation if you like bbq.

AK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always my favorite neighborhood restaurant to be with my family and friends.

B
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

RM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager of Gus's BBQ (His name is Jordan) was absolutely amazing. He worked extra hard to make sure that my party of 5 was taking care of with out any hitches. The service was out standing and the food was to die for! Gus' BBQ is one of our favorite spots for weekend brunch. who knew that could receive a little southern hospitality in Pasadena!!

OT
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a reliably good meal. Ours was rather later in the evening so the place was quiet. Not always the case

F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food in a pleasant atmosphere.

AG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The manager did not know how to process my $10 reward voucher.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Good service! Had my reservation and good atmosphere! Thank you! We’ll be back!

N
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food!!!!

CM
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Five ladies all enjoyed our food and drinks. It’s a great neighborhood place, but is very noisy and hard to carry on a good conversation which is what we get together for. That said, I still love Gus’s. The jalapeño margarita was good, could have used a little more heat. Sliders, pulled pork Caprese sandwich (!), brisket sandwich, wedge salad, pulled pork sandwich - all declared as very good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

JH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great cuts of meat - the brisket was really nice, not too fat, but tender, and the tri-tip was even better, which I don't think I've ever experienced. Sauce is good, but won't blow you away. The greens and the cheese grits were subpar by my standards, but probably passable if you didn't grow up with that food. Service was great from the hostess to the waiter to the busser. I'd stop in again if I'm in Pasadena.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing. The service was excellent. The place is a little noisy so no quiet conversations. And like everything is Pasadena parking is challenging. But we would definately go back even though the restaurant is a little out of the way for us. For reference we had the corn bread, ribs-baby back and spare ribs, brisket and tri-tip. All was great!

K
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Their fried chicken is sneaky good.

LN
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gus's BBQ makes excellent food from BBQ to fried chicken to cornbread. The service staff is always great. But make sure to make reservations in advance because the place is always jumpin' and without reservations you may have to wait a long time.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, AMAZING food and overall great experience.
Keep it up!

B
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

s
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

the service was a little slow even though it seemed like they had a full staff. I ordered the combo of baby back ribs and brisket but the portions were small. Little disappointed

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the staff and great food and cocktails. Our favorite Sunday dinner

LT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good at Gus’s. It is not cheap but it is so good. Excellent customer service is just icing on the cake.

We were seated right away and not in the tiny tables next to the bar. We really appreciate it when there are booths available, they are given to 2 person parties. I hate having to eat in such a tiny space of a table especially when you order big meals. I hope they keep this up.

I eat at Gus’s a lot. It is my go-to place. If you love barbecue ribs and fried chicken, you’ll make this your regular stop for lunch, brunch, or dinner.

DK
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gus's is a very great place to eat at. Their Food is excellent & the Service is great! We plan to go back soon for more Ribs, Fied Chicken, CornBread & Beef Brisket. Keep up the great work!

TB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, awesome bbq and great service. Very clean

AC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious baby back ribs, but the bbq brick chicken is my favorite. Juicy and tender - portions are large so hubby & I share the combo. Love the taste and texture of the sweet potato fries, and the cornbread is a must!

N
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are outstanding. Great people work there -- Jairo, Edward, Frenchie, and others.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best BBQ ever! The fried chicken is scrumptious! All the food is delicious and a treat to your tummy! It is worth the drive to Pasadena , but make sure to make a reservation, as it stays quite busy.
The employees are welcoming and so helpful. A beautiful atmosphere to enjoy South Pasadena.
A little birdie told me a new location is coming soon to Porter Ranch- I cant wait!

KM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the ribs very much but brisket was too salty for my liking. Sides were very good. Potato salad onion strings cream corn and red beans and rice. Very noisy. If you sit in the front booth you will have other guests waiting for their table standing in front of yours. So if you don’t mind having someones butt in your face it’s ok. I personally minded. I didn’t appreciate other guests using the top of my booth as their drink rest. Not the restaurants fault. Just oblivious people. I would recommend sitting in the back room or getting take out.

MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Me and my wife have always gone to Gus’s for our birthday dinners and for our anniversary. We have a recommended then to friends. After tonight, we are going to need to re-evaluate that.

We were seated in the back room by the bar, which is an echo chamber, with two loud groups and me and my wife could not even hear each other.

As for the meal, it seems the portions have gotten smaller. I had the fish and chips(fries) and there was only a handful of fries. As for the fish, it was ok but small. My wife had the brick chicken and it seemed smaller then in the past.

For dessert, we both had the sundae. There was literally twice as much whipped cream then ice cream. As for the ice cream, in the past you would get two really nice scoops. Tonight, both of us barely had a single scoop.

As for service, we ended up with three different people, as our primary server Casey was “busy” taken care of one of the tables next to us.

Sadly, even before we left my wife and I were talking about never coming back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It seemed extra dark on our most recent visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was awesome and food was great and amazing priced

B
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

DG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a great time at Gus’s.

SP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being coming here for over 10 yrs and food is amazing everytime. Now my friends are hook

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh and flavorful. The service is wonderful and it's the best BBQ in town!!!

RF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gotta have the southern fried chicken and the brisket. The smoked sausage can be a bit disappointing because it's kinda bland (for smoked sausage). But...there's no accounting for taste, anyway...

RP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was first class. When are you opening store at Porter Ranch?

DN
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SERVICE AND FOOD IS AMAZING I LOVE IT! Every time I go I leave extremely satisfied because of their great service!

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