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About 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 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!

808 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Mission Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 799-3251

Website:
http://gussbbq.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Gus's is located only a couple of blocks from the South Pasadena gold line station.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Gus's BBQ Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (57)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Casual (42)
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Great for Lunch (34)
Good for Groups (31)
Fun (31)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Authentic (27)
Kid-friendly (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Special Occasion (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Great Beer (19)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Live Sports (14)
Great for Brunch (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Happy Hour (11)
People Watching (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Business Meals (8)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Spicy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Vegan (2)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was Delish! Service by Jack was superb. We had a family dinner for my husband’s birthday . He is a big bbq guy and this restaurant is a do over for him ! He knows bbq!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was good but service was little slow. Overall worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always love coming here, amazing food and amazing service!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A great staff! From the host, to our server, excellent. The food is amazing. Looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We have been going to this place for a very long time. Even when we moved and ended up over 30 miles away, we make time to come and eat here. The servers are great, the food is awesome and we always have fun. The parking is a bit tricky, but that's Pasadena for ya, not much they can do about it, and they do a decent job providing parking in the back, even if it is very tight, specially when people park like idiots or drive giant cars :) But the experience will far outweigh any annoyance of the outside. Definitely try the Corn Bread with Jalapeno jelly, you won't regret it. Also, try some pulled pork nachos, you'll be hooked.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great friendly attentive service, tasty beers and good food.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was great. it was a bit too noisy for regular conversation but overall our group enjoyed the food and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love this restaurant but first time we had terrible service :( waited forever to waiter, another waiter assisted and attended to us (even that took forever), husband ordered grits and we never received them, had to ask for plates for appetizer and refills, son's plate with sprinkled with French fries to barely cover plate (not even a handful). And, your Caesar salad should NOT have red cabbage in it, nor red cabbage with the stem still in it and since it does, your waiter should let their guest know. Our dissatisfaction was reflected in tip. Never got name of waiters, they never gave it to us.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We are having our wedding reception here in April and wanted to show the best man and his wife what Gus's had to offer. They've proclaimed it the best bbq they've had.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Special Occasion, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

nice neighborhood place, open for many, many years, clean and tidy inside, restrooms clean too. good comfort food, a vegan could eat there despite the BBQ focused menu (veggie sandwich, fries, vegetables medley and so on).

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fun, Authentic, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent experience. Consistently great food and service. We will be back.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our first time here but it definitely won’t be the last. Everything was great and delicious , from the food to the service!

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were seated within 10 minutes of arriving. The food was excellent!!
Our waitress was the best! Very attentive. All the employees were super friendly!! Nice atmosphere, a little noisy but not bad. Will definitely go again!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Sports, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I’ve been going to Gus’s for a million years and it never disappoints. Just went there with favorite cousins from Portland Oregon who LOVED it, and Portland is Hahahaha hardly devoid of great food options. I should go more often

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good bbq, a lot of meat selection. Highly recommended.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food and staffs are great!! We were having fun night :)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Fun, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Awesome Food! Very Nice Service!
We went for my Daughters Birthday, the food is delicious!

Tags: Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The brisket and ribs were outstanding. Sweet potato fries came with a fantastic garlicky aoli sauce. It was quite noisy so if you want to talk, it's not the place for it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We really enjoy dining here when we get the chance. My husband and I ate here before the Cold Play concert at the Rose Bowl. It started the evening off with a delicious meal. I am a fan of BBQ and I am a fan of Gus's. We shared the unique and flavorful deviled eggs to start things off. So good. I enjoyed the sliders. He liked the ribs. The server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. I love it when my water glass gets filled without going empty or asking. I had a great time tasting all the BBQ sauces. We always enjoy leftovers for another meal. We live about 30- to 40- minutes away, but it is worth the trip.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Server was not very attentive. Sat half the time with empty glasses, had to go to the host to ask for drinks.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We order out from Gus's more than we eat there but the food was superb, service great and just a fun place to go.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Best brisket on the planet!! Sat outside with dog but received constant attention... Will do it again.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

this was our first time at the restaurant. we came from whittier area because a friend who lives in south pasadena recommended it. the food was good but felt like a chain only because there were things like ramekins of cole slaw which felt cheap. plates came with literally two items which felt weird for the price point. we did enjoy aspects of the meal and felt like it was done with care but lacked on presentation and value. drinks were awesome, thank you!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We loved the food and will definitely go back......soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Jairo our waiter was simply the best.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I've been to Gus' many times in the past, so I was expecting the same great quality that kept me going back.

Started with the Onion Strings appetizer and instead of thin crispy onions it was thicker cut and the onion was under cooked inside. Our meal was off to a bad start.

For my entree I ordered the tri tip which I always order and the beef is usually beautifully smoked and tender. The beef wasn't tender and was quite tough and the smoked flavor tasted like someone used liquid smoke to get that smokey flavor. My side of seasonal green beens looked like they came out of a can and someone threw in a couple of crisp green beens make it look fresh. They were mushy and lacked flavor.

I don't know if they were having a bad day in the kitchen, but I have to say that I most likely will not be returning to eat there again. Very disappointing since I've been going for years to get great BBQ and will let other people know how the quality of the food has gone down.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We've been coming to Gus's for years and have only started noticing a slow change in the last 12 months or so. We're frankly a bit disappointed. The quality of the food is noticeably different, not improved different but maybe they've implemented some short cuts different. The service is still wonderful and attentive and we do appreciate the new table-side sauce bottles and dishes but it's no longer our go-to restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

After a poor start (our server was missing in action), the manager comped our appetizers, and the food was just delicious. We're originally from Kansas City so we love our BBQ.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

It was good... beef ribs was on point. A lil small for the price but was still good. Very tender -

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Went there for my bday. Staff was nice and food and drink were great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We returned to Gus's after dining there was in May. We loved it the first time and the second time did not disappoint! The fried chicken is absolutely the best! Boneless half chicken crispy and juicy at the same time. The mac and cheese is perfect. A bonus is the Old fashion, which if you drink , is a treat!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Bus's is a neighborhood gem fits for foodies!
They offer amazing BBQ and Southern food! My favorite is Chicken and Waffles. Chicken is boneless and super tender. The sweet and salty combo creates perfect harmony!
BBQ is what they're known for and deservedly so. Baby Back ribs are tasty and fall off the bone, brisket is also delicious!
Other stand-out dishes are Southern Style Eggs Benedict (the southern approach is surprisingly good) and Shrimp and Grits.

Tags: Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Happy to see the seasonal Nashville hot chicken is now on the regular menu.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

There's a reason this restaurant has been successful since 1946. Terrific eats including some actually healthy options, and some actually healthy options. I only wish it wasn't quite so LOUD, but I guess you can't have everything.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Gus's was able to accommodate our group of 12 for a business lunch in a private room with great service and great food. I've been here for various occasions and the food is always good.

Tags: Live Sports, Kid-friendly, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was great, service was excellent, parking is limited but we found spot easily at the street, to make the story short everything went well when we eat here except there's 3 flies roaming around, wondering the taste of our food. 😬

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Fiod could use a little more seasoning . Service was great , menu choices are great! And easy to be seated with reservations

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 31, 2017

This is my second visit to Gus's. I was there a few weeks ago with my family and had a great experience. This time I took a friend who had never been there before. He raved about his experience and thought, as I do, their ribs were the best he had ever had. As usual, the service was excellent and the ribs were incredible!!! I can't wait to go back again. BTW, I live about 60 miles from Gus's and the drive is worth it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion
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