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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!
South Pasadena, CA 91030
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gus's is located only a couple of blocks from the South Pasadena gold line station.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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