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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (51)
Casual (47)
Authentic (28)
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Fun (27)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Good for Groups (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
Bar Seating (20)
Kid-friendly (20)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Great Beer (15)
Live Sports (15)
Cozy (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Hot Spot (9)
People Watching (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Business Meals (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Spicy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

The Anniversary dinner with my girlfriend here was awesome. Service was great, drinks were well-made and food was as expected. I’ll definitely be back soon.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Our family had never been to Gus’s but had heard good reviews. We made a reservation and we were seated promptly. The server and host saw that we had a birthday and made a concerted effort to make the birthday girl feel special. The food was great. We had appetizers, ribs, chicken, drinks and had a great dinner for 4 adults and two kids.

Gus’s is a noisy place but we had a great time eating and talking a little louder. Great for kids and adults. We will come again

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

every sunday is brunch day for us after church. they never dissapoint!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

It was great to have a reservation and avoid the wait. Food was delicious! Service was fantastic! Reasonably priced and big portions. Great place to bring the family.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Love the corn bread!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Was meeting friends here that I hadn't seen in a while. Staff was very friendly and knowledge. Food was outstanding. We got there at 5:30p and it was empty...left around 7:30p and it was packed (Thursday). Highly recommend a reservation, walk-ins had a wait.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The reservation was honored with a short wait. My wife and I have been to Gus's several times and have found the food to be better than ordinary. That having been said, the spare ribs on this occasion were not up to standard. They were unusually dry and hard, so much so that they were replaced; however, the second set was really no better than the first. I understand that restaurants have a difficult time maintaining consistency, but this was bad. We'll go back, but we were not satisfied with this experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The breakfasts here are excellent Quality, fresh ingredients and a friendly wait staff all add up to a above average breakfast. I have never had lunch here, but really enjoy the BBQ and all the comfort food items. All this with a full bar make for a place that remains on the top of my list of frequent "Go to" options.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a great time at Gus’s. Our server was so friendly, the food was delicious, and even the manager came over to check on us. Will definitely be going again and again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Went for breakfast food was ok could have better but lunch and dinner menus are so much better. The service is always spot on.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Live Sports, Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Happy Hour, Authentic, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Beef Brisket was recommended to us by our server, so 2 of the 5 members of the party ordered it. However, neither enjoyed it because the meat had way too much fat on it. Fries were way too salty, we couldn’t even finish them. Service was just okay.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Our decision to bring our guest from out of town paid off! The experience and food was delicious!! We ordered the Southern Fried Chicken, and Spare Ribs, The waitress was freindly and attentive to our party. Our guest were expressed with the restaurant and the menu. Over the years of coming to Gus's BBQ, has always been a great experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food is wonderful

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I always have a great time here!! Great food and great people!

Tags: Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and service were excellent.. great salads and bbq

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great service. Portions are small but good. Cream corn is the best I’ve ever had. Decent beer on tap selection.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was delicious. We really enjoyed the corn bread

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great BBQ comfort food. The Brick Chicken is fantastic. Really great BBQ sauce and not too spicy. The Cast Iron Corn Bread is perfect with their Jalapeno Jelly. It is served warm out of the pan at the table. Servers are friendly and accommodating. Prices are reasonable for quantity and quality of food. A little too noisy when busy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The barbecued ribs and brisket were delicious. A real favorite was the skillet cornbread. other than that there were no surprises on the menu, just really good barbecue the meat was very tender and very smokey.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service, great food, greta prices. What else is there to say!

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service. Great location.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

This place is absolutely amazing!!! Best fried chicken in Pasadena and best Barbecue ever!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Often go there after Huntington Gardens.casual and consistently good service and bbq.

Tags: Live Sports, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

As always the food and service was very good. We all had different entrees and were very pleased.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went here for Christmas Eve and the food was great and the service was awesome! Our waitress was extremely friendly and explained a lot on the menu. She was very nice and attentive. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Oh my God spinach dip!!! 🚜🦄🎄🛴🎁📷🤭🏳️‍🌈🖕🏼😆🐴😆😆🦄📚🦄❄️😊♥️🚜📚😆🎄❄️🛴😆❄️🎄🚜🎄🛴😆🦄🚙😔🚙🐾🌲🔥🌲😆😔🙁🎳🖕🏼😆🐴😆🚜🖕🏼🚜😆😆🚜😔🎄🚜🦄🚜🖕🏼🌤🌤🦄📚🦄😄😄📚🚙😄🐴

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great Food - Great Service. Some of the best Bar B Que in southern California. The deviled eggs, pork, ribs and southern fried chicken were excellent. Service was very good with good attention and help when needed. Party of 6 and every order was quickly delivered and tasty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food at a great price!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was Good....Burnt ends were great....chicken fried steak was good
mashed potatoes tasted like instant....Bartender has no idea how to
make an Old Fashioned......Waiter was very good

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Usual great food, which is happily the standard for Gus’ BBQ. The noise and wait time, however, are unbearable during the holidays. Loud and 1hour to 1 1/2 hour waits. I’ll come back off-holiday times to get my fix!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Outstanding service and food. The best southern fried boneless chicken ever! Brisket and bbq sauce amazing and skillet cornbread delicious! We will be back!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was amazing but there was no beating the amazing service that we got!

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Being from Texas, I went there to try the barbecue. The brisket and chicken were good. However, the blueberry biscuit cobbler was one of the best desserts I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Had a great time. Good food, great atmosphere. We have a 3yr old and it was perfect for him. Pork nachos are a must.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

A larger wine selection would be great but otherwise our friends Christmas gathering was a hit. Everyone enjoyed the food and plan to return in the future.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food amazing. Service amazing.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food is great, and the service is the best in Pasadena or Los Angeles. Jairo, Frenchie, Edward, Cecelia... all are friendly, helpful personable people!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

good food but small tables/easy to get crowded. we had great service.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Delicious food, good service, nice price, great happy hour. I love this place.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Organic, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Casual, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good southern food.

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