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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

service

4.7

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4.4

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4.4

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (47)
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Good for a Date (24)
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Special Occasion (21)
Cozy (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Kid-friendly (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Happy Hour (13)
Hot Spot (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
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Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great Beer (10)
Live Sports (10)
Business Meals (8)
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·Dined 4 days ago

My favorite BBQ ever in the history of the world. Thank you for always being amazing!

Tags: Seasonal, Disabled Access, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

We were in LA for only 10 day and had to eat at Gus’s twice. The southern fried chicken is fabulous and the brisket is awesome. We were sad to have only eaten there twice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2018

It was our first time there, certainly not the last! There was nothing that we ordered and didn't Love!! The Cornbread, ribs, brisket, fried cream corn, fried pickles and unfadeable smokey guacamole!
All Super Delicious! Great Staff! And Clean all around! Thank You, Gus'S

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The only thing I would avoid in the future is probably the corn bread. Sounded appetizing but was flavorless.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wife’s birthday

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very good BBQ in a noisy setting; love their cornbread and ribs! Excellent lemonade. The service is very good in a crowded place for dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

One of favorite neighborhood eating places. I wish that I could remember the waiter's name but we enjoyed the best service that we have ever had at this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Muy buena comida mucho ruido pero creo que fue por el super ball pero si pienso volber todo muy rico

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Tastes as great as it smells, mouth watering delicious!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Late-night Find, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Fun, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Gus's is always solid! Great servers, fun atmosphere. Ideally could have a few more vegetarian options ..

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

No complaints. Extremely good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Our Server was great! I believe her name was Christine. Our dinner was a Farewell gathering for our Boss. She even made up and sung a farewell song for him. Again, she was great and got all of our orders right!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Cozy, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Glad we made a reservation for this popular restaurant. Food was delicious and service was attentive, helpful and warm. The ambience and overall experience makes dining a special occasion even when it's just another weekday evening

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Everything was solid. Nothing disappointed and even the salads were great. We will definitely return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Been going to Gus’s for years. Always a consistently good experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

It is always great to visit Gus's BBQ. The food is delicious, the servers upbeat and pleasant.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Best bbq in Southern California we have ever had, including their grits and fried chicken

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Not only does the food stand for itself, the service is impeccable. Managers walk around to make sure food is arriving on time and servers are all family and kids friendly. My husband loves the food and I love the service.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love the corn bread!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 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 10, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 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 4, 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 4, 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 1, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and service were excellent.. great salads and bbq

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

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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 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 30, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·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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