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Gus's BBQ

4.7
1287 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Comfort Food
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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
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Phone number
(626) 799-3251
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mission Street
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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
What 1287 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We have enjoyed Gus's since the 1970's and it is still a great place to go. I had the sausage plate, and mixed the kansas City sauce with the hot sauce and it was an unbeatable combination.
My wife loves the cornbread (orders it every time we go).
They are well known for their barbeque sandwiches, but from our experience, everything on the menu is good.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

As usual, Gus' BBQ delivers great food with great service! This was our first time having their breakfast menu. I highly recommend their kale & sausage omelet!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Always great food and service. Busy and a little noisy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Unfortunately, I cannot remember our server's name, but he was fantastic! Very attentive, great energy, and made our experience for Mother's Day an awesome one! Couldn't have been better.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I absolutely love this place! Amazing food, drinks are always on point, along with the service. Always love coming here for any reason!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food is fantastic. Everything we ordered, from appetizer to main course are all amazing.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Brunch was awesome. Our waiter was great until he took a break. Then we never saw his replacement. However, food and ambiance was great. We even took out dinner for that night.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very delicious!!! Baby Back half slab very filling and you don’t need a sauce if you prefer. I can’t wait to go again

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Service and food are always excellent. Great, friendly atmosphere. Servers Jairo and Edward are outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

I love Gus’s BBQ!! I have eaten/tasted almost the entire menu and have never been disappointed. They have a Saturday and Sunday brunch that I have not tried yet!!
Go, you will love it.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I first became acquainted with Gus's many years ago when it was under the original management. I loved the wonderful, creamy salad dressing that they made right on the premises and had several favorite dishes. It was affordable, so I was a frequent customer. Now, the menu is radically different, but in a good way. I was amazed at the beautiful presentation of my pulled pork tostada. The chips that lined the edges of the plate were among the best I've had, and I highly recommend the pulled pork tostada. The corned bread is equally innovative and delicious. I was too full to even consider dessert. The service was professional and efficient, and the waiters are friendly, too. But, the prices - as well as the ingredients used - and actually the high prices of quality ingredients in today's market - have put Gus's a bit out of my reach for an "everyday" meal. I am happy that Gus's now takes reservations via Open Table because during my last few visits (probably all more than four years ago), I've had to wait for a table. I definitely will recommend Gus's in the future and intend not to wait another four or more years before dining there again.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Went for our daughters birthday, everyone was great and the food was fantastic

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Not sure if it was because they were busy or the food was just not as good as I remember.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Great food .. great service!!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

amazing food, good service, fun place. My bf and I split a combo platter and pulled pork nachos for our date, everything was amazing. Would recommend the sausage and bbq chicken in particular

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Server was very attentive and friendly.
They seem to sit all the families on small tables. We aren’t normally picky but with all the condiments on the table, it was too crowded for a family of 4. A booth would have been better.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wow! The best bbq in LA county. My brisket was so tender and juicy. The baby back ribs were very good as was the pulled pork. Then they give you 4 bbq sauces to try out. With my sides of Mac and cheese plus coleslaw. I was stuffed. Oh don’t for get to get the cornbread! Three of us split it but it was fantastic. I can’t wait to come back.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The service was very good - the wait staff was attentive and polite. The food was good, not gourmet, but no complaints. It's very noisy there and I would have preferred to sit at the bar.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Definitely get reservation, they are busy on weekend!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great BBQ in a lively atmosphere. Love their greens. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

As always it was fantastic. Always love to dine at Gus’s. Good food, casual atmosphere and a great place to catch up with friends.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is the best BBQ in southern California. I will be back!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Gus' BBQ is a S. Pasadena institution and one that has significance for families in the area from a certain part of Greece. I like returning from time to time to remember that my father started washing dishes here and went on to fulfill his "American Dream." Now for the rest, the ambiance is lively so for our purposes of a meeting, we could barely hear each other. If you're looking for a place to whisper sweet words to your amore, this is not the place for you, at least at dinner time. We all seemed pleased with our meals, mostly salads and a cup of chili. Prices are reasonable and the service was attentive.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great server

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The Food was just okay, it could have been better. My friend ordered tri tip and for the price she should have gotten more food for her money. I don't think I would go back, it was okay but not great.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service and food .

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

1st time here after observing this place go through some changes. My 1st reaction was after tasting this food was what took me so long!!?? We had the combo with ribs, fried chicken and sausage. Fantastic! Just loved every succulent bite! The ribs just fell off the bones and extremely juicy; the fried chicken was crunchy and very moist and huge! And the sausage was spicy without being too hot. A wonderful experience and I can't wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Fancy but accessible. Great service, great food.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We love the food and especially the quality and creativity of the BBQ'd meats. The smoked pastrami is amazing. It is a casual place with solid comfort food, good for kids and families.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Wouldn't go ANYWHERE else! This is our "GO-TO" spot each year for an after-business meeting and it never fails to deliver the BEST food and superb service. It deserves to be busy...

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I Always enjoy a good meal here. I had the baby back ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Always delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Absolutely phenomenal place. Service is second only to the food itself.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Second time. They made good on my friends drink, it was not what brand she caller for. Food great, make sure you leave room for the blue berry cobbler but get two scoops of ice cream. Had table ready.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great service and great food!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great food, I had the chicken n it was absolutely delicious, husband had ribs n they were excellent

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I am sure they have heard this many times but I’ll say it again. They need expand their waiting area. It’s a constant shuffle ariund the room. There is only standing room in a very small section.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Never fails. So amazing. No need to get half rack, get the full for $5 more and have leftovers. The grits are amazing. The friend chicken is perfect and boneless!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

I had the brisket sandwich and my wife had the burger. Both are worth going back for. I was seated right away and the server was awesome. I'll be back.

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