Gus's BBQ - Claremont

4.7
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Since 1946, Gus’s has been serving true Southern hospitality and some of the best real pit BBQ around. Housed in the iconic Claremont Packing House, Gus’s is a tribute to Southern life, where family, tradition and celebration are of the utmost importance. A menu filled with traditional Southern cooking is complemented by an impressive range of whiskies, wines, cocktails and local craft beers. Today, Gus’s is a space for a warm welcome, a cold mint julep, and a big plate of the best flavors from the American South and Midwest.
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4.6
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4.6
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KB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was good!!

K
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This was our 3rd time at Gus’s. First 2 times we loved it and expected it to be the same. However, this time both my husbands ribs and my brisket were very dry. We did not have to wait long for our food so it’s not like it sat too long under heat lights. Both our meals were just dried out for some reason. Sides were excellent as was the service.

F
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always excellent. Expect some noise. We were seated by the door facing 1st Street. Since it was cold outside, we asked for another table Our request was refused. Perhaps they were expecting a bigger
crowd in a short while.

N
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The pulled pork was tough and stringy. Everything else was mediocre but ok.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere, good food, enjoyable and experience

LS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and patio. The food is delicious, no matter what you pick. Our favorites are the beef brisket and the fried chicken.

D
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place

w
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We ordered one starter and one entree. The entree was brought quickly and the starter quickly forgotten, The entree - a side of ribs was decent at one end and badly under cooked at the other. How one does that we're not sure. When, at the end of the meal, we reminded the manager (filling in for the missing server) that the starter on the bill had never been delivered, she provided us with the starter and took it off the bill. That was the best, and really only good, part of the occasion. Gus's does a very good volume of business and we're sure they won't miss our presence in the future. Nor will we miss them.

CD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Tried to call them because we were running late, but got voicemail. They kind enough to try to seat us as soon they could. The best cornbread, unlike no other!

CL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family is most definitely coming back to Gus's BBQ! We enjoyed an amazing dinner together for New Year's Eve. The ambiance and atmosphere was warm and welcoming. Our table was ready as soon as we arrived and the staff did everything to ensure we were happy with our experience.

RN
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is great!! Love the pulled pork nachos and their baby back ribs. Always have a great time dining here with family and friends.

JD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the people in our party is gluten free and we were surprised to find so many options for her to eat. The food was outstanding! We will definitely be coming back!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was a cool place Made a reservation and were sat pretty quickly Server was pleasant and gave us good suggestions for drinks and food. I really liked my bbq sandwich My husband liked his and our friends both enjoyed there food. I’d love to go back again :)

CW
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sons were visiting (from East coast)who are both used to fine dining and I really wanted to entertain them with a great restaurant from California! Right away my husband says, we’re going to Gus’s bbq! Reservations were quick and easy. Everything was awesome and delicious! Service was friendly and real good chow! We will definitely be a returning guest.

OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and atmosphere!

JH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great BBQ place. Very good service. Food was delicious.

SN
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received a great recommendation from our waitress on the Monday night special dinner and also on the blueberry cobbler dessert - well done!

D
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Birthday- just ok. Food mediocre.

B
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They seemed to want to feed us and get us out. Appetizers and food came out at the same time.

S
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff, really enjoy the outdoor seating.

JJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time, waiter was excellent, food was good. Will definitely be going back

PD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was good but the corn bread was very small for 6 people.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. We ordered the St. Louis ribs with trip tip. The meat was perfectly cooked. The sides were impressive. We got the dirty rice, creamed corn, garlic mashed potatoes, and brussel sprouts. Even with the weather being chilly we sat outside under a heater and it was comfortable. It was pretty quiet on a Tuesday night but might be louder on a weekend.

P
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What more can I say about this restaurant, other than I have been back 5 times since I first went to the great restaurant and have reservations to go 3 more times.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I’ve been there before but the food this time was less than desirable. I’m sorry I usually don’t post negative reviews but it deserves it, if someone takes all their food ask them what’s up?? I took my food for my dog. Sad I won’t be going back.

KJ
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My wife wanted to celebrate her birthday at Gus’s.

JS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was excellent, the food never disappoints. Chris was our server, he did a good job.

W
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for outdoor dining! The pulled pork tostada salad is really good!

BN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Gus's BBQ to anyone looking for some excellent BBQ, service & atmosphere.

BB
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want BBQ... in California, Gus's is about as good as it gets.

P
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I generally don't like Bar-b-que restaurants, and nearly cancelled but what a delightful surprise. The brisket was exactly as advertised, definitely a slow cook 14 hrs or more. I just scraped off the sauce ( I said I don't like Bar-b-que restaurants it's because of the sauce) and had a wonderful meal. My companions had the catfish and ribs, all the entree's delicious. It is so oblivious that they know how to cook. PS amazing margaritas

l
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was for 630 on Friday night. We arrived at 620 and checked in. By 625 we were seated. Hood drinks and the food was awesome as always
The service was a nice balance of coming by just enough without being to there. Great experience again.

DM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great BBQ and Fried Chicken!

B
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten regularly at Gus's in South Pasadena. This was the first time at the Claremont venue, which featured the same excellent menu as the former. Overall more casual and situated in more of an active entertainment area. We ate outside on the deck, which was perfect for the perfect fall evening. Cocktails were very good. Pulled pork was excellent - I had the plate while my wife had the sandwich. Coffee was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my daughters birthday

DB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had baby back ribs that were delicious, cornbread delicious but the greens could have been cooked a little longer and a bit more spicy. Overall cool place I’ll definitely be back!

JG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, good service, and good times. I was frustrated with Lucille’s wait time, decided to come here and was not disappointed.

CL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Gus’s. This last time was no exception. The food is always amazing, the staff is always efficient and so fun, the atmosphere is laid back and cozy. HIGHLY recommend!

FV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good meat, but the sides varies from boring to overly spicey. It was loud and overpriced, as are many restaurants in busy night neighborhoods.

JT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! I love this place.