Gus's BBQ - Claremont

4.7
342 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 342 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Rnsungirl
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Mother's Day at Gus's ! Perfect for family. Great food and
service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good drinks and a welcoming atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I made this reservation having not ever been here before, but I have to say I am thoroughly impressed! The cornbread came out pretty fast and was absolutely to die for especially with the honey butter and jalapeño jelly! The nachos were also delicious with the pulled pork on top of them. For the main entree, everything that was order came out amazing and flavors were on point!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. Super organized and clean!

CJ
CharleneJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Loved our evening !

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viprar62686
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I really wanted to love it but it was just ok.
We got the nacho appetizer and those were really good but everything was just meh.
I don’t know that we would go back.
Maybe the chicken is better, we got tri tip and steak.

The restaurant itself was nice and the service was good, but overall nothing special :(

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Sandwich tasted good but tons of coleslaw very small amount of meat.
Service wasn’t good. No refills till our food was gone and tea glass stayed empty.

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AlbertM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They don't have the brunch menu anymore. :( Other than that everything is still very good and our server TJ was very nice and prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good , the food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way better than Lucille

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is decent as well as drinks. Ambiance is nice for Claremont and better than other restaurants that have been here previously . Staff Overall is nice but take too long checking in especially when you need a little extra BBQ sauce for the meat. Tri-Tip was cold when served but first time it happened from previous times have been here so just think this was just busy night for the staff

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly. The service was great and the food was delicious.

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RubyF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First outing since quarantine and we are so glad we chose Gus's. Food, drinks, and service were excellent! Remember to order the cornbread! The best!!

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vipBeachbum64
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service nice location. Decent pricing and many choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service, very friendly and patient

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StevenN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food wasn’t hot enough and the music was so loud it was difficult to hear. The sides were just ok and the main entree’s were lackluster.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good BBQ spot I would definitely recommend stopping in. Staff was nice and they do an excellent job with COVID safety.

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Alli
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I loved coming here before the pandemic but I just went recently since last year and it is just not the same. The meat was dry and it wasn’t as juicy and tender as I remember it being. Sad to say I won’t be returning anytime soon.

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KATw
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I am updating my review. Our last two experiences at Gus's were not the greatest but I also feel that it may not be fair to leave a poor review during what is truly a very difficult time for the restaurant industry despite our experiences. Everyone is trying. Gus's did reach out and try to make our experience better. I have not been back since but I because of their effort, we will give them another chance in the future. I do hope that they continue to move back to the wonderful restaurant they were a couple of years ago.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party

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FayeRae
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single thing we ordered -- drinks, appetizers, dinners, desserts -- were all made and/or cooked to perfection. The staff was super friendly and on the spot when we needed anything at all. The place is super clean and they are following all the COVID guidelines, so we felt protected. Looking forward to when we can sit at the bar once again in the future. Thank you Gus's Staff for a great date night!

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ShariC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter! Delicious food! Fun location! Enjoyed the vibe👍🏻

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Bofeets
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so awesome and the service was great! Definitely going back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious drinks and fun servers!

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Mickey50
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner very much. Everything was fresh and delicious.

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likeeatingout
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was terrific and you get way too much. Almost everyone ends up taking some home. It does get quite noisy even on a Tuesday night, on the patio, with only half the tables occupied per current local regulations. Dessert menu is limited (if you have room) but we shared the blueberry cobbler and it was sooo good. Only negative is that it is hard to understand the servers as they are wearing both masks and face shields.

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KerrieC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were beyond outstanding! We love Gus's BBQ.

CJ
CharleneJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Quality of the meat was dry didn’t have that much smoke flavor

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ErikaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brisket was the best BBQ on the menu! For appetizer I highly recommend the Devil's egg

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Gus’s BBQ

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HappyBelly
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as usual! Even though it was very cold outside, there were patio heaters. Our food arrived hot and we had a really good time. Our server was super efficient and cheerful. We always enjoy Gus' and are so happy they reopened for dining!

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Bryan
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The best bite of the evening was Cast-Iron cornbread with jalapeno jelly!! The Cajun Catfish sandwich COMPLETELY missed the mark. The batter didn't adhere to the fish, it completely detached and came off in chunks. The flavor was lacking so so much. VERY disappointing.
I order a second entree, 'Nashville Hot" chicken sandwich. Let me tell you, I've had my share of AMAZING chicken sandwiches and some not so amazing. This just didn't hit the mark at all. The chicken it self was quite dark, it was a bit soggy and greasy. This happens when the oil hasn't been changed and not hot enough. ANNND sits in the pass for a period of time getting soggy and cold as the moments go by while OTHER entrees are being produced. I tried to be a good sport, so I took a bite and sure enough, it was greasy and somewhat crispy. And it had the SLIGHTEST of spice to it. Which defeats the whole purpose!!!!

I was quite disappointed with the lack of flavor and taste of what I ate. I really wanted to like this place. I don't know if I will ever go back here. Maybe one day if my peers really convince me to give it another try. I will consider it. But till then, there's one thing that I've learned on my life long culinary ride, a pinch of salt or a pinch of seasoning can make the all the difference in the world. Maybe the kitchen staff forgot the pinch of salt this time.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speedy service and cozy with the heaters!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and drinks were delicious.

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LuisR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was perfect. We were sited right away & the service and food were fantastic. I will definitely be booking a get together at Gus BBQ soon.

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vipnydiner
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service was great, Food came out really quickly! The only thing that we did not enjoy was where we were seated. Instead of being seated on the deck, where there were plenty of tables available, we were seated in the temporary seating area which is very close to the entrance of the parking structure and from time to time we could smell car fumes, not pleasant. We definetly will be back, but will request a table on the deck.

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NicoleL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Service was below average. Waitress was a little rude, so I probably won’t be back. The cocktail drinks were amazing and prices were decent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We go here at least a few times a mouth. Service wasn’t as good as before. Waiter never refilled our water and he wasn’t around vary much, had to flag down other staff for service. He was going to over charge us without telling us. Changed it only when we told him. Wife’s food was barley warm. Mine was over cooked and dry. They gave me another plate but it was the same so I just felt with it. This isn’t the norm for here but if it’s like this when we go again we won’t be returning.

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PatB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are return customers to Gus’s. We love the tri-tip and the brisket. Slightly disappointed that their legendary grits aren’t on their limited menu, but very happy that they are open.

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You can order delivery directly from Gus's BBQ - Claremont using the Order Online button. Gus's BBQ - Claremont also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (909) 445-0931.

Gus's BBQ - Claremont is rated 4.7 stars by 342 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.