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Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena, South Pasadena, CA

Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena

4.7
4.7
1722 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Since 1946, Gus’s has been serving the good folks of South Pasadena (and beyond!) true Southern hospitality and some of the best real pit BBQ around. Housed on historic Route 66, 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 and authentic, wood-smoked BBQ 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. 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 and was named one of the top 10 BBQ restaurants on the west coast by Sunset Magazine.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (626) 799-3251

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Gus’s BBQ Catering brings the celebrated hospitality of our restaurant straight to your event. Let us know a day and time you'd like your items ready, and we'll have your order packed to pick up from the restaurant, or we can deliver everything to you. Our team can stay to take care of set up, cleanup, and everything in between, working hard to ensure that you and your guests are able to sit back and enjoy a no-fuss gathering filled with fresh and delicious BBQ! Whether we are celebrating your big day or catering your office party we strive to bring a touch of Southern Hospitality to any event through a collaborative process that accommodates each event’s unique needs. We look forward to working together!

  • Private party facilities

    Gus's BBQ welcomes private parties of up to 20 people for any occasion. We are able to accommodate you in our private room located in the rear of the restaurant

  • Private party contact

    Kourtney Radcliff: (888) 795-4877

  • Neighborhood

    South Pasadena

  • Cross street

    Mission Street

  • Parking details

    Guests can park in our parking lot on the north side of the building, just to the left of the front door. Street parking also available on Fair Oaks and Mission St.

  • Public transit

    Gus's is located only a couple of blocks from the South Pasadena gold line station.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,722 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Value

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Hot Spot

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  1. TP

    TonyP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pulled pork tostada salad is outstanding and the spinach and artichoke dip is sooo good
  2. DW

    DavidW

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very tasty food with generous portions for the price. Pace your ordering (appetizer to entree) or everything will come out at once.
  3. M

    Missak

    Las Vegas

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service just a bit loud to have a conversation
  4. CR

    ChristianneR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing!! One of my favorite places in Pasadena , Gus has best of everything.
  5. L

    Lori

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating Fathers Day excellent food
  7. RP

    ReyP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME AT GUSS BBQ,AND DEFINITELY WILL NOT BE THE LAST. WE HAD A RESERVATION AND GOT A NICE BOOTH TABLE.THE WAITER WAS VERY ATTENTIVE AND PATIENT,( WE COULD NOT DECIDE WHAT TO ORDER) FINALLY WE WENT FOR THE BBQ CHICKEN AND BRISKET. THE MEAT WAS SO SOFT THAT WE HARDLY NEED IT TO USE THE NIVES, THE SIDES WERE DELICIOUS .THE AMBIENCE ACCROSS FROM THE BAR SECTION WAS PERFECT.IF YOU'RE NEVER BEEN THERE COME ON DOWN AND GIVE IT A TRY, YOU WON'T BE DISSAPPOINTED.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service.
  9. J

    Johns500

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Gus’s never disappoints. As usual, we enjoyed outstanding service, flavorful food, and an all-around great experience. We made reservations and we’re immediately seated. Our server was friendly, efficient and on top of her game. But ultimately, it’s about the BBQ. AND ITS DELICIOUS!
  10. SB

    SimranB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here for my girlfriend's birthday. The staff was amazing, and very friendly. They were also very accommodating to help celebrate my girlfriend's birthday.
  11. RM

    RickM

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delish!
  12. MR

    MayRye

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual folks. And Lisa and the other nice taller blonde lady that wore her hair pulled back yesterday make me feel welcome and that’s unusually kind of them. Thanks for the great food and all around wonderful dining experience.
  13. JM

    JMario

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The tri tip dinner was excellent! The meat was cooked to perfection and remained juicy. Potato salad and southern greens were perfect pair of sides.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wonderfully good BBQ and so reliable! Great service, fast but not rushed, and delicious food.
  15. R

    Rocky23rd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous service, wonderful ambience, and friendly staff. Food was delicious and drink s were especially good. The “Gin there done that” is a drink that I’ve never had before and I was pleasantly surprised; perfect amount of mezcal. My only complaint is my blackened tri-tip sandwich was too salty. It’s better to under season and provide salt on the table for peoples preference.
  16. JO

    JustOK

    Phoenix

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The one day they are supposed to have ribs, Memorial Day, they call and tell me they are out of every kind of rib. I finish eating and I am walking out and see full slabs of ribs being served to others. Not happy and the food was marginal.
  17. KK

    KentK

    Los Angeles

    110 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Food was good but the service was fair at best.
  18. e

    elainen

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leo gave us incredible service
  19. MS

    MelodyS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were top notch. We wondered why we hadn’t been back sooner. The only negative is the noise level. It would be nice if it was a bit quieter. Understand it was a Saturday night, and there were large groups
  20. VS

    VickiS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. We were seated within a few minutes arriving for our reservation. Our server was so kind and attentive. Our food came quickly and was absolutely delicious. We will be back!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUTSTANDING, Customer service top notch, food is Amazingly excellent, servers very attentive and prices are reasonable considering taste and amount. You can't go wrong with Gus's BBQ.🥰
  22. PR

    PatriciaR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their food and drinks..
  23. M

    Mary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food tasted good, however, it wasn't the quality I remember in years past. The seating was great. The greeters were outstanding. We were seated right away. With that being said, I highly recommend the Open Table way of making reservations. When reserving a table we checked that we would be celebrating a birthday. Upon arrival at Gus's BBQ, the Maitre d verbally acknowledged that we were celebrating a birthday and the server also verbally acknowledged it and that was it. We were surprised because why ask and then not offer a complimentary dessert even just a dish of ice cream.
  24. LT

    LikesToEat

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are ever in South Pasadena and want some good barbecue, just drop in at Gus’s. We always go for the pork ribs and fried chicken. Service is good. It is great being able to order take out but I like it better when I sit down and enjoy a great meal at the restaurant.
  25. MB

    MatthewB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent service from our waiter Zoe. It was a little noisy being since we were seated next to the kitchen.
  26. L

    Laine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were really nice and the waiter was extremely nice
  27. KK

    KentK

    Los Angeles

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Get new find. Perking is the only downer of the evening… Best BBQ in the San Fernando Valley
  28. PL

    PaulL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best BBQ Ive had in LA. Great and responsive serving staff. Tasty beer on tap. My only caveat is check with them before getting the brisket, sometimes it can dry.
  29. J

    Jeremy

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Gus’s delivered an outstanding meal for an excellent Mother’s Day.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, friendly service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating an early mothers day. Food was great and so was the service.
  32. AG

    ArielG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Philip was amazing and so helpful on helping us decide what to get since it was our first time there. The food was great and definitely worth it for the price! Would definitely recommend if you’re craving some good BBQ in Pasadena! We will come back very soon!
  33. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time and cannot wait to come back to visit again. Server was amazing
  34. NK

    NeilK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Their takeout business was overwhelming their restaurant business. Our French fries arrived cold. Our waiter was very good but given that we were dining and the take out was going to have to be rewarmed anyway, we should have come first.
  35. R

    Ramon

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Had a reservation. Arrived timely. Requested a booth in the main dining room. 5 empty tables and my party of 2 seated in a communal booth where strangers are seated directly next to you and facing you. Asked hostess to please be seated in one of the many empty booths. She had to go see what she could do. Server was an absolute piece of work. He was rude, inattentive, not welcoming, and unkind. I hope I never come across him again. The bus boy was friendly, helpful, and kind. I hope he becomes a server. Food was okay, usually it is great. Chili was bad. I order chili often and it was awful last night. Fries were not fresh. Ribs were really good. Last night was a miss. Usually this is a great spot.
  36. BG

    BikeGuy

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The waiter we had was not great. I told him I did not like citric-like IPAs and could he recommend one. He brought me a citric IPA. Fortunately, a young lady server came by with some of our meal. I mentioned to her the issue and she resolved it very quickly. Meanwhile, our water forgot my friend's beverage and had to ask twice more. She also helped us in other areas, I tipped her separately. My friend paid for our meal, I do not know what he tipped our waiter, hopefully, it wasn't much.
  37. Y

    Yaya2013

    Los Angeles

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and outstanding service.
  38. L

    Liza

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Gus' bbq. There food is delicious. Try the rib sandwich....you won't regret it!
  39. TP

    TonyP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Scott was awesome and food was excellent as always, fresh and with good portions
  40. M

    Msfortune

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Really hopping at 8pm. But died down by 9pm. Tri-tip excellent

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena using the Order Online button. Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 799-3251.

Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena is rated 4.7 stars by 1722 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena

808 Fair Oaks Ave South Pasadena, CA 91030

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mission Street

  • Neighborhood

    South Pasadena

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Comfort Food, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Guests can park in our parking lot on the north side of the building, just to the left of the front door. Street parking also available on Fair Oaks and Mission St.

  • Public transit

    Gus's is located only a couple of blocks from the South Pasadena gold line station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (626) 799-3251

  • Catering

    Gus’s BBQ Catering brings the celebrated hospitality of our restaurant straight to your event. Let us know a day and time you'd like your items ready, and we'll have your order packed to pick up from the restaurant, or we can deliver everything to you. Our team can stay to take care of set up, cleanup, and everything in between, working hard to ensure that you and your guests are able to sit back and enjoy a no-fuss gathering filled with fresh and delicious BBQ! Whether we are celebrating your big day or catering your office party we strive to bring a touch of Southern Hospitality to any event through a collaborative process that accommodates each event’s unique needs. We look forward to working together!

  • Private party facilities

    Gus's BBQ welcomes private parties of up to 20 people for any occasion. We are able to accommodate you in our private room located in the rear of the restaurant

  • Private party contact

    Kourtney Radcliff: (888) 795-4877

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