Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena

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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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!
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful food! The brisket is my favorite, fork tender. It is so noisy you can’t really have a good table conversation during prak hours. Great service, great food.

MJ
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On our way to the symphony.

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My visit to Gus was at Porter Ranch. Very beautiful and relaxing environment. A few small problems but a big hit in the neighborhood

GY
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another amazingly delicious food and great experience at Gus’ BBQ. They never disappoint

MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gus's is reliable. Good food, good atmosphere, and good service. I hope it doesn't go anywhere.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Gus’s since I was a little kid the best bbq around and the prices match the quality! Fried chicken is 🔥 the brisket is super good !! Tbh you really can’t go wrong 🤷🏽‍♀️

SL
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cream corn was amazing..... had the chicken fried steak perfectly done

LS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday. The server was lovely and the food was delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend and his son out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. The food was delicious and our server was excellent. We’ll definitely be going back.

RA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jackie was the best ever!!! Always came to ask how we were doing, if we needed anything, and kept updating us on our food. Thanks. My family and I really enjoyed our 2020 Valentines dinner there.

l
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came to Gus’s for our Valentine’s Day dinner. Service was outstanding from waiters to bussers. Everyone seemed to be happily pitching in. I LOVE teamwork. it signals good management and makes me want to come back The food was perfect, as usual. I need to make a point to get there for Monday beef ribs.

V
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best BBQ Brisket I have ever tasted...so tender and Juicy! Will definitely go back for more.

DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Likes:
cornbread
bbq sauce
Good menu choices
Friendly waiters

Not a fan:
Meat was a bit tough. Not terrible but can be much better.
Food came out somewhat cold. In fact it came out so quickly that it felt like a fast food place.

TM
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant with good servers. Only wish is that fries were hotter. I need 50 characters, so here they are.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time, great food and amazing service every single time

RG
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Gus’s for 40 years. If that isn’t a decent endorsement, I don’t know what is.

B
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

MW
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 1st time I got their pancakes they're delicious. And they fill up the plate largest pancake I ever had

d
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food is always excellent and service is usually the same. Service not so good this time, however. Undoubtedly an anomaly- but still spoiled the experience. Will be back to normal at my next visit.

LH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Gus's since I was a kid. The new ownership added a lot of great items to the menu and the food is consistently good. I don't think I've ever had anything on the menu I didn't like. I've been loving the brisket and greens lately. The drinks are good too, although I wouldn't mind getting a little more in the glass. ;-) Overall, one of my favorite go-to restaurants in the Pasadena area.

SL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent BBQ, I enjoyed the baby back ribs and chicken.

D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good but cold and Not enough andouille sausage on the southern style eggs Benedict. Service was a bit slower than usual. Was almost done eating by the time my aide pancake came. When it did though it was excellent.

VA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great drinks will recommend to make reservations before going always busy

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it. We had out of town guests with us i’ve never been to Gus’s and they really enjoyed the food as well.

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

Yummy food with Southern flare! Warm and inviting atmosphere! Great service!

E
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very good meal with friends and family! The service was excellent. The bar was very accommodating with some special request. Our meals were excellent. Good barbecue and the sides were very tasty. We will come to Gus's again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation at 6:15 PM, we arrived 30 minutes early earlier than expected and got seated right away. Very attentive and personable staff. Johnny was our server! He was so great, told us all about the specials and accommodated my dietary restrictions. Food was A-freaking-mazing. Didn’t even get to take photos.

T
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent selection
Large portions.
Very flavorful
A bit crowded and noisy
Parking is a bit limited.

SK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Very poor food. Fried chicken was terrible ( full of grease and way too spicy). Extraordinary expensive for a greasy diner experience.

SS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Seating options aren’t the best and left us in the middle of staff and other patrons constantly walking by. We overheard many personal conversations from the staff as well as other patrons staring at and commenting on our food. The food was excellent.

v
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

This was one of our favorite places, but this past experience was terrible. We were a large party of 9; however, the food was cold and had to be sent back to be heated. Although, the waiter did try his best to make it up, it was overall a bad experience.

MT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, crear service, we were seated promptly. We had a great dinner experience.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! It's best to make reservations so you don't have to wait. The service is also great. Overall Gus's BBQ never disappoints!

HU
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas evening dinner great food and good service

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was ok. We were disappointed that they had run out of brisket. Poor planning on their end as we had an early 530 dinner and they already ran out of brisket. Seemed like they prioritized the take out orders.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite community restaurant

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My daughter has treenut allergies. Although what she ordered doesn’t contain treenuts, they took the time time to speak to us. We greatly appreciate this. Their smoker uses pecans or wood from a pecan tree. The kids’ menu sliders don’t come into contact but they still flagged the item so it won’t have cross contamination.

VD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little loud but overall excellent as usual. Service was great. Our food was a little overdone but nothing we couldn't handle.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is like as

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Most BBQ food dry & menu is misleading on there chili dish. List ALL ingredients & does not include BEANS..Dish loaded with beans which I hate.

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