Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena

4.7
1648 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.

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

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Feasts available for order through November 22nd!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2020

Order your Smoked Prime Rib feast by Gus's in time for the holiday gatherings! Email southpasadena@gussbbq.com to get started.

What 1648 people are saying
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JudiS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday breakfast never disappoints!
Great way to start the day!
Congrats to Gus’s!

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vipGamalielC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a award I got from work.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, long time customer, kids love it! Thank you!

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vipNicoW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ffod was great and server Jairo was helpful, personable, friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hit up Gus’s in a regular basis. We all love their breakfasts. My personal favorites are the Southern style eggs Benedict and the mighty bird. Their grits and collard greens are always yummy. They serve a gluten free cornbread at lunch and dinner! I usually order the blackened chicken salad for lunch and the brick chicken for dinner. Never been disappointed!

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vipJanet
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, delicious food, perfect service. Thank you

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vipbwchilds
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I am usually very satisfied with Gus's. This time around it was disappointing. The service was very slow. I get that happens on busy nights. But our food all the way around ranging from Catfish to Ribs and brisket was not up snuff. WAY TO SALTY. For $27 I expected more on portion size and a lot better quality.

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BrettB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful, delicious experience as always. Great service, food and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
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
vipMarkJ
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On our way to the symphony.

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MikeM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
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

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GY2AG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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 🤷🏽‍♀️

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vipScottL
Las Vegas
30 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLindaS
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service

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RichA
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.

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LauW
Los Angeles
16 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.

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vipVisitor
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.

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DanLA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
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
vipTheMichiganGourmet
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRogerG
Las Vegas
17 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.

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vipBbbb
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipMarkW
Los Angeles
30 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

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vipdavidt
Los Angeles
17 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.

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LindseyH
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.

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vipSteveL
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Disappointed
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.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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

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

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Evie
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipTraveler
Los Angeles
129 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipStevenK
Los Angeles
9 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.

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SteveS
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.

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vipvipdiner
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.

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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 1648 OpenTable diners.

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