Gus's BBQ - South Pasadena

4.7
1666 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1666 people are saying
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KatherineT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love this place. Always enjoy coming to this restaurant!

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Robin
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met a friend for lunch and dined curbside. My steak salad was good, although overdressed (asked waiter for dressing on the side but, well, that isn't what happened). Props to the bartender for creating a sparkling wine cocktail (cucumber, celery, something spicy) which was delish. Didn't rush us which was nice since my friend got lost and was a 1/2 hour late.

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vipMikeFood
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very tasty BBQ with a varied menu for all tastes. The Onion Strings were particularly good. Service was top notch.

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NotARockstar
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, clean restaurant, attentive servers,... what more do you need?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great location, service, food. Just loud/noisy and the space between 4top tables was a bit tight for walking and Server access.

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ContessaB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with dedicated parking. You can smell the smoke in the air. The bbq was good and tender. All the sauces are great. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be returning

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nashville hot chicken a real winner!

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vipHoodwinked
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I love BBQ and was excited to try a new place. Nothing my party ordered wowed me. We sent a couple of the sides back and the replacements were just ok. The waitress was pleasant.

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vipHUNMX72
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and quaint patio seating.

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EllieH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is amazing. I can’t decide what I love most. The picnic platter is highly recommended, that way you can try a bit of everything. Cast iron corn bread is scrumptious and the drinks are STRONG but delightful. All the waiters are so sweet, attentive and helpful. Outdoor seating is provided and they have high chairs and coloring page menus with crayons for those with little ones. I can’t recommend this place enough.

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DanD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It's an historic restaurant. The food and service were outstanding. The place was crowded and the wait staff still gave us their full attention.. The manager even came to our table to make sure we had everything we needed. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipbwchilds
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food quality has been declining over the past year it seems. I have been there a few times this year and have not left with a good impression. This time my food came out luke warm and the service was not great.

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JonA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good execution of BBQ with very good service. We had a great time and will return happily.

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Stine
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a friend of mine’s birthday lunch, we had wonderful service. Our food was beautifully served and delicious. I enjoy the mac & cheese, the cornbread and the house salad. My friend had the fried chicken and the ribs with her sides of sweet potato fries and coleslaw which she thoroughly enjoyed. Our server brought us a scoop of ice cream with two spoons for my friends birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual! Food and drinks were delicious 😋

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gus's barbecue never disappoints. The food is always delicious.

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PatH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There's a wonderful menu here: Southern and Cajun/New Orleans dishes, and great barbecue. Lovely salads and sandwiches and a blueberry cobbler that will make you weep with joy. You should try it!

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Chris
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good as always, our server (Doug) was excellent.

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KandiW
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch at Gus's. Great service, our waitress was super, great food and I took a salad home for dinner! I love that you can make reservations! Well done!

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AprilS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was ok nothing amazing food was cold and ran out of baby back ribs but the employees are very nice and kind

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JeriL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming to Gus’s for years and every time I have a new get together, I live bringing them here! The food is always really delicious and the service is on point! I’m never disappointed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good. Loud, but good. Tables were a bit close together. But service and food were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was fantastic!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was much louder than expected but the food was great - beverages were amazing - and lovely atmosphere. Think we would try & plan going at a less busy time next go around. Definitely coming back. Thank you.

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TameronW
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family friendly. Fast service. My family has been there plenty of times and they can also accommodate a party up to 12 people.

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MartineM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We had a late seating 9.30 and we definitely noticed because they were out of items and we felt rushed at the end. We were not asked for a dessert and got boxes on the table without asking. The food was ok, not great like it normally is, unfortunately. We took friends from out of state to diner and took them here after rating them so high. But we feel like it wasn’t as great as it normally is, unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service!

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JenniferJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Must have been a bad day for the brisket. Not sure I would go back.

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

Such a great atmosphere. The waiters are very friendly with great suggestions. The food will always be awesome and delicious.

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vipMacguffin
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Always reliable. A neighborhood gem.

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RTeacher
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food is delicious, but the sweet potato fries weren’t hot and the pulled pork should have been hotter.

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Stevie
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We eat at Gus’s often, and the food is always great and the service is friendly and efficient. My only complaint on this visit, and this is a personal peeve that annoys me at many restaurants, is the inability to course a meal. We were in the middle of eating our salads when our main dishes were dropped off. We raced through our salads and then, while we were eating our entrees, a gloved hand grabbed my plate. I should not have to explain that I was still eating when there was (delicious) tri tip on my plate. We are fast eaters, and there were a few open tables, so there was no reason to make us feel that we had to “speed eat.”

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BrigG
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time here! Could not give it a high recommendation. Food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. Definitely 10/10

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HenryB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was me and my girlfriends first time there and from the second we walked through the door, we knew we had found a great place. We were attended nicely and provided great service all around, down to recommendations and overall questions, to being checked up on during our time there. Some of the best barbecue I’ve had in a while with the BBQ chicken being my favorite. Cannot recommend this place any more than a 5 star review, but if I could , I definitely would.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were good. Yes it is a little loud. Everybody enjoyed it, but reservations are a must.

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Delicious
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great host and the food is always delicious!

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Chloemonkey
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I know that this is not the most authentic bbq for some of you experts....BUT it comes very close! And it seems to have even improved over the past couple of years! The wait staff couldn't be nicer, more helpful or friendlier......we are fans and frequent this place routinely.

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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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GamalielC
Los Angeles
24 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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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 1666 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.

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