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Big Mama's Rib Shack

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1453 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104-2302
+1 626-797-1792
12:00 - 20:00
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Bakersfield, California
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107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Big Mama's is a place I visit once or twice a year one of the times I am in town and consider it a treat. Met a friend here on latest visit and the service was excellent. I most always order the blackened chicken with the two sides. I love that they put plenty of blackened seasoning on the meat.... More 

Thank bin2oz
Evansville, Indiana
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40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Visited on December 27th and food seemed it was store brought and cooked. Also very slow service as it took 45 minutes to arrive with no one in restaurant but us. Would not recommemd.

Thank Jose374
Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Surprisingly the place was patron less at 1pm on a Tuesday. I should have known to exit when I walked into an empty restaurant. Nice lady took my order. Decided to try the special which was one hot link and 2 sides: I chose the cajun fries and baked beans. I also added a cup of jambalaya. I hate to... More 

Thank latrunda s
Big Mamas R, Guest Relations Manager at Big Mama's Rib Shack, responded to this review

Dear Latrunda, We are very sorry to hear about your dissatisfaction with our Jambalaya and our hot link lunch special with cajun fries, baked beans,and corn bread. We pride ourselves on serving up good southern style foods that we consider second best to your own home cooking. We would like to invite you back in when your in the area... More 

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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

If you like your ribs spiced up, and very seasoned, get um here. More sauce flavored than smoked flavoring. Place is always crowded.

Thank mjhlee
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

After viewing the floats on the Sunday after the Rose Bowl, we found this great restaurant. Excellent ox-tails; fried okra; collards; cat fish and cornbread. Would definitely return.

Thank runroad2
Altadena, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

We've been eating at Big Mama's Rib Shack for well over a decade, and even had them cater some of the food for our our backyard wedding. Though the decor is a teeny bit dated, the food at Big Mama's only gets better year after year and it seems like everyone leaves happy after a delicious meal of authentic Southern... More 

Thank Paula S
Pasadena, California
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2015

When I am going to have a big party for family and friends, it is almost a given that I'm going to lay out a few racks of ribs and a chicken or two from Big Mama's. The sauce is the thing and the picante kick makes licking your fingers another food group! I am lucky to have them in... More 

Thank wendy c
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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142 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015 via mobile

A good, authentic Southern restaurant has a huge list of sides and this one does! Very close to where we were staying in Pasadena, and a very good find. You don't leave here hungry!

Thank Mary R
Oberlin, Ohio, United States
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90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2015

When I lived in Pasadena I used to come here a lot. Just visited again last night and was happy to learn that the place has only gotten better. The food is the same fine homestyle bbq and other southern dishes - my favorite has always been the smothered chicken - but now they offer beer and wine, including a... More 

Thank Janet M
Pasadena, California
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2013

I love this place for big parties at my house. We order a few slabs of ribs some okra, red beans and rice and your party is going to be a success!

Thank wendy c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$16
South American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1453 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104-2302
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-797-1792
Here at Big Mamas we pride ourselves on serving up Southern Fresh entrees that you and all your loved ones would surely enjoy. Everything is made from scratch using the finest ingredients on the market. Pasadena's Best Kept Secret. we've been serving up the community for over 15 years so come on in and check us out. Tennessee BBQ at its best. All of our meats are slow smoked with hickory and cooked to perfection. We also have the best Southern Fried Chicken & Catfish in the city.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?