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Big Mama's Rib Shack

1453 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104-2302
+1 626-797-1792
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible12%
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“fried okra” (5 reviews)
“two sides” (2 reviews)
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International, Seafood, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1453 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104-2302
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We randomly stopped at big mama’s , we weren’t disappointed. The bbq chicken was very very good, the Cajun fries were a hit. The only complaint would be the garden salad, it was very “sandy” it’s almost like the lettuce was not washed very well....More

Thank Cash_me_outside
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Somehow continues to remain open but not an equal to other local BBQ's. Over priced and lacking in sides.

Thank jamesv8
Reviewed 15 April 2017

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...More

Thank bin2oz
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
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...More

Thank latrunda s
Big Mamas R, Guest Relations Manager at Big Mama's Rib Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2016

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...More

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
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
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...More

Thank Paula S
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...More

Thank wendy c
Reviewed 25 March 2015

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
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$9 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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
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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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