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Gus's Barbecue

808 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-2606
+1 626-799-3251
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (30 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (21 reviews)
“fried chicken” (18 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
808 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-2606
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1 - 10 of 205 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

great food but very noisy, always busy. Take out a good option. Have eaten in and also done take out. Usually have local sports on their TV's.

Thank margie1749
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there with some colleagues and i think a casual place but with good quality. Food was really tasty and service was excellent. Also price was fair. Very recommended

Thank Bolicheboliche
Reviewed 10 July 2018

While the food's a bit pricey, the quality exceeds. I don't know of another place in the area that serves Memphis and St. Louis style ribs, sliders, pulled pork, chicken fried steak and gravy, southern greens, cast iron cornbread, and many other dishes. They have...More

Thank Gerald S
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Usually have the food delivered because the place is always busy and the parking limited. The food is always delicious and the staff is friendly.

Thank Kathleen G
Reviewed 21 June 2018

There are many barbecue joints throughout Southern California, and among them, a variety of cooking styles and regional favorites, but the traditional Texas Brisket reigns supreme here at Gus's BBQ in South Pasadena. MEMPHIS BABY BACK RIBS brushed with our original bbq sauce full rack...More

Thank sogonblick
Reviewed 24 May 2018

After tasting Texas BBQ, Gus's BBQ is not my fav. Portion size is good, glass of wine small with high price. Food a little over priced. Parking is almost always a problem, small parking lot, street parking and larger parking lot across street, 1/2 block...More

1  Thank I7791PLdennisc
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

This place is fantastic. Great menu with all the usual BBQ and sides. Luscious huge burgers and excellent margaritas although they could have had less ice and more drink. It’s fun, noisy and upbeat. The food is delicious and the staff friendly. There are three...More

1  Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Anytime I find myself in the Pasadena area I know my go to restaurant is Gus's. I choose to eat at the bar which has very professional and polite bartenders. The brisket literally melts in your mouth, the bbq beans are great and the cream...More

1  Thank williamsH7565GS
Reviewed 13 April 2018

Finally, a place near Los Angeles that KNOW BBQ. Went to Gus's last night with friends and ate some of the best baby back ribs that I've had in a long time. This place is the real deal. We went with another couple and we...More

Thank TouringSM
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

We tend to seek out barbecue whenever we travel, each region having a different spin on the unique American meat meal. Gus's is up there as one of the best we've  experienced. Not only were the smoked meats excellent, but the sides were as well....More

Thank jbwyer
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 808 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-2606
    (Mission Street)
  • Public Transportation: Gus's is located only a couple of blocks from the South Pasadena gold line station.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  South Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-799-3251
  • E-mail
Gus's celebrates the culinary traditions of the South, serving up fresh and inventive takes on regional Southern fare and barbeque while bringing the roots of true Southern hospitality to the West Coast.
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