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Gus's Barbecue

Certificate of Excellence
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808 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-2606 (Mission Street)
+1 626-799-3251
08:30 - 23:00
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Sun 08:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 08:30 - 23:00
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Los Angeles, California
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634 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Expect to wait for a table on the weekend, so make a reservation or you might get stuck eating at Pollo Loco across the street. I've been coming here for years both for breakfast and dinner. This time around I ordered the BBQ two meat combo with baby back ribs, blackened chicken, cream corn, and garlic mashed potatoes. Before I... More 

Thank Creeping_Death_LA
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I grew up in North Carolina from 1970 to 1987, have been in Los Angeles since. I'm on a perpetual quest to find great Southern cuisine out here ever since, especially fried chicken, Lexington style BBQ, hush puppies, and grits. On a rainy Saturday morning driving through Pasadena, I drove past Gus's BBQ, and was surprised to see them open... More 

Thank Bryan E
Pasadena, California
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I am not a beef eater but i when i crave for some, i always go to Guy's. I love the Spare Ribs and the sides that goes with it.

Thank cherry t
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

we've been there two times in a row and shared our entrees, everything was terrific! if you're into BBQ, this is the place to be. we shared the ribs, fried chicken, BBQ chicken, smoked saucage, brisket and pulled pork, everything was cooked to perfection. the deviled eggs were good as well. I've been working in professional kitchens for about 15... More 

Thank Erik T
South Pasadena, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Fantastic food and atmosphere, if you are in South Pasadena it is a must stop to eat. Great Sunday Brunch!!!!

Thank Chris T
Pasadena, California
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101 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This one of the few places in the San Gabriel Valley that I would recommend for some really good BBQ. In that the place has changed hands a couple of years ago. And then they sank some serious coin in redoing the place. I can suggest that their Mac and cheese is almost as good as mine. As to their... More 

Thank David L
Los Angeles, California
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188 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Last night was my first trip to Gus's BBQ. It was crazy busy at 6:30pm. Usually a good sign that the food is good. We had a picnic platter (ribs, chicken, pulled pork) and a variety of sides. It was just ok. The ribs were not tender. They were chewy and tough. Overall, seasoning is what I think was a... More 

Thank DianainAruba
Pasadena, California
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87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

First opened in 1946 and still serving pecan log BBQed favorites. If this is your first time I recommend you get a sample of all the great BBQ items and of course the vorn bread.

Thank 4EIEIO
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

NC pulled pork sandwich with Gus's special cornbread on the side. 5 stars! Excellent service and ambiance. Great cigar store/lounge next door.

Thank Tom F
Castle Pines
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53 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

A friend (and local) took me here as it was right next door to the cigar shop I wanted to visit. We popped in just after 11am (i.e. before the lunch rush) and scored a nice booth in the back. The place is decorated very nicely, it's comforting to the eye and thus to the mind; the food was precisely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
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

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