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Gus's Barbecue

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808 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-2606 (Mission Street)
+1 626-799-3251
11:00 - 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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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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96 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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181 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 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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85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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
1 review
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 21 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 

Thank theatie17
South Pasadena, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

it was good resturant and i enjoyed it.family resturant and the price was fair service was good and the amount of food was ok

Thank molana968
Corona, California
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

This was my first time at Gus's, and I had heard great things. It's a moderately-sized restaurant and they do get pretty busy, so it's best to make reservations if you can. We were in a group of about 10 people, so we made reservations well in advance and we're all able to be seated together. The cornbread in the... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

The original owners, Gus and Jack Tripodes, were family friends and now Chris and John Bicos have transformed this South Pasadena institution into a vibrant, busy destination for really great barbeque and more. Being a 5 decades long Foodservice professional and fellow Greek, I love the tradition of keeping a place in good hands. BTW: I dined at Gus's for... More 

Thank John D

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?