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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 - 22:00
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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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South Pasadena, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Great BBQ restaurant! Luckily for me it's only a block away! Chicken wings are awesome! Right of 110fwy Fair Oaks exit make a right 1 block south ENJOY!!!

Thank panamajoe2015
Washington DC
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323 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We were disappointed not to find beef ribs on the menu but you can't have everything. We also don't agree with BBQ being served with sauce on it already - there were tasty sauces on the table and we had to scrape off the other. Collard greens were just a touch past their prime - a little tough but tasty... More 

Thank FormerChicagoGal
South Pasadena, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I like most of the entrees that I have tried with the exception that most items are over spiced for what I consider BBQ. I'm from the south and crushed red pepper is not used as a seasoning. I've notice in California that it is used frequently. I think it hurts the flavor. -they have a great selection of beer... More 

Thank Robert J
Fullerton, California, United States
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100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped by for a light snack. (Salad) I will be returning for actual BBQ! I sat at the counter and was able to see the wide variety of offerings. Nothing looked bad. Gus's is a local BBQ "joint" that has been around for generation. It is located well away from touristy Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Parking can be challenging... More 

Thank Leigh J
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115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We had a nice lunch. The back room was very noisy, especially moving and busing tables! The baby back ribs were pretty good. The cornbread and onion rings were delicious. The service was not the greatest but average!

Thank Decoyqueen
South Pasadena, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

If you truly do enjoy the real deal regarding BBQ, you must find your way to Gus's in South Pasadena. It is located on Fair Oaks, a main road off the 110 and a hop skip from Pasadena. You can not go wrong with any menu selection on their diverse menu. From sandwiches to platters. Of course a good variety... More 

Thank Folk_guy
Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Nice Neighborhoods Restaurant, Small Parking lot and street parking ! Good selection of Beer, Wine, Liquors ! The place is known for Bar-B-Q, and so we ordered to share ! Tri-Trip Beef Salad and Bar-B-Q beef burger with sweet potatoes fries with Merlot for this dinner ! YUM for both the salad and the burger ! Service is good too... More 

Thank SuwitChart
London, United Kingdom
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605 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We frequently visit Gus's. It's very friendly, efficient and nice. We have noticed a sharp hike in prices recently though! The staff are still nice and polite and the food and drink good. And they have a car park.

Thank Peter T
Los Angeles, California
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711 reviews
391 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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
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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 30
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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?