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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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Anchorage, Alaska
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

This was by far some of the best barbecue that I have ever had. The service was excellent and the restaurant was very clean. I will be back.

Thank Nanette J
London, United Kingdom
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573 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015

We were searching and searching for a place to have a drink, when I suddenly espied Gus' Bar. We parked and were in there like a flash. Actually, although it was Christmas Eve, it was busy....however the manager was charm itself, and offered us a choice of seating. Our waitress was kindliness personified, and, even though all we wanted was... More 

Thank Peter T
El Paso, Texas
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

We had attentive, quick service for our party of six. The BBQ ribs and chicken were perfect. Everyone left full and satisfied.

Thank dfodor
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90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

Gus's BBQ is a long-time gem in South Pasadena. They seem to do everything well but their beef brisket is my favorite. Many of us who smoke meat at home can do a pretty good job with baby back pork ribs but beef brisket is a whole different experience which is difficult - and very time consuming - to achieve... More 

Thank VetteGuy
Los Angeles, California
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2015

As a native midwesterner, I appreciate good beef and pork BBQ and recognize it having been done right when I taste it - and this place is fantastic! I've had the short ribs, tri-tip, and pulled pork and every one of them were cooked to perfection, moist (too dry is my single-biggest pet peeve with BBQ), and absolutely delicious. The... More 

Thank John B
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244 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

Went to Gus's Barbecue in South Pasadena for a family dinner. With plenty of drinks and food we had a great night. We both had Gus's famous hamburger and the remainder of our family sampled other of Gus's culinary delights. So when we were looking for a lunch stop in South Pasadena a week later Gus's was the obvious choice.... More 

Thank Sydneysida
South Pasadena, California, United States
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

Gus's has been So Pasadena's tried and true eatery for decades. New owners several years ago and made is even better - their BBQ Shrimp salad is a winner - every time. Wish they had more non-meat choices, though.....(reason for the 4 stars)

Thank SusanB933
South Pasadena, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

The food is very good, a local favorite. But it is crowded and noisy especially on weekends. Don't plan to have a serious conversation or romance! Sports on tv, good variety of entrees, sandwiches and salads, good with kids.

Thank jcze1959
San Marino, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

the pulled pork nachos are a craving! Good wine and beer list. I have always had great service and they are open late with lots of parking

Thank 363unnamed
Sydney, Australia
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162 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

Had dinner on Sunday night with some work mates, was so good! The ribs melted off the bone and were the right stickiness. Have to try the sausage, so tasty and the jacks Mac & cheese - yummo. Service was impeccable and the waitress made great selections and ordered for us so we had a proper American BBQ experience. Would... 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
Child-friendly, Kids
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?