Gus's BBQ - Claremont

4.7
412 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Since 1946, Gus’s has been serving true Southern hospitality and some of the best real pit BBQ around. Housed in the iconic Claremont Packing House, Gus’s is a tribute to Southern life, where family, tradition and celebration are of the utmost importance. A menu filled with traditional Southern cooking is complemented by an impressive range of whiskies, wines, cocktails and local craft beers. Today, Gus’s is a space for a warm welcome, a cold mint julep, and a big plate of the best flavors from the American South and Midwest.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 412 people are saying
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4.6
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Julie
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great & the menu had a variety of choices for us all!

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RobJ
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We Love Gus's BBQ and go all there all the time. My wife picked Gus's for her 56th Bday and we invited 5 of our family members. Here is the disappointment!! Our Server was Nattali M. and I mentioned this was my wife birthday and nothing was done. I also wrote this in the app for OpenTable. This was not the only thing the server was very slow and looked like she was ignoring us when we requested service. I never write reviews but felt I needed to mention this.

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LindaV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 6 and were able to reserve outdoor seating in a comfortable spot. Great food and service.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious the atmosphere was great they put on the heaters when I ask them to it was a little cool on the patio

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Stan
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The sever was ok. Would have like some more interaction

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VanessaG
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Good was cold. Onion strings didn’t have flavor to them. I liked the ambience and our server was great.

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MGMLAP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time we dine at Gus's...its always a pleasurable experience. ...and the cornbread...AMAZING

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best service I have ever had their. Drew was amazing. He was attentive and kept our drinks full. We thoroughly enjoyed his jokes and humor excellent server he should be commended for having a great positive attitude. Ribs were off the chart thank you for a great evening

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Kjs1
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Gus’s and love downtown Claremont. Excellent food, excellent venue and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor dining. Hostess, waiters and waitresses were super friendly and helpful.

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RichardN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu, friendly servers, nice atmosphere, good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dating anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Took my out of state guess out to eat and I was so disappointed in the service. It took us 20 minutes just to get a glass of water. When I asked our waitress if they were short staffed giving her the benefit of the doubt as I know we are all short staffed during a pandemic. she said oh no Plenty of staff. I’m just having an off day and a rough night last night…Great food disappointing service.

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CaseyL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome dinner on the patio for our 22nd wedding anniversary! The service was awesome!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cornbread! Recommend this place highly for couples looking to have a relaxed dinner with excellent food.

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vipVick
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Atmosphere inside was quite nice. Service was very good. The food was ok, tasty but I have had better BBQ. The baked beans were undercooked and hard. My dish was barely warm and just about cold. Appetizers (pulled pork nachos and jalapeño cornbread) were great!

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ARIELF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was horrible, starting from the hostess to the server.
Food was good though

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larney
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food is really good. Always a great experience whenever we come here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service!

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SonyaW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went to celebrate our daughter's birthday. Food was delicious. service was ok but felt like waiter was rushing us. Even though I indicated a birthday celebration when I initially made the reservation and AGAIN when we were seated, waiter brought the check before he offered dessert. He did finally come through after I called it to his attention.

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Trish
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a great time at Gus's BBQ. We enjoyed our luncheon with plenty of leftovers to take home. The waitress was outstanding. We would definitely comeback.

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vipVenturaVisitor
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Surprising find, will have to try again after Covid. Tasty entrees ~ knowledgeable servers

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Mickey50
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are never disappointed at Gus's. The food is delicious and the service is good.

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Renee
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to Gus for an early and there wasn’t a lot of people. I was seated right away and our server was TJ. He had a nice smile under his mask. He was polite, friendly and attentive. He made sure we were okay but not hovering. We had the blueberry mint lemonade, cucumber jalepeno margarita ; both drinks were good. For appetizers fried pickles (only avail at happy hour on patio) and deviled eggs. Always good. We both selected shrimp and grits. They were tasty with this extra gravy. I would’ve liked a few more shrimp (next time I will ) and more okra . Would come back soon and ask for TJ

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitress and food!

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SethB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I was a little peeved that we were asked to give up our booth seating because we were a party of only two, just to see another party of two seated in the exact same booth within five minutes. That said, the service was prompt and courteous, and the bbq was actually better than the last time we ate here pre-Covid.

I recommend Gus's for folks wanting some tasty bbq, and I am hopeful that the re-seating faux pas on Gus's part was an anomaly.

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Ebeth
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met five friends for lunch and some of my group arrived early and were accommodated. The server was gracious and helpful and gave us all of special requests (and I'd like the aioli on the side... Can you take a picture of us...)

It was cool inside and there were quite a few folks on the deck that didn't appear to be uncomfortable. Music was playing in the background but we still carried on conversations. We loved the food - several people had the sliders; one had the brisket sandwich with a fantastic potato salad as a side. I had the smoked salmon salad which was on a kale base. The dressing was light with a smoked flavor - very good.

Overall, great restaurant with a wide selection of tasty foods, and wonderful service. We will be back more often now that the pandemic is letting up (is that even an expression?).

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vipAdonisC
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was located in a nice area of Claremont. Parking was free and available. The service was excellent. The food was amazing. The ribs were tender, pork had great flavor as well as the brisket. I definitely enjoyed my meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food!

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MichelleS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food- friendly staff clean modern surroundings

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Luv2dine
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late night dinner option. Food is good and portion size is great, I could if done with the short ribs nachos appetizer as my meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great ambiance. One of the best places to eat in the county.

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vipcarol365
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun evening eating outside delicious BBQ and lemonade.

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food overall was poor quality. The food seemed to be off and many of us got sick. Our family would not eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The ribs, fries and macaroni were dry, all the sauces tasted like vinegar and the greens were just soaking in vinegar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

JM
JulieM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great atmosphere and great food! loved it!

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HappyBelly
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server was so patient with our huge group of 14 people. The ambiance at Gus' is always so uplifting. The staff is super friendly and everyone is very helpful.

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ARIELF
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately the past couple of times that we had dined at Gus BBQ was not good. We decided to give it one last and final try last night and are we glad that we did! It was so good, the service was excellent, and the best meal I have ever had a Gus BBQ. We really enjoyed our time and will definitely be going back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Father’s Day dinner was great, food, bartenders and drinks were excellent. Just wish that our waitress was a bit more attentive. We didn’t receive condiments, utensils or napkins. Had to ask a bus boy for help

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You can order delivery directly from Gus's BBQ - Claremont using the Order Online button. Gus's BBQ - Claremont also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (909) 445-0931.

Gus's BBQ - Claremont is rated 4.7 stars by 412 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.