Gus's BBQ - Porter Ranch

4.5
141 reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Since 1946, Gus’s has been serving true Southern hospitality and some of the best real pit BBQ around. The third Guss location makes its home in The Vineyards, one of Los Angeles premier lifestyle centers offering world class entertainment, dining and shopping. A menu filled with traditional Southern cooking is complemented by an impressive range of whiskies, wines, cocktails and local craft beers. Guss is a tribute to Southern life, where family, tradition and celebration are of the utmost importance.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 141 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience2

The barbecue is not very good. I got the combo and had ribs, brisket and sausage. ALL DRY. The sides were great though. The creamed corn and collard greens were delicious.

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vipARI1907
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has now become our weekly hangout. Great food and atmosphere. Big shoutout to Steve and his team who have been doing an excellent job! Thank you !

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JG71
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great cobbler for desert and wonderful waiters and waitresses. We will definitely be going back again!!!

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vipHeather
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They made us sit outside in the cold (happened to be a colder night), but it's understandable that seating is limited because of ongoing Covid capacity restrictions, but we did have a reservation...sat us outside anyways. Our food got cold pretty quickly and the manager came over to ask if he could take one of our heaters (spaced evenly between tables, not super close by) for a "baby" that the parents said was cold, but we could see the toddler was quite fine, not crying and had on a jacket. Mgr mentioned that their heater ran out of propane. Hate to be put in that sort of position...my husband had given his sweat jacket to our friend (the wife), so hubby would have been super cold with no heater. Asked the manager why he couldn't move the family with the toddler inside and he said there was no room. So now it was our problem?? Felt bad, be we declined to allow him to take our heater because we were uncomfortable even with the heaters. We saw the manager wheeling over a different heater to the family. Problem solved. Anyways, the brisket was DRY, I couldn't even eat it. We also had baby backs and spare ribs...they were average. The fried boneless chicken was DELICIOUS! The creamed corn was really yummy. Garlic mashed potatoes were good, but not memorable. The collard greens were tasty, if you like that sort of thing. The grits, decent. The deviled eggs, very good (loved the crispy bacon). Plenty of food that we all split...two of the picnic platters with 4 ribs on each plate, a few slices of brisket, and a half a chicken (more like a cornish hen?)...in my opinion, not worth $35 per platter, quantity-wise. We ordered extra sides. Not planning on returning...Red's BBQ and Wood Ranch BBQ are better, unless of course I'm in the mood for fried chicken or the creamed corn. Not likely. Service was excellent...Manny was our waiter.

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FayeJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food1service3ambience3

I took my husband here for his birthday. But the food we received was cold, bsc &cheese was hard and dry BBQ brick chicken was just as hard

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PAULR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service and the outdoor patio was great 👍

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thxs, great service and food

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randyl
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

best thing here by far is the fried chicken. everything else is average including the brisket which was dry and the rips

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mouton11
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was very good, service also excellent. they didn't try to rush us since we had a little business to do after we ate. would definitely recommend them to others. only issue was the music was a little loud, made it hard to hear the waiter thru his mask, but we got over it!

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JohnC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome. Service was good. We will definitely return.

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vipARI1907
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an enjoyable first experience here. Returned 3 times already and will make Gus’s a regular going forward. The baby back ribs are done perfectly. Very kind service as well.

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jamess
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great friendly service. a plus that they have a whiskey tasting flight. will definitely be going again

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Anne
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We made reservations so we wouldn’t have to wait. The hostess completely forgot we checked in and seated other parties that just walked in before us. What’s the point of making a reservation then? That upset us because we were REALLY hungry.

The server, Manuel, more than made up for it in his friendliness and speed of service. The food is really good too.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food , service and pleasant patio ambiance

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vipastroengine
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gus's is a gem. Love it

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LisaZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

OUR WAITER WAS SUPER HELPFUL. WE REALLY LOVED HIM. WE ARE GOING BACK NEXT WEEK AND HOPE WE GET HIM AGAIN.

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CarolC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Easter Sunday.

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AmiT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Very COVID safe. We loved the food and drinks

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MichaelL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to Gus's exceeded our expectations. We were greeted and seated quickly. Our server was timely and very pleasant. The menu is extensive...our drinks were re-filled while we decided on our meals. The food was hot and plentiful. We got two combination plates that allowed us to sample most of the meats. All were very good. The sides were tasty but the stars were the meats! I highly recommend Gus's.

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vipARI1907
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , very clean , and fun with friends!

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We always pick times when server Maren and bartender Ashley are working. They know what we like, and are very friendly and helpful. The beer and bourbon choices are great, and we love their flights. The menu is extensive and even this vegetarian can find great things to eat. We love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great vibes and amazing set up/ location. I will be going back

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ToniP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a great place for bbq food and feels super safe with Covid restrictions. We eat here regularly because of this.

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Atoosa
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu is great. Fried chicken, Ribs, Pulled Pork, Salads and all the sides...

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JoseS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Overall it was an ok place to eat. Service was slow, waitress had to many table it seem. Drinks were good, food as well. Might give it another something later in the future.

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Jean
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy the food here and the service is really great. Among our favorite items,
Shredded Onion Strings, lightly battered and perfectly fried. Iceberg Wedge Salad, fresh and crisp. Gus's Famous Burger with just the right amount of everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipGidP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good place for BBQ - meat is delicious, ambience is good for such a place and service was prompt. A little noisy inside, but that's to be expected. It's a good place to get together with friends. Not much else in the neighborhood at the moment so this is a very good option.

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vipSheriL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was slow but friendly. Took a very long time to receive our food. Prepare to wait. Felt comfortable dinning indoors although we were on the side patio. Food was delish once we were served.

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Dorlexab
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great bbq tri-top sandwich at Gus’s for dinner. Everything looked good, would be good for drink and appetizers as well, we tried the deviled eggs. Limited wine list, heavy on whiskey/bourbon, had some good specialty drinks. Nice roomy setup outside, they promptly lit the heat lamps as sun went down. Will definitely go back. Suggest reservations even at 5pm on a weekday.

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RICHARDP
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Just recently reopened for indoor dining and the food and service were great. Love the brisket! Also love the beer menu with many of our local breweries.

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DIANEB
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are frequent diners at Gus's and are never disappointed. Only suggestion
more dessert choices. Will go again...soon.

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TerryW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The music was so loud we had to yell to order. Our server had it turned down, but it was turned back up within 15 minutes. They were busy and the service was a little slow, but the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great. Steve was our server and he was attentive and prompt!

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foodieatheart
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

From the moment we were greeted I felt welcomed. They are very organized and very safe and clean. We ate on the covered patio with great heaters but the metal chairs with no backrest were not very comfortable with no where to put your belongings. Our waiter Ryan remedied the situation and brought us an extra chair which was wonderful and accommodating. The cornbread is to die for and cocktails were delish! I had the baby back ribs with sweet potato fries and slaw. Ribs tasted good but were a little dry the sides were all great. All in all a wonderful time with friends. I will be back.

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Kurt
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great place for "Date Nite". Really enjoyed everthing!

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Amy2021
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a very enjoyable experience on the lawn. Service was great and staff were friendly and responsive. The open lawn was very nice and the distance of the tables were nicely placed. Appreciated the heat lamp on a chilly evening.

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JoelB
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, great food and service. :)

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vipAlyssaA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is outstanding. The evening I went it was super windy and cold, but the food made up for the discomfort.

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RobertS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I absolutely loved our dining experience! Finally, a great bbq restaurant in the San Fernando Valley!

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You can order delivery directly from Gus's BBQ - Porter Ranch using the Order Online button. Gus's BBQ - Porter Ranch also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Gus's BBQ - Porter Ranch also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 341-3000.

Gus's BBQ - Porter Ranch is rated 4.5 stars by 141 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 bookings at the moment.