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1453 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104-2302
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly the place was patron less at 1pm on a Tuesday. I should have known to exit when I walked into an empty restaurant. Nice lady took my order. Decided to try the special which was one hot link and 2 sides: I chose the cajun fries and baked beans. I also added a cup of jambalaya. I hate to... More 

Thank latrunda s
Big Mamas R, Guest Relations Manager at Big Mama's Rib Shack, responded to this review

Dear Latrunda, We are very sorry to hear about your dissatisfaction with our Jambalaya and our hot link lunch special with cajun fries, baked beans,and corn bread. We pride ourselves on serving up good southern style foods that we consider second best to your own home cooking. We would like to invite you back in when your in the area... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

If you like your ribs spiced up, and very seasoned, get um here. More sauce flavored than smoked flavoring. Place is always crowded.

Thank mjhlee
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

After viewing the floats on the Sunday after the Rose Bowl, we found this great restaurant. Excellent ox-tails; fried okra; collards; cat fish and cornbread. Would definitely return.

Thank runroad2
Altadena, California
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We've been eating at Big Mama's Rib Shack for well over a decade, and even had them cater some of the food for our our backyard wedding. Though the decor is a teeny bit dated, the food at Big Mama's only gets better year after year and it seems like everyone leaves happy after a delicious meal of authentic Southern... More 

Thank Paula S
Pasadena, California
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

When I am going to have a big party for family and friends, it is almost a given that I'm going to lay out a few racks of ribs and a chicken or two from Big Mama's. The sauce is the thing and the picante kick makes licking your fingers another food group! I am lucky to have them in... More 

Thank wendy c
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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59 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

A good, authentic Southern restaurant has a huge list of sides and this one does! Very close to where we were staying in Pasadena, and a very good find. You don't leave here hungry!

Thank Mary R
Oberlin, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

When I lived in Pasadena I used to come here a lot. Just visited again last night and was happy to learn that the place has only gotten better. The food is the same fine homestyle bbq and other southern dishes - my favorite has always been the smothered chicken - but now they offer beer and wine, including a... More 

Thank Janet M
Pasadena, California
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I love this place for big parties at my house. We order a few slabs of ribs some okra, red beans and rice and your party is going to be a success!

Thank wendy c
Wellington, Nevada
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252 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We had a craving for some comfort food and thought Big Mama's Rib Shack would be a good choice. We also like to support local small businesses. The restaurant was dark and dinghy having previously been a lounge or club. It reeked of stale cigarettes and old beer. The decor was dated, circa disco 70s, 80s era - formica surfaces,... More 

1 Thank May K
Pasadena, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

My wife and I visited Big Mama's Rib Shack on a Friday evening and can't wait to go back. It was our first visit, so of course we wanted to try everything, but that would be impossible for one visit. We each started with a glass of wine from Rutherford Ranch. The merlot was great, but the sauvignon blanc was... More 

1 Thank lostgods

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $16
South American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1453 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104-2302
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 16267971792
Here at Big Mamas we pride ourselves on serving up Southern Fresh entrees that you and all your loved ones would surely enjoy. Everything is made from scratch using the finest ingredients on the market. Pasadena's Best Kept Secret. we've been serving up the community for over 15 years so come on in and check us out. Tennessee BBQ at its best. All of our meats are slow smoked with hickory and cooked to perfection. We also have the best Southern Fried Chicken & Catfish in the city.

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