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We are an independently owned, family operated lunch and dinner restaurant in Mechanicsville, VA. We serve fresh flavorful food and cold refreshing beverages. Come in and watch a game at the bar or have a nice meal with the family. Let our friendly staff take care of you and enjoy a visit to Gus’ Italian Café & Sports Bar!
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Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Italian, American, Pizza
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed April 29, 2022

Ordered baked spaghetti. Barely any sauce on the noodles. Italian dressing on the salad was mostly vinegar with no seasoning. Overall a very disappointing meal. There are much better Italian restaurants in Mechanicsville which I will patronize in the future.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 6, 2022

April 6th, 2022, 7:00PM - Simply put - I ordered Baked Spaghetti w/ meat sauce. The waitress brought me baked Spaghetti with marinara sauce. They offered to bring me a side of meat sauce to go on top of the baked Spaghetti. I asked it...to be remade the way I ordered it. Manager said they will have to charge me for 2 baked Spaghetti dishes. They made the mistake and to get what I wanted I would have to pay for 2 Spaghetti dishes. After the Manager came over, I asked to see the owner. He did come to my table, and I explained the issue. He finally offered to correct it, but I had already lost my appetite and was so unhappy how they handled the situation. After 12 years of being a customer of Gus', I left hungry and disgusted. I will never return.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2021 via mobile

We go here often. Food is good, they offer specials and have a large menu. The are known for their pizza but we get lots of other items too. Service has been good and friendly. They have a lot of regulars which is always a...good sign for a restaurant and bar.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed August 4, 2020

This was the worse pizza that we had every had. It took forever to get our pizza. Then we we got it& it was over cooked & very dry. We ate four slices & just left the rest. The salad was very good. Our service...was not that great She brought us our food & came back to check on us one time & then we never saw her again. Won't be going here any time soon.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020 via mobile

I met up with friends at Gus's to watch the superbowl. I found out that Gus's was serving a great buffet for the superbowl that included nachos, pulled pork barbecue and pizza. Everything was delicious and I went back for seconds on the barbecue. Gus's...has plenty of TV'S in the bar area so you can see the game no matter where you sit. Our server brought our drinks promptly and we all had a great time.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed September 29, 2019

Have been several times and enjoyed my meals each time. People like "Debbie L" need to just stay home with their ridiculous comments / requirements of gluten free = no one orders nachos and expects a "gluten free" experience. Pizzas are great, tuna is amazing...(have had several times), the staff are incredible (especially Krystle - such a great server), met the owner even and he was super down to earth, the bar has its normal crowd and they are a blast, many TVs for sports, etc. Will say it could use a rehash of the menu from an Italian perspective because there isn't much tied to Italy (e.g. none of the owners are Italian, the menu has nachos...., etc.) but they manage to pull it all together to give clients a feeling of dining out Italian style. Highly recommended for friends and families on either side of the house, bar or restaurant, and bring an appetite if on the eating side and fetch an uber if on the drinking side.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 23, 2019 via mobile

Had some dinner and beers at the bar recently for some Sunday NFL games. Lots of tv’s to watch and bartenders are very friendly, accommodating and efficient. Quesadilla, wings and some fries all good. Noticed others were enjoying burgers and salads. One side is bar...style and the other restaurant. Oh they have great pizza’s too. Only downside they are not too eco-friendly, still Styro and straws ! But I lean to the “green” side, so we have hope for them.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 8, 2019

Atmosphere is dark and aged. Looks like it hasn't been updated in years..ok, maybe centuries. No gluten free items including the chips for the Nachos. I purchased a 1/2 pound of spiced shrimp for $10.99 which was not veined or peeled and had very little...spice. The burger, a friend had, was OK, however, nothing they would order again. Better restaurants in the area.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 29, 2019 via mobile

We always enjoy our meals here in or to-go. Consistent, tasty and great friendly staff. Now where they can get to great in my book is with their sustainable efforts (kill the styrofoam !! ) and get some better draft beers. Otherwise our go-to place...near home !!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

I went to lunch with my stepson at Gus's. I had eaten at Gus's before and enjoyed it. My stepson had the party melt burger and enjoyed it. I tried the fish and chips. The fish tasted okay but the portion was small. Extra French...fries doesn't make up for a serving of 4 small pieces of fish. The service was great. I will go back but won't order the fish and chips.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed December 28, 2018

The food was average at best. But it was the service, or lack thereof, that made the visit to this restaurant my last. Our server never returned after taking our order. The food was delivered by kitchen staff. After eating, I finally went to the...counter to pay, since I didn't have the check. No apologies were given, not even acknowledgement of poor service.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

My Husband & I have been frequent fliers, the food is excellent and is consistent! The owners are wonderful and greet you and always make sure everything is great. The servers are so attentive to your every need, you're never forgotten here! The Restaurant and...Bar are very clean as well as the Restrooms. Even the clientele are friendly and nice, a very welcoming establishment all the way around. 1-10, they are a 10 in our book!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

We have been going here for years, the staff is always nice and willing to help with any order special requests. The Pizza is GREAT and must try

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

I go there at least once a week, and have been for over a year. I pretty much always get the pizza (hawaiian) and it is the best pizza in town. I will even drive 20 miles (each way) just to get their pizza and...bring it home for my family. Myself and a group of 10-14 guys go there for a weekly luncheon and they get a wide variety of menu items which everyone is quite pleased with. Great place, great service and very reasonable prices!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

Had a great Friday meal after a long week. Good offering of salads, burgers and of course pizza available here. Always consistent and the beer is cold. Tried their new seasonal Octoberfest - tasty. Great staff always take good care of you, almost like you...at Cheers !More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Yes, Gus' Italian Cafe & Sports Bar offers takeout services.

Gus' Italian Cafe & Sports Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5