Russell's Bistro
Russell's Bistro

Russell's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.russellsbistro.com/
  • Phone: (512) 467-7877
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 7:00am-11:00am
    Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm-9:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday- Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Joe Petrick
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jefferson
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A private parking lot is available for our customers.
A word from Russell's Bistro
Welcome to Russell's Bistro. We invite you to join us for any one of our locally sourced dining services including, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or our legendary brunch. Our delicious & reliable culinary techniques set with our calming and cozy atmosphere, will create an experience second to none. Shop small, stay Texan.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Russell's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)great for brunch (10)great for outdoor dining (9)fit for foodies (8)romantic (6)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (3)special occasion (3)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Try the pumpkin bisque!
    lifestudent
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Russells is a friendly and inviting place. The pumpkin bisque and caesar salad combination is very, very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance poor service
    Linn
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We used Open Table to get a reservation on a beautiful day in Austin. We were given either mimosa or coffee for our 10 minute wait, for free. Very nice touch. Seated on the patio at at beautiful table. Our server brought us coffee, took our order, and we waited. After a long while our food arrived......no silverware......we asked.....no silverware..........had to go to hostess.....cold food but we had silverware. Food was good but we will not return.... Lots of brunch places to go to in Austin...no need to eat cold food with our fingers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • boileree72VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife had the sea bass and it was excellent. I had the ribeye steak with crab special and this was also wonderful. Our server, Brittany was very attentive, but did not rush us. She spaced the entrees from the salad so we had time to talk, not too long, just perfect. At the end of our dinner we picked up some pastries for our breakfast the next morning.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I was looking for a non-chain lunch or dinner place to take clients in the future. I'm careful about places that I add to my list for client meals so I'll probably go again before I add Russell's, but my initial impression is that of a great local place for great food. The sea bass was terrific and the sides were all good too. Coconut cake was the best dessert we tried at my table. I'm a coffee person, so it doesn't hurt that Anderson's is next door! I picked up some fresh roasted coffee beans before dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    Kate
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a group of 8 people at short notice. I booked through Open Table at Russel's Bistro. They had a perfect table for 8 on their patio for us the next morning. Everyone loved the brunch, too. Banana Pecan Pancakes were sweet and fluffy. The Eggs Benedict came traditional or with salmon or crabcake to dress it up. And, the white omelette was just right for me. Our waiter had a good sense of humor and the service was timely. It's in a cute neighborhood, too. Just know that parking is a little tight around there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skip Brunch go Straight to Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I say dodge past the crowds at brunch and stop in for Dinner instead. We went here last night for dinner. Joe(manager) and his staff treated us extremely well. Emily our waiter was attentive and very pleasant. We started with the Cheese Slate which was a good size for two, the cheeses were excellent, especially the cheddar. The Wine list which most people would consider tiny is focused on truly good value wines(nothing over $35 a bottle) The French Pinot we order was yummy. My wife got the 6oz Filet with mashed potatoes and asparagus and I got the Sea Bass with mushroom risotto and Blueberry and Bacon brussel sprouts. Both dishes were truly wonderful, well cooked, proportioned and presented. We will definitely go back for more meals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sea bass
    fooddealfinder
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    There is not a better deal in town for sea bass lovers than Russell's Bistro. They also have a fabulous selection of desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Un-memorable
    Earnmyreturn
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    From the brown, limp salad, past the 30-40 minute waiting period for our steak to arrive, we were uniformly amused and bewildered at the lack of service, such as no water refills, no offer of a second glass of wine. The ribeye, which was thoughtfully split as we requested, was tasty, but unmemorable. This was not exactly a hoppin' Friday night; half the tables were empty and everyone within our view waited and waited for their food, too. With so many restaurants in Austin, and so little time, Russell's will get no more of ours.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent brunch
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was very good. Just a nice, no fuss, romantic looking place to have solid breakfast or brunch. Would recommend to friends and will definitely make a place I regularly visit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch in great location
    BBDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had brunch on Saturday and couldn't have been happier. Everything was delicious; the service was great; the prices are reasonable; and it is in a great, attractive location with lots of other interesting places to visit before or afterwards. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 4 reviews are from the Russell's Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great food
    Margarita
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our meal was fantastic and the service was very friendly and helpful. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • designer1947
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Wonderful locally owned by Russell ....not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual elegance
    ADavidB
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went for my birthday. The cheese plate was very nice, the tomato bisque is GREAT!, my ribeye was cooked perfectly, and the sides are wonderful. The wine selection is thoughtful and the server was very good about letting me try two reds before I made a decision. They have 1/2 price bottles on Mondays! I will have to come back for that. The patio is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Eggs Benedict
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I asked to have the Eggs Benedict with the ham Plus the spinach/tomato/avocado which they obliged and it was 'so great'. I don't think I told our waiter but it was outstanding. Had a great time, they seated us immediately and all was wonderful. I will be going back for brunch for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.