Russell's Smokehouse
Russell's Smokehouse

Russell's Smokehouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.russellssmokehouse.com/
  • Phone: (720) 524-8050
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Frank Bonanno
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact our event coordinator, Emily Schwartz, for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Emily Schwartz 3035251702x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 14th & 15th on Larimer
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Russell's Smokehouse
Russell’s Smokehouse is a nod to an early time, to the spirit of the West and the cowboy tradition of cooking over a slow, low flame. Our specialty is not in the sauce (which is why we don't call it barbecue), but in the rich smoke and the method of cooking.
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Russell's Smokehouse reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (13)hot spot (9)special occasion (8)late-night find (7)romantic (6)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    What more can I say... be sure not this miss this neighborhood gem. If you're looking for a different twist on the BBQ experience be sure to stop by. Our group tried and shared a variety of apps, mains, and dessert! Just wish we weren't so full - we are ready for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best BBQ in Colorado
    Dmbry
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I lived in North Carolina for 20 years, and I know good BBQ. This place is hands down the best you will find. The ribs were perfect. Best grilled chicken I've ever had. Brisket to die for. The sides are 10/10. Don't for get to save room for the pie from Wednesdays mind blowing! Bonnano brothers ( parent company) are setting new standards for the Denver area, with quality ingredients and you can tell the chefs are highly trained and very talented. Check out all of their restruants you will be suprised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatest service in the city
    ChrisJ
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    First time there for a special date night with the wife. The food was pretty good, but the service was outstanding. Best I've ever had. They were quick, friendly, and very helpful. It's amazing to still see some of our youth with such exceptional manners. Treated like royalty by not only the waiter but the chiefs too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it!
    DPF816VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My husband and I were sorely disappointed with our dining experience at Russell's. Our server (Jason, I believe) was one of the worst we've encountered. He was arrogant and condescending, and he made it clear that he did not care about serving us. The food was equally poor. The meats had no smoke ring, and all we could taste was artificial smoke seasoning and liquid smoke. The sides were bland and certainly not worth the $6 price tag. The cornbread came out dry and extremely hard. We sent it back to the kitchen, but the chef said that the replacement would be the same, but perhaps the center would be less dry. We were really hoping for high quality food given the location and the ownership. Unfortunately, Russell's did not deliver.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good, but the
    Dave
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The food was good, but the quantity was small and the price was high.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food!
    DaveM
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Food was awesome I was there during restaurant week, and I will definitely be going back to try the regular menu sometime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    MJW9
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The service was fantastic and the food was very good. I had the pork shoulder which was served with a really good slaw. Terrific flavor mix!
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  • The restaurant doesn't have
    EdWh
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The restaurant doesn't have much ambience--it's much like a diner, and it's downstairs in a basement. BUT, the food was outstanding, and the service was fine (esp. considering we were there on the first night of Denver Restaurant Week). They have some interesting beers but not a huge selection--I didn't look at the wine selection. The place reminds me of some restaurants in NYC where the restaurant is in an old building with not much ambience but the food is really good--in a way, it had some character to it. The place was described somewhere as having a "western" theme, and maybe there was some occasional western art, but not much. We had the trout appetizer, brisket entre, salmon entre, and ribs entre, and it was all delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dinner in Denver.
    Ktshea02
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Visiting from Atlanta. Great food and service. The brussel sprouts with pork belly were amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    dunntmVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was good, but spent most of my meal wondering where the waiter was and why there was not a drink on my table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just average
    rojobubbles
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was good but a bit overpriced. The service could have been better. Probably won't be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Twice the nice
    Joesickness
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    With Russell's Smokehouse and its "secret" companion The Green Russell, you get two special treats in one expierence. The liquor selections at The Green Russell are limited to the "prohibition era" type drinks, but that somewhat adds to the expierence. Not sure why the same rules apply to the bar in the smokehouse, but they do get very creative with them. The food choices are limited, but what most people don't understand is that is how you do WHAT YOU DO well, and Russell's does put attention to quality and detail in their food. There is a good deal of noise in both places, but I assume that is due to the structures being underground, surrounded & covered with cement (not the best for absorbing noises). Still an excellent expierence.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place tucked away in Larimer
    RWhiteDen
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I booked a group of 4 in to Russell's ahead of the Pepsi Center concert for Simon & Sting. We seated early and found the Happy Hour menu perfect to start our evening. The BBQ sandwich and side ribs were excellent; the cole slaw light and tasty, and the local draft beer selection was supurb. I would definitely recommend this place for Happy Hour or a casual dinner meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall
    PerfectLunchMeeting
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The food was fantastic! The staff was very attentive throughout the meal and brought our food to us piping hot and in a timely manner. It was crowded, but the noise level wasn't such that you had to yell to the people you were sitting with - just a comfortable atmosphere. I definitely will continue to visit and will tell all of my friends about it. A hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding BBQ
    Carwizzel
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I have been here twice and both times it was amazing. Ribs are fall off the bone goodness and the mac and cheese is the best I've ever had. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks for putting up with us! :)
    itshiptobeclaire
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Groups of 8 are hard to wrangle, but our server was excellent and friendly, the food was great, and the whole family enjoyed our rare night out together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    ipassgas
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Highly recommend this place. Great meats. My wife loved the salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Yummy
    juliejuliejulieVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    i am not a BBQ freak but we went here for a business team dinner. It was AMAZING. We had five people and shared the family style platter and one extra piece of the special Prime Rib. We have a few big eaters and it was plenty for everyone and we had leftovers. Cool atmosphere, great service, and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best thing ever
    matt
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    I went to this restaurant on a recommendation from a co-worker. I already love BBQ so I was set up for success. This was probably the best BBQ I've ever had. Everything was fresh, the service was great and personal. Facilities were clean. Everything was priced just right. Nothing was too greasy like most BBQ restaurants. Finally!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Texas Charm with Great Service
    KWhitcher
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The food was very good and the service was even better. Glad to find a place with good food, great service, and a little of that Texas Hill Country flavor. Good for casual dining with a couple or a group. Will definitely go back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but a bit overpriced
    tasteclassy
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Went there New Years and was surprised how un-busy it was. So service was good, and the food was great. But for what you get barbeque, the prices seemed to be a bit overpriced. The beer was moderately priced though so that was nice. I got a kielbasa and macaroni that was great but $18... Seems a little steep I would say. But I would probably go back, I was trying to be cheap this New Years and skip the steakhouse so that was achieved. Now I have more money for Vegas this week...
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Cingwalson
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food was wonderful and the cocktail menu, including happy hour specials was top notch. Great location and a fun, laid back ambiance. We tried 6 different meals and appetizers and the only item we didn't love was the pigs in the blanket.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best part of the meal was
    Pamb
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Best part of the meal was the Brussels Sprouts & Pretzel Bites. The ribs & sides were good but not great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmmm, tasty
    Betty
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    If you like BBQ, this is a great place. I loved the authentic smoke favors. You get hefty portions and lots of 'southern' inspired sides. We enjoyed the bartenders concoctions. Beer selection was great too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nutcracker Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    We had a wonderful dinner here that helped make our Nutcracker experience at DCPA perfect. The food was delicious with helpful suggestions coming from the very attentive wait staff. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Ribs!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Baked beans a little bland but everything else was excellent!! The Lobster roll was very good and the cornbread was a surprise as it was excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meat!
    ChiLoveVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We have been searching for good BBQ and theirs is pretty good. Didn't love the sauce but the meat was tender and good. Prices seem a bit high for BBQ. Overall I would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the food and the atmosphere.
    Nelson
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Loved the food and the atmosphere. Being in the basement gave it a speakeasy type of feel for it. It was a great time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    My husband and I received a gift card here and decided to grab some food before seeing a show downtown. The service was exceptional! Our server was attentive but never in our face. The food was also delicious. Our favorites were the ribs, grits, and cornbread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great smoked meat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I confess I am not much of a meat eater, but every morsel at our table was delicious, perfectly seasoned and full of smoked flavor. I had the 1/2 chicken which was brined and then smoked. The various styles of BBQ sauce on the table were also very good and fun to sample. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who likes BBQ and/or smoke meats! Only negative was very limited dessert options (3 types of pies). Would be fun to have more choices that would also fit with the vibe of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really fun place, great food
    Patty
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Really fun place, great food and service. Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    My folks were in town from Minnesota. They always live trying new places with me, so I thought the Smoke House would be a fun choice. The food was awesome, we fell in love with our server Jordan, the drinks were delicious, and the even had the Nuggets/Timberwolves game on! Although they live out of state I will absolutely be back, and hopefully Jordan can help me find more amazing things to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonder food at a reasonalble price.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    This is the third time that my husband and I have eaten here. Every time we have delicious food that makes us want to go back. The staff have always been super nice to us. Their mulled blueberry pie was the best pie I have ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambience
    PadhyeK
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Good food with a very nice location. The BBQ was good and the sauces are homemade. i like a BBQ place that doesn't smother the meat in sauce. The bar next door is wonderful. I would highly recommend Green Russell for drinks either before or after dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, poor atmosphere
    SLeigh
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Overall the food was good. We enjoyed the sausages and the barbecue. But the atmosphere was definitely lacking. We went as a party of 6. They started us at a table that could reasonably seat 4. After complaining we were moved to a larger table. But the server was slow and rude. The dining room felt a bit like a cafeteria. There was no energy in the place. There are other places around Denver to go for barbecue, don't waist your time here. Also, went to Green Russell for a drink. The atmosphere wasn't much better there, though the drinks were good. Again, there are other places to get a crafted cocktail.
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  • Smokehouse food done right
    live2eatVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Best chicken I have ever tasted. I have ever tasted.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A chain resurant has bettter BBQ..
    pedicaber
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    I own a pedicab business in Downtown Denver and I like trying out the resturants in the popular areas so I can recommend them to travelers. I have been looking forward to trying Russells for awhile now cause I would love to find a good bbq place in Denver to recommend. Let me start by saying the experience wasn't worth the $8 I spent to park my truck... My girlfriend and I had the brisket plate with beans and mashed potatoes; the brisket was extremely dry and bland and the sides were tarrible. I was there on a sunday around 6pm and it was super slow, it took our server 15 minutes to ask us what we wanted cause him and the manager were to busy watching football. I will tell all the pedicabers out there not to recommend Russells. Sorry.....
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  • Amazing
    Johnny
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I love the food and service here! I eat here once or twice a week! Amazing
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All I can say is, YUM!
    YumLuv
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Great ribs, fried chicken, greens, and Smoke & Oak
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really enjoyed our experience
    JananVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We really enjoyed our experience at Russell's Smokehouse. It was great that everything is made in house. Service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate