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Sun, 2/18
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Russell's Smokehouse

531 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Barbecue, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(720) 524-8050
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Frank Bonanno
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Private party facilities
Russell’s Smokehouse greets Larimer Square visitors with the smoky deliciousness of ribs, brisket, prime rib and a whole assortment of delicious American fare. Featuring house smoked meats, cheeses, traditional and innovative sides and appetizers, the Smokehouse is a fantastic place for large groups to gather and enjoy good food, wine, beer, cocktails and most importantly company! The private dining space is designed to comfortably seat groups up to 45 or 50 guests for standing receptions. Full buyouts are available for up to 75 seated and 85 standing.

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Private party contact
Liza Zimmerman: (720) 737-4277
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Why yes, we do cater. Please contact
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Cross street
Between 14th & 15th on Larimer
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 531 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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John (Denver)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Late valentines dinner

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The drinks were so tasty and so was the food! They ran out of pulled pork before we got there, but that’s always a good sign that the meat is fresh and prepared in house. Would definitely recommend!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was very good, some dishes better than others. The cocktails were good but the beer selection was a fairly bland. The place is an odd space and felt a little grungy for downtown dining.

vipIloveBBQ (Denver)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Mixed feelings on this review. Our experience suggests if you are looking for BBQ with that nice smoky embedded taste, this isn't it. In addition to our meal, other diners meals meats didn't have that notable pink smoke ring. We saw brisket, burnt ends, pork, etc., but no discernible pink smoke ring on any of the meats. Their dry rub is pleasant enough - if not a bit overly salty - where it seems like the only "smoke" is detectable in the salt. The burnt ends were tasty but the salt rub made it taste more like corned beef. And I am still wondering why the kitchen didn't trim the 1" fat off the brisket. The slaw, mac, greens, spoon bread, etc., are well designed recipes, flavorful and complimentary to the meats. This not to suggest they aren't smoking their meats, it's just we found no evidence of it in our meal. Sauces are pleasant but unmemorable. This is one of those - go try it. If you like it, great! If you're looking for that Texas or KC-level of traditional smoked meats, this probably isn't the place for you. Great ambiance and energy. Wait staff is excellent.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service, drinks and food. Will be back! Funky place in the basement , must check it out

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Drinks were different and delicious. Food was amazing! Our service was excellent very quick and attentive.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

I've been to many smokehouse BBQs in the US but here I found the cuts (the sampler on the menu) sub-par, mainly too fatty. For my side, I got exactly three steak house fries (and a side salad). The service was fine and I generally like Frank Bonanno restaurants but this one just didn't cut it.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

I cannot say enough good things about this place! I don't remember our servers name, but we was patient with our rowdy group and great at helping us get what we loved!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic New Year’s Eve service and meal

Nocoretiree (Denver)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Our second visit. As usual, the BBQ was very good. The service was EXCEPTIONAL. Recommend the rib plate that has 3 different kinds of ribs: baby back, regular pork ribs and beef ribs - all were very good and came with two sides, also good. Three kinds of sauces for whatever your taste. My only suggestion is to ditch the Bristol Brewing stout and go back to the Left Hand Brewery Nitro Milk stout, the Bristol just does not measure up to one of the best beers in Co.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Bit pricey, great appetizers. Good combo smoked meat platter. There is no kids menu but ours just had the shredded chicken sandwich and side of Mac n cheese, which was fine but too much food for a kid. Service was a bit slow but we were not in a rush.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and service! Would definitely go again!

Magical (Salt Lake City)
2.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Not a great experience. We had a 8:30 reservation and were seated promptly. It took until 8:55 to get us our drinks and the food came a minute later. The service was lousy and the food was nothing to write home about either. I can't in good conscience recommend this place.

Lisa (Denver)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

Four of us enjoyed dinner at Russel's Smokehouse. It was the first time for 3 of us. Our meals were all delicious - ranging from a salad, a sandwich, and entrees. It is a treat to eat smoked meats, chicken and fish. All of our meals were nicely prepared, and for the entrees, looked very nice on the plates. We all enjoyed them. The location is convenient to many areas downtown. We would recommend it to others.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Overall we found Russell's Smokehouse to be average. The service was very slow but friendly. The portions of food for the price was small. I ordered the smoked salmon with what I thought was a Pear salad but it came with the salmon on top of a few pieces of lettuce. My family ordered the chicken and both the beef and pork ribs and, it tasted fine, but definitely not the best BBQ we've had. For the price and overall options, I would say there are other places with tastier BBQ with larger servings and a better value.

DenverDiner14 (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

High Quality BBQ & Comfort Food
The quality of Frank Bonano’s high-end restaurants is just as evident in this casual downtown BBQ joint. We started with inventive cocktails - the “Know Limits” was smooth and tasty - and hearty appetizers - fried pickles and pretzel bites were especially good! The meats were moist, flavorful and satisfying. The baby back ribs were among the best I’ve ever had and certainly top of the list for Denver. Portions were generous but not overwhelming. Atmosphere and staff friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend!

viponebuilder49 (Denver)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

Interesting location being downstairs in the basement on Larimer Square. The ribs are very good as was the combo plate. Happy hour pricing on the ribs was a good way to try the 3 varieties. Beer selection is adequate but could use a larger variety. Service was very good.

Not2Picky (Denver)
2.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

The knife should have been the tip-off. The ribs were as tough as leather and not good enough to struggle to eat. The sides were O.K.

OpenTable Diner (Montana)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

What an awesome experience! Right from walking in and being greeted by friendly smiling hostesses to even just paying the check! Cozy atmophere . Great servers.. All around fabulous! Oh and the food! Out of this world!

viplexington (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Sat at the bar and had a feast. Loved watching the bartender mix-up unique cocktails and see the plates of food be served up. Fried pickles and jalepenos were great - highlight was my main of smoked salmon The presentation and the flavor was amazing. Hoping for another trip to Denver soon so I can go back.