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About 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.

1422 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Barbecue, American

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

Cross Street:
Between 14th & 15th on Larimer

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(720) 524-8050

Website:
http://www.russellssmokehouse.com/

Catering:
Why yes, we do cater. Please contact emily@mizunadenver.com

Executive Chef:
Frank Bonanno

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.

Please contact liza@mizunadenver.com

Private Party Contact:
Liza Zimmerman: (720) 737-4277

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact liza@mizunadenver.com

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Russell's Smokehouse Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.4

service

4.4

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4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
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Comfort Food (4)
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Fun (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
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Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined a day ago

Late valentines dinner

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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

Our server Devin was great. She was very accommodating and pleasant. The food was awesome. We had the iceberg wedge salad and it was out of this world. From the pickled onions to the dressing, it was really hard to beat! We split a full order of ribs and took a rib home —- the portions are generous.

We’ll be back...

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·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!

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 (Denver)·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.

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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·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.

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 (Denver)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic New Year’s Eve service and meal

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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Spicy, Cozy
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and service! Would definitely go again!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Salt Lake City)·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.

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 (Denver)·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.

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vip
 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Denver)·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.

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 (Denver)·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.

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 (Montana)·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!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was amazing! Wished the portion sizes were larger, they seemed small for what you pay, but the food was super tasty! Service was great :)

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I was nowhere near impressed with this restaurant. The food was bland, the service even more so, and we left disappointed and unimpressed.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was very good. The waitress was helpful and attendant.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Pulled pork sandwich , Pork Ribs were fantastic. Service by Kevin was excellent - class act. Highly recommend

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Best barbecue in Denver county!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We had an excellent meal with great service! It was comfortable, cozy and you could carry on a normal conversation. I would highly recommend it!

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Fun, Comfort Food, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had several issues. 1. This is not real barbecue. You would be better served going to Famous Daves instead if you want true barbecue. It appears the ribs are steamed and cooked in an oven, maybe? Making matters even weirder, the sauces are watery, totally unlike any barbecue we have eaten. For full disclosure, we have eaten all over the US and have had all types of barbecue. This was not good. 2. We ordered pigs in a blanket and were served bacon wrapped in a weird dough. The restaurant should be honest as to what it is serving. 3. The food is overly salted.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This was our first time coming here, I brought my boyfriend for his birthday since he is a BBQ fanatic! Both of our meals were very good, i highly recommend the smoked salmon entree. The drinks were a bit overpriced for what you actually got, but I suppose that is most restuarants in downtown Denver. Great first experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great BBQ! We were in town for a conference and everyone wanted some southern home style cooking and this place did not disappoint! Absolutely wonderful service, atmosphere and food! Burnt ends were the best!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Ribs were great!!! Service was great, bathrooms were clean. We would return in a heartbeat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Good solid smoke, good lunch specials and nice place to just get waay from the downtown lunch crowd

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I read a few reviews about this place that sounded just 'ok' - but I was pleasantly surprised that it was better than expected. I wouldn't say it's a 'foodie' type of place, but if you're looking for a place with really good, basic food that will satisfy a group with everyday tastes, this is a great choice. (We were dining there with older parents who have pretty mainstream tastes in food.) The ribs were some of the best I've ever had, and the rest of the food was also very good. Not an especially trendy spot, but you'll be pleased with the food, and your family will be happy that they recognize all or most of the words on the menu.

Pro tip: If you get there for happy hour (before 6 on the day we were there) the $5 drink menu was actually quite good. I got an old fashioned that was just as good as any $10 or $12 version I've had at trendier locations. So I had two!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Great ribs/BBQ!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Stopped in to the Russell Smokehouse in the mood for some authentic barbecue. I was not disappointed. I had the full rack of baby back ribs, broccoli rob and black beans and bacon. All were delicious and the service was great. Worth the stop.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 29, 2017

This was our 1st visit. I was happy about the happy hours prices on food and drink, then disappointed when told that all of the baby back ribs were gone already. The waiter was very personable but slow on filling up my water. Since I only drink water, it's a gauge that I use when eating out. It seems that service is usually better when serving pricey drinks, but those drinks took a while to arrive from the bar. Also disappointed to find that the wild boar listed on the menu was not available, that would have been fun to try. The food was pretty good, we love our BBQ! The caramelized pineapple ice cream was appreciated when offered for my birthday treat. We'll be back to try it all again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Wonderful spectacular super fantastic delicious & thank you

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Spicy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Great food and even better pricing during happy hour! During happy hour they have baby back ribs for $1 each rib... AMAZING deal and is SOOOO good!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food and service were excellent

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Service was very good. Ribs were mostly fat,; not much meat. Stupid rule that you can't have happy hour on the far side of a wall in the place. We had to sit there because we had 5 people, so no happy hour. That left a bad taste in my mouth.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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