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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.
Denver, CO 80202
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
Between 14th & 15th on Larimer
$30 and under
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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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Liza Zimmerman: (720) 737-4277
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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Russell's Smokehouse Ratings and Reviews
This was one of the best restaurant experiences we've had in a while. The restaurant itself is very cool, in a basement in Larimer Square with a kind of western speakeasy vibe. The food was phenomenal--amazing brisket! The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. It was the perfect way to top off a theater matinee.
Definitely a mixed experience. My cocktail was delicious and so was my shrimp and grits. My husband, however, received his drink in a dirty glass. The waiter offered to replace it but he brought the wrong one (scotch instead of bourbon). Then, there was a long hair in his macaroni and cheese. Overall, the atmosphere feels like a dark basement. For the money, there are a lot better bbq options out there.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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