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Russell's Smokehouse

4.3
551 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
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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Cuisines
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.

Please contact liza@mizunadenver.com
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Private party contact
Liza Zimmerman: (720) 737-4277
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Catering
Why yes, we do cater. Please contact emily@mizunadenver.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 14th & 15th on Larimer
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Special events & promotions
Please contact liza@mizunadenver.com
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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 551 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Just gotten into Denver and found Russell’s but it wasn’t easy. Didn’t realize entrance was down steps and attached to a speakeasy. Extensive bourbon list and bbq options were many. Very cool atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I am a BBQ fan. From KC so know BBQ. Make my own ribs abd pulled pork. This was bad food with inedible sauces. Cornbread was OK to start. We were not drinking, but they seemed to have a good beer selection and a full bar. Pulled pork sandwich was dry. Burnt ends were not burnt and not ends. Mushy, fatty chunks. Grits were tasteless. Steak fries tasted OK (not great) but there were only four of them. Cole slaw side was OK.

Down a long flight of dimly lit stairs into a dingy basement. Attempt at ambiance I guess.

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1.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Made a reservation for Easter evening on OpenTable to arrive to a sign on the door telling me it was closed. Even better I was with out of town business associates. Good times.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was good. The sauces were amazing. The server was phenomenal.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Just when you thought you found the best, you discover another! You won't be disappointed. I wanted to try something new in the downtown Denver area, and this is it. The meal started with the pork belly roasted brussels sprouts. After listening to the Server, we both ended up getting a 50/50 mix of the brisket or burnt ends bacon braised collard greens and spoonbread.

All I can say is that we will visit this place again on our next trip. We thoroughly enjoy the people and the area and visit routinely for a quick get away.

Dinner was so good, we ended up with dessert as well. I was trying to be good, so I only had a single scoop of the bourbon vanilla ice cream. The other dessert was some kind of awesome looking pie .

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We went for happy hour and had a light dinner of ribs and sliders before an early event at the DCPA. It's very casual spot with good value, especially at happy hour. The food was good and the service was attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food and atmosphere were amazing! Such a fun find! Our server was a little on the rude side in the beginning but seemed to lighten up towards the end of the meal.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The food was great. We had the special (beef tips & asparagus) and it was excellent. So was the desert. Service was friendly without too much intrusion. Prices were reasonable. It is down a flight of stairs so I'm not sure it's handicap accessible. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food was delicious and the server was friendly.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful food and good service. Fun to be in good old Larimer Sguare again. Great drink menu as well. We'll come back.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

For a family that eats a lot of barbeque, we were underwhelmed by the pulled pork, brisket and especially the burnt ends. The sides were tasty, but nothing to write home about. We had great service and the noise level allowed for good conversation. Would appreciate a little more zip in the food.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent service by our server and food was outstanding! We ordered Franks Family Dinner and It was more than enough for the 5 of us.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Went here for the tail end of Restaurant Week for a girls night. It was a new place for all of us and we had a blast. The food was good, our server was fun, and I think we all plan to return. It's always fun to go to one of the basement locations on Larimer, almost makes it feel like you're sneaking into a speakeasy in the 20s!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I have to say this was probably the best BBQ I've ever had. We wanted to try something new, and there was no disappointing. I had the sweet potato enchiladas and they were simply fantastic. My husband had tyre bbq chicken, also amazing. Can't say enough how great this food is. We will definitely be back, and tell anyone who will listen to check this place out.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We went for restaurant week with another couple and thought it would be a good value. We have been there a number of times on other occasions and thought the pricing was right. However, it seems like they really skimp on the menu choices and the portion sizes for restaurant week. We will go back, but never again for restaurant week.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Fantastic food! We went for my fiancé’s birthday. We order scotch, got the fried pickles and brisket sliders, for our entrees we ordered the pork shoulder and wild boar loin, and finished it all with apple pie. It was an incredible dinner and the service was great. Would highly recommend trying it.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great service from our waitress and the food was very good. I had the pull pork sandwich and the sauces on the table added great flavor. Will definitely come back to try other stuff.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Late valentines dinner

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic New Year’s Eve service and meal

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and service! Would definitely go again!

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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