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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Happy New Year! Ring in 2018 with delicious food & drinks at Russell's Smokehouse. This year Frank Bonanno's BBQ joint is offering a supplemental menu on December 31. Highlights include Pan Seared Diver Scallops & Smoked Prime Rib.

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Russell's Smokehouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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4.2

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3.9

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
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Bar Seating (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Fun (3)
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2016

good BBQ, not particularly noteworthy but then again, it's in Denver, not the Carolinas.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Delicious smoked ribs and chicken with tasty sides. Creative craft cocktails and exceptionally friendly and attentive service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Took a chance on this becausemy husband likes smoked meat. The food was good. The restaurant was participating in Al Fresco event,so the wait staff seemed distracted and weren't very attentive. In fact,the shift manager was more interested in the Auburn football game on tv than checking with customers. The bartender said the pie was unforgettable. We found it to be burnt on the outside and not cooked in the center. Not a great first impression overall.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2016

We live downtown and were very excited about trying Russell's. It was a very odd experience. We were there on a Friday night at 7pm and there were VERY FEW people dining ... maybe two other tables in the bar and one table in the restaurant. The waiter was quite odd. We ordered two appetizers ... the Pigs in a Blanket ended up being bacon cooked in puff pastry and was unimpressive ... and the Pork Belly which was very much undercooked and flavorless. We waited about 30 minutes for our waiter to return so that we could order dinner, but we decided to leave when he never came back to the table ... lost track of the actual time, but he was running around (odd since there were not many people there) and never came back. We left and finished our evening at Cholon ... a MUCH BETTER choice.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2016

This was an absolute find! The pulled pork tender extremely flavorful and the blend of menu items unexpectedly unique and delicious! I could not have been more pleased with my experience!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Russell's Smokehouse sits in a great location on Larimer Square. I really enjoyed the menu options; although, I believe the brisket was a little on the drier side for me that night (it fell apart based on its dryness rather than tenderness). I'd be willing to go back assuming the brisket is better on most nights. The pulled pork on the other hand tasted very tender and the sides were excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 28, 2016

2nd time there for me. It was just as I remembered Great service and food.
I would highly recommend this eatery.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Service was decent, food was awful. Clearly they don't know how to smoke meat. Burnt ends were dry and almost flavorless. Mac and cheese brats had a green chili sauce that ruined the dish.

Won't be going back here.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Food had good smoke flavor but was very dry. Service was the best thing and that was just average. So many better places out there.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 21, 2016

The food was ok, should have been better for the price, service was very poor. They acted better than you and as if you were an inconvenience to them

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Russell's Smokehouse NEVER disappoints. We picked this restaurant as a last minuted idea to go out for dinner and made our reservation about 45 minutes before arriving and they immediately sat us and provided exemplary service. The food was amazing as ever. Love this place and the atmosphere. We'll definitely be back again and again and keep recommending it to all of our friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 2016

We found the food to be average; no special ambiance

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2016

Great values for their lunch specials...sandwich, cole slaw and a side for $10.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 2, 2016

Best barbeque downtown by far. Usually a place has a few good items but everything here was outstanding from the chicken to brisket to sides. Everyone I take here thanks me.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Myles our waiter was very good- laid back but engaged. I loved the combo platter but suggest you ask for the Cole slaw on the side as the dressing ran all over the plate and overpowered the meats. Brussels sprouts were awesome- highly recommended!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 21, 2016

All home made food. Had cherry pie with ice cream. Fabulous

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 17, 2016

I had smoked pork shoulder on top of smoked cheddar cheese grits with sauteed brussel sprouts. It was absolutely delicious. It was a large portion, so took leftovers home for lunch. My mother-in-law had the shrimp, and my husband had the salmon. We all enjoyed our food very much. We each had a piece of pie for dessert, which was served cold. I would rather eat fruit pie warm, but it was still good. We will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Our server was great! She answered all of our questions and was prompt when it came to our food and service!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 12, 2016

The food was very good, best pork ribs that I have ever eaten. The service, not so much. We had three different waiters come to the table, each one of the guys said they would be right back to take our order. Eventually one of them returned and took our order. We were celebrating one of my friends' birthdays that was sitting at the table. Privately, I asked these three waiters (while standing around with each other) if they would make sure that the birthday boy got a piece of pie with a candle on it. All of them said, absolutely, no problem. Needless to say the bill was requested (which should have sparked a flag for the pie), never got the pie. Such a simple gesture to have been done to bring a smile to someones face. I was very disappointed.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 12, 2016

We were seeking a mutually convenient, casual restaurant that was conducive conversation and had decent food/service. It met our expectations and allowed for unhurried discussion. The lunch specials were very tasty and reasonably priced.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 28, 2016

This little gem was located in Larimer Square in Denver. We were leary of the what we might find because the restaurant was located in the basement at the bottom of the stairs from the street, but when we went in we found a intimate restaurant that had the perfect combination of relaxed comfort and charm to make us feel right at home. The waiter was brilliant and fun. The menu was chocked full of barbecue fare and surprises such as smoked beef bone marrow. We had an assortment of appetizers including a sausage plate with a couple of different mustards...outstanding. For the entree, we all had the ribs (beef, baby back, St. Louis) combo plate. The parmesan steak fries were to die for.

We asked the waiter if he recommended a bar for after the meal. He pointed us behind a steel door that looked like we were going into the kitchen. The door led into a deeper, darker part of the basement where we found a fantastic speak-easy type of bar where the bartenders were in vests, suspenders and ties with hipster beards and mustaches and tattooed arms halfway covered up with rolled up shirt sleeves. These bartenders were well-trained and on top of their game. The menu had a great list of cocktails with emphasis on bourbons, scotches and rye. We knew we were in for a treat when the bartender started our drinks by carving a ball of crystal clear ice out of an ice block. The ball of ice fit perfectly in the glass and was a perfect setup for the cocktail. We were there for a couple of hours and had a great conversation with the bartenders who shared with us a full-on lesson on everything you would ever like to know about cocktails and distilling spirits.

We didn't know what we were getting into that night, but all I can say now is that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. That night, we were definitely lucky to find this restaurant and bar. Great night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 27, 2016

Very pricey
Slow service
Side dishes over salted
Barbecue was very good
Interesting cocktails

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Every time we go to Russells's, it does not disappoint. We had great cocktails and the food was delicious. I had the pork shoulder and it was so moist and tasty. Perfectly paired with some smoky, cheesy grits and brussel sprouts. Delicious! We split a slice of pie at the end and it was fantastic. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 13, 2016

Great food, pretty decent service. Prices a little step for BBQ but they did a good job on overall experience.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Food is pretty good, but WAY too expensive for BBQ

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Overall the food was pretty good. The ribs were great and so were the smothered chips we got as an appetizer. However, I got the brisket and I was underwhelmed. It was very expensive and I felt it was dry and not very good. I've had much better brisket at much cheaper places. Overall though, I think we would go back but we would not get the brisket.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2016

A real fell of Old Denver a speakeasy type place. Great Burbon Bar

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 3, 2016

We have been looking for a great barbecue place downtime that was closer to fine dining than typical barbecue joints that use paper plates. We found it! Ordered a couple of ribs from the happy hour menu to start, then we ordered the brisket sandwich. Absolutely the BEST, most TENDER brisket I've ever eaten. They also make their own sauce, which was perfect. Will definitely be back soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 31, 2016

Great food, service and atmosphere. I'll be back! We cleaned our plates and the management was wonderful. This is our new favorite haunt in Denver.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Food was great, we have always enjoyed the quality of the food. The atmosphere is fun and enjoyable. Routinely the service is sort of meh. Our server was mostly disengaged this most recent time. Probably was getting close to the end of his shift, no excuse though.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 11, 2016

This is one of those restaurant you know is good but then you eat there again and you remember how great the food is. The ribs are to die for and my husband loves the burnt ends the sides are just as delicious. So whether you live here or visiting don't miss this one. Oh and they have good beer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 9, 2016

My wife and I had dinner here the night we arrived in Denver. The ribs are very good but dry. You have a choice of sauces to put on the ribs or to dip them in, all of which are quite good. We especially liked the spicy sauce, although the sweet sauce was also excellent. I'm sure we had a dessert, but I don't remember it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Myles was great!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Great Ribs!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 28, 2016

I was looking for a place close to the hotel I was staying and I found the food quality good. I believe they are known for their BBQ, but I had BBQ the night before and tried their fried catfish.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Amazingly delicious food!

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Walked in to a crowded lobby and an empty restaurant. As soon as we sat a very loud static noise came on the speakers and it took them at least 30 seconds to turn it off. Our servers were visibly disappointed we didn't buy alcohol. The food was ok... the ribs did not wow us whatsoever--meat wasn't falling off the bone, meat was tough and cool. The sliders were small and had very little meat--definitely not worth $10. I can't say I'll be coming back or recommending this place to anyone else. Very disappointing based on the reviews I read.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 17, 2016

One of my favorite places.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 13, 2016

Service was ok, but food was great! The Sunday night fried chicken meal is delicious. As is the brisket, beef ribs, spoon bread, mac and cheese...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2016

Great food in casual atmosphere.

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