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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

Details

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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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Comfort Food (8)
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Casual (7)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fun (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined on December 2, 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 12, 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 10, 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.

Tags: Fun
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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 21, 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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·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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·Dined on October 1, 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 28, 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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·Dined on September 24, 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 16, 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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vip
 (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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·Dined on September 2, 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 28, 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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·Dined on August 27, 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 19, 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 13, 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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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food is so terrific...I am always shocked when they are not packed! YUM!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

All was well. Good food. Good service. However ... there is an extremely unpleasant odor at the restroom area. Not a "toilet" smell but something I can't quite describe. Unpleasant enough that it's a real evening killer. How can management ignore that???

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Russell's is a great BBQ restaurant in Larimer Square area. The food is fabulous and the staff are great and go out of there way to make your dining out a pleasure. If your not familiar you have to look for it because it's down a set a stairs but trust me it's worth it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Great Beer, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Second time we had been there...it was known as Green Russell's back then. Great BBQ and spot on service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 1, 2017

What's not to like about red meat slow-cooked with fire and smoke? The burnt ends were succulent and the pulled pork was a hearty compliment to mac n' cheese. Wash it down with a craft beer and mmmmmm.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Great BBQ, very nice staff, we love this place.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 31, 2017

So great! The food was amazing and so was the service. This BBQ joint offers a much more unique and appetizing menu than most places. Cheesy bacon bombs were....the bomb!

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 (Boise)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Loved the pork shoulder and sides. Tender and moist pork. The brisket dinner was flavorful but on the dry side. Delicious strawberry rhubarb pie. Cocktails were also well done.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

I love this place. The sauces and apps are amazing. Everything on the menu is good and the drinks are spectacular. It’s always hot in the dining area and cramped in the back section so if you get stuck by a loud talker there is no escape. I prefer to sit up front.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The food is always great. The people there are fantastic. My family from ND said out was the best BBQ they have ever had.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great food and great service! I would highly recommend the food. The bbq sauces are great!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great to go to a place where service is treated and importantly as the food. If you want great BBQ in Denver, then this is your place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Excellent service and excellent food. Kinda upscale down home BBQ with a twist!

Tags: Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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