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The Russell Restaurant, Hartford, CT

The Russell Restaurant

4.4
4.4
148 Reviews
$30 and under
Caribbean
Located in Downtown Hartford, Visitors love the Russell’s interior, which reminds them of an intimate getaway in a classic island hotel. “The Russell should feel like home,” says owner Hugh Russell, “I wanted to create a warm and cozy atmosphere.”

Open for, happy hour, dinner, and special events with live entertainment, there’s always a memorable moment to be made at The Russell.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Jamaican, Home cooking

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:30 am Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (860) 727-4014

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Let us cater your next special occasion visit TheRussellCT.com

  • Private party facilities

    Open for dinner, and Sunday brunch. There’s always a memorable experience to be made at The Russell. For question or inquiries please contact therussell@therussellct.com or call 860-727-4014

  • Neighborhood

    Hartford / West Hartford

  • Cross street

    High st.

  • Parking details

    There are also 2 public lots available nearby

  • Public transit

    Train Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 148 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was pretty good the food was great .
  2. MS

    MelissaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was amazing and the server was super sweet and attentive to us. The food was good but not great as I’ve had previous times. Sweet plantains were not fresh nor sweet.
  3. c

    chichi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Snapper fish was cold and dry, and the sauteed onions were non-sauteed. So it was just a poor experience. Thanks Chena
  4. E

    Empress

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Drinks excellent. My food was ok , less meat on bones of chicken.
  5. A

    Anna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for date nights. My boyfriend and i absolutely love this place.
  6. VP

    VeeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve tried too of The Russells locations so far. I am alway impressed by the cozily decorated interior, thoughtful and thorough service, beaten only by the excellent food. Wait time was a bit long. But that’s to be expected when at a sit down Jamaican restaurant serving authentic cuisine. 10/10 recommend, will be back.
  7. S

    Shay

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Food is really good. Place is just too short staffed and not organized
  8. A

    Allie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Russell never disappoints. If you are looking for West Indian restaurant with a grown and sexy vibe, this is your place. I went there to celebrate Mother's day with a couple of family members who have never been. It was during brunch time and we all enjoyed our appetizers, food, and drinks. The ambience is nice. Definitely recommend going here anytime. Again I say I have never been disappointed with the food or atmosphere. The owner makes sure customer service and quality are priorities.
  9. BS

    BritneyS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Chicken was well seasoned! The drinks were amazing
  10. R

    Reenie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    My drink was served in the incorrect glass and when I ask the waitress did you get my order incorrect her comment was there was no appropriate glass available and it was only 8:40pm . Not to mention the food disappointing
  11. t

    tatianam

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was some of the worst food that I have ever had. It was purely disgusting. The service was extremely slow. It took over and hour for our appetizers so come out, and they were cold. My entree was not fresh, and it seemed like it was microwaved. I had to send it back. My next entree was very salty and not good as well. My fiancés drink was horrible, it tasted like they just added juice. I will not be returning and or, recommend this restaurant to anyone that I know.
  12. M

    Mzjoseph

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food, fun vibe. We do date nights here every couple of months. We go early. There are fun parties later in the event, but we don’t stay for those. The drinks are great!!! The food is consistently amazing. Had the calamari last night - so we’ll seasoned!!! Delish. Kimberly our server was friendly and, even though she stayed super busy, was attentive and never left us wanting.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Was a bday brunch amongst friends; initially slow to start but went well!
  14. BA

    BAP413860

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, music, vibes were excellent just what my friends & I were looking for. Did I say the food was amazing! Lol appetizers were nanny fries & jerk calamari. Entrees we’re stew, pasta, jerk chicken, jerk pork & EVERYTHING WAS SO DELICIOUS
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food, great ambience
  16. S

    Shersal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, drinks were ok. Nice place to get together with friends.
  17. EW

    EricaW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Understaffed. Slow service. Out of mashed potatoes to accompany salmon. Food did not come out for the table together and on time. And gratuity added for party of only 4 with bad service is a tough sell!! $$$ Really like the Russell but they need to get it together if I continue to go there!
  18. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Service was just too slow. After waiting for an hour to have our order taken, we left and went to another establishment. Just way too slow.
  19. BE

    BrianaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The music is great. Service was nice. The parking kiosk didn’t work so I had to pay double but other than that, the experience was good.
  20. SM

    StevenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and service was quick and efficient. We ordered multiple drinks , appetizers, dinner and dessert and the bill was very reasonable. We will be back soon !
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Dinner
  22. LL

    LesleyLola

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious . Ambiance was excellent. Restaurant staff was pleasant as always. We had a lovely family Sunday dinner .
  23. RB

    RuthB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time. And amazing food , great service
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Wonderful ambiance. Staff was friendly and service was excellent. No complaints from us! Will definitely be back
  25. RD

    RonaldD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was amazing, she went above and beyond to make sure our needs were met.
  26. C

    Clint

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Service was terrible and the brown stew chicken was salty
  27. KK

    KrisK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! Clean restaurant. I will definitely book again in the near future.
  28. NN

    NishaNew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my mother’s birthday with Brunch. The food and drinks were great and the ambiance is nice!
  29. TT

    TerriT

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The music, atmosphere, and service was great. The food was good...my cousin and I enjoyed our brunch.
  30. RD

    ReneeD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    The atmosphere was great. Music was very good. Food was not very good and not very warm. The drinks and ambiance made up for the not so great food.
  31. MP

    MichelleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service. Tasty drinks. Excellent food. (And portions for the entrees were large, definitely took leftovers after having soup as an appetizer). The music was loud (and made it difficult to hear our server) but she did accommodate our request to turn it down a little bit.
  32. JB

    JBru32

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As you enter the building you know you are in for an enjoyable evening. The music (90’s rap) was pumping and the employees were flying around. We were quickly seated and a waitress (who was just awesome) immediately tended to us. The appetizers were correctly portioned and sparked our interest into the dinners. My son had the jerk chicken sandwich, my wife the jerk chicken dinner and I had the curry goat. All the food was delicious and seasoned in a typical Jamaican style. We shared the cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake for dessert. In my opinion the amount paid was a tremendous value for quality and quantity. We will definitely be returning.
  33. T

    Towana

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my fiancé here for the first time for his bday and he love the jerk chicken sandwich .. we plan to come here once a month it’s best to go during the week it’s not so busy
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Friend’s birthday
  35. AR

    ARegular

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    I just loveeee going to the Russell’s the ambience is always amazing however depending on which bar you go to and and which bartender will determine how quick you’ll get your drinks at the bars. But music is always a great vibe and
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just love it there. Great food, great service and just a good vibe.
  37. M

    Mark

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The Russell is a very bright large space with two bars and a DJ booth so likely quite lively at night. We went for brunch which moderately busy. The Jamaican oriented food as well as salads and brunch food was well presented and very very good. Homemade corn bread was a treat. Staff were very pleasant and well meaning but were likely new to the job as one of three entrees was very slow to arrive and a key ingredient was missing. This was corrected at no charge but service at other tables was a bit scattered as well. However, this is well worth a visit, we would definitely return.
  38. CT

    ChristinaT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Nice place food was good. Drinks were good. Ambiance was great. Music was fabulous. Our waitress Kimberly wasnt that great but we made the best of it. I’m definitely going again
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great !
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    The energy was missing and the staff was gossiping too much by the bar. Usually when I eat here it’s fun and energetic.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Russell Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 727-4014.

The Russell Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 148 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Russell Restaurant

187 Allyn st., Hartford, CT 06103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    High st.

  • Neighborhood

    Hartford / West Hartford

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:30 am Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Jamaican, Home cooking

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are also 2 public lots available nearby

  • Public transit

    Train Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (860) 727-4014

  • Catering

    Let us cater your next special occasion visit TheRussellCT.com

  • Private party facilities

    Open for dinner, and Sunday brunch. There’s always a memorable experience to be made at The Russell. For question or inquiries please contact therussell@therussellct.com or call 860-727-4014

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