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About Russell's Bistro

Welcome to Russell's Bistro. We invite you to join us for any one of our locally sourced dining services including, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or our legendary brunch. Our delicious & reliable culinary techniques set with our calming and cozy atmosphere, will create an experience second to none. Shop small, stay Texan.

1601 W. 38th Street
Austin, TX 78731
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 7:00am-11:00am
Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm-9:30pm
Brunch: Saturday- Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm

Cross Street:
Jefferson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 467-7877

Website:
http://www.russellsbistro.com/

Parking Details:
A private parking lot is available for our customers.

Executive Chef:
Joe Petrick

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are open for Brunch on Christmas Eve! Come enjoy some Eggs Benedict and delicious coffee. We are open from 9am - 2pm. See you soon!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Russell’s Bistro NYE dinner party with live music! Join us as we welcome 2018 with a four-course prix-fixe menu, live music from the Eddie Collins & Max Zimmet Duo, and a complimentary champagne toast at 9:00 pm.

5:30pm- 9:30 pm, $40 per person. Make your reservation now!

Russell's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Cozy (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Authentic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romantic (2)
Vegan (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food in a pleasant and not too noisy ambience. Would definitely return

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Kent was excellent. Food was good, outdoor seating was perfect.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Organic, Romantic, Disabled Access, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Live Sports, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Vegan
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food5
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great spot for Saturday brunch - good mimosas, fantastic deck seating, great staff, unique and delicious menu options.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I went there for their 10oz NEW YORK STRIP with grilled portabella demi glace that was on the website menu--except it wasn't available at 5:30pm on Saturday. (?).
The waitress was very busy--being the only one on the floor, it seemed.
She was not accurate about her wine, but overall was very pleasant. I highly recommend the Brussel sprouts with blue berries. Memorable, and I don't like Brussel spouts normally.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Another great visit to Russell's Bistro. We admit that we continue to frequent this establishment as much for the quality and value of the food as we go to have a quiet conversation while enjoying the outdoor patio or inside table. The owner strives to maintain a quality environment with choice ingredients and friendly staff who make you feel like you are home. Perfect!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We wanted a last day of the vacation dinner. Not too fancy but nice. The references were pretty nice, but when we got there it was almost empty ( Thursday afternoon ) and we could choose our table. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was ok,

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We were seated outside, which normally wouldn't have been an issue except we had out 11 no old son and there was an exhaust vent from inside blowing right on our table. The server move the table about 5 inches. I would have preferred inside or another table altogether. But other than that the food was geeat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 5, 2017

One of my favorite spots in town. Consistently good food, good service and welcoming atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Always reliable, good food and service.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 23, 2017

My husband and I were disappointed in our date night here. We'd been once before for Sunday brunch and had a great experience. This time we felt that the food was bland and just so-so (I had the pasta of the day and he had the tiger shrimp) and we were agitated by flies throughout the meal. The condition of the restaurant is also a turnoff - I pointed out 2 broken chairs to our server (as we left we saw there were more), the paint needs to be touched up all around and it seemed like it was in need of a very deep clean (walls, window sills, floor). The staff were friendly and very attentive - that was the good part! We may be up to trying brunch there again in the future since we had such a great experience before, but we're in no rush to get back.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Love it. Good food. Reasonable prices. Can't beat it!

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Over all feeling was that they could care less if we were there or not. Food tasted like it had been pre- prepared and then popped in the microwave .

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Perfect place for a midday business discussion. Food and beverage options and staff are top notch. Noise level appropriate

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 9, 2017

This was our first visit to Russell's, but won't be the last. All four of us in the part thought the food was very good, decent to large portions and moderately priced. We were surprised it was not crowded on a Friday evening, but I'll bet they draw more of a lunch crowd. People are missing out because Russell's is clearly a good place to dine in the evening.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Russell's Bistro is perfect for any occasion from the lengthy weekday business conversation to weekend drop in. Location also perfect to meetings of all sort, without the downtown commute. Staff and owner are great, food and drink top notch.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Casual, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Quick Bite
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 30, 2017

This was our first time at Russell's Bistro, and we loved it! We went with our 7 year-old son. The service was great, Kent took good care of us. We had a nice wine for a good price. My salmon was outstanding, and my wife's filet was flavorful and perfectly prepared. With all of the choices available in Austin, this was a real gem!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We are regulars at Russell's Bistro, and look forward every weekend to having bunch there. The menu is extensive, the food is consistently excellent, and the service is outstanding and professional (attentive enough, but not hovering). Russell's serves the best eggs Benedict in Austin. My wife loves the sweet potato hash. One our top two or three restaurants!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 17, 2017

It was good and I'll be back. Always the love the ambiance, service and food.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 10, 2017

This is a hidden gem!

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great as usual and service was excellent. Our meals were very hot when they came out, cooked to perfection and wonderful taste.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Your new menu is very nice, however you removed that delicious small filet which
I always ordered. My friend and I had your "new" burger which was very delicious-
a little, different but good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Lovely neighborhood gen great for quiet conversations, outdoor dining, friendly waitstaff, & great food. Love this place!

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Casual, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Great brunch spot!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Russell's really fits the neighborhood gem category. We were also able to take advantage of the half off wines bottles deal as were large groups of women. The trout was beautifully prepared as was the mushroom risotto.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Great food and menu!

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Their waiters had no idea what was gluten-free and what was not. It was very stressful, especially when our waiter decided to stop serving our table because we were asking too many questions. The staff was horrific and the food was mediocre.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We had a very enjoyable Valentine's dinner. Our waiter did a great job of taking care of us. The wine was nice and the desserts were amazing. We will definitely be back to enjoy the patio before it gets too hot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines Day dinner with my Sweetheart and friends.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Food was very good, nice ambiance. We sat outside and it was great

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We returned to Russell's for the sea bass, but unfortunately it was removed from the menu. We still had a fabulous meal with a reasonably priced bottle of Malbec. I had crispy skinned trout and it was cooked to perfection.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2017

We have eaten at Russell's Bistro for quite some time now and have never been disappointed. Great location and food, super service and a very friendly atmosphere. If you haven't tried it, you are missing out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Lovely evening of good food and nice service...always is!

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Four of us had brunch out on the covered patio. I especially appreciated the fact that when I requested a "quiet table for four old people" the wait staff provided just that. While you can't do much, we were set at a table that fit our requirements. It was much appreciated.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 30, 2016

I really love the weekend brunch at Russell's. And the fact that I can make a reservation. I tried a new menu offering - the asparagus Eggs Benedict. It was delish. The service is always great. The kitchen appeared to get backed up because the restaurant was slammed, but we didn't really care about that - just gave us more time to talk. We were at one of the street side tables which was in the sun and there weren't any other tables available so it was a bit uncomfortable but not too bad.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Great food good portobellos ns

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Delighted to discover that Russell's Bistro has reservations available through Open Table. One of my absolute favorite weekend brunch spots. Great food. Really good, attentive service. The food is excellent - perfectly cooked eggs.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Quiet neighborhood restaurant where you can count on a lovely meal.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Lovely brunch spot in late September

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Went out for a late dinner and was pleasantly surprised by this comfortable, casual spot. The food was quite good. I would have appreciated a more interesting menu, but we all enjoyed what we ordered. The wait staff was pretty good. I was a bit surprised when they brought us the check prior to asking if we wanted dessert, but it was the end of the evening.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Went here for brunch on a double date. Eggs Benedict were killer. Very relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Casual
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