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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

Russell's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Cozy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Live Music (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Authentic (1)
Waterfront (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 3 days ago

Sunday Brunch was wonderful. Food and service very good. Sat on patio that was enclosed. Definitely will go again!

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 (Austin)·Dined 3 days ago

We ate several different appetizers and sides, and they were delicious. The salmon entree was good. The restaurant was quiet, so it was delightful that we could have a conversation easily without having to shout. We ate on the enclosed patio, so the chairs were outdoor chairs that were not especially comfortable, but that was fine (we had the option to eat inside where the chairs would have been different, but we preferred outside).

Although they serve wine, we instead chose to pay their corking fee and bring our own wine, which is always our preferred option (and not available at many restaurants). The service was excellent. Our preference was to linger over the meal (we spent 2.5 hours at our meal), and they were happy to accommodate us and let us order our next round of food slowly.

It was a very enjoyable meal, and we would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

Russell’s is always very very good. My gf was upset it was a fixed menu for valentines when we got there (she wanted her favorites), but as the food came out she absolutely loved it. Great experience, great food!

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 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

Our "little secret" . Easy to get to , nice wine selection and great entrees.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

We started our Valentines meal off with cheese and meats (salami and pepperoni) but no crackers! We asked for some but they didn't have any. Next was a meh salad that was very forgettable. The star of the evening was the ribeye, which was cooked to perfection. However, the potatoes that it was resting on were bizarre. It looks like they took a baked potato and fried it. Whatever they did, it did not work. The cheesecake was decent. The chairs on their patio were very cheap and uncomfortable for a place that encourages reservations. We won't be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

First time visit. Friendly service and very good food in casual setting. Live music was fun.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I love Russel's Bistro. My husband and I discovered it randomly, and on a whim, decided to try it out. We've been coming back ever since. My favorite time to dine is Sunday Brunch with croissants, pancakes and the eggs benedict. Yum!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was great. The service was slow

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Joe and his staff have created a great neighborhood gem with excellent choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a reasonable fare. We continue to frequent this restaurant again and again and are never disappointed. Give it a try!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

they don't have real maple syrup available for brunch.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very good brunch. Had the spinach benedict -- very well done. GF had the chicken salad, which was excellent.

We had a problem with an OpenTable gift cert, which was partially my fault for not doing due diligence, but the manager (black hair with beard/mustache -- didn't catch his name) was really gracious, giving us some coffee and pastries as a bit of compensation. Really appreciated that! (Russell's cinnamon bun/muffin thing is definitely the best around!)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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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 (Austin)·Dined on November 15, 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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 (Austin)·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 August 31, 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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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Always reliable, good food and service.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 22, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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