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Russell's Bistro

4.2
124 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Worth the Drive
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Wine Bar
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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
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Phone number
(512) 467-7877
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Petrick
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jefferson
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Parking details
A private parking lot is available for our customers.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 124 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Everything was fine except for when the waiter asked what we would like to have. We hesitated no knowing who was going first. No indication from him. He sarcastically said “well I can’t read you minds”. Also he offered a taste of wine and then never brought it.

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I would really like to see Russell's succeed because we need a good, vibrant restaurant to succeed in West Austin. My husband and I enjoy going to Russell's for coffee. They serve Anderson coffee from next door, which is delicious. They have nice baked goods. The lunch menu is lacking and the service can be bad. We decided to give Russell's for dinner another try last night. I ordered 3 vegetable sides and they were all tasty. My husband ordered the pork. The waiter said it came with mashed potatoes and he could choose a second side. He chose the Brussel sprouts with blueberries. When his dinner came we were both taken back!! Chunks of pork were mixed into this mound of mashed potatoes and the blueberries from the side dish were rolling around. It truly looked like someone had already eaten the dinner the threw it up on the plate. Very unappetizing. I am giving up on Russell's.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

A neighborhood jewel. Never fails to disappoint!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was great. The service was slow

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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!)

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Always reliable, good food and service.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

This is a hidden gem!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Great brunch spot!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2017

Great food and menu!

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1.0Dined 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.

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