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Russell's Smokehouse

#172 of 2,431 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
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1422 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202-1705 (Between 14th & 15th on Larimer)
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Alexandria, Virginia
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Small place in a basement off of Larimer in downtown Denver. Fast friendly service. Very good BBQ. Had the rib special (beef, baby back, and spare). Fried pickles and jalapeño appetizers. Ribs were cut meaty, not close-cut like lots of other places do. Very juicy, tender. Price very reasonable. I'm putting Russell's on my list of places to recommend for... More 

Thank Jake S
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I dined during restaurant week, and therefore got the prix fixe meal and some excellent drinks. It was all delicious! The dining room was pretty crowded and loud with low ceilings, but a great experience overall. Will definitely return.

Thank snowdctr
Barcelona, Spain
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty poor in taste coleslaw salad, ribs where dry and seem like they where reheated, order the combo of ribs and one of them was almost impossible to eat as meat wouldn't come out of the bone. I will continue looking for some real barbecue in Denver would not repeat. Lager Tap beer was nice. Also a little hot the... More 

Thank Ignacioga420
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a recent trip to Denver, my husband and I ate at Russell's Smokehouse. The ambiance of the place is warm and cozy upscale, and it's located in an old building in the downtown district. The servers are super friendly and accommodating. We even met the chef and bartender. All were welcoming and informative. But it's the food that will... More 

Thank Michelle G
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for a quick, warm lunch after arriving in Denver and saw a sign for a lunch special so we dropped in. Yes the restaurant is below street level but has two BBQ smokers operating 24/7. Best BBQ outside of SE I have ever eaten. Berkshire Pork shoulder over cheese grits and fried brussel sprouts were amazing. Saw the brisket... More 

Thank James B
Lawton, Oklahoma
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

In town for a Orin king volleyball tournament, my daughter wanted BBQ. She is a Texan and we love good BBQ. After a 2 mile walk we arrive at this cool, restaurant that's down stairs and where excited, all worries on my part about a smoke house that's open this late subside. There was no smokehouse aroma once inside. We... More 

Thank 201noelg
Concord, New Hampshire
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Great service - Matt. Will definitely go back when I'm in the area. The ribs and the sauces were relish!

Thank Sally T
Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Every time I visit Denver I make sure to dine at least once at this great restaurant. Centrally located on Larimer st.( one of Downtown Denver's trendiest places) this restaurant offers some of the best ribs, a wonderful BBQ. Chicken and many more slow cooked, smoked meats.They have a great selection of happy hour drinks and food as well and... More 

Thank A C
Littleton, Colorado
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

The restaurant has a sign at street level, but you walk down a set of stairs to get to it - it's worth the walk! The bbq is outstanding, the brisket in particular was melt in your mouth. It is very reasonably priced and the portions are generous. Worth the trip!

Thank Judy W
Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We really enjoyed our meal here. The waitress was really friendly and helped us with our selections from what is a fairly small menu focussed on smoked meats. We each had a 'burnt end' sandwich and these were excellent. They also had fantastic restaurant made pie. All in all, a great experience. Larimer street also has some cool shops for... More 

Thank Peter R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 35
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1422 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202-1705
    (Between 14th & 15th on Larimer)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver
  • Phone Number: 720-524-8050

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?