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Russell's Barbecue

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1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
+1 708-453-7065
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The slab of rib was just okay. I got two orders of the half slab rib dinner and once again I was not satisfied. The place is very clean, and the staff is friendly. Unfortunately. I will not be returning.

Thank Shonda H
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is clean, family friendly, fairly easy to find. I thought the price was fair and everything we tried was good! I love a good BBQ place and this is it!!! And it has gluten free buns...best of all

Thank Lisa H
Lombard, Illinois
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, this is the place to go if you are looking for the perfect BBQ pork sandwich with the outstanding secret BBQ sauce that is Russell's trademark for over 70 years. Step back in time to a system that works well and has been used for all these years! If you are looking for a delicious BBQ meal don't hesitate... More 

Thank Mamaw58
Chicago, Il
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seriously, how many places can you go to that have been around for almost 90 years and still have the same food and experience? That would be Russell's Barbeque. As a little girl my family would take the big drive from the city to go to Russell's for Sunday lunch. Yes the décor has changed a little. They added on... More 

Thank Dr-donna
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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124 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I am not connected with the Food Industry nor do I review restaurants. I Love Ribs, Pulled Pork, Brisket, BBQ in general. I have lived in CA, IL, MN, NC, CO, & back to IL and have visited BBQ Joints in all of them! Russell's Barbecue is a "classic" style restaurant. Walk in and along the wall is their menu-... More 

Thank arts713
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91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Russell's has been around in what seems like forever. The food quality is good and consistent. Hasn't changed much at all since when we first ate there in the 60's. I'm sure with so many other BBQ places around now, it's tough to stand out in the crowd. However, my husband and I are thrilled that some good things don't... More 

Thank LaurelNixon
Elmwood Park, Illinois
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Good old pulled pork sandwiches and brisket. They have thier own barbque sauce which is very tasty. All of this in a vintage surrounding. Nothing fancy here.

Thank Patrice B
Elmwood Park
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We go there sometimes because we live close and there is plenty of outside seating. But the ribs are kinda dry and their "secret recipe homemade bbq sauce" is pretty bad, the cheap ones you can buy at every supermarket are better. Sorry, but we wouldn't go there with friends nor family because we can't recommend a rundown place like... More 

Thank marknQ283NS
Wheaton, Illinois
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143 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Easy to find this no frills restaurant. Lots of seating and food was good.. You walk up to the counter to order and pay and move onto another counter to pickup your drinks and food. Service was quick. I had the BBQ pulled chicken meal (it comes with 2 sides - cole slaw was very good) They also give you... More 

Thank Eileen B
Norridge, Illinois
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76 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We have eaten at Russell's Barbecue several times and are never disappointed. Service is prompt and courteous. Price is reasonable. Food is always good.

Thank Sandra W

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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
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elmwood Park
  • Phone Number: +1 708-453-7065

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Westchester, Illinois
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?