Russell's Smokehouse
Funky subterranean BBQ & cocktail joint
Barbecue · Central Business District · $$
The Zagat Review
Proponents of chef-owner Frank Bonanno's casual smoke shack "hidden" "down under Larimer Square" in LoDo promise "fall-off-the-bone tender" BBQ and "decadent sides" delivered by an "accommodating staff" ; though critics complain the menu is "pricier" and a bit more "complicated" than its "traditional" counterparts, they still recommend stopping at the counter to "pick up a pie on your way out."
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hours Open Today · 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
location 1422 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202, USA phone +1 720-524-8050 website directions Get Directions
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Can I just say: YUM! A nice, low-key spot to scratch that BBQ-craving itch. The staff is very attentive, we had a great experience. Also, if you're gluten-intolerant (like me), the BBQ sauces are totally edible!! I believe they are all made in-house and absolutely delicious. I still crave the hot sauce and would definitely buy a bottle just to keep in my house. Their BBQ meats were super delicious, I just stay away from the fried foods (cross-contamination & such). Be sure to check out Green Russell for drinks after!
Katie Wagner · December 31, 2017
I found this place by complete chance on a trip to Denver. The staff was very nice considering i tried a little of everything on the menu. The Pulled pork was very tasty and well as the ribs. The brisket had perfect coloring, was not dry at all and had a great oak smoke taste. The Chicken sausage was some of the best i have ever tried (def hand made). The slaw was a mayo base that i normally don't like (i hate mayo) but i liked it surprisingly. Mac and cheese was very good and spicy! You must try the fried jalapenos as a app with the cheese sauce (amazing). They have a mustard sauce and vinegar base as well as Spicy Vin base(my fav) that were all good. The burn end sliders were a good and for only $2 on happy hour they are a MUST. I enjoyed this as had enough food to eat the next day. Last but not least REALLY GOOD Sweat tea!!! Like we have back in South Carolina. I was very impressed!
Corey Mallard · November 1, 2017
Honestly the best meal I've ever had. I got to try a variety of meets I had never tried and they were all phenomenal. The atmosphere is killer and amazing service. There is a speakeasy next to the restaurant that has great drinks made by talented bartenders.
Michael R Jones · December 21, 2017