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Russell's Barbecue

) #4 of 34 Restaurants in Elmwood Park €€ - €€€ American, Barbecue
1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
+1 708-453-7065
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pork sandwich” (11 reviews)
“ribs” (20 reviews)
“coleslaw” (6 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Russel's surely has stood the test of time. I used to go here years ago with my family after a day in the old Kiddie-Land, not too far away. At Russel's it is seems as if time has stood still. The same delicious melt in...More

Thank TinaTravelstheWorld
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Haven't been here in 25 years. Opened in 1930. Restaurant has allot of history and vintage pictures. But the BBQ is forgetable and doesn't provide any encouragement to return. I had a BBQ Pork Original with fries and coleslaw. The sauce is really nothing any...More

Thank Trav_LN_now
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Great food and alot.to.choose.from and. Great.place.to.meet.up.with others ...very . spacious and.big.parking.lot...u can dine in or.sit outside on a nice day they have tables.or.u can take ur.food to go...They have a small bar.in back across from a few video poker/ slots machines ...

Thank karen k
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Russell's BBQ has been an important place in my family for decades. My parents went there while they were dating and have taken me there since I was a child. I don't get there nearly as often as I would like, but I was just...More

Thank Sally1382
Reviewed 16 March 2017 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
Reviewed 15 March 2017

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
Reviewed 5 March 2017

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...More

Thank Mamaw58
Reviewed 1 March 2017

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...More

Thank Dr-donna
Reviewed 14 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...More

Thank arts713
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank LaurelNixon
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Joyce C
Do you have any vegetArian options?
6 September 2015|
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Response from Walter W | Reviewed this property |
they have salad
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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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