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Russ Kendall's Smoke House

149 Scenic Dr, Knife River, MN 55609
+1 218-834-5995
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“smoked fish” (76 reviews)
“crackers” (15 reviews)
“king salmon” (14 reviews)
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149 Scenic Dr, Knife River, MN 55609
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Russ Kendall's Smoke House has been there for years. We always enjoy stopping in for some delicious smoked salmon and their incredible smoked cheeses. They have all the fixings to make a meal out of appetizers! Candy is there too, along with souvenir clothing and...More

Thank Susan J
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

A trip “up north” is never complete without a trip to Russ Kendall’s smoke house! They have several varieties of smoked salmon and lake trout, depending on the season or what they have available. Our favorite is the sugar cured silver salmon. It has just...More

Thank Depotbabe
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

This is the best ever smoked fish. Whether it’s Cisco’s, salmon or trout. Personally I think their trout is the tops, bare none. I have smoked my own fish but this guy is the Master of smoking. You can also have the fish shipped, but...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 21 October 2017

I've been enjoying Russ Kendall smoked fish products for almost 50 years. I've never taken a drive north of Duluth without stopping here and picking up a few things. They have great fish and I like to support their family business.

Thank EireMan66
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

My husband has been going here for over 25 years. He actually met Russ Kendall. Our favorite is the sugar cured trout and sockeye salmon. Their salmon spread is great too. Have tried many other smoked fish places and always come back here. The place...More

Thank scooterpieMinnesota
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Nice friendly staff, some will say dirty, its a smokehouse.. hard dirty work maybe. Been here since 1908 I think they know what they’re doing and they are the fairest prices on the Northshore, in Minnesota, even. They have sugar cured smoked trout and salmon...More

Thank Avery M
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Can't understand why people have been coming here for years. It's dirty, unclean, fair quality, and overpriced to say a few things about it. There are many more friendlier, better quality smoked fish shops further up the North Shore! Can't depend on the variety offered...More

1  Thank crklehr
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

A visit to Russ Kendall's is worth the drive there and back. You will not be disappointed with the wonderful smoked fish choices. However, I personally think the Sugar-cured smoked trout is the absolute best! Get your crackers ready for a wonderful treat and enjoy...More

Thank Cindy G
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Always a must when visiting the Duluth area. We love the different flavored cheese curds and sugar cured salmon.

Thank Angie F
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Our family has been going here for YEARS.... Grandparents went here! It's a smoked fish market! They have a really nice seating area if you wish to eat your fish there. But you go up to a counter and order what you would like....smoked trout,...More

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
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09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Scenic Dr, Knife River, MN 55609
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Knife River
  • Phone Number: +1 218-834-5995
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