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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 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Madison, Wisconsin
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125 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 there recently and was happy to discover that the food is just as good as... More 

Thank Sally1382
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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
Lombard, Illinois
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 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
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 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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136 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 29 helpful votes
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 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
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
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 

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Restaurant Details

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