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30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103-3609
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Ranked #13 of 584 restaurants in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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88% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Brentwood, TN
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We visited Russell's on a Saturday morning, looking for a traditional, family friendly breakfast in Pasadena. Russell's hold it's own very nicely with Marston's. Russell's is louder than Marston's and their menus are different - Russell's is a larger menu with more choices. Russell's features a greater emphasis on breakfast meats, which we thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend Russell's!

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Phuket, Thailand
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113 reviews 113 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A nice selection of good food and very fair prices. A charming throwback to cafes of yore that oozed a friendly atmosphere and a willingness to please the customer. A great location in Old Pasadena just down the street from the Courtyard Marriott. We ate there twice and enjoyed both meals with gusto.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We arrived at the hotel late evening and the front desk recommended this as the only place available. We ended up going back since it was good, close, & quick! Burgers and salads were made to order and service was great. The art is fun and interesting.

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San Gabriel, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Different diner experience awaits at Russell's. On a rainy morning, my husband and I decided to try Russells for breakfast. We are locals who, having basically ignored this cafe for years, are now realizing its delights. The rich red walls and cozy booths are background to unexpected chandeliers, reproductions of famous European art and delightful music. Mornings feel special at... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I was by myself and wanted a quick dinner. Food was quite ok and I liked the relaxed atmosphere and good service.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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112 reviews 112 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I was by myself and sat the counter. Very good service and yummy vegetable omelet with cheese. Can't wait to be back in Pasadena again to eat here.

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San Antonio, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Russell's food and service are excellent. Our breakfast was delicious and delivered promptly. What makes it special; however, are the cute little chandeliers above every table and the famous art reproductions on all of the walls. It was a fun experience!

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Got a breakfast wrap. I thought it was overpriced a bit. Since there are a few other places, will try other places also. But a good atmosphere if you are going with friends or with families. Tables a bit small.

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pasadena, ca
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is no reflection on the nice waiter. I went in to Russell's on 2/25/2014 and chose the Lamb Shank from the menu. At almost $18.00, I expected something halfway decent. YUK! It is pre-cooked so they warm it up. it comes slathered in gravy so that the mash potatoes were drowned. Not a hint of the mint sauce it... More

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Pasadena, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Food is standard American breakfast fare, oily, not spectacular but spectacularly overpriced. I cook better than this. It wasn't bad, but not at all worth any money. I actually appreciated the 1 hr long wait mid Saturday morning, we had a great time talking! Weather beautiful for just chatting outside. But I'd hazard a guess that in most situations this... More

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