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30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103-3609
626-578-1404
Today
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast

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Visitor rating
  • 58
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best french toast

Used an egg bread for their french toast. I try to order this dish in most places to get a comparison. I liked this french toast the best. My wife has the veggie burrito which was ok and lacked flavor. The bloody Mary's were just ok. Had a weird flavor to them.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
P-lobby
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New Britain, Connecticut
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New Britain, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Used an egg bread for their french toast. I try to order this dish in most places to get a comparison. I liked this french toast the best. My wife has the veggie burrito which was ok and lacked flavor. The bloody Mary's were just ok. Had a weird flavor to them.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

One of the best selections of freshly made breakfasts you can get. You often have to wait for a table but never for long and it is always worth the wait!!

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I wanted a quick bite, my spouse wanted a full dinner and we were both well satisfied at Russell's. How many places can you get a great burger and tasty beef bourguignon on the same menu? The meal was so good we stopped by for breakfast the next morning. There was a short wait even at 10 on a weekday... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We've walked past Russell's many times, never stopping before. Last week we had an early dinner there, and it was great. This is an old time city diner, with both counter space and booths. There are reproductions of various art masterpieces (think Vermeer, Van Gogh, Klimt and others) on the walls. The music is comfortable and relaxing, as was the... More 

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San Diego, California
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185 reviews 185 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The counter is 1st come 1st served. That's they way we did it as we didn't want to wait 40 minutes for a table. The food was great, served quickly, hot and fresh. Despite the number of patron's waiting the staff didn't seem to be in any hurry to turn the tables over or give people their checks. I had... More 

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Suburban D.C.
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47 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very nice décor with interesting art, terrific service, good choice of drinks and very tasty burgers.

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Found this gem during a quick stay in Pasadena. 20 minute wait on a Saturday morning. Lovely atmosphere. Attentive service and speedy delivery of our breakfast. Food was hot and tasty. I will definitely eat here again.

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Waterloo, Canada
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266 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Russell's is an old fashioned diner/cafe with wonderful service and everything you might want for a proper breakfast. This place has been around for 80+ years and is a destination place for a casual breakfast or lunch in Old Town Pasadena.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Had diner here at my last evening, triggered by good reviews. Although service and food was ok, it was not necessarily something to write home about for me. Took the special burger, which was ok but not really special...

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Washington DC
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193 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This place must date back 80 years and it's still very popular for breakfast and lunch. The decor has a kind of 40s/neon look that is cool and authentic looking. The menu has a throwback look as well, with some modern bits added. We had memorable burgers here that came cooked exactly as ordered. One was a veggie burger and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103-3609
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626-578-1404

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?