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1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
(708) 625-3313
Today
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Long Time BBQ Favorite

We have been going to Russell's Barbecue for years and years. We have never had a bad meal here. Their portions are generous and tasty including their very popular shaved BBQ beef, pork and ham sandwiches and all come with fries and cole slaw. It has a very very comfortable atmosphere. They have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
Christine K
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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46 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We have been going to Russell's Barbecue for years and years. We have never had a bad meal here. Their portions are generous and tasty including their very popular shaved BBQ beef, pork and ham sandwiches and all come with fries and cole slaw. It has a very very comfortable atmosphere. They have a full menu, including ribs and chicken... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
175 reviews 175 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I'm not a big fan of pork, but every time I go to Russell's I get one thing... a Pork Sandwich. Not sure why, but I always do. Maybe I tried the beef once and didn't like it, but I can't remember. But why mess with something if it's good? It's simple pork meat, on a simple bun, and I... More 

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Marengo, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I have been going to Russels since I was a kid. I remember going to good old Kiddie Land and then Russells for dinner. They have the besr BBQ beef ever. I recommend everyone try it. You won't be disappointed.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This place is absolutely horrible, from the so-called barbecue to the young and uncaring staff. I understand it's been around a long time I used to be taken there as a kid and have family and friends that have been going there for years, but the place is not the same as it was the food is terrible, if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Haven't been to Russell's for 20 years since I moved out of state but was very happy to find it just the same as I remember. It's one of the best BBQ places I've been to anywhere!

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Henderson, Nevada
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113 reviews 113 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

Went there to try the baby back ribs. They were just ok. Would not go again because there are better choices for ribs. Prices are ok. It looks like the place needs an upgrade.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Russell's Barbecue has been around for many, many years and still serve the best shaved beef and pork BBQ sandwiches with their unique sauce as one of the best around town. It is a stand at the counter and order restaurant. You have to pick up your order when it is ready. Their ribs, brisket and shrimp are an added... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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111 reviews 111 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place like so many of the local restaurants has lost their sense of quality, raised their prices, and lowered the quality of the ingredients. One wonders if they are not buying pre-cooked barbecue from one of the big food wholesale providers. The sauce is almost for sure "bucket bought". I am old enough to remember when this place was... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Decent sliced beef with a unique barbeque sauce, but not BBQ. I've eaten here for over 40 years, and enjoyed it, but obviously not low and slow smoked meat. Fast efficient service in a comfortable atmosphere that hasn't changed since the 70's.

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Bristol, WI
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129 reviews 129 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Like many patrons, my family has been going to Russell's since it opened. Naturally, I am a little biased, but I have to say that despite its faults, Russell's still serves up some tasty beef and pork sandwiches, fries and slaw. The barbeque isn't for everyone. It is a thinner sauce than thick, rich and tangy but it is great.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elmwood Park
  • Phone Number: (708) 625-3313

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?