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1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
(708) 625-3313
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 8
    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
Local BBQ tradition

Russell's has been a staple in the area for many, many years. It is an extremely casual place where you order when you first get in. The BBQ is very good, and there is a varied menu that should appeal to just about every family member. Prices are reasonable, there is plenty of parking and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Allen21096
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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53 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Elmwood Park, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This place has a big menu and is great for kids. They can be loud and run around a little and still not cause any problems. You can also feed the finicky eaters. Great food!

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Chicago, Illinois
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449 reviews 449 reviews
353 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Russell's has been a staple in the area for many, many years. It is an extremely casual place where you order when you first get in. The BBQ is very good, and there is a varied menu that should appeal to just about every family member. Prices are reasonable, there is plenty of parking and the restaurant is definitely family/kid... More 

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Chicago
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The pulled pork is pretty good. I prefer mine already in the BBQ sauce but here you put on your own.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place has been around since caveman combined Mastadons and fire. I will warn you- the place looks the way it did when the first remodel occurred some 30 years ago. But you are here for the food! I have been here more than 100 times- and as far as I am concerned there are only three things here to... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I have eaten at Russells for over 1/2 a century. Their menu has expanded greatly over the years but the tried and true still hold up strong. Keep it simple at this establishment. Their 3 traditional sandwiches are pork, beef and ham. All are fantastic. My favorite is the pork. Don't very from these 3 and you will be pleased.... More 

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Always fresh ingredients - No your typical large quantity of food for the buck but always good meal.

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
292 reviews 292 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Ate my first slab of ribs here in the 70s. We used to live down the street and I probably took it for granted how good they were. There are a lot of places to get great ribs and this joint is one of them. The place is big with outdoor seating on picnic benches when it warms up outside.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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230 reviews 230 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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?