We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Russell's Barbecue

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1621 N Thatcher Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-3595
(708) 625-3313
Website
Improve this listing
Today
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 69 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    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
Old family Favorite!

I have been eating here all my life. My parents went there on dates in high school. They were born in 1921 & 1922. Sandwiches are very tasty. I love the barbecue sauce. Went with my son & his family last weekend. We are into the 4th generation. Very casual, place your order, find a booth. Enjoy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Barbara W
,
Woodridge, Illinois
Add Photo Write a Review

69 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
100 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Russell's recently and was disappointed on so many levels. Ribs are not as good as before and sandwiches are confusing as to what you get. The pulled pork was excellent but he choices are confusing and the cashier and counter help were not particularly friendly or helpful. What's going on?

Helpful?
Thank Fred G
Woodridge, Illinois
Level Contributor
100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been eating here all my life. My parents went there on dates in high school. They were born in 1921 & 1922. Sandwiches are very tasty. I love the barbecue sauce. Went with my son & his family last weekend. We are into the 4th generation. Very casual, place your order, find a booth. Enjoy once your #... More 

Helpful?
Thank Barbara W
West Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place never dissapoints. My entire family loves their ribs and pulled pork sandwich. Their own sauce is exceptional. We cone here all the time for different family events. Nice place for family, very casual. You can also watch sports. They have two big screen tv.

Helpful?
Thank Rita C
Elmwood Park, Illinois
Level Contributor
213 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Even though this legendary stalwart of the western 'burbs has been doing well for decades, it just keeps getting better and better. New menu items still at reasonable prices.

Helpful?
Thank Abenture
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
97 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This place is just as I remember it from the 70's when Dad would bring the whole family in the station wagon. Except more seating now and some more menu items. The bbq pork sandwich is moist, chopped up, with no fat. Add the sauce and its delicious. There are more sides to choose from. I cant wait to go... More 

Helpful?
Thank Dragonfly1004
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

I've been going to Russel's since I was a kid, so it's kinda a permanent fixture in my brain. Price wise a little steep for a sandwich and fries(I eat the pulled pork/beef) and slaw. The ambiance is the draw here as well as the sauce. This place has been around since back in the Kiddieland days(I miss it) and... More 

Helpful?
Thank blkdeath75
Mill Creek WA
Level Contributor
60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We went as part of my husband's 50th high school reunion to relive the glory days. The consensus was the place hadn't changed: same narrow uncomfortable booths, plastic covered tables, paper plates and plastic tableware. The buns were nothing special and fell apart. The pork was generous but tasteless. The sauce thin and so mild as to be meaningless. The... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank KatieGMillCreekWA
Elmwood Park, Illinois
Level Contributor
25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I love the pork sandwich...it is a must. The rest of the menu is good with numerous options. The decor has remained the same since this place opened, and is really a step back in time. If you are in the area, great place to stop for lunch or dinner....they serve alcohol while you wait for your food at the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nichole74
Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

I grew up going to Russell's with my family so it was fun to go back so many years later with my own family. The place is pretty much the way I remembered and the food is still very good and served the same way! I usually have a beef or pork sandwich and for me the sauce is the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank K8ellen
Elmwood Park, Illinois
Level Contributor
12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I love the barbecue beef here and the sauce is really great. Finger licking good. Sandwich comes with fries and slaw. You can also order a beer on tap. Perfect reasonable lunch or dinner. It's a diamond in the rough.

Helpful?
Thank Francesca P

Travelers who viewed Russell's Barbecue also viewed

 
Elmwood Park, IL
 

Been to Russell's Barbecue? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, 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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Russell's Barbecue and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Westchester, Illinois
5 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Russell's Barbecue staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?