I really like Russels. This was probably at least visit #7. We've had probably 2 nights where it would have been a 5 ranking and one where I would have said 3 and the rest are a four because I know what kind of excellence they can pull off. First thing is they frequently aren't staffed enough. This is a small place and I know there isn't room for a lot of staff but our waiter acted like a chicken with his head cut off trying to help all the tables, get food, drinks, bills, etc. I was exhausted just watching. It was distracting. The ambiance is nothing amazing. It is across the street from the inlet and the chairs aren't extremely comfortable but I don't care. I come for well prepared food and that's all I really care about in the end. I want hog snapper Russel! This is what made it a #1 restaurant in the past. I haven't seen it on the menu when I've been for a couple years. Everything is a little bit of a disappointment now I've been spoiled. The fish is always well prepared and if there if a problem Russell will make sure it is fixed ASAP. Their steaks are also well prepared and cooked correctly. The hush puppies are to die for. The salad with raspberry vinigerette dressing with blue cheese crumbles is great and their cheese potato balls are pretty heavenly. The staff is very friendly and they must be well treated because we often see the same people each time. You will be treated as a VIP as Ruessell makes the rounds and will check on you personally to make sure everything is ok. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves seafood. It is priced fairly for this area. Just don't expect a fancy white linen service type of place, and if hog snapper is one of the specials get it with no hesitations.
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