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Russell's Bistro

#330 of 3,050 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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1601 W 38th St Ste 1, Austin, TX 78731-6207
+1 512-467-7877
06:30 - 21:30
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Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 21:30
Fri 06:30 - 22:00
Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

If you are in Austin and looking for great food and great sevice then you will love this gem. I had the Creme Brule French toast and WOW! Packed with flavor and served with a strawberry butter puree on the side, it is pure bliss! They also had a special which was a sweet potato hash and that also was... More 

Thank Juliana M
Austin, Texas
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

A lost gem. The menu is fabulous. Asparagus Benedict, Grapefruit Mimosa, Lox Omlette. Quaint seating on outside payio, and we snuck into the bar to sit to avoid a wait. Friendly people, and it has the ferl of Old Town Austin--as in vintage. We'll be back again.

Thank EricPBliss
Austin, Texas
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91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Nice place for lunch or dinner. Quick soup and sandwich or dinner with salad and dessert -- Russell's Bistro is the place to go.

Thank chemtex
Austin, Texas
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40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Relaxed neighborhood bistro, good food, a place to see your neighbors. Great for a business meeting.

Thank Wheelchairtravel99
Austin, Texas
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

This place never disappoints me. I've been here many times for lunch, several times for dinner and now for brunch. The food is tasty new takes on familiar favorites. (For brunch I had sweet potato hash topped with an egg.) Service is always pleasant but unobtrusive. On Monday nights they have 50% off bottles of wine.

Thank Terri S
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

I had the shrimp & chicken scampi with mushroom risotto and roasted cauliflower. Every bite was a delight. I had a very hard time deciding what to eat, everything on the menu sounded so good. Our waitress was friendly and helpful, the food arrived hot and perfectly done, and she was attentive without going too far. I highly recommend this... More 

Thank Lisa T
Austin, Texas
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Stopped by after conducting sales calls on Camp Mabry. Location not far at all. We did the HALF sandwich and small salad... We dos the Greek and the Roasted Turkey sandwich AND for dessert we split the flourless mocha cake....and grabbed a cappuccino- so delish and this little cute brick cozy restaurant is yet another keeper.

Thank BondJANEBond
Austin, Texas
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60 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

Been here twice for dinner before going to shows at Bass. Both times we've been amazed by the quality and flavor of the food. The service is excellent. Friendly and knowledgable staff. We couldn't decide on our aides so we agreed to share. Our sides were brought out in individual bowls for us to make it easier to split. The... More 

Thank lindargtravel
Austin, Texas
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

As brunch places in Austin become more and more unbearable with their long wait times and less than desirable service, this place was a refreshing discovery. We went to Russell's for brunch after wanting to try it out for a while. The wait wasn't bad at all, even though we went in the middle of brunch without a reservation. They... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

I made a reservation through Open Table and even though they were very busy, we were welcomed and seated immediately. The service was very good throughout the brunch and the food was excellent. The Bistro Omelette was my favorite. In particular we enjoyed the sides of fresh fruit, roasted potatoes and croissant that were included so that you didn't have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1601 W 38th St Ste 1, Austin, TX 78731-6207
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-467-7877

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