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Reviewed February 6, 2024

Short female seating people was absolutely useless. Waited over 40 minutes to be seated. Approached to see how much longer the wait would be despite 10 people being seated ahead of me. Had no idea who I was, asking for my name again despite me...giving it to her when I first arrived. Thanks for wasting an hour of my day. Left to another diner where the staff actually showed some competence.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 2, 2024 via mobile

We enjoyed a late breakfast here. Egg burrito with avocado was excellent. Service was attentive and fairly quick in spite of crowds. Restaurant is attractive with nice lighting and comfortable leather seating.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 21, 2023

We discovered the great little town of Old Pasadena and Russell’s seemed to be the place to be. There was a wait, but we got in after only about 10 minutes. Quaint decor and our server was SUPER friendly. He had the happiest smile! We...ordered a couple of sandwiches, potato salad and fries. Old fashioned root beer too. They even gave us a to-go refill. Although we went at lunch, most diners were ordering breakfast, which all looked very good. Note: we were seated around 1:15 and didn’t realize they closed at 2:00. We never felt rushed though.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 11, 2023

Here in Pasadena for a one day trip and we picked Russell’s based off the great reviews. It did not disappoint! The staff was incredible. We watched them clean a table and get new customers seated in under a minute. The food was great. We...ordered the waffle breakfast and the Denver omelet. We would definitely come back again!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed May 30, 2023

This spot is THE BEST Staff is terrific. Coffee is great Service is top notch. Owner is hands on and makes everyone feel welcome and respected

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 20, 2023

I went to pick up an order for a client this morning and had a terrible experience. As usual, the restaurant was busy. I went to the counter and waited for approximately 30 seconds. Normally the orders are not on the counter but this morning...there were two. After waiting, I grabbed the receipt to see if it was the order I was assigned to pick up, all of a sudden Ryan (who was standing right by the orders but doing something else) yelled as though I’d shot someone, “Hey! Don’t touch the orders!” I didn’t say anything, so he repeated what he said. Again, I didn’t answer. The order was repeated by someone else to whom I responded, “I just wanted to see if it was mine.” The order was repeated and I responded that I just wanted to see who the order was for (it turned out to be the one assigned to me and the employee immediately gave it to me). Ryan, however, saw it fit to call me a “sh*t head”. I asked what he called me and he repeated it. I’ve gone to this restaurant numerous occasions, both as a customer and to pick up for clients, and normally I’m treated well by the employees but this was my first time seeing Ryan and I most likely won’t return as a customer. Any restaurant who allows employees to use foul language toward anyone (internal customers, external customers, other employees) shouldn’t be frequented by the public. I eventually spoke to someone who said they were owner (I doubt very seriously he was) and when I told him what I was called he stated “Well you said something to him.” When I asked if he heard what I said (which was me explaining why I looked at the order) he replied, “No but you said something to him.” That is no excuse for an employee swearing at someone doing business with their establishment nor do I believe it is the response an owner would give anyone who just told him one of his employees called him a “sh*t head”. I’m very disappointed. I actually like Russell’s breakfast menu but Pasadena has lots of restaurants and I’ll gladly go someplace else.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 16, 2023

Breakfast was simply amazing. The coffee was incredible. If the owner/anyone thar works there read this can you please tell me the brand of the coffee?

Date of visit: May 2022
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Frank Gale, Owner at Russell's, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2023

Thank you for your great review. The coffee brand is Jose's Organic French Roast.

Reviewed March 20, 2023

Touring through Pasadena, my wife and I were looking for a lunch spot to relax and savor the local atmosphere. We really found it in Russell's! We arrived late for lunch, so we were promptly seated in a comfortable booth. The walls are adorned with...classic artwork of the Masters, giving a feeling that you might be dining in an art museum or someone's Victorian home. Our server was engaging and very efficient. Our food selections lived up to the wonderful overall ambiance. I got the avocado bacon Swiss grilled chicken club; topped with melted Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and house slaw. The sandwich came in a paper sleeve so that you could navigate it. My wife got the Croque Monsieur; classic French ham & cheese sourdough sandwich with ham, melted Gouda cheese, Mornay sauce and fries. We chased our lunch down with Jones soda - a refreshing change from your standard colas. Our choices were very favorable, done to perfection, and quite original. This place is a winner!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed October 19, 2022 via mobile

Outstanding breakfast. Generous portions, quick service, pleasant and clean decor. Easy to see why this is a local favorite. Absolutely would return. Nice that they validate parking for public garage immediately behind restaurant - reflects a good management!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 1, 2022

The food was plentivful and the camphange split was nice for my cousin. The view of the sidewalk reminded me of Seattle.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022

This is a solid option for breakfast in Old Town Pasadena. The space isn't very big and the place is popular so be prepared for a wait - sometimes a long one. Food is good and the service is attentive. I enjoyed the waffle with...bacon.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 18, 2022 via mobile

We stopped in here for breakfast. We were told it would be a 20 minute wait. But we barely waited two minutes. So that was good. The service was friendly and the food was delicious. I had French toast which was nice and thick and...tasty. My husband had like a skillet type breakfast with potatoes and veggies and cheese and avocado. He really enjoyed it. Prices were good for what you get. Loved this place.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed December 27, 2021

Nice last minute find for breakfast, lunch menu looked great too. Recommend to go early or else expect a wait for a table!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 21, 2021 via mobile

Visiting CA from FL, my stomach was running 3 hours ahead of my hotel’s breakfast availability. The Marriott Courtyard was a quick walk from Russell’s, so I gave it a try. Do not be tricked into thinking this is a coffee shop; this is an...excellent restaurant that happens to open very early. You detect a difference when you realize classical music is playing and prints of great art grace the walls above the booths. The portions are huge, and the waitstaff was very solicitous of a single woman dining alone.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 4, 2021

The owners really know what their restaurant is about. Classical music and reproductions of art by the Masters in a beautifully maintained setting surround you. Then the menus show up. Then the food. We were there for breakfast and all we can say is that...lunch was suddenly unnecessary. The food was delicious and the portions huge. This a great place for breakfast or lunch in Old Pasadena.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Frank G, Owner at Russell's, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2021

Hi Brian, Thank you very much for your wonderful review! I do my best to make my restaurant like my home, hence the classical music and the decor. I am so glad that you have enjoyed it and once again, thank you for the wonderful...More

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Breakfast is served daily until 4:00 pm.
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Salads and soups are good.
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I doubt it. We had to wait about 10-15 minutes.
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