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30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103-3609
+1 626-578-1404
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Palm Desert, California
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent breakfast in Old Pasadena - good service and menu selections. Good location near a good parking structure.

1 Thank carolgreenwood2017
Fullerton, California
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Russel's is an upscale coffee shop, the food here is traditional coffee shop food, like chicken fried steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes etc. but the decor is very classy, expensive fabrics, prints of world famous pictures(in really nice frames). it is kind of like eating in a museum but with home style cooking. parking in the structure is... More 

1 Thank Jim B
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expect a short wait if you venture to Russell's in Old Pasadena for Sunday Brunch ... but it's worth the wait. The corned beef hash is excellent and the Belgian Waffle breakfast a delight. There's plenty to choose from and the prices are very reasonable. After all, there's a reason there's a line on Sunday.

1 Thank edlexin
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My new favorite Pasadena restaurant place - clearly I am late to the party! Russell's is a long time Pasadena institution, the kind of old fashioned coffee shop that sadly seems to be an endangered species these days. Fantastic omelets, hash browns that are to die for and delicious pancakes. If you haven't been to Russell's before, what are you... More 

1 Thank Gale A
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was right down the street from our hotel. The concierge recommended it and it was outstanding. Excellent hash browns and big portions. My wife and I were extremely pleased.

1 Thank Alan B
Fort Worth, Texas
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am a diner guy. And as a diner guy you know you cannot pick "the best" because it's more about the repeat experience with friends. But if I lived in Pasadena..... this would be "the best". I would come back any time. I loved sitting at the bar and watching the hustle. Coffee never got below the 1/2 point... More 

1 Thank greg_j_shoup
Glendale, California
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82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here before and i tend to gravitate toward the Biscuits topped with Cheddar Cheese Chili, eggs and hashbrowns! Simply soooooo goood. They are quite generous with their portions so if you like to share good meals, this is the place to do it! The food tends to be piping hot (because the service can be that quick). Parking... More 

1 Thank isandracan
Hong Kong, China
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Jet lagged up at 4am. Arrived at Russell's at 0705. Place was already filling up. Very nice decor and art work in the wall. Attentive service. I like real coffee (not the usual watered down stuff you find in the States). Freshly brewed strong coffee was fab. Ordered the burrito. Excellent. I left at 0750 and was already a queue.... More 

Thank DesyKo
Boise, Idaho, Usa
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We visited Pasadena and heard about Russell's from a local. At first we were discouraged about a projected 45 minute wait for breakfast. In the end, it was worth our time. The food is creative and fresh. Many choices, not just standard breakfast offerings. the prices were reasonable. I now understand the long wait.

1 Thank KellyC1231
Hockessin, Delaware
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Great restaurant - small but very popular! Go early for dinner or lunch. There were lots of people waiting to get in at lunchtime.

1 Thank Sherry G

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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
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103-3609
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-578-1404

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?