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“Nothing spectacular”

Russell's Restaurant
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Ranked #29 of 129 Restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$45
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Just across the Covered Bridge in Vail Village is Bridge Street's warm, cozy and oldest steak house - Russell's. We have a friendly, relaxing atmosphere with wonderful Creekside dining. Russell's features dry aged Certified Angus beef, along with delightful fish entrees and world-renowned Alaskan King Crab Legs. One side dish that you can't pass up is our scalloped potatoes - baked with onions, bacon and cheese with a golden brown top. A lot of our staff members have been with us for 20 years or more. Come by and see for yourself why the locals and staff love Russell's. We take great pride in serving premier steaks and seafood in the most enjoyable and accommodating restaurant in Vail. Reservations recommended.
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Ate here last night, our first in Vail. Given the location and prices, it was underwhelming. Started with bacon wrapped scallops which were pretty chewy. Tomato Basil salad and caesar salad were good. The chicken was just that. Chicken. No seasoning, no sauce, no glaze. Chicken. Pork Medallions were pretty good but a few were undercooked. Asparagus was crispy and delicious. The potato souffle that came with every dish was bland and tasteless.

Wait service was ok, waited a while to get initial drinks.

Had an advance reservation through open table and were seated right by the door and the hostess stand so we heard every conversation and felt the cold air fly in when the door opened. Views were great though and the "20.13" price on the medallions was great and both saved the meal from being below average.

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Thank horninco
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

A great place to eat. Our reservation got lost the last time we visited but they still got us in round one big table despite being virtually full - there were 8 of us! Ribs and steaks superb. Do book.

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Thank Colin L
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Wonderful steaks; my girlfriend and I each ordered the filets and Russell's did not disappoint. Both steaks were perfectly cooked to medium and were bursting with flavor. The scalloped potatoes (included) were also wonderful and could easily be a 8 dollar side at al a carte restaurants.

Thank PapaRomeo21
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The last night we were in Vail my group of four went to Russel's for dinner. We were lucky enough to be seated where our table overlooked the creek. I had mountain trout that was out of this world. Service was perfect.

Thank tfj
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We were staying at the Ritz Carlton Villas and they recommended it. Front of house manager was curt on the phone when I made the reservation, couldn't wait to hang up on me. All I said was 3 people, and the time we'd like to come and he was ready to hang up....just wanted to add we like to not be seated in the middle of the room....we was basically like-whatever CLICK. When I saw him in person he was dismissive and rushed, the restaurant was empty at this point. He seated us in a booth, which was great. We ordered an expensive bottle of wine, as we were celebrating my birthday late, because I was sick as a dog. It was fantastic. Escargot appetizer came out burnt , or a little too much time under the salamander-the smoking burnt butter made me cough uncontrollably (and it wasnt' even mine, my husband ordered it) and it would have taken 10 minutes for it to be cool enough to eat...I like piping hot food, but it's a fine line between ON FIRE and hot. When we mentioned it, very politely, apologetically almost... waitress seemed perplexed...'well, this have never happened before I'm not sure what to do, it's so rare that anything is sent back' She sent Mr. Charm over to ask 'what seems to be the problem here?' Great way to start a conversation with any customer, not! We didn't have a 'problem' but now that you mention it.....I guess we do! Seems he has to approve that it be sent back and we are worthy of the extra work, and above all confirm we are not liars. Reluctantly indulged us. Again, dismissive and while you're still talking, making pleasant conversation, he knocks on the table as if to say, you are done talking now and walks away with some cheesy, you folks enjoy, and a fake smile. We noticed he hung out the bar most of the rest of the night, by the way. The waitress was pleasant and efficient until I asked about the odd choice of music (grateful dead?who I used to follow and like) in such a nice, expensive restaurant. It just seemed weird, unless there was some hidden bong hit action going on...which actually would explain everything....She stated in a sarcastic way 'Welcome to Russells!' as if Jerry Garcia himself owned the place and we were just a huge disappointment to them as diners. Then, as predicted,she sent Mr. Happy pants over again to discuss our 'problem' with the music. By now the place was hopping and mostly with older folks and if they could have heard the music they would likely have found it distasteful, or at the worst, it could have induced an unpleasant flashback for someone. It almost did for me! And I mentioned that in a joking way, but alas it was too late. We were tagged as 'difficult'. We were almost done at this point and felt like assh**es for even mentioning the music. I've regretted it ever since. We were very apologetic and polite the entire time, but we were at the point of no return. She then ignored us (we were invisible/dead to her now, too complainy I guess) and we waited 20 minutes for our dessert, then another 15 for our check. It was easily a $250 meal, and I tipped her the normal 20% anyway.
The food was fantastic, other than the charred escargot, which came out very nice the 2nd time around. No worries. Everyone makes a mistake once in a while (except at Russells, apparently) We are frequent diners out as well as very good home cooks. The Beranise was even better than mine! They were sweetly accomodating to our 8 year old daughter and her dolls. We really did connect with and like the waitress, until the music thing came up.
I have such mixed feelings about this place. I doubt we'd go back because that Manager dude is just awful. Get some customer service skills or go work at the DMV. Someone so full of themselves should not be trying to make a living serving others with disdain.

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