Mr. Rain's Fun House
Mr. Rain's & the AVM are must seesMr. Rain's which is part of the American Visionary Museum is highly recommended if only for a cocktail on the patio. My meal and the meals of my family were all excellent. Do not miss either on your trip to Baltimore.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial place/Great view/Good FoodJust went to Mr Rain's Fun House for the first time and I really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. My three companions and I ate there for lunch and we all had excellent meals. The views are wonderful. There are nice touches like the addicting mini pretzel rolls. "Gourmet-ish" but not at all pretentious. Small menu selection but enough choices to please vegetarians, carnivores and everyone in between. Delicious hand cut french fries.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMa real delight... from the great cocktails to the excellent service and the fresh, well-prepared food, it's all more than good. art work from the museum adds a special spirit. good for parties, couples, small groups and even singles. fun!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMSurprisingly lovelyWe were thrilled to find a restaurant of this caliber inside a museum. The ambiance was elegant and quirky, the food was delicious, our waitress was attentive and honestly we could ask for nothing better. I will definitely go back.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was greatFrom the appetizers through desert, everything was a pleasant surprise full of delicious creativity.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMServer was very nice and helpful.Server was very nice and helpful. Loved seeing the manager helping out as well5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyable night with highs and lowsStarted off with cocktails which were fantastic. Inventive, seasonal, and delicious. The mini soft pretzels as the bread offering were excellent, eat them while they're warm. Charcuterie plate was nice. The shrimp and kimchi entree had great promise, but lacked flavor. The broth was one dimensional. My partner had the black eyed pea cake entree which was much better. Only two dessert offerings, seemed like an afterthought. We opted for liquid dessert with a couple dessert wines.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a treatI have never been disappointed at Mr. Rains . The specialty sangria was divine as was the food.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMVery Nice Night OutWe have been here before and had incredible meals, so this particular night was a bit of a disappointment. It was very good, but not the knock it out of the park experience we are used to. We were both sad that we forgot to order a side veggie because the meals do not have anything in the way of vegetables included. We both had the red trout, which was surprisingly heavy.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat view for outdoor seatingThis was third time at restaurant and food quality had gotten better. Some of starters like Arugula salad needed more flavor. Dinner was great taste infusions. Great deserts wish more
Options were available for this.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperbThe food was fantastic. The wine list is extensive. The view is spectacular.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMDeliciousMy boyfriend and I came here on a double-date after checking out AVAM. The food was absolutely delicious. We tried the soft-shell crabs, which were meaty and fried in a tempura. We also got the pickle plate and the mushrooms, which were great appetizers to share with the group. We shared a burger with kimchi on it, which was cooked perfectly and totally hit the spot. We really appreciate that they use organic local sourced meats as well.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM!st Time VisitFun ambience with serious food. Great service, exceptional and innovative cocktails and food. We shared the crabmeat & mango tartare appetizer and could have eaten it all night. I had the roast chicken which was exceptional and I never even eat chicken when I dine out! My wife had the adobo short ribs and she thought they ranked very high and she is a ribs lover. Our waitress Chaz was very helpful and gave us great guidance as well as service. We will return.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome MealBoth the food and the specialty drinks were amazing.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMA hidden gem in the museum!This restaurant was an absolute delight. Unlike other museum restaurants, this one was out of the park! The ambiance and decor is awesome and quirky in a great way.
More importantly, our dishes were quite tasty. The tuna poke appetizer with avocado ice cream was absolutely amazing. So many complex flavors and so delicate and perfect for a hot summer night. The charcuterie plate was very good and not too heavy. Get the sangria flights! So refreshing and tasty! Props to our waitress for letting us share our flights and still giving us hefty pours! Our chorizo burger was a little dry, but the flavors made up for it.
Overall,this restaurant is a repeater and I am eager to try other dishes at this restaurant!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMA treat for all your sensesThe art here is always really interesting, and although may look "off the wall" strange at first, the descriptions and explanations flip your perception of the pieces upside down and end up blowing your mind away. Needless to say, the AVAM is not your typical art museum experience.
The food at Mr. Rain's Fun House was delicious! We started with the poke and the crab and mango - must try both. I had their rye cocktail (so yum if you're a rye fan) and a friend ordered a glass of their white sangria, which was super refreshing. Oxtail terrine, shrimp and kimchi, and the ribeye were all melt in your mouth delicious. Warning: their cheesecake is made with Roquefort cheese = sheep's milk blue cheese (not a fan of goat cheese).5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGirls Night OutI purchased a Groupon and so my roommate and I went for a girls night out. We sat on the patio and had Chaz as our waitress. The Ambiance was awesome, the food was amazing and Chaz was attentive and engaging without being over bearing. She could tell we were out for a relaxing evening with good food and she made that happen for us! The Kim chi is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! Could have eaten an entire bowl of it! Will be back!5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWelcome to the House of FunOnce again a great experience at Mr. Rain's. The food is always amazing and innovative. The service was friendly and prompt. We love this place.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMEclectic Art Museum SettingA fun day at the American Museum of Visionary Art (a fabulously eclectic museum in Federal Hill) was perfectly married with a visit to this gem. The decor is industrial meets brocade with some fun chandeliers for good measure. The food feels farm fresh and somewhat inventive. We had the pulled pork and the fish of the day; perfect portions and special requests were well accommodated. We will certainly be back. A fun casual environment.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat cocktails and good foodThe specialty cocktails are great, and the sangria flight offers a variety that any sangria-lover will enjoy. The food is on the ever-changing menu is good as well. I had the ribeye that was well-cooked, if a little fatty. My wife had the sausage plate. The house sauerkrat was a nice accompaniment as well. I did catch an error on the bill. The sangria flight was advertised on the menu as $23; however, I noticed that it showed as $25 on the bill. I'm sure it was an honest mistake and the staff was more than happy to correct it when it was brought to their attention. This was our second time at Mr. Rain's and we would definitely return again.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous Food, Funky SpaceMr. Rain's was wonderful, their menu is always changing! I especially love the Filipino inspired menu items! It does get a bit noisy and hard to hear sometimes. I highly recommend sitting out on the balcony, weather permitting. We took our mom there for Friday night dinner. The food was fantastic.There was a little problem with technology/billing but the manager came out and adjusted our bill to make up for the delay and mistaken multiple card charges. We are still waiting for the charges to clear - it takes a few days, but I appreciate their customer service in making it right.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMCocktails are specialThe creativity in the kitchen works best at the bar. For the food, it's a tad ambitious for regular folks. I thought I was a bit of a foodie, but the combinations on the plate were at times overwhelming and others a bit inconsistent. On the other hand, the drinks were crazy good.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a nice time, but theWe had a nice time, but the food was not memorable. The featured cocktails look very strange on the menu, but then I didn't have one. I had a specialty lager, which was great. Altogether, we are very pleased to live a short walk from this somewhat neat place in a special venue. It has acres of space, so the bar scene does not disturb diners. There was a private occasion going on in a separate room which kept the noise away. As I said it was a nice time.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMSmall menu, big tasteYou need to keep an open mind here. The menu offerings, which change daily, are a little different. Two I'd us dined and each had
An appetizer and main dish. Each was perfectly prepared and served. Foodies will be very pleased, but if you are someone
Who likes a more conventional menu, maybe this isn't the right place for you.
Excellent service.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and drinksBoth the food and cocktails were original and noteworthy. A good find, and worth a repeat visit.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best restaurants in townMuch better than visits in prior years. We took a family of 9 there, including a disabled 6 year old, after visiting the museum and the harbor. The locally sourced food, the unusual cocktails, the great selection of American whiskeys all were first rate. Surprisingly, the bean cakes on the vegetarian plate were one of the big hits, and, not surprisingly, the crab and mango cocktail. Sauces were all bright and distinctive throughout the dinner. Importantly, when our little one got fussy at the beginning of the meal, the waitress instantly brought out pretzel rolls which solved the problem, and, at our request, the child's dinner came out quickly. Everybody would be glad to return to the restaurant and the fantastic museum as well.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for celebrationsMr. Rain's Funhouse is one of my favorite places to be. I don't go nearly enough so when this event came up I knew where to plan. The entrees are interesting and there is something for everyone. There drinks are really over the top, exciting and worth the individual attention they get in the making... The hospitality and flexibility of the staff is impeccable - they operate as a team well, are pleased when you are asking the 50th question ~ amazing... The ambiance as the early evening winds down and the sun sets - the sparkle and wonder of the space begins.. wonderful experience.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMBaltimore favoriteOne of our favorite Baltimore restaurants! Great for kids. Great location. Great great food!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI dined on the outdoor terraceI dined on the outdoor terrace on Friday night - a little chilly but well worth it for the splendid views of Federal Hill Park. My companion and I both started with the Sleepwalker cocktail - very light and sweet. We split the tuna poke and the crab and mango appetizer. Both were well made and flavorful. For entrees I had the chicken which was a little dry for my taste but the mushroom gravy helped. My friend had the steak which had a great spice rub and sauce along with a potato pave which was crispy on the top and moist inside.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMDrinks were awesome, I hadDrinks were awesome, I had the sangria fresca. Food was very good. Red trout, crab and mango app, chocolate torte yum!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThroughly enjoyed the experience,Throughly enjoyed the experience, the atmosphere and food. Staff very helpful and very knowledgeable. Enjoyed talking to Perez--would recommend this restaurant to friends-- and we will be back.
If you go- be prepared to "dine." No one rushes you, and dinner is a relaxed experience.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was great exceptEverything was great except the noise level. It was very difficult to hear each other. Also the feathery centerpieces blocked the other diners at our table. We ended up moving it. But the food was delicious and the people were lovely. The museum is one of our favorite places in the world.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAsk your server lots of questions!This was my second visit, but my husband's first. The menu is quite eclectic and unusual, so don't be shy about asking questions to make sure you know what you're ordering. Our server was fantastic and answered every question we could think of about the menu (food and drinks). The menu varies by season and ingredient availability, so it's not wise to form an attachment to any specific dish. The chef is a culinary genius, so you're not likely to be disappointed by anything that you order. The Roquefort Cheese Cake was surprisingly sweet and tart, and not your typical factory-produced cheese cake. Hubby enjoyed it thoroughly after being talked into trying it by our server, and he's not a cheese cake fan.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of Baltimore's hidden gems!Very cool location. Great menu. Excellent staff. Of all better restaurants we've been to, in recent history, the food here is served piping hot and prepared with precision. A great night out.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMcocktails - amazing. foodcocktails - amazing. food - good, but maybe not as fabulous as other restaurants at a comparable price point, although the service is impeccable and the chef even modified a meal for my spouse's allergies.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFunhouse Funtastic!Stellar meal! I've been for lunch a few times and it was good but our dinners were all excellent! Started with pickles- they were varried- carrots, turnips, radishes, cucumber tho not plentiful. I had the hanger steak- fine cut the whiskey sauce really added to flavor w/out being overwhelming. Very ample portion, especially with ample side of potato- au' gratin(ish) and Brussel Sprouts which were pretty plain. Others in the party had the trout, shrimp w/ Kimchi and lamb. Again, all delicious and ample. Shared the Sangria Sampler- refreshing, unique & flavorful. No desserts- only had two listed I believe- planned to go elsewhere although I'm sure they were delicious. Service was attentive, engaging but not intrusive. Wonderful!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for a romanticGreat place for a romantic date. Great fish & seafood. Interesting cocktails. Very fun!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a lovely surprise toWhat a lovely surprise to have a gourmet restaurant nestled in the funky atmosphere of the American Visionary Art Museum. A perfect way to begin, or end, a few hours of artistic pleasure. Our lunch dishes, the ruby red trout sandwich and the shrimp and kimchi, were both delicious, and the service was attentive and informed, excellent on all counts.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall a really nice experienceOverall a really nice experience in a very unusual venue. This restaurant is attached to the Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore. It is cute and has lots of quirky art. We went for dinner but it would be great combined with a real museum visit. The museum itself is excellent. It was moderately full when we went. The service was fine but I think the waiter was new. He was a little overanxious and wasn't good about waiting for a break in the conversation before interrupting.
The wine list was fine. The mixologist drinks were interesting but just ok. We all tasted the four we got.
The food was really good with the exception of the duck entree which was over salted. The duck on the appetizer menu was fine.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a delicious vegetarianHad a delicious vegetarian lunch. There is an outdoor patio but we didn't get to use it at this time of year, but it could be a pleasant spot at other times. A real treat in a gem of a museum, but I am not sure how the name fits it.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI came here for dinner andI came here for dinner and my friend and I both enjoyed the roast chicken entree and pretzel nuggets. The bartender made an excellent pomegranate martini which I'd love to go back for again. A little on the pricey side (I think it was $25 on average for entrees - total bill came to $100 for two people with an entree and drink each, plus shared an app and a dessert) but we enjoyed our dining experience and would come back again. Side note: If you book through Open Table you might want to check that the restaurant applied the points. I dined there before and they missed submitting it and apparently it was too late to do anything by the time I noticed it.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service. TheGreat food and service. The last two times I have eaten there (thoroughly enjoyable) I have noticed two things. One the vintages on the wine list are often incorrect, but it is an interesting and eclectic wine list for Baltimore. Two, after ordering wine you have to wait an inordinate amount of time (I had to actually ask them to bring it). Most restaurants will bring the wine before the appetizer. Still a gem.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMYou have to be willing toYou have to be willing to try some ecclectic founds and drinks, but if you are adventurous, it is a fun eveing. It is not a place that I would go on a regular basis, but as a change of pace, I would absolutely go back.3/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, funky decorUnusual pairings of different foods make dinner at Mr. Rain 's Funhouse anything but run of the mill. The funky decor goes with the AVAM. My potato and leek soup was silky smooth, and had a little kick with the addition of chili oil drizzled over it. The frisse salad with blue cheese and bacon was light and tasty.
Dessert was a chocolate torte that could have benefitted from a little bit more of the creme anglaise, which was more of a decoration.
I will definitely be back.2/28/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a very nice dinnerCame here on a Sunday evening, it was very quiet and not crowded at all. Had a reservation but chose to sit at the bar since there were open seats. The bartender was very friendly and recommended cocktails for us which were great. Loved the pretzels. Would definitely go back, but on a Friday or Saturday night so we could see the place a little more lively.2/24/2013 12:00:00 AMBest New Years Eve in Baltimore EVEDid the wine-pairing multi-course dinner 9PM seating for New Years Eve. Food was excellent (although a little skimpy, e.g., oyster "course" was two oysters, albeit excellent ones) and the wines very well-chosen. Live jazz band was a real treat, top-rate musicians (I'm guessing Peabody Conservatory students). It was a fun evening. Just before midnight everyone went out onto the terrace (about 3 floors up) and watched the Inner Harbor fireworks explode and toasted the New Year - it was great! Then we went back inside, pushed back the tables and danced - even more fun! All in all a fabulous evening. We had a hotel in town (Baltimore Hilton - not great) and luckily caught a taxi right outside around 1AM - sweet. I love this restaurant.12/31/2012 12:00:00 AM