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About Brasserie Ruhlmann

Trip Advisor's 2013, 2015, 2016 Certificate of Excellence. Voted Best Outdoor Dining by CityGuide.

Enjoy the casual elegance of this French brasserie, centrally located in New York’s Rockefeller Center. It’s a prime location for business lunches, relaxed dinners, holiday celebrations, theater go-ers and private events. Spring through Fall our large terrace is an ideal place to gather for dining and cocktails.

45 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10011
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French American

Hours of Operation:
Please do understand that we cannot guarantee any specific tables, or a tree view.
Monday through Saturday 11:30am to 5:00pm / Dinner: Monday through Saturday 5:00pm to 10:00pm / Brunch: Sunday 11:30am to 3:30pm.
Closed on Sundays from January to mid March.

Cross Street:
50th street, between 5th and 6th Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 974-2020

Website:
http://www.brasserieruhlmann.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available. The garage closest to Brasserie Ruhlmann is Icon Parking, located on 48th St. between 5th Ave and 6th Ave. Unfortunately, we do not validate parking.

Public Transit:
F-D-B-M to Rockefeller Center
6 to 51 St & Lexington Ave. Walk south to 50th St. Walk west towards 5th Ave.
1 to 50th St and Broadway. Walk east towards 5th Ave.
N-R subway line to 49 St. and 7th Ave. Walk north to 50th St. Walk east towards 5th Ave.

Executive Chef:
Laurent Tourondel

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Brasserie Ruhlmann Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Special Occasion (22)
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Business Meals (20)
Scenic View (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Cozy (17)
Romantic (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Authentic (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Hot Spot (8)
People Watching (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Seasonal (6)
Fun (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

We went on a Saturday night we were one of 5 tables occupied. The place was dead, our waitress said no one comes during the weekend which we didn’t know. We normally have lunch there which is very good.

She even said they shouldn’t be open during the weekend. I wouldn’t recommend dining here on weekend nights. The food was average not very many options if you are gluten free or a Vegetarian.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Tourist trap

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

One of our favorite NYC restaurants, Brasserie Ruhlmann continues to deliver white table cloth service in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Although I had made a reservation 6 weeks in advance, we were seated at a table that is essentially for walk ins and is situated near a main the alleyway for guests and waiters to move around - we were constantly bumped and pushed in to. Management was beyond rude and argued with me in front of my business guests when I requested to be moved to another more convinient table. They claimed they "called me" which is true but in their voicemails confirming the reservation there was no mention that we would be seated at the worst table in the entire restaurant. I used to be a proud patron of the restaurant in the past but will never take anyone there again and will not return- the staff needs a training on how to behave and respond respectfully to guests and there needs to be much clearer policy around where guests will be seated when they do/ do not make reservations. I felt belittled and extremely disrespected by the hostess and the manager. Horrible experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Always enjoyable in a French way. A cool Gallic reception but good bistro food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Croque Monsieur diabolically good, especially with the always-tasty cup o' fries. Great place for guilty pleasures.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

A classic NY eatery. Intriguing wine list. We went for the NY restaurant week menu, highly recommended. Excellent location for shows and Carnegie Hall.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Thank you very much.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Was looking for something in Midtown for Restaurant Week that was close to our hotel. This seemed like a great choice and sure enough, it was even better than we expected. Elegant yet not stuffy, the choices were great and the service attentive. It was also fun to watch the action at Rockefeller Plaza. I can't imagine what it's like during the holidays.

Tags: Seasonal, People Watching, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Lovely Brasserie in a great location. Super busy and lively! Food was wonderful but service was a bit slow—maybe because it was a busy Friday night

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

From their Restaurant Week dinner menu: Winter Squash Risotto was absolutely delicious, Free Range Chicken with Garlic Mashed Potato was fantastic and both desserts was the perfect pairing for our after-dinner coffees.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This is a tourist trap. Poorly executed but attractive location because it is near Rockafeller Center. Food is mediocre and the service is well intended, but just ok. You can do better elsewhere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The place is lovely, and our table was great. We loved our server. Sadly, the main courses (crab cake appetizer and the Scottish salmon) arrived tepid. There is nothing worse than a cool piece of fish. It’s better for lunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

This restaurant is FABULOUS. First the Hostess was wonderful, sorry did not get her name. I was alone and she gave me a GREAT TABLE near the window and being that this restaurant is at Rockefeller Plaza it was an amazing sight. The Tuna Tartare for my Appetizer was so delicious very fresh, just perfect. This restaurant has specials for each day and OMG I am so glad the Server suggested the Blackened Swordfish. It came with my favorite White beans and veggies. Unbelievably delicious. Then I ordered the Creme Brulee with fresh berries and fruits and it was the BEST CREME BRÛLÉE I have ever tasted; even the desserts in Paris was not as delicious as the one I had today. You didn’t need to add salt or pepper to anything. The flavors were PERFECT. My glass of wine from Bordeaux lovely. I can’t wait to return. Zoran my Server was absolutely so pleasant and it was a joy to see really everyone so happy with smiles on their faces. It was an enjoyable afternoon.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I like their sister restaurant, Orsay. We thought we would give this a try. Our waitress was great and the wait staff were attentive. A totally different experience from Orsay, but still worth it. I would say it was a lot more upscale from what Orsay is.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Crab cake and sushi were excellent! Great friendly service!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Always nice

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Day after New Years place wasn’t busy but service great. Doesn’t always work that way.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Love this place but they were out of Fois grais-very disappointing
Nothing was done to make up for it

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Ruhlmann rules! Authentic french ambiance and food was excellent. One of the family members greeted us and attended throughout our dinner. Charming hospitality. This family has vineyards in northeastern france, which we will visit.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful dining experience with an excellent and friendly wait-staff! The Ricotta Pancakes are amazing but so was everything else we had!!! There are great choices for everyone!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food and great service! I would totally recommend. It’s a bit pricey but good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Memorable dining experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

A lovely place--not too crowded or noisy or large. Fairly intimate bistrot style. Some windows have views (from a short distance) of Rockefeller Center, including the Christmas tree during the holidays. We had a very attentive and prompt wait staff for our dinner. The offerings of wine by the glass were very good. The crab cake appetizers were delicious, as was my Skate (fish). The rabbit with pasta was not quite as good--it could have used more sauce and flavor. The prices are what you might expect near a tourist destination in midtown. All in all, a really pleasant experience for the holidays in New York.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was spectacular and the service was exquisite. I had a seven year old and an 11 year old and they both loved the short ribs as well as the polenta appetizer and even the octopus. I had a steak and wife had the skate both of which were cooked to perfection with delicious sauces. well done

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have had lunch, dinner and drinks at this restaurant many times but it’s always our special place to go for dinner when we go into the city to see the tree. Great service and great food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great service, great food, great wine selection, great location. The crab cake, chicken, and ribs were delicious. Would highly recommend to anyone in the area.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Well this place couldn’t be more “New York at Christmas “ right by the Rockefeller xmas tree! This is our 2nd time here both at xmas time. There is a high top table near the bar with a great view of the tree even. Very nice place with good food- fancy even but not too much so! The scallops I had were delicious- and they had my favorite rose by the glass- which is rare! I’d highly recommend this restaurant especially at Xmas time! A real treat!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Once again me and my family enjoyed everything about this place. We had a wonderful view of the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree and enjoyed out dinner so very much. Waitress was wonderful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Hostess Inga was especially welcoming and gave us a wonderful table!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Authentic, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We live up the street on Fifth Avenue and had not been to Brasserie Ruhlmann for several months. It was definitely one of the best lunches we have had in NYC and we eat lunch out every day. The skate was the best I have ever had, my husband’s burger and fries were excellent and the thin apple tart for dessert was terrific. The waitress was delightful and clearly made our lunch even more enjoyable. We will be back to BR next week, for sure, so my husband can order the superb skate I had eaten.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We have eaten here many times. The food is excellent, the service is outstanding and the location is great. It is always a great experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great lunch. Food was outstanding and service very good. The croque monsieur was amazing!!! A little too loud to enjoy conversation but with such good food and location at Rockefeller Center, it's still well worth it.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I frequent the Brasserie numerous times per year for business lunches and the service has always had a bit of an "attitude". The food is decent "basserie" food, but a bit pricey given its location. This last visit, has really soured me on the restaurant. We were seated right next to the service entrance and requested a different table. We were told that there were no other tables available, although I could clearly see at least a dozen tables for two that were open. My second request was again met by a curt response of "nothing available". Through the course of our business lunch, my chair was seven times by servers coming in and out of the door. Ten minutes into our lunch a woman was brought to the table next to us and requested a different table. She was immediately shown to another table for two elsewhere in the restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

It was amazing! Great service! Great food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The special past was excellent and the caramel sundae was outstanding. Waiters changed during lunch and it took a while for the waiter to come to take our dessert order. Had to wait awhile also before the waiter realized we were ready for our check.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Open table reservation time was not followed by this restaurant. Food was absolutely not worth of money. Service was poor. There are better restaurants in the area with great food & service for the same price. I would not suggest this restaurant to any one.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Server told us the kitchen was about to close but continued to seat other tables. Rushed us out. Very rude,would not answer questions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Over all the dinner was god, food was served quickly and at the right tempature. Flavor was good, i had the filet and my date had the fish. Started with sushi and shrimp noth were well prepared. The waitress whild competent was left woth too many tables to give the type of service i expected. My drink was empty too lo g for my likii g and the water was nott refilled quickly.

I will give this restaurant another try

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My wife and I arrived approximately 30 minutes prior to our reservation time. We were looking for an early escape from the madness that is the Rockafellar Center Holiday tree viewing. Technically the restaurant is closed during the time that we arrived. The host went ahead and seated us and we were served drinks at our table. The service throughout the meal was excellent. The food was all very good. I was a little sad they were out of the foie gras but the beef carpaccio made up for it. The roasted chicken was moist and delicious. The price was very reasonable and cost less than $200 for the two of us. This is certainly a place I will consider visiting the next time I am in the city.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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