Permanently Closed - Brasserie Ruhlmann

4.3
1629 Reviews
$31 to $50
French American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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KelleyB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I thought it is a typical over priced midtown restaurant. It wa a nice atmosphere for a conversation but I didn’t think it was such a good value

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MaryK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was excellent. I had asked for mustard that never made it to the table. Not a big deal, but it seemed the waiter listened to the other person I was dining with more than me.

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EileenS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Asian chicken salad used to be better. Service was poor and food overpriced for ambience.

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HjWatt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Pretty place, very well located in Rock Center especially if one works in the center and it is winter time! Food is quite good, but a touch pricey. tables near doors in winter can be drafty.

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vipFRANCOISP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always open, always friendly and great quality. You are never badly surprized. The best skate in town! Delicious.

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vipannak
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was nonexistent even though the restaurant was pretty empty. It took forever for our apps and entrees to arrive and both were lukewarm. Had I not been with a client I would have complained.

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jamesl
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We scheduled an early lunch, due to an event early afternoon and arrived to a nearly empty restaurant and were promptly seated at the worst table. Not a fan.

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allisonk
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The salmon over quinoa was scrumptious for lunch. The service was good, but not great. The noise level was a bit high and the tables were a bit too close together for "private" professional/work related conversations.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Art Deco setting with a view of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
Outstanding bread - small, crusty, warm baguettes.
Onion soup, green salad, Wiener Schnitzel (Thursday special), Steak, and apple tart were all first rate.
Glasses of wine were small and expensive. Service was attentive without being intrusive.
It is a pity that it is scheduled to close in 2020, since it provide one of the better dining experiences available in NYC.

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KarenD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect during holiday time to visit Rockefeller Center

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vipRobertF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Holiday brunch at 12 pm. Entertaining our adult grandchildren.
No orange juice. No jam or jelly. No low fat milk.
Brunch????
Eggs cold.
Waiter served egg whites instead of regular eggs.
Terrible experience.
Great Xmas tree.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

La cocina es grandiosa.

El servicio, bien hacia regular.

Relación precio-calidad, estable; considerando está en Rockefeller Center.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went 12/23 for a Christmas lunch. Delightful: food & service excellent. Allowed to linger. Only complaint: tables a little close.

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vipDaveyBoy
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was prepared and served wonderfully. Great authentic Brasserie menu - glad I could still have Foie Gras! Our server was week trained, knowledgeable and a pleasure to have serve us. The host staff and dining room captains could not have been less interested in creating a spirit of warmth and hospitality. While the table service and food was excellent excellent - $50 / diner before the wine for a luncheon of salads, appetizers and a croquet monsieur seemed a bit over the top.

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barbaral
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love BR! It is one of year round favorites but especially magical during the winter holidays. Staff if warm and welcoming, just enough conversation to make the ambiance festive, delicious food! Just wish the specials were everyday! :) You cannot go wrong here for a family dinner, night out, date night or a solo meal to people watch.

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vipHannah
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The restaurant is not kid friendly. Although the restaurant is spacious, there is no high chair, no changing table. The stroller is not allowed in the restaurant. One of the managers was not welcoming us: no help for the stroller, unpleasant with our kid...

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AmeliaC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The grilled octopus is an absolute must, I will dream about it. The service was perfection.

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PeterG
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a very nice restaurant in an ideal location directly across from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! We arrived 45 minutes early but we were accommodated almost immediately by a very professional and friendly staff. They checked our coats and seated us in a fairly large dining room that was very nicely appointed in a traditional style. The menu was interesting...the service was top notch...and our food was absolutely delicious. We would definitely return!

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vipLeslieD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect view of the tree!

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CamiloJ
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

great food. Staff impolite at reception Maitre de a comlete jerk and un accommodating Waiters nice but need training Asked for 1 extra seat Table next to uss completely empty entire time and they would not accommodate

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JCMEDMHavertownPA
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on a 2 day holiday in New York and wanted to eat in Rockefeller Center area. Rhulmann was a wonderful choice. Our reservation was honored and we were seated on time and at a window that the beautiful Christmas tree could be seen!! The service was absolutely wonderful. And our appetizers, cocktails and entrees were delicious. This definitely met our expectations. The couple next to us were very friendly and we had some great conversation. We shared some of our experiences of the visit and they informed us of some other places to visit while in the city. They were from Staten Island. We had our meal and did not feel rushed, and were on time to walk over to Radio City Music Hall, just a couple of blocks, to see the Rockettes and the Christmas Show. We would return to this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had dinner at Brasserie Ruhlmann after seeing Hamilton at a mid-week matinee. The food was excellent. My husband splurged on Dover sole, which was moist and delicious. This is his favorite dish and he was very happy with Ruhlmann's preparation. My steak was cooked to perfection and we very much enjoyed the Charcuterie board. There was a variety of cheeses that we liked, blue, goat and brie. We were just in Paris and would note that Brasserie Ruhlmann's bread was every bit as crusty and delicious as the bread we ate in France! I loved the profiteroles I had for dessert. Wonderful pastry, enclosed vanilla ice cream with warm homemade chocolate sauce. Our hostess was very kind to seat us at a table where it was possible to glimpse the Rockefeller Christmas tree. We would definitely go back again.

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PhilippeB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful location for a business or family dinner in New York. Food is very good, service friendly, high quality wine selection and good price at the end. I’ll go back!

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FoodFan
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The atmosphere here is always lovely. The food is great! The service was average, our waiter left to eat his lunch and never told us. They can really step up the service game given their prices.

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JenniferM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

centrally located for Rockefeller Center and shopping.

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vipLetseat
New York Area
289 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We go here every year when we go in to see the tree.
Always good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our last goodbye to an old friend

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vipJosueM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Steak was not at the correct temperature. Service is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular! Food was beautiful and staff attentiveness was perfection!

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vipRosie
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go every December. The food is always good. Service is always good. We had a beautiful view of the tree. We are never rushed. We will continue to make it an annual tradition!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Birthday. We as noted I the reservation and confirmed with the manager and hostess were celebrating a birthday for the 11th year at Brunch before the Rockettes show. Never have I been so very disappointed. The service was lacking, the food not what it has been in past years, and the management lacked customer service skills. When a issue arises (which is bound to happen) it is about how you handle it, and all I can say is something has changed here! The sad part is we were one of 6 table having a issue with with food or service which had historically been hallmarks for this restaurant and part of a wonderful experience for my family. This brunch was part of our tradition for 11 years. Sadly not anymore.

There are may things I can understand and forgive, but a entitled attitude accompanied by poor service, and lack luster food is not one.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Underwhelmed with the service we received. We had 11:30AM brunch reservations as soon as the restaurant opened. After being seated we were greeted by our server who asked for drink orders before we even had a minute to look at drink options. After our drinks were quickly delivered our server asked for our meal order. Again, did not have adequate time to peruse the menu nor were we told of specials for the day. After we placed our order, our server did not come back around to check on us until we were finished with our meal, which was delivered/served by another server.

Other than not so great service, the food was delicious and beautifully presented.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place for brunch and sitting outside when the weather is nice for a drink and app. Fantastic location.

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Leedil
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I was surprised at the service at Brasserie Ruhlmann. The hostess was friendly and seated us promptly. The wait staff was friendly. We even met one of the managers who was friendly and accommodating; however, the disorganization of the service caught me by surprise given the friendly atmosphere. We had at least 4 different servers and no one came to fill our water glasses or check on us once the meal was served. We would have to ask someone who was passing by our table to assist us (with water, another item, or the check). The food was good, nothing extraordinarily special, but cooked well with good flavors. I'm not sure that I would visit again. A word of warning to anyone visiting during the winter. If you are seated near the door, you will get a blast of cold air each time someone enters or leaves. We were fortunate, we were seated away; but we saw a woman seated by the door who had to eat with her coat on the whole time.

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vipJohnN
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We have enjoyed lunch here every December for many years. Today’s was terrible. The line for seating was like a cattle car. Everything seemed tired and dirty - Chipped glass, stopped up sink, dirty banquette, chicken paillard was burned (inedible), service was indifferent...

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Paul
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

They stuffed us in a corner very close to other patrons
The waiter was not all that pleasant
Won’t go back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The location is the only reason to visit. The food was very sub par, especially

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GraceH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were two New York women out celebrating the holidays expecting a lovely dinner near Rock center.
On arrival we were seated at a table above the heating system and in a few minutes we realized we could not remain there for the meal. There were many tables available but we were seated at a small table in the corner. We ordered a glass of wine and some bread and then appetizers and entrees. While waiting for our dinners we asked for two more rolls. The food was very delicious but I had to keep signaling the waiter for more water several times. Once the meal was served, the bus boy kept coming over to remove our dishes before we were finished. While waiting for our check, I got up from my seat In the corner and sat on a chair next to our table. The host came over and told me I could not sit at another table. He was very rude since I was just waiting to get my credit card back. By the way, all the tables around us were empty when we left. The check was expensive,as expected nyc prices but we were charged for the extra rolls .Ridiculous !
I believe that if I was there with my husband, some of this would not have happened. I know Women are treated differently. Because of bad service and rudeness , I will not return to this restaurant .

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flopipopy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

El lugar muy oscuro, como encerrado y también ruidoso.
A pesar de estar frente al Rockefeller center y al árbol de navidad no se ve desde casi ningún lado por ser muy cerrado

Pero la comida y el servicio muy buenos

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JessicaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating -food was delicious - sat us before our reservation

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Permanently Closed - Brasserie Ruhlmann offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 974-2020.

Permanently Closed - Brasserie Ruhlmann is rated 4.3 stars by 1629 OpenTable diners.

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