Rainforest Cafe - Mall Of America

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$30 and under
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American
Part adventure, part restaurant and wholly entertaining for the entire family, the Rainforest Cafe captures the magic of a real tropical rainforest with its cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation, animatronic wildlife, and simulated rainstorms.
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JM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I took my kids while visiting the Mall of America. I’ve eaten at several locations over the years, but the experience was lackluster and disappointing. The server was fine, but the food was beyond mediocre. Nothing tasted fresh. I believe most of it was either reheated or frozen. I’ve always loved the charm, but for the price point, I won’t return.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a great experience,. Everything but the food was great. Nothing too special about it.

J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Yes and no. The experience was fun and the service was great! They had fun drinks but the food was not so good. It tasted half frozen and no flavor.

JL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

It's attractive to kids of course, but the food quality is lacking. It lacks taste, chicken is dry, roasted vegetables are just corn and carrots??? Cheeseburgers for the kids are dry, mac and cheese is overcooked mush, the icee slushy drinks come in cheap "souvenir" cups that are hardly reusable. and of course they're sugary, and they're in a big picture on the menu. SO, I don't think I'll ever go there again, because there is nothing there that is supportive of parents that are trying to help their kids make good choices in spite of the available options.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was a lot of fun to take our 3 year old for her birthday. She had a blast she got the pizza and they sang to her and gave her a cupcake.

OT
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Jason the manager is a great fit for this location. He cares about more than just a paycheck.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a great experience! My kids loved the animal noises with the lightening. Makes you feel like you are in the jungle.

AS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fast and friendly, we were sat right at our reservation time.
The kids cheeseburger sliders were thin and dry, but the kids thought they were great! They had them with fruit, it was fresh and yummy!
The adult food was good.
I would certainly go back, we had a lot of fun

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very attentive and the food was great! The kids had fun.

WM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The environment is fun for kids and lots of great distractions so adults can actually eat their food :) Recommend going if you are headed to MOA - but make a reservation first since the wait time is always long. Food is good, but nothing spectacular.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Service outstanding! Food not so good.

JB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We sat for 20 minutes at our table and nobody even came for our drink order. We left with a very sad little boy because he picked that place for his birthday dinner. Very disappointed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Fine... waitress was busy but did her best... food was ok. Very expensive though

JH
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall it was good. Was disappointed with the popcorn shrimp. It was all breading and no shrimp. The strips on my platter seemed light, some of breading didn’t even seemed cooked. The girls in the gift shop were nice and talkative with us and not trying to pressure us to buy anything.

SS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for kids! The noise level is a little loud, but it was a perfect place for kids. Food was delicious!

TB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience for our kids!! They loved it!! After a busy day at the mall it was fun to sit down and relax and enjoy the atmosphere!! The food was awesome and our server was the best!!!

SW
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Not really impressed at all. The food had little flavor along with the price you pay for the food you get is not worth it. Probably won’t be back honestly. Our server was really solid thought.

JA
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were great! All large portions. We enjoyed the variety. It was pretty expensive, but that is expected in the Mall of America, so just go in to it knowing you may spend more than at some other restaurants.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The experience was great. We were asked if we wanted to sit in front of the gorilla which our kids thought was fun. Our service was fast even though it was busy. We could have shared one kids meal since ours came with 2 burgers. Adult entry’s were just ok.

BM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was SO impressive 20 years ago (Denver location). Been waiting to take my kids there for a long time. Found a hair in my food. My dish was sub par. My child's food did not look all that appealing. These special animals really need an update; they look ragged. Still loved the thunderstorms. My child did think it was very cool.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

We were seated and didn’t see a waiter for over 25 minutes after we finally got someone’s attention. The waitress only checked back when we were ready for our bill. My hubby did talk to the manager and we were given $25 off our meal.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good time great service

ND
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We all know what Rainforest is -- an overpriced tourist attraction. We knew that going in. But the service was atrocious. She took our drink order, then proceeded to forget half of them. We reminded her, and she brought back only a few of those 30 minutes later. The rest we just didn't even bother ordering again. One of our entrees was completely forgotten as well, and she admitted she forgot to ring it in after we mentioned it to her. She said it would be right out -- which was another 25 minutes, when the rest of us were done eating. Was anything comp'd due to all these errors? Nope. Full price of $20-25 for each tasteless entree. If it wasn't our daughter's birthday request, we never would have agreed to go there in the first place. After that we said never again.

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had 5 small children with. Food and service was prompt.

KK
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time eating at the rainforest Café!

CC
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, excellent servi

RT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

that staff was really great. It was my 1st time at a rainforest café coming from British Columbia. the food was really good . I really enjoyed my mixed drink too by the bartender lady. It felt like being in a rainforest. which is pretty obvious . XD but the staff was really good . that's probably what I enjoyed the most. the lady was really friendly and really fast. and when I need a straw. She came right away and grabbed a straw . so I gave her a big tip. i would recommend going to it if you never been to one. it was expensive but for a 1st time thing. I didn't mind paying that much.

LK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my daughters 9th birthday and they gave her a hat and a free cupcake. She was very excited.

TJ
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visited Rainforest Cafe for a special family occasion. It was a wonderful experience with fast seating and very good service. The food offered unique versions of common dishes with enough variety to satisfy the varied tastes of our group.

DJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very overpriced! They have a captive audience and take advantage of it in their prices.

m
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

annual birthday trip with my granddaughter. She loves the cupcake and being sung to. Thanks for making her day special like she is!

TW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love to take the kids here! The staff is very friendly and the service was fast and the food was excellent! I love the Open Table service too! We waited 2 minutes to get a table at 6:30pm on Saturday night. Walk ups waited for at least an hour to get a table, so no regrets about that!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Our chicken chimi-cha-chas had a wonderful egg roll wrapper but they were horribly salty (and I love salty food).
Our nachos came with very little toppings on the top layer...and all of the chips underneath were completely dry.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Rainforest Cafe for our son’s birthday. One of the members of our party is gluten free and they were very accommodating and have lots of options. Without a reservation there was a 1.5 hour wait, so I would definitely plan ahead if visiting. It was a great time for all of us!

AW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very very loud... Food was cold and service was poor

M
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No greeter at the hostess station. Had to wander a bit. Them waited for a while for our server. Had to ask for one, they said a manager would be over. Never came. So we left. The entrees would have been about $25-30 a plate. Nope!

MN
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Fun atmosphere, especially with kids! The "thunderstorm" goes off quite often; you are sure to see it! Our food came out after a long wait and was cold, or an obvious "cool" to show that it was likely sitting in the window for an extra minute or two! Our wait staff was knowledgeable, kind, and a pleasure to have. The waitress did not deliver the food (management...or so it appeared) did; one may infer they are short staffed for how busy of a location this is. If you are planning on going, make sure you have a reservation. During peek hours, the place regularly has had a one hour wait based on prior visits.

As mentioned the food seemed cool. We didn't say anything as we didn't want to send it back and wait even longer as we already were waiting 40 minutes for a cheeseburger, kids chicken, and an appetizer sampler. I know this is in a major tourist spot, but there are many food options and you are clearly paying for the name and atmosphere; not the quality of food! If you are looking for quality, go elsewhere. A fun place that is just different than most places you have back home? Then hit up Rainforest Cafe.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Family trip to MOA and thought the kids would love Rain Forest Cafe experience. They did have enjoy it and our server (DJ) was fantastic. He was busy, but still checked on us plenty of times!

E
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday at the Rain Forest Cafe tonight and had a nice time in an energetic place.