Rainforest Cafe - Mall Of America

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$30 and under
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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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4.1
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4.4
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EricB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

the service and our server were excellent. It wasn’t crowded due to the coronavirus, but enjoyed our dinner and volcano dessert

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Took a very long time to get our food, especially with young kids with us.
Was nice to be able to walk around the restaurant to see all the animals though. Our 2 year old was thrilled with the tiger and gorillas!

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CierraD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and great experience for the kids. Waiter was very knowledgeable and professional.

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RodneyJ
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

For the price, I was expecting much better food and service.

The decor looked cool, but everything is outdated, wore, and dusty looking.

Shrimp Tacos were cold. I didn't say anything. I had three kids with me, and didn't have time to wait for them to heat it or remake it.

After waiting for 15 minutes, I walked in the back cooking area and took a booster seat from the stack of booster seats that were against the wall.

The three burgers that were ordered medium had no pink in the inside. The other burger cooked medium rare was cooked perfectly and tasted great.

It took 22 minutes to get three kids' drinks. I have no idea why? A few times the waiter told us the drinks were coming shortly. He didn't bring or offer water to the kids, so we had the kids drink from our water and diet coke until their drinks finally arrived.

The chocolate volcano tasted like it was previously frozen, but the ice cream was really good.

Overall I feel $150 for five meals, diet coke, three kids drinks, dessert, and the tip was way too much for what we were given.

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Had reservations, lots of empty tables, still made to wait.

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AmyT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, good service, good food but slightly over priced food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a nice dinner at the Rain Forest Cafe on March 3rd. The atmosphere is fun as always and the food was great. My only complaint was the drinks, our table ordered 3 drinks from the menu and they all came in souvenirs drink cups that we weren’t informed about and didn’t want. This wouldn’t be a big deal but it raised the cost of our beers to $12 each! That is higher than we’ve paid in most stadiums!!! Rain Forest Cafe either needs to inform diners of the cost of these glasses or only offer them when asked for. I feel it is a bit sneaky to not mention this except for fine print on the menu and have the customer be shocked when the bill comes. I paid $36 for 3 beers that should have cost me $12.

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BD123
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food we got was not good. We don’t expect gourmet or even high quality food at a place like this that is aimed toward kids, but this was poor. I ordered the turkey club, and the bacon was a weird mixture of uncooked in the middle and hard on the outside...so hard I thought I chipped my tooth and the bread, while toasted was still very dry, I ended up just eating the turkey off the sandwich. My husband ordered a burger and also had issues with the dry bun. For the kids meals we ordered fresh fruit as a side and got a handful of half wilted, soft grapes. The kids did enjoy the atmosphere, but it seems like a lot of the tables have a blocked view of the animals, we were in a corner and were really only able to see the thunderstorms. We choose to go to Rainforest Cafe to celebrate birthdays for our kids...but we will be finding a new place to celebrate.

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JeffH
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Food was very average. Service was slow. I had two grandkids with and the first thing the server talked about was their frequency program. Really? two hungry kids and your merchandising the store. I would have been impressed if the kids were attended to first. Haven't been here in awhile and wont be back for awhile.

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WooseokS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming and good customer service! Totally good place for kid's birthday.

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Me2atfood
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Everything was fine, we've been there a few times before.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Food took a long time to come out (over 45 minutes for burgers and grilled cheese and wasn’t very hot) and there was numerous mistakes with the meals order. Kids did enjoy the atmosphere though.

JM
JMax
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

JD
JuDonnaB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I took my children and grandchildren, it was an amazing lunch. Our server was forgetting things a few times but she was very friendly and apologetic. It was my first time there and we will be back!

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DavidD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service & atmosphere were by far better than the food or its price. We couldn't afford to go to this restaurant on a regular basis, but did enjoy our time. 6 person party = over $200 bill.

SJ
StephenieJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had 7pm reservation, seated at 7:15.
Food was yummy and grateful they made substitutions for dairy free items.
Drinks incredibly over priced especially if you don’t want the souvenir glass. Spent $125 before tip for 4 people and we all had water, we each ordered an entree and 1 appetizer to share.

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CrystalB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to eat. Great food, great service, great atmosphere, great place to take the kids.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We booked it thru opentable and was not acknowledged and was seated at a bad seat. The hostess was not nice lady. She set us near the bar. Didn’t care we had a reservation.

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Jalisa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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
vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
22 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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AshleyS
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

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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WendyM
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Service outstanding! Food not so good.

JB
JessicaB
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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
JulieH
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.

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ShannaS
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!

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TrishaB
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!!!

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vipSWiden
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.

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JennyA
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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BobbieM
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good time great service

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NDReviewer
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.

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