Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.5
3417 Reviews
$50 and over
Continental
For over eighty-five years, New York's defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite-an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends' latest Carnegie Hall performances.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was very bad. It didn’t taste fresh or authentic. The amount of food provided for the cost was not worth it at all.

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LizA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As beautiful as I expected. Service impeccable, food outstanding. Delicious Eggs Florentine. Pricey but a once in a lifetime experience. Go if you can.

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MusadaqZ
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a nice brunch

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KimberlyG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing tried something new and loved it deff coming back here. The restaurant looks so beautiful and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for high tea and stayed for dinner. Service was fantastic and so was the food. We highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit pricey but worth every penny. Food and service was exceptional. Highly recommend the beef stroganoff. Will come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had an amazing time! The whole experience was wonderful… we had impeccable service with perfect recommendations! Fantastic food!

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Stone
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, and the service was perfect - not too fast or too slow. The old world ambience was nice too.

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Bulldog718
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not better than home cooked

JM
vipJackM
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious meal with excellent service. A wonderful dining experience in a beautiful and unique setting.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overpriced and gaudy. The food was abysmal.

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DanM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the Borscht. It's very good. Heck, everything is good but I remember the borscht in particular.

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Noname
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Our waiter was asking for my girlfriend's phone number while I was going to the rest room. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL.

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Dianne
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We hadn't eaten at the RTR in years and were delighted to find that the magic was still there. The food, ambience, and service were all outstanding.

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PiaC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as usual, the waitress very kind, the food very taste. For sure I will come again my next time in NYC

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

College graduation

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Fabulous
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience, however, the greeter at the front door could be friendlier. Seemed to have an attitude.
Otherwise this was a most excellent dining experience!!!

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Partricia0915
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food and service. Some friend said here is for tourists but it’s not. Food is great, a bit pricy but tastes are great!! I love their interior!! When I have guests I’ll go. This time I have a friend from my county she wanted to take pictures and post in her Instagram. Here is the best. And she enjoyed dinner and drinks!! We ordered not much honestly, but they were really nice to treat us. I recommend!!

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StepfordWife
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The service was excellent, and the decor is as opulent as pictures suggest. However, the food is lackluster. We had the afternoon tea, no champagne. The tea menu is limited (though refills are provided without asking). The sandwiches are varied, but execution was lacking. Bread felt stale, and the ingredients didn't quite harmonize in a pleasing way. Scones were served with butter, not cream. Presentation was elegant.

Bottom line: go for the ambience and to check it off your list, not because the food is good. Better high tea can be experienced anywhere else in the city for less.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this nostalgic place! The food, the staff, all lovely!

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viplinny
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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JCharles
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience and the food was marvelous. Vodka and caviar pairing, beef stroganoff and salmon wrapped in pastry (can't recall the proper name), Czar's dessert, martini with cucumber and caviar. Terrific!

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MaggieG
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Beautiful, historic setting, perfect for high tea.
Unfortunately the RTR seems to be resting on it’s history & lore.
the finger sandwiches were average, the pastries unremarkable— with the exception of the chocolate macaroons, which were heavenly
Service was poor. Despite sitting with the lids conspicuously off all our empty tea pots for 10 minutes, we practically had to flag our server down with semaphores to get refills. Getting the check no more easier.
Definitely not worth the $80 per person.

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RebeccaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

BEAUTIFUL place for Sunday brunch with great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Beautiful place with great service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waiter Jetmir was amazing . The food was amazing. The decor was amazing. I will be back.

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DorisS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance, the service, and the food. The prices were very reasonable for what you’re getting. Will definitely be back for more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
52 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Restaurant Week lunch, in an exquisite setting. The Red Borscht and Boeuf à la Stroganoff were outstanding. The service was very attentive. Wonderful experience!

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Nicole
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally impromptu visit did not disappoint ! Iconic and simply the best! Will def go again … felt very safe with COVID PROTOCOLS

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rme123
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Honestly I know you're paying for the ~ experience ~ but it's not worth $80/person for lil sandwiches and tea. The food was okay but nothing crazy. I could make it myself tbh. Also there was barely anyone in the restaurant but there was 1 guy at the bar who was SO LOUD and it was pretty irritating.

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GeorgeH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Prices are grossly exorbitant while the selection is limited. Food quality is not close to commensurate to cost. Have been there is the past but would not return.

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CarolD
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience at an iconic landmark. Good food, polite staff.

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vipCarol
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I needed a little pampering, and the combination of a glass of champagne and the caviar tasting was perfect! More filling than you would think, and all three were delicious.

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Sophy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, amazing room, attentive services, afternoon tea was quite lovely

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AquaDeMimi
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Restaurant Week is slacking (no dessert listed anymore unless you pay $125) and some of the service is too. Salad was great though and the Russian Country tea is excellent.

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JackieR
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. The only thing I was expecting and didn't get was a more extensive tea service. No sugar cubes and cream, just sugar packets and you had to pour your own tea. I've had a better tea service elsewhere, but not better food so it's not much of a complaint, just an observation. I would definitely go back.

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GinaC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time I went during restaurant week for lunch with my sister to celebrate her birthday. We had a good time service was great the food was excellent:. The attention was great. Is a place we’re you could enjoy a conversation without straining yourself to hear what the other person is saying or raising your voice .. we love it

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EMCB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Went there for Restaurant Week 2021. Ambiance was nice, however service was slow, the waiter seemed upset/surprised by the fact that we were doing restaurant week. Food was not really good. My friend couldn't finish her dish as it was too salty. Cocktails were as expensive as the food.

I understand this is a NY's classic, so perhaps just go for a cocktail, the pictures, and that's it!

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vipCelticProf
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance. Outstanding service. Fantastic afternoon tea that was bountiful. Portions were generous.
Restaurant week menu has lovely choices and was quite reasonable.

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vipBarbie
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner and dessert. The service was impeccable and they brought us our dessert with a candle in it and wished us a Happy Anniversary. We will be back on our next visit to Manhattan in September. I purchased a beautiful clutch purse and earrings as well in their gift shop.

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Russian Tea Room - NYC is rated 4.5 stars by 3417 OpenTable diners.

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