Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.5
3444 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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  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Limited number of seated diners
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cris
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and martinis were excellent. The decor is fabulous. Service was less than attentive. We had to keep flagging staff down to get more water, order wine, get the check, etc.

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vipJulesMacrae
New England
62 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

So happy I got to experience this icon. We got the afternoon tea which was not that great but the desserts were awesome. The service was superb and we enjoyed our time.

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GaryL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I would say the atmosphere is amazing. Our waiter not so good. I made a mistake in the cash I gave him, although he had enough with his tip. He ran us down as we were leaving and said did you know what the bill was? You said this was my money. I was appalled, embarrassed and blown away that someone would hunt me down for 10 dollars (which again was already there). The managers were amazing though. The food meh. I mean it was finger sandwiches so I wasn’t looking for a gourmet experience.

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Andy
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Service superb. Food wonderful. Lovely experience.

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HensleyD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch @RTR!

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MaureenR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Native New Yorker and our first time at RTR . It was dreamy, romantic & a true NY institutions. Our waiter was informative & jovial. Birthday celebration and it was magical!!

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Gillian
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tea service in a room with exceptional ambience.

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Njred
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overpriced. Under Quality. Half the orders didn't come out right. (My guests were so polite and I was embarrassed) The The hostess took and attitude. The waiter didn't understand the difference between an Omelet and scrambled eggs. (Asked how did someone like their Omelet scrambled?)

The ambiance reminded me of Disney World in the 1980's. Definitely past it's prime.

8.00 for a cup of coffee? The tea, they kept pouring water in the same little carafe we received out tea in the first time...reuse of a teabag...not loose tea. Ordered dessert-crepes. Two little baby crepes came out, should have at least been four .

NEVER again!!!!

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vipDebraKayM
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and friendly service at RTR! Highly recommend the 3 course prefix. Started with caviar appetizer then boeuf stroganoff for main course and finishing with dessert. Amber provide attentive and engaging service. Thank you! We will return soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Food was not good portions too small blini was loaded with sour cream and cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to celebrate an anniversary, and this place is AMAZING. Gorgeous interior, wonderful and attentive service, delicious food from scones to desserts.
Also the wagyu beef burger was 10/10!
Thank you so much for a lovely experience

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todc
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The business Lunch, app, entree, dessert best value

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the experience. One of a kind. The staff was exceptional and made the experience feel very exclusive and elegant. Def bring your checkbook as not cheap. But for an elegant and special occasion this was really nice. And again hats off to the staff for making us feel like royalty

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was lacking across the board. The food was good and the ambiance was stellar. But the service was brusk and they ignored us

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DANNY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Waiter was crude and food was horrible, overpriced location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I expected more from such a storied institution such as the Russian Tea Room. From the moment you walk into the gilded dining room you are transported to a different era. Visually the restaurant is spectacular; however, there are little things that cheapen the experience. The hostess stand is covered in paper notices warning diners that they only have 90 minutes to dine, and other announcements, which could be conveyed in a much more stylish manner. The bathroom was in need of service….Water all over the counter, toilet paper empty in the stalls, And the extra toilet paper was stacked in the corner. I would think they could afford a little cabinet to at least keep the toilet paper off the floor.

Having been a waiter in an upscale New York City restaurant, I know what is expected of fine-dining. We always had a rule of greeting your customers within one minute of arrival to acknowledge their presence. At the RTR, we waited for a long time before our waiter came up and greeted us, and then he didn’t even say hello. His manner was gruff and rude. Almost like we were an annoyance to him. The busboys were great. We had asked our waiter for a drink, which never came, so we flagged down a busboy who went and got another waiter. It was the second waiter who got our drinks for us. Our waiter didn’t even check back to see if we enjoyed our entrées. We were halfway through our desserts when he finally came over to offer us coffee.

I feel The Russian Tea Room is surviving on their reputation from days gone by. When you’re paying the prices that they charge, you expect a level of service and refinement which was severely lacking.
Honorable mentions do go to the hostess who was very friendly and the bartender up front. Whoever our waiter was, he could take a lesson from them on service and attitude.

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RhondaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Russian Tea Room is still one of the most romantic and delightful evening that one can experience in Manhattan. Loved the evening and the food.

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FaketeT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Great amazing. The server was great. The food and the ambiance just great.

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The 3 teapots we got were all chipped on the spouts - very unsanitary. Anyone who’s worked in the service industry knows they have to be thrown out for health code. The tea glassware was also cracked. There were no non-dairy milks for tea, and the servers continuously spilled when *constantly* refilling our water glasses. Was refilling between sips. It was a bit ridiculous. Altogether it made us not want to order food or cocktails, or come back. Wouldn’t recommend except for little girls, but even then, the tea glasses - not cups - don’t fit in their silver slips and teeter around. Not sure little girls won’t spill.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Highly recommend!

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vipBluebird
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tea was expensive but wonderful. Many different tea sandwiches, three scones and desserts. And as always the setting is red and Russian. We indulged in a vodka cocktail. Wonderful. Highly recommend.

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vipKarenC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebration of a friend’s birthday and first trip to NYC. We had great service. The beef stroganoff was delicious. Two also had afternoon tea. The tea was served nicely but my friends were underwhelmed by the little sandwiches and scones and tea. The desserts were well conceived and various. We would love to have had more information about the tea room, it’s founding, and history without having to google it at the table. Perhaps a short walkabout tour?

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vipjennyw
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch as always! Great brunch

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JanetW
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience! I did not give it full stars only because we did not enjoy the sandwiches. They were too fishy for us. The desserts were great as was the tea. There were these little cherries that you put in to sweeten the tea that was pretty special. Service couldn’t be beat. I loved her

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to experience the ambience and take it all in. The service was excellent. I was not rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Amazing experience. Spend the money and enjoy yourself.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food is absolutely amazing. We have been going to this place twice a month for the past 6 months and were never deceived by the outstanding talent of the chef. Service has become worst and worst unfortunately despite a very enjoyable manager. The staff needs to be revised to match the kitchen’s greatness.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, loved the decor and food. Service was fantastic. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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Mommac
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant with good enough food to be worth a visit if you are a first time visitor to NYC.

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viplisainvegas
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful space, comfortable booths, good food & drinks, very expensive. 2 Vodkas $56, hot borsht was wonderful. Go and bring your credit card.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Food was excellent and the servers warm and friendly.

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Spunky1000
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing. The food was very good, although I don’t have many Russian food experiences to compare. The cost is high but for a special occasion it’s a nice place with history.

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vipDanielD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recognize the history, tradition, and reputation of this restaurant, and returned after a decades-long hiatus. We were in NYC for a family wedding, and ended our weekend with dinner at this restaurant. It fulfilled and exceeded all our food and ambience expectations.

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CynthiaM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A must-do experience. The high tea is outrageously priced, but lots of fun. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and considered the price not for the sandwiches, but for the ambiance. I didn't much look at the brunch menu, but it seemed much more reasonable.

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Andy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Gggg ghvhfh KC ghost. Hjbfhg hjjfhhv highly recommended

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Delicious
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful setting for a delicious afternoon tea. Noise level was very high which spoiled it somewhat.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

My fiancé and I booked an afternoon tea experience on 10/10/21. It was our 10 year anniversary and he actually proposed to me that day. Needless to say I was very much looking forward to our experience. As soon as we walked in we had a terrible experience. The host was very snotty as she sat us, the server wasn’t very attentive, and the afternoon tea spread was dry and flavorless. I will say you get a good amount of food, but some of it was inedible, the scones being the most disappointing component. The scones were burned on the bottom and all tasted the same, even though you had three different varieties, and they only gave you a small amount of clotted cream compared to the six scones you were given (3 each). The cupcakes were so dry and poorly decorated.. it was just disappointing. But to top it off, when we asked for more tea of a different selection, they told us they’d only bring hot water to fill out existing pot. Tea bags aren’t suppose to steep in hot water for long periods of time, you often burn the tea and it leaves a displeasing taste. It’s afternoon tea, I’ve never been anywhere before where they’ve refused to get you more tea. It was absolutely ridiculous and we very quickly asked for the check, even though we had more than half of our food left on the table. They didn’t even bother to ask how anything was. I’m very disappointed in our experience and don’t believe I’ll be returning or recommending this place, not that it truly matters in the grand scheme of things lol, but please be warned.

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KellyY
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really fun experience having afternoon tea here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, good food, good environment, good service. Recommend

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