Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.5
3432 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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Safety precautions

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 7:45PM - 8:45PM
Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 3432 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.7
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious and ambiance was great . Beautifully decorated with symbolic of Russian momentous .

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vipelizabeth
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice decor and good staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RTR never disappoints. Perfect place to celebrate any occasion with friends and family.

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LoverOfOpenTable
Boise
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish a terrific experience! Even my daughter who is a picky eater absolutely devoured the beef stroganoff & part of my filet mignon.

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vipSunnieZ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Russian cuisine surprises me, it's tasty. Perfect experience.

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Aliya
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience, food was very delicious. I will definitely come back!

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edwardh
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Menu was very basic and could need upgrades. Desserts were ridiculously overpriced. 20 bucks for all desserts? Kind of out of line. Wait staff was friendly and courteous.

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johnm
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable, the food was exquisite, and we felt for a while like the pandemic never happened.

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RTLee
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week. Amazing decor and fantastic menu

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suzeeq
Edinburgh
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A predictable institution that's been around for years. The food is good but by no means outstanding. We had a lovely time reminiscing about previous visits beginning over 30 years ago. The service has always been outstanding when we have been there. They do not rush you (at least during these Covid times). For me it was enjoyably unchanged unlike a lot of NY where the ravaging effect on small businesses is quite obvious in the number of "CLOSED" and "FOR RENT" signs.

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JacquelineR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Impeccable decor. The food was to die for in the service top notch. All on a restaurant week price. Couldn’t be happier

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MaryB
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect! They definitely live up to the hype!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic spot - reeks of Russian culture and history - in the best way possible. The food was fantastic, and the service was a liiil slow. Overall though, amazing spot.

JL
vipJLChamberlain
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overall experience was very disappointing. Waiter made two errors in the order (got one appetizer wrong) and missed one after dinner drink. As each course arrived, the servers placed the food down at a station and engaged in an extended discussion with themselves of who got which plate; quite frustrating. 3/5 entrees arrived with cold sides, sent one back and they remade the plate. The remade plate with everything hot was very good. Other 2/5 entrees were charred on the outside. Right course of action would have been to send everything back, but frankly have never done that. We dined early, but they were out of their signature desert. $10 premium tea was a tea bag (and server spilled hot liquid on me; server apologized, but no other adjustment). Bill arrived and included the erroneous (more expensive appetizer). Asked to be billed for correct appetizer; management took it off the bill instead. While they were happy to fix problems we raised, at this price point, they should be getting it right the first time, cooking the food correctly and serving it correctly and hot. They are surviving off of former glory. Diners can do better elsewhere.

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vipJoshuaS
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always dreamed of dining at the RTR and I was not disappointed.

It is a trip to Heaven and will go back whenever I can.

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AbbyS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service. Very attentive staff. Food was delicious and came out at the first time!

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BradleyL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. The food was delicious and the staff was attentive.
Celebrated a 5 year anniversary with my wife. Perogiz, borscht, beef stroganoff, salmon in a pastry ( a little spicy) and chocolate mousse all delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt that my experience here exceeded my expectations after reading previous reviews… And I cannot wait to return! Lovely ambience if you’re looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of New York City and have some lovely tea or I ordered the beef stroganoff!

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DulceA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful setting with incredible polite service.

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MatthewW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Iconic location, but the food and service doesn't really match the fairly steep price.

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vipBiochem9
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was delicious and beautiful on the plate. We went for Sunday brunch & left totally stuffed.

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JaclynS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very lovely experience to celebrate our anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The decor was elegant classy. The service was great the good good except the cupcakes were dry and hated the fact we could only have one tea selection. The price is normal for afternoon tea in NYC. But no complaints here.

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RichelleR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve heard about this iconic place and have seen it as the background for many movies and have always wanted to try it. I happen to be visiting my friends here NYC fr Cali and we went to the Russian Tea Room to celebrate her birthday.

My friend and I definitely enjoyed ourselves. The finger sandwiches were awesome. Its such a teaser that we looked it up to see if they serve it for lunch in a bigger portion…lol! Unfortunately they don’t. The staff was very attentive and courteous! We just enjoyed ourselves!

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BarbaraT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very attentive and our meals were delicious.

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HollyG
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was served lukewarm, and portions were small. There was one waitress taking care of all tables, and she was very busy. She did a good job of staying on top of everything, given her workload. We were expecting a little more opulence. We definitely paid a premium for an average experience. The dining area was dark and dated.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt was our waiter and he took wonderful care of us. We are from Florida and this was a unique experience for us. The entire staff from the manager to all of the wait staff took splendid care of us.

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service and amazing location

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RichardS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A long awaited return to the venerable and classic dining experience. We had heard that some aspects of the restaurant experience there were lacking of late but our experience was anything but.

The service was attentive and professional. The food was delicious. And of course the lavish décor made everything super special.

Well done Russian Tea Room!

BJ
BeJe
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything about our dinner at RTR was positive from the professional and friendly service to the Chicken Kiev to the Russian themed decor. Would return.

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vipMikster
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is an art gallery. Not only is the food delicious but the atmosphere and great service provides the perfect experience. Highly recommend!

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eatingwellandloveit
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Russian Tea Room is a NYC restaurant landmark. Famed for attracting dancers, actors, singers and dancers, it's still an experience. The menu is Russian favorites (I was disappointed in the caviar blini - it was TINY! - but the Chicken Kiev and side vegetables - superb.

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vipFantastic
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant place, great food!

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vipLou2800
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hugely special location and decor. Service not as good as in the past. Food pretty good.

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MauraMS115
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The High Tea was a big disappointment! The sandwiches were not awful, the teas were served in tea bags, I could have found better scones in Costco! It was not worth $60 per person!

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vipoperalover
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

A very disappointing afternoon tea experience. Sandwiches were either tasteless or too salty. Scones were mediocre, and butter accompanied them with jam rather than clotted or Devonshire cream. Sweets were mediocre as well.
Best thing about the meal was the champagne we requested beforehand.

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vipAubreyW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place

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vipBetsyK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch at the Tea Room was as wonderful as we had hoped. We had not dined here for many years and were delighted that our experience matched those long ago times.

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vipCynthiaG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

It was a very strange experience. I have been to the RTR before so I knew what to expect.
The service was very uneven. Some wait staff were condescending while others were too pandering. Very weird.
To cap the evening off, three different waiters brought me coffee when I did not order or want it. The fourth and last waiter to bring my unwanted coffee was annoyed and was not shy to show his annoyance.
I hope they clean their act up. It's a beautiful place and the food is consistently good

FAQs

Russian Tea Room - NYC does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Russian Tea Room - NYC is rated 4.5 stars by 3432 OpenTable diners.

Russian Tea Room - NYC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=8a01afe6.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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