Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.4
3507 Reviews
$50 and over
Continental

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Afternoon Tea
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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  • Christmas at Russian Tea Room

    Multiple dates available

    $145.00 per person ($95 for Children). Join us at Russian Tea Room for a special 4-course Christmas meal. Please see our website for our menu. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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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
What 3507 people are saying
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Pland
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Booked a reservation for our 10 year anniversary. We live in the city and it’s where my parents had their first date. I had requested a special champagne and caviar service when I booked which was an option. We weren’t even greeted after we were sat for 25 minutes and finally had to ask for water. The server was rude when we mentioned we had booked the special service before hand. Ruined the night.

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JenniferJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service but despite having a reservation, we weren’t seated for almost 30 min which made us rush through dinner to get to a show. Hostess told us the restaurant was overbooked.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was sublime. Staff were professional but seemed overstretched. More chaotic than I expected. Nonetheless, an enjoyable dinner.

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vipHHayes
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Always can be relied upon as a really fabulous special room with very ordinary food. I consider it a tradition to enjoy at least one holiday season meal with friends here before the theater.

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Clarinet
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Not nearly as good as it once was. Menu items are lacking. More of a tourist spot but not worthy of the glamour it once had.

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aminaa
Phoenix
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food was mediocre. Tea was terrible. Service was even worse.

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vipFoodielover
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was lovely with all the Xmas decorations

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KTHearne
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is so beautiful. Interesting art on the walls and such nice ambiance. Service was fantastic and the food was delicious. We went for tea and the sandwiches and pastries were so lovely! Delicious tea as well. Pricey, but worth the experience.

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BobK
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and an efficient, attentive staff-a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Tony-Ann in the front was a great help to us!

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RitaE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Although the food was good, our waiter was deplorable and totally tainted our experience. Bad manners, not attentive. It was difficult to even leave a 15% tip.
Unfortunately we won’t go back. The Palm is a much much better choice.

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The quality of the food did not match up to the cost of the experience. Expected more out of an iconic restaurant like the Russian Tea Room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The salads were very good. My duck main course was bad. Tough and fatty. My Boyer Imperial drink tasted just like Robbitussin. Staff was very good. Place bery pretty inside.

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AThanhOfFun
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The restaurant was nice. The staff was ok, our waiter didn’t seem to want to work. He barely come check on us and walked dragging his feet.

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FridaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great….. waitress was super nice…. Food a little expensive… wished I had more caviar for the caviar tasting. But overall great experience!!

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NatalyaL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience! Service superb ! Food is great ! Ambiance 10 stars , you feel like royalty !

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RussellE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the Russian Tea Room is superb. Food, ambiance, service, everything!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch-Extraordinary!

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vipDavidF
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was great, but there were service issues that ruined the experience. It seems that our order didn’t make it to the kitchen and about after 40 minutes of waiting, the manager came to let us know what happened, that the food was being rushed, and gave us a free shot which was appreciated. This whole time the server was non existent and never apologized or mentioned what happened. It still took 30 minutes to get our dishes with no apology from server. The food was great, but frustrating to see other diners sit after us, eat and leave before we got the food. Would love to give a 5, but we left very dissatisfied.

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KPRM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Iconic experience. Food was very good. Service was very good. Prices were very high. Can find similar quality of food and service for 2/3 of the price. The Iconic experience tacks on the additional 1/3.

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isabellab
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It just felt too expensive and it wasn’t anything special

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing atmosphere and excellent service!

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Desirae
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and tea were delicious! We had a large selection of bites and sweets for our Royal Afternoon tea. The caviar was the hit in our group, so we were glad that we had an extra helping of the caviar with our Royal Afternoon Tea. Service was impeccable. You felt welcomed and the festive spirit as soon as you walked in.

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Somehow it seemed that there was more focus on larger groups.

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NinaV
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This place is great for lunch with mom celebrating the holiday!

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ThomasB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visit to NYC for Thanksgiving weekend. Restaurant lobby was very crowded at the time we arrived. But we were seated in a timely fashion and got superb service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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vipmarcela
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We made a reservation weeks in advance for Thanksgiving. We were not given a booth which was very disappointing. We spent nearly 500 dollars on a dinner for two people. The food was diner-quality. The service was proficient but not warm. And we were seated at a table right next to another couple. It was a tourist trap hell hole.

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Angelar
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Way too expensive for what we had. You are basically paying to say you ate there.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving 2021. it’s our tradition.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The staff was amazing, but that’s where it ends. The food was lukewarm. It was their Thanksgiving menu, and everything that came out seemed like it had been prepared hours ago and heated up in the microwave right before making its way to the table. The stuffing was burnt, and the turkey and mashed potatoes resembled Stouffer’s TV dinner PERFECTLY. However, instead of paying $2.99 I paid $145 per person. Lesson learned. The staff was amazing though, and everyone was so polite.

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vipSMUMustang
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was our first visit to the Russian Tea Room after numerous trips to NYC. We were seated upstairs in the event space which does not come close to having the same decor or charm as the first floor dining room. Service was strained and spotty. The food was tasty but not equal to the price tag. The Boeuf à la Stroganoff is advertised as red wine braised beef short ribs with thick noodles tossed in a creamy mushroom and black truffle cream sauce. Our noodles looked as if they had been in the steamer tray all day. The meal was over priced, even for NYC. At $145 per person for the prixe fixe dinner we were expecting much more.

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ValerieG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a beautiful experience. Service and food were just on point.

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Dradoow
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, exquisite surroundings, attentive wait staff. Everything you need for a special evening during the Holidays, or any time of year when you want to make a memory.

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BrockE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Portions are small if you are using the Groupon for your meal.

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luvsalsa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Terrible service
Overpriced food
Bad tea

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Tearose
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The Russian Tea room is well known located in the famous Carnegie building so we had high expectations and were excited. We ordered afternoon tea. The tea sandwiches were average, the cutting of some of the sandwiches was not well done. The tea was made from teabags - and poor quality teabags. I also found it quite disappointing that the presentation of the food on the 3-tier stand was poorly done - no time and attention put into this. One of the things I like about afternoon tea is the attention for details and the prettiness in everything. I badly missed all this at the Russian Tearoom.
The ambiance and decor were very nice and this helps to make our time there enjoyable nevertheless.

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chevaliernoir
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Reunion dinner special occasion and this was the perfect venue. Wine list seems to have shrunk but we were able to find something to drink. One of my NYC regulars

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somolo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for lunch and sat in a booth which was very comfortable. Interesting retro decor to look at. Had a delicious Caesar salad with grilled chicken. My sister got the dumplings which could have been a little hotter. I would recommend this place if you are looking for an iconic NYC establishment. A few tables were getting the Vodka and caviar lunch or the afternoon tea service. If I went back I would try the tea service, it looked lovely with a 3 tier tray of finger sandwiches and then another tray with desserts. Our waiter could have been a little more attentive, but not a big deal. Overall it was relaxing and a fun experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

So very disappointed. I asked about their reserved wine collection. Before I could even finish my sentence the waitress cut me off and said ‘I don’t have any idea about the wines so I can’t help you with any questions about the wine list’. Before I finished my sentence to ask if there was someone else I could ask, I was cut off again and told no one could help me. The prices on the wine list were from $200-$2000. I had to sit there and Google the wines. Very frustrating. Then I picked one. And the waitress wanted the number on the list. Not the name, the number. There was a sign when we first walked in stating there was a ‘$90 minimum to eat there’. So sad that an establishment such as the Russian Tea Room has to post a minimum. I guess the quality of people coming in aren’t great? But if the wait staff continues in this direction, you are not going to get quality guests. It was just me, my husband and our 11 year old son. Our bill was close to $600. We have eaten everywhere in NYC. I have never experienced the terrible service we had at Russian Tea Room. It was like she didn’t want to be there. But anyone that is waiting tables should know the more money the guest spends, the higher the tip will be. If we are asking about the reserved wine list, she should have tried to help us. We would have spent much more. I don’t think they are going to make it. There was hardly anyone there. We had no problem making a reservation last minute. Everything else in the area was booked. I hope they can get the Russian tea room back to the place it used to be. So bummed.

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Russian Tea Room - NYC is rated 4.4 stars by 3507 OpenTable diners.

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