Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.6
3400 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 3400 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GregoryM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both the food and the service were exceptional! Although we dined early (6:45pm) it would have been nice if the lights were dimmed a bit and perhaps candles (real or battery-powered) had been on the tables. Also two (maybe three?) of the hand sanitizer dispensers were empty. I tried every one I passed after using the restroom and all were empty, even the one by the front door. Otherwise all Covid protocols were in place and it was a wonderful night.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and delicious mean

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food had beef stroganoff
Desert of blintzes delicious
Must go romantic location

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This was one of the worse dining experiences I’ve ever had and such a let down for the price and hype of this place. We had reservations and from the moment we walked in I should’ve turned right back and left. The reception person was nice and said happy Mother’s Day, that our booth would be ready but left us Standing there for 10’mins when the table was ready. We sat down and was not greeted for another 15 mins. In fact we were never greeted at all at the table. The waiter came over and said “ready”? No introductions, or offered assistance. He barely said 2 words the entire 2 hrs we were there and I still don’t know his name. Horrible customer service! The food was sub par at best, it was very cold in the restaurant and we felt like second class citizens. Then the printer didn’t work to print the check so they brought the whole screen they use to enter the order. It was an absolute disaster. Only the manager was somewhat friendly and the entire staff was cold. Maybe they don’t care about return customers! We spent over $200 and it was not worth it at all. Don’t waste your time or money to go to this “Iconic Restaurant”. While we were in the restaurant, I got an email from Open table
That I didn’t show up for the reservation. Not sure they really value customers to even care to check the reservations. You would think people care about their jobs with Covid reeking havoc on the restaurant industry but if this place depended on service, it will never survive. It was a difficult day as I just lost my mom 3 weeks ago and thought this would be a nice way to cheer us up but it was the worst mistake and my day was completely ruined. Like I said, don’t waste your time or money.

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SJTB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I booked online, parking was a block away, they did temp check, observed masks and social distancing. and no waiti g time when we arrived. We ordered the mothers day menu , Beef Carpaccio, steak and eggs and edelweiss for dessert. The lady host was very kind to take our photos, bathroom downstairs was neat and clean. The interior of the restaurant added so much character to the place, truly enchanting!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday Dinner! We had a wonderful experience for our first time here… the food was outstanding and the desserts were amazing!!!

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vipMartaM
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Incredibly Russian - fancy-tacky Mafia gloriousness and the warmest, friendliest service! 💖

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BethG
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, delicious food & quiet place to enjoy a special dinner!

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Lucky
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my granddaughter’s third birthday with her mom and me with high tea. It was lovely
Special accommodations for a 3 year old.
Vladimir was wonderful

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BadKitty
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and delicious.

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LuisaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening and fantastic food! Best service in NYC

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

Everything was great, the service was lovely and the food exceptional.

JW
vipJWD3
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great History always amazing to be in "the room where it happened"....
but unfortunately not that special anymore.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prototypical Restaurant!

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vipDerk
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Reminds us of the days before COVID. Elegant as usual. Service a bit slow, likely because they are still at limited capacity, but our party enjoyed a leisurely brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for afternoon royal tea with a friend. Amazing service, food and ambience. Would highly recommend.

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Tinner929
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The mushroom filled crepe was delicious, if not tiny, could easily have been twice the size and it still would have been small. The stroganoff was fantastic., but again small. The dessert was phenomenal. The biggest issue was with the drinks, the $18 beer was 5 months past it’s best buy date. Service was also lacking. Our waiter was cold and rarely came back to the table, we were really doing him a favor by being there. All in all it was fun, the food was fantastic, just not an every trip kind of place.

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vipadama
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have had a better experience. Safety, decor, comfort, food quality, food presentation, creativity of the bar drinks...excellent and service attentiveness....top notch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Our waitress was so nice! Food was awesome and service was impeccable

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went to have tea with my mom. It’s was a great experience, the service was great. The tea was delish and the food was pretty good. It’s a little overpriced but I guess for the experience it wasn’t too bad.

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vipdini
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fabulous place for afternoon tea. The staff did a superb job!

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JenniferK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent service with excellent food! I would recommend it to everyone!

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viplovefoodny
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Staff was so nice and friendly but f

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been living in NYC for 3 years and this was the tastiest food I’ve had at a restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYC trip with friends to celebrate life!

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FrancescaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An NYC classic. Thank you for the great hospitality!

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vipPiggy
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My wife and I had the afternoon tea. Mistake. RTR is for Russian specialties, not little sandwiches from whatever appetizing store the raw materials emanate. The kicker was using the $200 Master Card Reward from Open Table to pay my $130.65 tab. I was surprised to learn that the $200 are gone, regardless of the price of the meal. When I was so informed I bumped the tip up to $69.35. If the wait staff was thrilled by this sudden stroke of good fortune they did not show it, which leads me to believe that the excess might otherwise have gone to the restaurant. RTR is a terrific place to go during Restaurant Week. I can't wait.

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vipEgirones
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter's birthday

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vipTK719
New York Area
257 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful to dine at Russian Tea Room again - one of the most beautiful dining rooms in NYC. Tables are nicely spread apart, so it feels very safe and clean. My salad was delicious. My halibut was simply superb. And the chocolate cake was to die for. The service was outstanding and the prices quite reasonable for the location, quality and portions. I will go back very soon.

JM
JulianaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Beautiful decor and high-class ambiance make the atmosphere.

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Michael
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were friendly and helpful, we felt comfortable with how they were handling the covid health concerns. Food, ambiance and drinks were amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the room is extraordinary

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Ryan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, well paced, and attentive waitstaff!

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DianaaaVegass
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! I recommend highly for lunch time. Good vibes, great food and good scene for two friends just trying to talk. Love it.

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ChristinaP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything our party of four ordered was amazing. I love that the menu isn't your standard fare, which makes it perfect for celebrations. I haven't been here since the 90s and it completely lived up to my memories and expectations. The atmosphere is a little sad because of Covid restrictions, but I hope that will turn around soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very aesthetically pleasing and true to the theme. The creme brûlée is so delicious. Staff is very courteous and friendly.

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vipNikaG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitress was exceptional considering she was the only one there.

Great experience

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JoelA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, great food. Will be back again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

I went to take my sons friend that love TV show gossip girl.
Food was not of good or great quality. Not sure if they even have a Pastry chef. Afternoon tea sandwiches were like sandwiches you would see at a low budget company picnic. The pastries seemed to be made from something like Pillsbury dough biscuits- they were not scones.
One time experience but I personally would not return or recommend

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MatthewO
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The food and drinks were amazing.

FAQs

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

Russian Tea Room - NYC is rated 4.6 stars by 3400 OpenTable diners.

Russian Tea Room - NYC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://russiantearoomnyc.com/gift-cards/.

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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