Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.6
3371 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.

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 3371 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipdini
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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JenniferK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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viplovefoodny
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Staff was so nice and friendly but f

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
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
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYC trip with friends to celebrate life!

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vipPiggy
New York Area
33 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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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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vipEgirones
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter's birthday

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vipTK719
New York Area
245 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.

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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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
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
1 review
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
1 review
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
3 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
21 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
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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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vipPetraP
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still an NYC treasure! Food is delicious and service is impeccable!

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vipNYCdweller
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, this NYC cornerstone is back open and regardless of Covid precautions is still just as wonderful. In an uncertain world, god bless the perfect Chicken Kiev and ice cold vodka Martin at RTR. Stay strong NYC!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Very nice Ambiance! Vlaydmir was great if you can request him !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!! Absolutely love the Russian Tea Room!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant always thank you for the memories ❤

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vipChiboy247
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hopefully, indoor dining will NOT be shut down any time soon. Everyone has to experience either high tea or dinner at least once here. The interior is just magical, especially during the holidays. Pandemic precautions were taken very seriously here. I felt safe and was able to relax and enjoy my evening. The food is excellent. If you can afford it, it's all about the caviar experience here! Prices are on the higher side, which is expected for such an iconic place, but totally worth it (in my opinion). Perfect for any special occasion, date night, or a hang with friends.

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vipSENEM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Best Moscow Mule and Beef Stroganoff ever! Parfait was so delicious. Great service.

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MelissaL
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Russian tea room was beautiful. The service was excellent! The food was delicious! We will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delish and beautiful! The food is made to perfection, the service is on point, and the decor is gorgeous

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JimM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very festively decorated and the music reflected the holiday season quite well. The service was elegant and paced well. The food was interesting and great tasting. I had not eaten there in over 4 decades but will make sure to be a regular patron as of rediscovering this gem again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner was lovely

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JNicola
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the RTR to celebrate my 59th birthday. For decades, I've walked past your iconic restaurant without ever setting foot inside.
My family and I totally loved our experience there.
The food was excellent and the service was Great!
I can't wait to return.
AWESOME!
Thank you.
JAN

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, great service, fantastic food and stunning decor

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lesliep
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful iconic NYC restaurant. High tea for my daughters birthday was very special. The service and care were lovely. It was a nice experience in a very crazy year.

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HommePac
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room, great staff, treated myself to caviar, did not disappoint. Maî·tre d' was very friendly, great personality. Would return.

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Mayley
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

When I lived in NYC this was a favorite of mine. I even got married in one of their private rooms. This was the first time I had been back since it reopened and I was not disappointed. It was just as I remembered it but newer and brighter, same beautiful samovars and red banguete seats. I took a friend there for lunch and we both enjoyed the crepe appetizer and beef stroganoff immensely. The tiramisu was not my favorite. It was served as a small piece of layer cake. I prefer it layered in a bowl like an old fashioned strawberry shortcake. The restaurant infused cucumber and dill vodka was good but I wish they had a honey vodka. The banguetes are huge and they only seated every other one, the staff wore masks as did the patrons when not in their seats, We felt perfectly safe from the pandemic. This was a first visit for my friend and she loved it as much as I do. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The place looks very fancy and elegant. Food was very good. But was disappointed for a place this fancy and expensive they couldn’t accommodate us for the afternoon tea just 1 hour earlier to make us happy. We got there at 11 and they said it starts strictly at 12pm. The entire restaurant was empty when we were there and we travelled far to get there just for the afternoon tea. We even asked twice.

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vipAnafiaschi
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The place is pretty and famous for it’s afternoon tea.
However we were really disappointed. The tea was weak and badly brewed, the sandwiches were ok but the pastries were far from what’s expected in a high tea.
Service was gentle and kind but there were some issues between the staff.

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FloriD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised. This restaurant is fantastic.

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

Russian Tea Room - NYC is rated 4.6 stars by 3371 OpenTable diners.

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