Permanently Closed - Rainbow Room

4.5
552 Reviews
$50 and over
American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - The iconic Rainbow Room epitomizes quintessential New York glamour, rising 65 stories above the landmark Rockefeller Center to host unforgettable moments. Offering a modern twist on classic old-world charm, the Rainbow Room welcomes guests for the famously decadent Sunday Brunch.

Brunch is open most Sundays from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Reservations are encouraged and accepted up to six weeks in advance.

Proper attire is requested.
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BJSS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall a wonderful experience - ambiance, the music, and the service was good.
However, $12 5pp tab is pretty high for a buffet that wasn't exciting nor bountiful. Other than oysters and crab legs, rest of the buffet items were ho-hum, same type that one would see at hotel buffets and or at a restaurant. I've seen so much better at the Four Season's and other restaurants for far less price. Also, $125 pp does not include wine/cocktails. For this price, they should offer the basic brunch staples like mimosa and bloody mary as complimentary with a limit of two glasses pp or something. I feel like I paid for the ambiance and the views and helped to pay the rent for the Rainbow Room.

CS
vipCSmith
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was outstanding and superb in every way. Our server, Rafael went above and beyond to make our experience top notch. Because of him and everyone that we encountered there (the buffet stations, the hostesses), we are ready to visit for a second time. Have already highly recommended this experience to most of our friends and colleagues.

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Is only a view spot, that's all. The food was only brunch, at 1 hour it was all finished.

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Horne
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fab experience - great views especially from the bar before eating. Also, 65th Bar beautiful and staff very friendly. Happy to take photies etc...
Service ok, but not over the top.
Only one negative was roomwas a little chilly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I have asked to get a table with view and I hade one, it was very nice that you fulfilled my wish. Thank you!

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NVal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Rockefeller Centre, 66 th floor ..having a champagne, eating wonderful things with the main challenge to choose the right Ines, have wonderful atmosphere, live background music and a view over entire manhattan which is so great and only beatable via the one world trade centre view.

We enjoyed second time in 10years. Only go there if you have some something really special, otherwise you start thinking such life is normal!

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Thomas
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall4food5service1ambience5

I took my fiancé for Sunday brunch. The room and views were amazing as expected. The selection at the buffet was very good including the ham, crab legs, crepes, and Belgian waffle. The selection from the menu was very good and did not disappoint either. Additionally the live band gave a great ambiance. The only disappointment was the terrible and extremely slow service. The place was not overly crowded. I can understand slow service for an inclusive menu but at least drinks such as water and coffee should not take 30+ minutes to receive. Also with almost all buffets your used dishes are gone by the time you return to your seat. Here, we only had 3 dishes each and after about an hour we had to pile them up. Lastly I would've expected a quick turnaround on the bill but we had to remind the waitress twice. So overall the food and views were wonderful but the service really disappointed.

JS
vipJenniferS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch here was the most wonderful way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was delicious - bacon, seafood, desserts, crepes- all of it was delicious. The staff was incredibly nice, from the reception hosts at the base of the super fast elevator to our kind and amazing servers, Rafael. He explained everything, shared with us his favorite items on the menu and even brought us a special dessert for our anniversary. He made our morning so special. The room is beautiful- gorgeous views even on and overcast day, decorated in muted gray and crystal touches everywhere. The musical performers were great. The only disappointment was that there was no dancing- that is my misconception, but still, I was looking for to dancing. Please take a moment to dress in something special- seeing folks dining in such a beautiful place dressed in sweats and sneakers was disappointing.

TB
vipTriBeCaGirl155
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We arrived on time for brunch on Easter Sunday. We had a 3p reservation for 4 people. We waited over 30 min to be seated. We purchased drinks in the interim but we had to stand with cocktails in hand. Guess what? Last year, we waited over 45 min for seating on Easter Sunday for brunch in the Rainbow Room --even though we had a reservation--- which was booked a month previously. The food is great but the service is aloof and disorganized.

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vipCyn3247
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a splendid brunch at the Rainbow room. Great for a special occasion or for out of town guests. The view is great and the service and food are stellar. The Bloody Mary is fantastic.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Easter brunch

LS
vipLisaSheri
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Dined here for Easter Brunch and it was memorable. Live entertainment, amazing views, amazing food, gorgeous room, and a wonderful reason to dress up. I look forward to returning.

DA
DACA
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food2service5ambience4

The buffet food is basically good so far as buffet food goes. The crepes were overdone but still edible. We were there Easter Sunday and one group, the gospel singers, were too loud and it was impossible to talk when they were singing, otherwise the music provided a nice ambiance. The service was outstanding and the views were great

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alvacrockettlocker
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We celebrated a trip to NYC with a splurge for Easter Brunch! It was wonderful. We had good service and good food - we were able to converse among our table and visit with our table neighbors. Loved the jazz group and especially the Gospel Choir! The views are spectacular and those combined with the décor help the experience remain special. My only criticism is that having stated that there is a dress code - they should enforce it. There was a group they sat before us that were in cargo shorts with sandals and that detracts from the ambiance of this special location.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most incredible NYC experience so far - highly recommend!

PR
PotterR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a beautiful day and the restaurant is on the 65th floor of the 30 Rock bldg. Food was great and view was awesome!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was an amazing experience.
Fantastic views of NYC, excellent attentive service, great selection of buffet food as well as a la carte menu. Subdued live music in the background allowed for unstrained conversation. The price is not for the weak of heart. But what the heck, it's only money.

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Bill
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Have always enjoyed a special occasion Sunday Brunch with New York family members when I visit from California, but I do not like their new pricing format now at $125 per person "all inclusive". For just two (2) people with two (2) Mimosa cocktail drinks, bill was $300 plus tip of $50. Total tab for Sunday brunch for 2 now $350 (and I cut back a bit on my usual tip).

This price is getting a little rich for my pocketbook, especially for people like us who do not have unlimited appetites. We still eat reasonably, despite the all-inclusive which I am sure works for your "bigger eaters", but not for us. I don't need to support and supplement the bill for those people who can eat non-stop for 2 hours.

For this current price and price level, many city visitors like me could buy an extra nights stay in a very nice higher-end hotel room. Overall, do love everything else about the historic Rainbow Room. Bring back the old ala carte buffet at $99 per person, keep it more reasonable for all, otherwise we have many other excellent choices for Sunday brunch in New York.

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savagetravels
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This iconic New York institution did not disappoint! A stunning view, a beautiful room, a fantastic jazz band, and excellent food. What more could you ask for?

JR
JudyR
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch. It was fabulous!! The wait staff was friendly and the food was delicious

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This brunch was fantastic! expensive, but we totally loved it! We thought the food was great!
we were totally stuffed---caviar everywhere---just exquisite! Great entertainment! and the view was sublime! hope we can come back in the future!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the highlight of our trip! When you go, plan on making a morning out of it! We stayed for 2.5 hours, and enjoyed every minute! The service was amazing, the food was great and full of choices, and the view was absolutley priceless!! Be prepared to spend in order to enjoy it, but I can tell you it is worth every penny! They even remembered it was my sisters birthday. They brought her a card and a special dessert!
Although I wish I could go there every weekend, I can't. But I will definitely visit Rainbow Room again! Thank you to all of the staff! You were truly amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We loved the location and the view. Very friendly service and big buffet. But I think that for the price that we paid the food quality could have been better. The meats were in general too dry, there were no side dishes nor salads on the buffet. Poor desert choices and not very tasty.
So yes I would recommend the place but the food has to be ameliorated.

AA
AndreaA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time with friends at this iconic restaurant!! We had a spectacular day of weather which was also a plus!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Stunning view but really poor service!
Very inflexible if kid's menu is required!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Rainbow Room is a beautiful place for a special occasion. The Sunday Brunch provides an array of food with something to please everyone. The views of New York are wonderful and the room is so elegant. The music was great, not too loud to allow for conversation. Only complaint is that the band was not on enough. They seemed to play two songs and then were off for at least 20 minutes.

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Papagena
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is amazing, the food is outstanding, the service is outstanding. The live music is fantastic.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great service, great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful room especially on a sunny day. Over the top decedent food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We did not expect to have a set menu, some patrons did not adhere to the dress code, view even on a dull day was terrific, however I would have been disappointed if we did not get a table by the window, the wine was expensive by the glass, for the quality.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Service was very lacking on our visit for a sunday brunch buffet.

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noah
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

we enjoyed a wonderful brunch at RR. it's been ranked as the most beautiful dining space in the entire city..... no argument from me -- it's gorgeous. while the food was great, the same quality chow is likely available elsewhere for less than one third RR's prix fixe charge. irrelevant, imho. our waitress could have been a Glamour cover girl; she & the rest of the staff performed their jobs flawlessly.
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i had dinner there coupla years ago; same comments apply. we'll unquestionably return.

NY
vipNYCmahattan
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moving away

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and music and view a symphony unparalleled!

e
envinoverito
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff was attentive without being intrusive. Food was excellent and plentiful. Thoroughly wonderful dining experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch on Sunday March 19th to celebrate my wife's birthday.
Although the brunch is pricy at $125/person, it is totally worth it and you do not leave the place with the feeling that you over paid.
The food is amazing with a sea food bar, bacon bar, cheese bar and desert bar. The Rainbow Room also offers a menu of tasty dishes such as eggs Benedict (duck, crab cakes, lobster...) or truffle mac & cheese.
No complains either about the service that was absolutely impeccable. Our server, Joseph Darcourt that goes by Joe, was extremely nice and caring without being intrusive. Just the right mix of fineness and humor.

To sum up, we had an amazing time, definitely recommend it and will certainly go back for another occasion.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything you ever wanted in a great Brunch if you have $200 a person to pay for it.( including wine, tip and tax).

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Point5
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch.

The food was lower class mediocre. The only positive about this experience was the view.

I could not believe that the food was "cheesey cheap buffet" tasting. The service was reasonable but poor for as much money as we spent in tips.

When we arrived, the greeter was. Wet pleasant and we were excited to begin once we were upstairs, the maitre'd was very "stand- offish" and kind of rude.

The house band was outstanding.

If I had to do it over again, I would definitely not go. It was nowhere near worth the value.

TM
vipTomM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and I guarantee there will be many, many more. The food, the service and the facility are truly amazing and must be experienced. I can't wait to go back!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, service and food was great

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