Rainbow Lodge

4.7
3897 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Well known and loved for gulf fish, wild game, steaks and chops, RBL features Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch. Owner Donnette Hansen's attention to detail is reflected in everything from the comfortable Log Cabin setting & landscaped grounds to the seasonally changing menus. Insider's Tip: Go for the business lunch ($15-3 courses) Sophisticated but not stuffy! Menu hits include Elk Chops, Grilled Buffalo Tenderloin, Whole Roasted Lobster, Lodge Smoked Duck Gumbo. Veteran Chefs prepare Gulf Fish, Wild Boar, Duck, Quail, Elk and Beef With 3000 square feet of kitchen gardens, The Lodge grows vegetables and herbs to complete special dishes. Brunch enthusiasts enjoy casual patio dining with $2 mimosas.Sunday Suppers feature half price wines by the glass. Live Music Fridays in the bar.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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romaw
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food is very expensive and you expect something extraordinary for the price you pay. Unfortunately this is not a case. We were seated outside, which is great for Canadians in December, but most of the time we were there forgotten. The food came not hot:(
After we finished salad, our cutlery was cleared from the table and not replaced wit the main dishes.
I do not recommend this place.

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vipWendyB
Houston
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love the outdoor patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I simply love the Rainbow Lodge. The atmosphere is wonderful, the staff super accommodating and of course the food is delicious. We had a special occasion to celebrate and we were not disappointed. And Brittany was great. Thank you for taking such good care of a rambunctious group.

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LyndaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Atmosphere, food and service on point. Just two minor things: 1. The pesky fly that drove us crazy. 2. The window table with no adjustable shade when the sun became intense.

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Cball
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Hosted some old friends from out of town. Chose the Rainbow Lodge primarily due to its location (near where our friends were staying. I believe everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The reservation and service was superb. On time and very attentive, atmosphere and view is beautiful. Food is good and on time.

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vipMarkofMB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at Rainbow Lodge with my daughter and son-in-law who were visiting from Chicago. It was my first time dining there (I've had good appetizers and drinks in the bar).
Everything about the dinner experience- from greeting at host stand to seating, overall ambiance, friendly professional service (late in a long day) and the menu/food and wine were excellent.
I will definitely be going back to Rainbow Lodge for dinner in the future.

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jamest
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving! It was wonderfully

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were very impressed for the most part but I observed two slightly disconcerting instances while sitting in the bar waiting for our ride to leave. The first was a female waiter who cut an orange skin to use in a cocktail. She cut it off of the orange and laid it down on the bar mat while she put the orange back. I am quite certain the bar mat was not a very sanitary resting place. So, half a star gone. The second was a waiter who ordered a glass of white wine and when he picked it up he asked the bartender if the wine was fresh. After being told yes he put the wine glass up to his face and stuck his nose fully in for a nice whiff. Understandable if it were his glass, but all things considered in today’s environment, probably not the best, most insightful action. Another half star lost. Plus, these observances left me with a bit of reduced confidence overall. Now, had I not observed these two events, both within 30 seconds, I likely would have given a full five stars. I was just left with a feeling of a lack of consideration and sanitation. However, the meal was very good and we did enjoy ourselves up to this point.

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vipTandT
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day early afternoon meal at the Rainbow Lodge. The food and presentation were great, and Justin and his colleagues did an excellent job serving us throughout the meal. Also, the menu included a snack-pack with slices of turkey, some dressing and gravy to take home as "left-overs". What terrific and thoughtful touch!

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DeanK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and meals were excellent, again !!!!!

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vipNativeHou
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving meal, easy great organization for such a busy day. Service was outstanding from valet to hostess to wait staff. Food was delicious as always. You made it all look so easy. We know it isn’t.

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vipRandolphB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and Food was excellent. Ambience is always good at Rainbow Lodge with several different dining areas.

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Trent
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and Rudy was great! Couldn’t have asked for a better thanksgiving meal!

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vipATLRAW
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is on fire! Traveled to Houston for the Thanksgiving holiday and dropped by Rainbow Lodge. So glad we did. First time trying several of the game options (e.g., antelope, elk, and boar). And I must say, the food was delicious. Special shoutout to the antelope, the table’s clear favorite—though everything else was so good too!

Because we were in Texas, we tried the Texas malbec, and it was surprisingly good. It’s not Mendoza, Argentina malbec, but it’s definitely something I would do again!

Service by Rudy was attentive and prompt. He was great all night.

Decor and ambiance were pleasant and rustic, though I’d you were seated outside you’d want to be able to deal with stairs.

As a surprise, we got to see a marriage proposal and acceptance.

All around amazing night. 10/10 would recommend and return.

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vipSusanW
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, service, and wonderful food make this such a great restaurant to keep on your list for a special dinner. It is always for us.

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GuyY
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience with incredible food

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with friends. Everything we ate and drank was delicious. Service was outstanding. Will definitely go back.

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MaryF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Sunday Supper special. It's a crazy good deal and a crazy tasty deal. Love this place.

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vipRobynB
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meatloaf and Brittany was awesome as always!

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AliciaO
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was disappointed with the location of our table. There were plenty of tables with nice views of the landscape but not where we sat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner on the patio was amazing. I needed a last minute proposal place when my initial plans fell through because of bad weather. Our server Lauren and the rest of the staff did an excellent job waiting on us and even thought to stop and take pictures for us without prompting from her personal cell. Thank you Lauren for helping me make the evening perfect!

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Laurie
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sat in bar area. Wanted outside, but too full, but we had a corner intimate spot do all was good!
The wine as always was superb! Wish though we could bring in outside wine for a corkage fee occasionally

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HeatherB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance! The food was overall scrumptious from the wild game sampler, halibut and gumb, but the rainbow trout was very bland. Enjoyed our family dining experience.

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marks
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual. The food was superb, the ambience romantic and the service top notch. My wife had the bass with crab and I had the mixed game grill which was fantastic. We began with the gumbo which was probably the best I have ever eaten in a restaurant (topped only by my grandmother’s special recipe)! I highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to dine and was a great opportunity to take my father out to a nice dinner.

Food and atmosphere always top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lauren is the best waiter.

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vipAnnonymous
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our very favorite restaurants. The wild game mixed grill is always excellent.

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TaraC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Excellent Service. Enjoyed my birthday dinner.

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AndrewG
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. The Bison Center Cut was my favorite. But the desserts were surprisingly amazing. They do more than just meat. Save room for the Bread Pudding!

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TeriT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rainbow Lodge is a treat. You ae treated with kindness when the door is opened for you, when greated at the front desk, when seated, when our water is brought and then when the wait staff brings you that incredible menu. I truly felt like they were Grateful I was there!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in and got sat immediately. The waiter was on point the entire meal very hospitable. The food as always was amazing and you can’t beat the view

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Chris
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. Delicious, unique food and great service. We sat outdoors and it was beautiful. The biscuits with marmalade are delicious as well.

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Noel
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed ourselves from the time we sat down till we left. The food was excellent and the service was amazing.

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UGTX
1 review