Rainbow Lodge

4.6
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3002 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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TG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The only thing that we were not happy about is our food was cold. This was the first time dining at this location. We went to Rainbow Lodge many years ago when it was located off Memorial Drive

RH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was okay, we went with friends for my hud anda birthday...nothing terrible, but also not anything to recommend, in my opinion. Portions are small for the price tag. Cake wasn’t anything special at all. Our waiter didn’t come by too often. He made awkward comments and didn’t ever write down anything. A few times he had to rethink what we said and we were all saying “how about he get a pen” amongst each other. Food flavor wasn’t bad, but there’s also way better out there with same or similar price. We won’t be back.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We ordered the petit tasting menu for four and two wine pairings. All of food was served by a runner with no explanation of the courses; this was certainly not in alignment with the $81/tasting. Several of the red meat courses were served rare - our sever did not visit the table to identify if this preparation was suitable. Many of our dishes were removed in obscure manners and untimely when others at our table were not finished with a course. The entire experience was underwhelming, felt rushed and not worth the $438 total price we paid excluding the tip.

SA
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband had eaten there previously, but it was my first visit. Great, cozy atmosphere, and the food was fantastic. We started with the Taste of the Wild, my husband had the Nilgai and I had the mixed grill. Service was excellent, we will definitely be back.

PO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Thomas, gave us impeccable service. I have not been here in 20 years, but it was beautiful.

PV
Montreal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good, Valentine day price a little high, but as everywhere.

TK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went there for Valentine’s Day and I ordered elk steak , it was all red and pink when I asked for medium well , the toffee cake was not suited to my case
Overall it was okay because of the ambience but if im paying 200 + for two people , I would expect something more delightful

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentines Day and had a wonderful experience.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

For someone that has been here before which we had great service at the time. Then to come back for a special occasion and recieve okay service with the food being cold and the waiter taking a while to acknowledge our needs.

TM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rainbow lodge was fantastic. The food was really amazing and the service was really awesome. I can't wait to go back and eat some more amazing food

RC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, excellent food and service. A very good choice for a any special night or just a casual dinner.

F
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just recently moved to Houston Texas to help our son and his spouse care for their new born baby. We are getting familiar with the roads so we use Waze to guide us places. On Valentines Day we wanted to come to the Rainbow Lodge to have a nice tranquil romantic lunch. There must have been a problem bcuz Waze originally said it would take about 14 minutes to get there. We left 25 minutes before bcuz we hate to be late. When we started to drive the gps monitor said 20 minutes.
To make a long story short we arrived at the Rainbow Lodge an hour late after driving past the airport and near a Mortuary Museum.
They could not be nicer to us as though we had arrived exactly on time.
We had a great table with excellent suggestions from our waiter whenever we asked. The food was so good we agreed to come back again soon. We were just a short distance away so we will go there often. It will be our new destination. We won’t need Waze to help us get there.
Great people, great food and of course great service.

TB
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donette and her staff never disappoint. Allen took superb care of us. The antelope was astounding. And it's always enjoyable to stroll the grounds and see what new improvements they have made . Thanks for a great Valentine experience.
Deborah and Terry

ET
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was amazing service, great food and beautiful views from the window. Overall a great Valentine’s Day dinner with my husband.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service5ambience1

They sat us in the corridor...

CL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Was a nice new experience. Reminded me somewhat of Africa. Asked for my steak to be well done and it was but lots of carbon on the outside. A good chef can cook one well done without the carbon on the outside. Other than that we enjoyed it all. Daniel was very pleasant and attentive.

F
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! Everything from pulling into valet to paying the check was a pleasure. We will return!

AK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The menu did not have enough normal food on it to accommodate a less adventurous person. I was willing to try something new but my husband was not. The flavor on his potatoes was a vinegar sauce and the steak was rare instead of medium well. Over all, we will not be returning. The portions were small, the bread is hard on the outside and tough to eat, and I dont believe we got our money's worth from this evening.

JR
Shreveport
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our third dining experience here. The trophy room is not as pleasant as the room with a view of the lawn. The gumbo was OK. The tenderloin plate was skimpy with the mushrooms and broccolini. The lemon pie was very tasty. The Maple Old Fashion was great. The Bombay Sapphire martini was good. The lamb plate was good. My wife was more pleased than was I.

TA
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time with my beautiful date. Definitely going back soon and referring others

PA
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I lived in the Heights a few years ago, and it was one of our favorite spots. I returned recently for a business dinner, and the restaurant maintained the high standards I remembered. We focused on the game selections, a strength of the menu. Thanks for the warm and attentive hospitality from the team! It was great to be re-acquainted with an old friend!

B
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went to the Rainbow Lodge on a Wednesday evening to celebrate Valentine's Day. The place was full. It's a nice place but it was rather noisy and definitely not intimate. The service was ok, but not great. We both ordered the mixed grill - venison, elk, wild boar, and quail ($41) with mashed potatoes and a couple pieces of asparagus. Salad is extra. We find the food tastes better at Fogo De Chao. We had come to the Rainbow Lodge about 20 years ago. We thought we'd try it again. We won't be coming back.

A
Houston
387 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have been to several of the wine tastings and primarily come for the different wines. The food is usually very good, too. This last one caused me concerns about the safety of the food as two of the stations had food that was definitely off temperature. It was lukewarm at best. We enjoy dining at the restaurant and the food has always been top notch. They are doing a disservice to the guests and themselves if they have food issues at these tastings.

BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Always enjoy it, but this time it was over sold and extremely noisey

AT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rainbow Lodge is always a class act. Great food and service.

j
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met up for the wine tasting at The Lodge; waiting for a taste caused the occasional dodge. The four of us, in time, became happy; many patrons' palates were rewarded, and thus began clapping. As the evening wore on the smiles grew; Mexican wines this good - who knew?

L
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The service was slow and inattentive. The food was decent but not great. We had not been to Rainbow Lodge for many years and decided to give it another chance. Overall, we were disappointed.

S
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully maintained old cabin. Food was superb and waitstaff friendly and professional. Grounds surprisingly woodsy for location. Highly recommended.

d
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our anniversary dinner was pleasant. Food was delicious and Ryan was knowledgeable about menu. Two large parties nearby created a noise level that was uncomfortable for our party of four to have good conversation. Upon further scrutiny of our bill when we got home we discovered we had been charged for a cocktail that we did not order. All in all, glad we made the trip to dine at Rainbow Lodge.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Throughly enjoy the food and atmosphere. Have had dinner their several times with tables which had a view. The only negative this time the table was in a very back corner with no view.

TT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Make sure to read the fine print on all dishes. They will word no sharing as no taste sharing. The chefs deal for $79.00 is per person. We were new to this establishment and told them this 3 different times and didn’t get the courtesy from the waiter to mention “oh by the way this is per person and no sharing”.
Very disappointed because we said we wanted the chefs special thinking only 1 was coming out but no they charged us for 2 and 2 came out. Be careful.

VG
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the pecan pie was frozen,
i did not care for that.

JD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Nilgai. What is Nilgai you ask?

"The nilgai or blue bull is the largest Asian antelope and is endemic to the Indian subcontinent. The sole member of the genus Boselaphus, the species was described and given its binomial name by German zoologist Peter Simon Pallas in 1766."

And th Rainbow Lodge cooks and serves it perfectly with grits and a bottle of wine!

TH
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with the service but even more so with the food! The game meat was out of the world good!

CH
1 review