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About Rainbow Lodge

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.

2011 Ella Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday Thru Friday 11:30 am-10:00pm

***Wild Game Burger Friday starts at 11:30 ****

****HAPPY HOUR 4-7 pm TUE-FRI****

Saturday Dinner Starts at 6PM

Sunday Brunch 10:30-3 then Dinner 5-9pm

Cross Street:
East TC Jester

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 861-8666

Website:
http://www.rainbow-lodge.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music on Friday nights in the Tied Fly Bar and on the Wine deck outside.

Catering:
Exciting American cuisine at your own location. Featuring Seafood, Wild Game and Signature Entree Salads.. Executive Lunches Delivered.

Door Dash, Grub Hub, Amazon and Uber Eats all post our menus for home or office delivery within their zones.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking. Some self parking available. Private lot . Our valets work for and appreciate your tips.

Executive Chef:
Mark Schmidt

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wild Game Burger Friday starts at 11:30. Award Winning - Best Burger , Houston Press

Patio Wine Series, every 2nd Wed. 5:30-7:30 PM $35 featuring 4 food and wine stations.

$15 Sunday Suppers start at 5PM, Half Price Wines

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Enjoy your Thanksgiving in our cozy log cabin setting.
3 course $58 per person menu including a traditional Turkey Dinner option
Serving 11:15 am - 7:30 pm Fantastic Wines and Gorgeous Bar Area also

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are open on Christmas Eve serving Brunch 10:30 am - 2 PM and then Dinner 5:00 - 9:00
Enjoy our cozy log cabin setting beautifully decorated for the holidays.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We are open New Year's Eve with Seating Available 5:00- 10:00 PM
$85 per person- 4 courses and a glass of bubbles to start
Private Rooms with Fireplaces available, let us help you with all the details!

Private Dining

This Cozy Log Cabin is a stunning backdrop for your next event. Parties from 10-200. Happy Hours, Weddings, Corporate Dinners, Garden Parties. 5 different rooms and a gorgeous lawn and deck area.

Rainbow Lodge Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (62)
Romantic (48)
Good for a Date (47)
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Good for Anniversaries (46)
Scenic View (46)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Cozy (34)
Worth the Drive (34)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Authentic (31)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Business Meals (28)
Good for Groups (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Tasting Menu (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Seasonal (11)
Fun (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
People Watching (6)
Live Music (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Waterfront (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined a day ago

BD. Great surprise for BD desert

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·Dined 2 days ago

It’s was our anniversary and the waiter was amazing and kind and acknowledged our occasion the food was just perfect the combinations of flavors literally made her cry . Beautiful place wonderful staff thank you for the free dessert to celebrate our day

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

We especially enjoyed the ambiance at this Houston institution. It was a fine place to celebrate my mom's birthday. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Rainbow Lodge has the most beautiful back patio in all of Houston. The food is a diverse mix of wild game and haute cuisine.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great waiter and food

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My Wife and I Celebrated our one year anniversary at Rainbow Lodge and cant come up with enough words to say how great the experience was. From the food, staff, hand crafted cocktails and the overall feel of the place we will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I took my mom for her 74th birthday because she requested the crabmeat omelet she has had for previous birthday celebrations here. The Rainbow Lodge never disappoints. So glad to see you survived Harvey so well! We will return soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Cozy, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything was great other than the portions. When you pay 50 dollars for a plate you expect more than three asparagus and should have decent sized sides. Otherwise, the food was very tasty and the server was fantastic. I would recommend, but I would do so being sure to let them know do not anticipate being full.

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food3
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love the rustic décor and attentive but not overly bothersome service from friendly wait staff.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Nice place. Not formal. Wild game. Good service from Mary!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had a very nice lunch for my mother who recently turned 80. There was a wide range of food choices and everything we had was excellent - chicken fried venison cutlets, overnight red wine braised short ribs, grilled swordfish, and smoked chicken and gouda pretzel bun sliders. The restaurant was busy but not crowded, and it was still quiet enough for conversation. We all enjoyed the views of the grounds and the fishing lodge ambiance.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

One of my favorite places in Houston. Consistently great food, wonderful atmosphere,
excellent service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was great, even though known for Game food, the lodge also had options for vegetarians.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and great service!

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fabulous food, service and ambiance!

My only complaint was that there was almost no duck in the duck gumbo and I wad really looking forward to it.

Otherwise the night was perfect!

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The setting was awesome...The staff at the Rainbow Lodge went out of there way to accommodate our large party...From the drinks to the food, we couldn’t have asked for anything more...Great Food....Great Service....Great Time!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The setting was perfect for our birthday celebration.
The service was far from a 5 star restaurant. For the price, tasty dishes and excellent service, go to Presidio over on 11th in the Heights.
From the moment we walked in and were barely greeted by an older lady with a sour-puss attitude, to the waitress complaining that she would prefer I pay now while she is standing there in order to save her some walking steps back up the stairs....the attitude of the service sucked.
This could have been our new favorite place but the attitude of the depressed staff was sad for such a perfect setting in the big city.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Have always had a great meal and visit at The Rainbow Lodge. The food was and service was very good, and the wait staff very knowledgeable about the food. Always a great view and a comfortable meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Loved the place. Very cute and romantic. A little bit expensive but food was very good. The staff was very nice to us

Tags: Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Consistently great food with attention to service. The game burgers and charcuterie plates were big hits along with the duck and sausage gumbo.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary there. The food was exquisite and the environment was cozy. A great place for repeat special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

No one at hostess stand when I arrived & waited about 5 min at 11:30; my guest had same experience. Crab cake was shredded with lump crab only on top but flavor was good. Very small portion of trout for the price. Service was a little slow. Biggest complaint is the music -- I love classic rock but it's hard to have a conversation when it's playing so loud.

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food3
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Very relaxing place and friendly stuff! Will definitely visit again when I'm back to Houston!

Tags: Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very enjoyable meal. Great food, fun service, fabulous atmosphere and attention to detail.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went twice in 1 week 1st visit my trout entree didn't have but 1 small piece of lump crab and lots of pecans. 2nd my jumbo lump crab cake was salty and the only lump crab on the plate was only a 3-4 pieces of lump crab on top.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We waited 20 mins to be acknowledged after being seated for our reservation. The waiter who noticed their was no water or sign of service at our table, finally came over. He acknowledged we had not been served and decided to be our impromptu waiter. Before and during our dining experience, there were three staff members addressing the other three tables multiple times in our immediate area. While only the one waiter ever acknowledged my husband and I. Leads me to look around for the difference, the only thing I could visualize was our skin pigmentation. Very disappointed from a four start restaurant, especially in Houston Texas. I was scouting the restaurant for a potential place to bring several hospital benefactors in Nov. After my experience we will not return nor recommend this restaurant to any one else.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food is very hearty, game-y, and warm. Good for winters and cozy all-American food. Have to have an appropriate appetite for heavy food, but overall it was DELICIOUS! As well, the building was very lodge-esque and really transported you to a Montana mentality. The “backyard” has a creek, romantically lit walkway, and you can even enjoy your meal on the back porch under stained glass lanterns. Definitely will return!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went because it was #17 on Chronicles top 100 restaurants in Houston; left wondering how it achieved that ranking. The atmosphere and food selections need to be updated.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My daughter and I had a wonderful birthday dinner on my visit to Houston!!

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Fantastic 6-course Chef’s Choice with Sommelier pairings for each dish. The best restaurant in Houston, and probably our favorite meal ever.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Must get the lodge potato wedges. Just be careful not to have too many $2 mimosas you get cutoff despite the time limit.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Cozy, hunting lodge ambience. Great food. Wonderful Sunday brunch with $2 champagne/Mimosas. Great place to meet friends and have a nice conservation. White table cloths and flowers. Pretty view.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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 (Toledo)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The wild game meats were extraordinarily prepared with great ambiance on the outdoor deck. Never thought I’d type these words “try the antelope”.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

First time eating at the Rainbow Lodge and we loved it!! Loved the outside seating we just wish they had a few fans out on the deck to move the air. It would have been perfect if the cool front would have come through like predicted. Lol!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We ordered the Chef's tasting menu with wine paring and it was amazing! Perfect Anniversary dinner!

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Overall the dining experience was nice and we had a great waiter. My only objection was for some reason they were experiencing a FLY issue. These fly were some of the biggest flys I have ever seen. Particularly bothersome is you had a window seat. Very annoying. Hope it’s a temporary problem.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Had not dined at Rainbow Lodge for 15 or so years. Had a friend in town and wanted a unique dinner spot. The food and ambience was very good. The service was disappointing from start to finish.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This place is a nice Neighborhood Gem. It has very idyllic views to the surrounding nature. A rustic-elegant charm. The service team is very friendly and attentive. The food tastes very good, a lot of special meats on the menu. Not high-end fancy, but solid cuisine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

So far, after several visits, has not failed to impress

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Loved the food. Great service. Had the eggplant Gnocchi not enough eggplant and gnocchi, all onions. Tastes wonderful just would have liked more substance. Oysters awesome. Croissant bread pudding was heaven.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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