Rainbow Lodge

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2823 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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EL
Dallas
9 reviews
Reviewed on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

It is always a pleasure to dine here. Lovely setting with excellent food and service.

LR
Houston
13 reviews
Reviewed on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Never disappoints. Delicious and interesting dishes. Wish there was parking that wasn't VALET. Rip off. I can walk just fine!

H
Houston
3 reviews
Reviewed on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

Lousey service and cold food. Dont bother. We waited 40 minutes after seated until our cold dinner was brought.

T
Houston
13 reviews
Reviewed on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Went there for brunch several times. The food is excellent. The ambiance is upscale country. Service is really good unless you have a big party (one time we had 24 people). Would recommend for groups and small parties.

M
Dallas
7 reviews
Reviewed on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Very nice restaurant. Great antelope and bread puding.

y
Houston
2 reviews
Reviewed on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food service ambience

Nice ambiance but not as fancy considering the rating. Food was good but not up to the hype.

GP
Houston
2 reviews
Reviewed on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Great ambiance. Great views. Great service. Great for celebrations.

BH
Houston
1 review
Reviewed on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Great service, food, decor, and experience. This is a fun place to eat.

O
Houston
3 reviews
Reviewed on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food service ambience

Decent food but great views. Nice place for groups and dates

LE
Houston
1 review
Reviewed on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Absolutely loved this place the buffalo steak was amazing.

LH
Houston
4 reviews
Reviewed on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Always a truly wonderful treat. Great menu and service.

KB
Houston
1 review
Reviewed on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Fun great food it's not a singles place but beautiful bar area. This is a place for some seriously good and different foods but you'll love it.

PP
Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Excellent food + wonderful ambiance = Winning combo

l
Chicago
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Great food! Great service! It's great for celebrating special occasions! I enjoy their wine pairing dinners - they are fun and generous with food & wine.

AF
Houston
57 reviews
Reviewed on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Unique restaurant, unique dishes, great service. We always enjoy the restaurant .

PD
Houston
13 reviews
Reviewed on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Rustic and 'lodge-worthy'. Paleo-comfort menu to match.

S
Houston
7 reviews
Reviewed on June 17, 2019
Overall 2food service ambience

Food was pretty great. Overpriced for what we received that night. Waiter was absolutely horrendous. 30 minutes before we got to order drinks. He dropped food. Forgot to place an order. Put in wrong orders. Grumbling under his breath. He generally just seemed to be having an off day - but one off day for him means zero more chances for us to try the restaurant again. In a city like Houston where great cuisine is plentiful, it's all about service and felling like you're welcome to dine with them and we just did not feel like that here.

s
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch, great food, great mimosas

Q
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for our 23rd book club anniversary!
Our waiter, Jordan was excellent! Attentive, well versed on the menu and personable!

m
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very pretty interior, servers were all friendly and efficient. I don’t eat meat, but my husband likes wild game, so we thought that we should try it. He was very pleased with his choices, but i had the halibut which was very bland. I didn’t find much of a selection of sides, so i was disappointed.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was meh. Food was not worth the money. Empty tables everywhere the entire time we were there. Place seems to have gone down hill in the last 3-5 years since I last visited.

RS
Houston
180 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The food was below bar but the service was excellent. Weird decor with dead animals abound. We won’t be going back.... ohhh, and some very portly guy was loud and obnoxious....

CQ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rainbow Lodge exceeded all of my expectations; from the warm atmosphere to the attentive service and delicious food. It was a wonderful experience!

GR
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food amongst an incredible setting. You easily forget you are in the heart of a city. The patio/garden area is gorgeous. Great place to let your kids have a little fun while parents relax.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lamb was under cooked but delicious. Had to send it back for re-fire

B
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and service were great as always. Back service was way short - looked at warm bread pudding and ice cream for 10+ minutes with no utensils or plates until cold and melted. Then waited for wine bottle takeout til too late - left $50 worth of decent wine.

DS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I've had in a long while. All homemade and the blend of meat, etc. is phenomenal.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every was incredible —- the food was top tier. Everyone tried something different. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and helped us navigate ordering with fluidity. We spent over two hours there and sat in a secluded corner. We will all be back there soon. My father looked at the venue for coordinating business events and family gatherings. The server that showed him around was extremely knowledgeable. All the staff contributed to making our experience seamless!

I
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Always a great experience here but Saturday night seemed a little off. Given that we had reservations at 9:15 and the restaurant closes at 10 I didnt expect the best service but I was hoping to be surprised. I sadly was not. They had ran out of bread before we got there and the entire experience seemed a little rushed. We wanted to order a bottle of wine but didn’t want to feel pressured into leaving and drinking it as fast as we could. Our waited was brand new and we appreciated the effort he was putting in. This place is always top notch when it comes to food and service but overall for the last experience it seems off. Given all this, in no way will this discourage us from coming back as we love the resuturanr as a whole.

S
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I was disappointed.

The ambiance was amazing. The crab cake and young greens and Gorgonzola salad were tremendous.

I ordered a Dewars and soda with lime. I received a soda and lime, clear, not a drop of Scotch. The waiter got that corrected.

I ordered the Cowboy rib eye - medium. It arrived with blood covering the plate it was so rare.

The waiter was very nonchalant and never asked how our food was.

When I pay $190 for meal and my cocktail has no alcohol with a steak that is inedible, that beyond disappointing when taking my wife out for a belated Valentine's dinner.

I believe that the restaurant is probably exceptional and I just ran into inattentive wait staff.

MH
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First Time guest and the food was wonderful. The wait staff was great, Wine steward was right on with the two wines we picked.

ZA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL met every expectation I had. My wife was very surprised and thought it was a romantic atmosphere. They had wine on the table already poured like I had requested in my reservation. There was no wait time at all- we walked in, gave my name and were brought directly to the table. Our server was great and helpful. The valet drivers helped my wife and I out of the truck as soon as we pulled up to the door, and retrieved the truck fast after dinner. We had a great experience and thank everyone who help us that evening.

JH
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, and service was impeccable. Also the setting is what you would see in an alpine lodge. Not what you would expect for the middle of Houston.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Great food. Wonderful drinks. By far our favorite place to dine

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a business lunch with my boss and a prospective physician for our hospital. Everything was great...food, service, atmosphere...no complaints.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is outstanding @ Rainbow Lodge!! Love it!

T
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating valentines as well as a birthday. Hoped for recognition of birthday but was not.

MB
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day dinner was everything I wanted and expected. Fantastic!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

MO
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited the old location many times and this was my first visit to their new location. I loved everything about the new location. The ambiance, the food, the service and the noise level were all perfect. I cannot wait to go back and this is a fantastic place to go for a business lunch or dinner. It is a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Everyone must go here once to find our what you are missing.

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