Rainbow Lodge

4.6
2609 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Wild Game
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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 5:30

Sunday Brunch 10:30-3 then Dinner 4-9pm
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Phone number
(713) 861-8666
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Schmidt
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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.
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Cross street
East TC Jester
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking. Some self parking available. Private lot . Our valets work for and appreciate your tips.
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Entertainment
Live Music on Friday nights in the Tied Fly Bar and on the Wine deck outside.
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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
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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

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.

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J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything in the dinner menu, was perfect for a romantic dinner with my girlfriend, Everything was perfect how I spected for the night, private, good service and awesome plates. Thank you for brought us a wonderful nite.

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MR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there, the food was delicious. The waiter staff was very pleasant. They offer you complemtary mimosas if you have to wait for others. Try the lemon icebox pie, simply delicious. The bread pudding was awesome

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TC
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rainbow Lodge is a rustic lodge style fine dining restaurant. I've dined here for special occasions like my birthday as well as company gatherings and in every situation they were wonderful. Their menu rotates so there is always something new to try and I would say they specialize in wild game and seafood. They have a large drink/wine list so there is sure to be something to pair with your meal perfectly.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely birthday brunch.

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ST
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I missed this place during restaurant weeks, but decided to check it out last night. Overall the atmosphere is nice and there are nice views. But I have to say I was not overly impressed with the food. Everything was fine, but nothing blew my socks off. The quail and grits appetizer was a little bland and my trout dish was super oily. Understandably the fish was oily, but the sweet potatoes and kale were also just soaked. We tried the bread pudding for desert and it had a good flavor, but again pretty generic. I still think this place is worth checking out, because the menu has some pretty interesting options.

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RM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has always been great. This was no exception. The food is great and the menu is just different enough to make stand out from other restaurants. And the service was also outstanding. It is just a great place.

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K
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What’s not to love about this restaurant! I was there twice in one weekend, once for dinner and for brunch on Sunday. Excellent both times and for that matter, all the times I have dined there.

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K
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rainbow Lodge. Excellent food and service as always.

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NN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to this restaurant for our anniversary, and I am glad we did. Food is super delicious. Waiter is so friendly and professional. Great for Sunday brunch. Highly recommended

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d
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We waited a long time for our food and sometimes had a long wait for drink orders. When the food did come out, two entrees ordered medium were rare and had to be sent back to the kitchen. They were delicious though! The waiter in general was very good, but we were celebrating two birthdays and only one was recognized...until we said something. The fact that two birthdays were being celebrated had been communicated when the reservation was made and again to the waiter that evening. Would definitely go back, but there were some "glitches" one wouldn't expect at this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We were very disappointed in the dishes served for dinner. Ceasar salad was ok, but my duck was overcooked, the fois gras was too soft. Service was good. Noise level way too high for fine dining. Sorry to say, we probably won't go back for dinner.

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t
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Menu needs work.

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DJ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining visit was a combination of celebrations as it was our wedding anniversary and we were celebrating my husband getting his PE License. It was the perfect evening - we absolutely loved it!!!

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my sister's birthday (with my other sister) and had an absolutely wonderful time. I don't know if we had such a perfect table overlooking the beautiful scenery below because I noted the celebration when making the reservations, or if we just lucked into it. Either way, it was a perfect setting to celebrate a special occasion. Our server was very attentive but not intrusive, and the food was all delicious. Rainbow Lodge is a great place to celebrate!

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LL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing burger! Wonderful service in a very special setting. A true Houston gem.

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T
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food was great. Ambiance was wonderful.

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere! It was my birthday and my family and I had a wonderful time, and the waiter, whom I regretfully forgot to get a name for, dealt with my quirky family with much delicacy and professionalism.
I’m a server myself, 20 years or so, and I was impressed at his waiting capabilities. I really hope my brother gave him a good tip. I was going to try to slip him an extra $20, but never had an opportunity.
In all, everything was more than perfect.
I would suggest possibly a section for parties that contained more of a communal seating with long wooden tables so that everyone could be closer together. The large round tables can sometimes leave a part of the party wishing the seats were rotational and at a constant shuffle so to get a word in with everyone.
Perfect birthday 🎂 thanks Rainbow Lodge

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S
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. My favorite place.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I celebrated our first anniversary and it did not disappoint. I had requested two glasses of Champagne for us on arrival at the table as my GF didn’t know where we were going. The Manager delivered that as we sat down. Great job!
I cannot remember our servers name, he was tall Serbian guy so that should narrow it down, was absolutely top notch! He was very attentive without lurking. He gave tremendous recommendations and truly help make our night special.
I never write reviews but this was worthy as we had a great evening.
Thank you Rainbow Lodge. You never disappoint, however this was beyond over the top. 🍾 cheers.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and wine list!

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KE
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. Loved it. I'm a vegetarian, but hubby isn't. We came here for Houston Restaurant Week since they offered a vegetarian selection to choose from for each course (thanks!!). I had the salad, harissa cauliflower and bread pudding. Delicious! My husband had the gumbo (he kept raving about for days!), pheasant and chocolate ganache cake. Our waiter, Lonnie, was fabulous! He took our experience from pleasant to fun. Will definitely return!

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VN
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food quality was not that great. The flavor seemed off. In addition, I had to ask several times to get a refill. Also, the menu options were not my favorite.

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MW
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was recommended for the view, however this was a bunch of hype. The food was so, so. My mashed potatoes were salty. The portion size was good. Not too large. The bread pudding was delicious but it would have been nice if the ice cream was softer.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

I wanted to get together with my friends for a Sunday brunch. My complaints are very simple. Three of us ordered the buffalo braise short rib Benedict. Just terrible!! Basically buffalo pot roast on soggy toast. There was absolutely nothing enjoyable about it. I did not eat it. I also ordered duck sausage. Wasn't even cooked. I understand a little under cooked. This was raw...Raw! Service....nonexistent. We had to beg and plead to get anything. We literally asked for every single refill ( not an exaggeration). I would have complained about food except nobody came to check on us or ask how things were. Maybe I would have ordered another entree or dessert but again nobody ever came to check on us. We waited 40 minutes for ticket. I had to buy food on the way home. I cannot believe that I am having to write this. I never give bad reviews. Ever!

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MB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food ... great service ... very inviting atmosphere ... unique menu.

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PH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great setting and service. Wonderful view but despite being in a cozy corner the noise level from several nearby tables was a bit too loud. Still a very enjoyable experience!

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ME
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time and we'll definitely be back. I enjoyed the mixed grill as it gave me a chance to try so many different items that I normally would not get anywhere else. My wife was less adventurous and stayed on the seafood side, which was amazing. We had great service, cocktails, appetizer, soup/salad, and dessert. Thanks for a great experience and we'll see you again soon!

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First and foremost, the music was on point! We were jamming at our table! We love this place, and everyone that works there is fantastic. 5 Star recommendation!

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LR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our experience was good and food and wine was amazing. Waiter forgot to put 2 of our orders in and recovered quickly on the first one and then he forgot my husbands coffee. He was suffering with allergies so I understand. We would come back and waiter made great wine selections for us.

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FN
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening with great service & excellent food!

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FL
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service. Food was excellent,as well. Portions were sufficient, even for HRW Lunch. Would highly recommend it,here.

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B
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was outstanding. The fact that instead of walking around the table, the waitress kept on reaching between my sister in law and her water to serve me detracted from the evening.

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely time at Rainbow Lodge, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The quail appetizer was fantastic and the Taste of the Wild Entree stole the show. Overall, good food and great service.

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VR
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice, food was good, service was excellent. Not a big fan of dead animals staring at me while I eat. But overall a beautiful place. Very nice wine list and reasonable overall.

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FC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Warm atmosphere, with a nice view. Very romantic, food was excellent.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It is a fine dining restaurant but the service was questionably poor. From the manager to the chef and everyone in btwn. Food was served cold, undercooked, reheated and/or distasteful. In any other estsblishment, after the 3rd rejection of unprepared food, the manager could or should have comp the order. But the manager insulted us by reconfirming the price difference in entrees. It took 3 1/2 - 4 hrs to complete our dining. Drinks were slowly replaced. Cokes were refilled with tea. Complimentary bread was rationed among a table of 6. Tables had to be switched out because it was unfitting and suitable for a party of 6... the list could go on.

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JE
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service were wonderful. However, the valet service was not. You MUST use valet as the restaurant does not have enough parking spaces for its guests. But they need MORE valet staff. Our reservation was for 11 am. When we left at noon, all the noon reservations were arriving. With only 2 valet staff, there was no way for all the noon cars to be parked and the 11 am diners to receive their cars. There was at least a 15 minute wait before the valet staff asked us to walk to our car ourselves. Otherwise we would have been waiting much longer. There were at least 3 other dining groups waiting to get their cars from valet in order to leave. The disorganization and lack of valets put a negative feeling on what had been a fun, nice celebratory brunch. I will remember the poor valet service longer than I will remember the good food. It will be awhile before I return.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jacek was our server and we will come back because of his customer service. He was outstanding..... the food was over the top as well, but Jacek being so warm and inviting made our brunch. Thumbs way up.... thank you for a lovely meal

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I originally could not get a reservation online for 7, only 6. Called the restaurant and they were happy to accommodate all of us. The restaurant felt like an upscale Vail, Colorado ski resort. The food was outstanding, and I mean all 7 of us. The service was unbeatable, probably the best service we received in a long time. Can't wait to go back.

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A
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was good, except the noise. Was very hard to have conversation

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