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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 5:30

Sunday Brunch 10:30-3 then Dinner 4-9pm

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

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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (53)
Romantic (53)
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Good for Anniversaries (48)
Quiet Conversation (38)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Cozy (33)
Scenic View (32)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Business Meals (23)
Authentic (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (14)
Fun (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Seasonal (13)
Casual (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Healthy (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (3)
Waterfront (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 2 days ago

Had a group of folks from work in from out of town, and took them to Sunday Brunch. They were not disappointed. Service and food were excellent, as usual. Plenty of food options for all types of preferences (wild game, vegetarian, "traditional" brunch). Beverage options (all types) were also fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 2 days ago

Great and amazing service. The food is good with a lodge feel and game meat.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

The ambience at Rainbow Lodge is great, the service better than average. My dinner was amazing with regards to flavor, but the meat was served cold. I should have sent it back and will do so in the future if that happens again. My wife had the vegetarian entree and it wa Sheryl heavily seasoned, much more than necessary. Still, we will be back and would recommend Rainbow Lodge.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Great service! Great food! Great atmosphere! Highly recommended!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day

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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great restaurant, it was worth every review on trip advisor. Best service I ever had at a restaurant. Went for Valentine day and the champagne met us while being seated. It was a four course meal and they brought our plates out quickly. Soon as we were done with one meal they promptly removed our dirty plates with a new meal. Worth every penny. Nice and quiet with romantic scene in the lodge.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Beth and I love this place the food is delicious and the ambiance is just the right amount of intimate.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food, wines and service! I will return often!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent in all categories. Unusual menu with wildlife dishes

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We went out as 4 couples for our annual Valentines dinner. Great time. Great company. Outstanding moscato.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The Rainbow Lodge has wonderful ambiance. One of the lovliest restaurants in Houston and perfect for a special occasion or romantic date.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Celebrated my wife's birthday with friends and had a fantastic time. The food was amazing especially the pheasant. Service was attentive without being intrusive. The restaurant's wine list is extensive and illustrious. Great food, great wine and great conversation who could ask for a better birthday celebration. I look forward to returning soon to the restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Live Music, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food and service was suburb. Definitely worth the drive into town.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food and service are always impeccable- however- this time , I was less than impress with the service. The wait staff never refilled our water or came back to check on us. To get a second drink - we had to catch his eye across the room. We will continue to go to Rainbow Lodge and we will just chalk this up to a bad day.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The Lodge is a great place to meet old friends and make acquaintances into new friends. Warmth of wood and log and stucco walls , soft lighting and unobtrusive background music, rather than the obnoxious rock noise of too many restaurants in Houston. Excellent wine list. The Tied Fly Bar is a work of fine art; sculptured trout and swell booze choices (except for the lack of a few top Texas wines). Fine art and magnificent animal mounts throughout the building. Did I mention superb food? Whomever decided to always have the best bread in Houston was a genius.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The quail appetizer was excellent. And the main courses were excellent too. But what stoke the show was the desserts, the bread pudding and the chocolate mousse. Worth the drive.
We got an inside room but we requested if we cd sit in the main room. The lady adjusted us, it was a great evening. Thank you.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food but appetizers were a bit cold. Quite expensive. A wedding was taking place when we were there and the valet service was quite overloaded when we left, so it took about 20 minutes to get may car back. Overall nice though.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent restaurant with incredible wild game menu options.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Casual, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The atmosphere was great and the food did not disappoint.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great Sunday brunch. Perfect service, excellent food, unique ambience. We somehow got a table with a view on their beautiful landscape. My friend was there for the first time and called her experience ‘amazing’.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and service.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The visit was wonderful, ribeye was tasty and melt in your mouth tender. The server was knowledgeable and pleasant just like that new rye whiskey Whistle Pig they had.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Our wild game meatloaf at Rainbow Lodge was amazing and service was friendly and professional. Love this place.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Beautiful restaurant. The area we were seated at was quite noisy, but when we walked through all areas after dining we found there were several smaller quieter rooms. So for next time I would want to request that. We combined smaller plates with dessert which was the perfect amount together.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was alright. The place is very beautiful but the food and service was not worth the money. The caesar salad was dissapointing with stale croutons, the lobster was difficult to chew, but the ribeye was excellent.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

So if they don’t have a tasting menu you might be disappointed. We had a nice dinner but the tasting menu is much better than the regular items b/c of how things are paired. The waiter was very good as well.

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 (Singapore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We focused mostly on the game selections (quail, bison, elk, venison, added 1/2 lobster). All the game was quite good. The big disappointment was the lobster. The first 1/2 serving was way over cooked, basically a lobster mush. We sent it back, the replacement was only half mush (I.e., still over cooked). No comment from the manager, etc., so I guess that is the way they roll.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great exotic game expertly cooked with amazing service

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The service was great and restaurant is absolutely beautiful with a great ambiance. It was my boyfriend’s birthday so I decided to do something different.

The food was a bit on the “wild” side. We enjoyed the experience of trying things we have never eaten.

It was a bit pricey. $200 for two people. We probably won’t regular the place but everyone should step out of their box and try something new.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Jeff is an outstanding server. He deserves five stars.
Halibut slightly overcooked.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Business Success Celebration

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Long time favorite...

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent service and the food was outstanding. The meat was cooked to perfection.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Rainbow Lodge certainly lives up to its reputation, even in the new location. The ambiance is very rustic and reminds of a hunting lodge in the Colorado mountains. Food is exquisite and the menu features creative takes on non-traditional proteins. I went for the buffalo tenderloin special and we split the crab cake appetizer (to die for). Afterwords, we finished with croissant bread pudding - YUM! Highly recommend this place for a special night out with a loved one.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I'm sorry we were so late due to unforeseeable traffic and accidents on 3 major freeways. Our dinner was amazing and my husband LOVED his birthday dinner. Thank you for great food, service and atmosphere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We go to the Sunday brunch about 2 times per year and are never disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Recommend the Chef's tasting menu with wine pairing. Sommelier Marc Borel is outstanding!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We truly enjoyed our meal at the Rainbow Lodge. The food is amazing and very creative.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was delicious, service very good and our seating overlooked beautiful natural landscaping in the back. However, when we go back, we will ask for seating away from the bar as the noise level was very high and we could not converse easily, which is why we did not give full marks in our rating.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went to Rainbow Lodge for the New Year's Eve dinner - a four course meal. For the price, it wasn't anything special. While the service was very good, I felt like we were eating on an assembly line. The restaurant seem to run as many customers through that evening as quickly as possible. Having spent over $250 for 2 people for dinner, I think I'd prefer something better. Will definitely consider another restaurant for New Year's Eve next year.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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