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Red Rooster Harlem

4.6
7942 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southern
Located in the heart of Harlem, Red Rooster serves comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. Named in honor of the legendary Harlem speakeasy, Chef Marcus Samuelsson brings his passion for food to the neighborhood he calls home.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 7942 people are saying
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4.6
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaeO
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is genuinely the best restaurant I have ever been to. This meal was also the best meal of my entire life. We initially were being seated upstairs by the bar but it was quite noisy so the hostess offered to seat us downstairs where it is much more quiet. Our waiter was very attentive, gave us good recommendations for the food, and was overall very friendly. For the appetizer we had the incredible ceviche which I would highly recommend. For entrees, I had the jerk salmon bowl and my partner had the steak frites. The steak was the best steak I’ve ever had, my partner got it medium well and it was incredible, although the waiter did recommend to try medium rare at some point because the outside is quite cooked but the inside is nice and juicy that way. The sauce on the salmon was incredible as was everything else in the bowl. The drinks there are also quite strong and also delicious, so you only need 2 max if you want to be tipsy. One alone will make you feel good though. For dessert we had the ice cream and it was freshly made. It was certainly a lot but it was quite delicious so we finished it all. The ambiance of the restaurant is also so beautiful. Everything about it just made it such a strong and culturally enriching experience. It’s beautiful to see this type of place in Harlem. We deserve more like it. 10/10 recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server was very sweet. The Crispy Bird sandwich was very tough. The highlight of meal was the cornbread! We also didn’t feel very comfortable in the area due to very large noisy crowds right at entrance to restaurant.

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ABW3
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love red rooster

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We selected Red Rooster based on all of the stellar reviews. We came to celebrate my daughter’s graduation. Our experience overall was awful. The bright spots were the hostess and the wall art. Everything else was extremely subpar. First, the service was awful. Our reservation was for 3:00pm, we arrived right at 3:00pm, and were seated outside per our reservation. The outside space was too small for our party of 5, and super noisy, so we requested to be moved inside. We were moved inside with no problem. We had to sign a covid waiver which was fine. Once inside we were given water, then we sat for 30 minutes waiting for our orders to be taken. Finally, our waiter arrived and we ordered appetizers and our meals. We ordered corn bread, chicken wings, grits, greens, four of us had the catfish and one had the steak. The cornbread was dry and bland, the chicken wings didn’t have a good flavor and were over cooked (Popeyes’ chicken is one thousand times better), the catfish was very bland and sitting on top of black eyed peas that were swimming in tomato sauce, the greens and grits were “ok”. My 14-year old daughter liked her steak and my husband thought the catfish was “ok”. My two young adult children and I all hated the catfish dish. We were so disgusted with the overall experience that we left without ordering dessert (we love trying different desserts) and went home and ordered pizza. $220+ dollars later, what an enormous disappointment. Bad service and bad, overpriced food does not a winning combination make. Either the restaurant purchased all of these glowing reviews, or we caught them on a really, really bad day. I think the former is probably accurate. Well, we tried it and will never return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly service and a great atmosphere

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KatrellT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Overall good experience, they took all covid safety precautions...the staff was friendly and accommodating. I personally didn’t care for the food dishes I had they weren’t horrible just wasn’t prepared to my liking but the manager stepped in and made it right and the music was everything!!!

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vipBusiness
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely meal. Delicious and presented beautifully. The jerk salmon was prepared perfectly, the wait staff was attentive and the patio ambience was great. It was a hot day but fans provided a cooling effect. We loved the entire experience!

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded 2 days ago

We are happy you loved your entire experience. At Red Rooster Harlem, we strive to satisfy every guest with amazing dishes, a unique atmosphere, and exemplary service. We were gratified to read that we had met these expectations when you joined us. Thank you for being our guest and for sharing your thoughts. Your kind comments are genuinely appreciated, and we look forward to having you as our guest again. Cheers! The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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BarbaraB2
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took the servers advise and it was spot on. The Uptown Guacamole and Deviled Eggs - great starters. The specialty drinks likewise.
Wings and cauliflower did not disappoint. Both exceptional flavor and the right amount of spice. Same for the blistered tomatoes.
The asparagus looked like they had either been warmed over or just leftover. And the Mac/ Greens w Lobster should have been piping hot which it was not and could have used a bit of salt. But there was plenty of lobster. Portions are generous.

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks, BarbaraB2, for being our guest and for sharing your honest and detailed feedback. It appears that overall you left us on a positive note despite having an uneven food experience. Your review will be shared with our culinary team. It is our hope that you will join us again the next time you are in the area and allow us the opportunity to provide you with a perfect visit. Sincerely, The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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SheilaF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Our food was outstanding. However, the service was terrible. They may have been short staffed, but when our waitress did occasionally show up, she was unengaged and sullen. The hostess was very nice and apologetic when my husband had to twice seek her out to get our water refilled after waiting 15 minutes.
We have eaten at the Red Rooster before and had a wonderful experience.
As I said, the food was great, but the overall experience was marred by poor service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Cool relaxed vibe inside. Outside was quite the opposite. We didn’t feel comfortable or safe and were eager to get into our Uber and head back downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Drop into Harlem after unexpected layover. Great experience as always.

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded 3 days ago

Layovers are great when you can figure out a way to get to Harlem and dine at Red Rooster! That's great news! Thank you so much for popping in and we hope to see you again the next time you are in town. Cheers! The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Over priced food was not that Good

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JamieM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved celebrating my birthday lunch at Red Rooster! The staff was so friendly, the food was delicious, and the vibe is a mix of trendy, artistic, and cultural. 10/10 would recommend (and do) to everyone!

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded 3 days ago

Jamie, we are extremely glad you enjoyed your birthday experience at Red Rooster! Such fabulous news! It was our pleasure having you as our guest, and we are flattered to be a part of such a special memory. Please do join us again the next time you are in the area. Warmly, The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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LoriM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't wait to eat here again, and try everything I didn't have the first time. All the food was perfectly seasoned. The chicken and waffles were a standout, as were the sweet potato soup, mac and greens, jerk salmon bowl and steak frites. The juicy chicken leg had the crispiest, most delicious skin, and the waffle was crisp outside and tender within. The soup was complex and interesting while being light enough for warm weather eating.

The service was fast and attentive in an interesting space, and there was live music. We came in an Uber from central Queens in a thunder-and-lightning downpour, and we'd do it again because it was that good.

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JR716
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great casual dining, eclectic decor and energetic vibe with live jazz music which is great for the bar area. However, the noise level was a little too loud for the dining area. The drinks were innovative but overpriced. The cuisine is just as I anticipated-a refined culinary experience!

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ShekinahT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Ambiance was excellent and we had a lovely table but the food overall was lackluster and the service was basic.

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notkiddingaround
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I've been wanting to go to Red Rooster for ages, but left underwhelmed. Maybe going on the hottest day of the year for brunch wasn't a good idea, we opted to sit outside because... COVID. But I think we should have opted to eat inside. Outside was hot, stuffy, and the red canopy tents were messing with our vision. The food was hot, but so was outside so our appetites were suppressed. The food was tasty but pricey. I got Yardbird by the piece, grits, and a drink. I may give it another try, but at least I can check this off my list.

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, We never meant to have you leave us feeling underwhelmed, and are deeply sorry. Thank you for bringing your lackluster experience to our attention, for we wanted nothing more than to blow you away with a fabulous visit, and we clearly missed the mark. Our apologies. It is our wish that you join us on a cooler day, and allow us the opportunity to provide an outstanding experience from beginning to end. Most sincerely, The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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LaverneS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't leave Harlem without visiting the Red Rooster! The food is always fantastic!

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded 4 days ago

We love this advice, Laverne! Thank you for being our guest and for your amazing support. We are thrilled to have provided a fantastic experience, and we sincerely hope to have you as our guest again one day soon. Cheers! The Red Rooster Team

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PeterC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent space with very good food. Staff was friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back again.

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Peter, We are extremely grateful to receive your wonderful review and are delighted to learn that you had a such a memorable experience at Red Rooster Harlem. Thank you for taking the time to highlight how our deliciously prepared dishes, and extraordinary service team left you with unforgettable impressions. We look forward to having you as our guest the next time you are in the neighborhood. Cheers! The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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foodielover
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience. Excellent food and exceptional service, great menu, and the design of the restaurant and the indoor and outdoor seating areas are so enjoyable.

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ElizaR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fast, the food and drinks were amazing, and the vibe was fun and warm!!!

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AltareekW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience it was me and my wife anniversary and I would definitely recommend it

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded 7 days ago

Dear Altareek, Thank you for sharing such a special celebration with us at Red Rooster Harlem. We are delighted that you and your wife enjoyed a great anniversary. Being part of your happy memory is an honor and we hope you will join us again soon. Cheers! The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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NaishaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I am looking to returning to try other items on the menu.

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TerryB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The moment we set foot on the property was amazing. The customer service was outstanding; the food was made to order; beverages were great; dessert was awesome! Our server, Tiara, was absolutely the best. Ask for her when you go there!!!
I was celebrating my birthday and loved every minute of Red Rooster Harlem!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always - I took my 90 year old Mother to the restaurant on Saturday...the experience lifted her spirits because she is a old school Harlemite...and we were in town for a funeral...but walking around her old stomping ground including Minton's Playhouse and The Apollo did the trick...finishing up at The Red Rooster was the icing on the cake. Our server was awesome as well...thank you so much. Gene Waddy

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded 7 days ago

Gene, we love our old school Harlem neighbors, and we are humbled to learn that your 90 year old Harlemite mother had a great time at Red Rooster! Great news! What a special memory for the two of you, and we are so delighted we were a part of it! Thank you so very much for sharing your story ~ it really made our day. Hopefully, the next time you are in town it will be for happier circumstances, and please do join us again. Warmly, The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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MichelleE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the drinks to the food, everything was superb! *chef’s kiss* I had been dying to try this place every since I found out it was Marcus Samuelson’s restaurant. The atmosphere was very cool and the waiter was very knowledgeable. Will definitely return when I go back to NY.

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CaitlinMc
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful place to have a great meal! Great service excellent food!!

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded on June 5, 2021

Hi Caitlin, We are extremely grateful to receive your wonderful review and are delighted to learn that you had a such a memorable experience at Red Rooster Harlem. Thank you for taking the time to highlight how our deliciously prepared dishes, and extraordinary service team always leave you with unforgettable impressions. We look forward to having you as our guest the next time you are in the neighborhood. Cheers! The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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NathanW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the great Harlem restaurants. Their new outdoor space is beautiful. There food is, as always, outstanding. Strongly suggest the shrimp ceviche!

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ElizabethS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious appetizers, cocktails and sides, the fried chicken was a little bit on the dry side - still good just not the best. It’s a very lively place! We opted for an outdoor table but it were as though the musical offerings inside were right there with us! Not the easiest environment in which to catch up with a friend we hadn’t seen since pre-Pandemic times, but perhaps we just chose wrong for that kind of an experience. Overall we enjoyed our experience and our meal.

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DawnF
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING !!! FLAVOURS JUST EXPLODING IN MY MOUTH !! HAD THE SHRIMP & GRITS..UMM UMM GOOD !!!

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded on June 5, 2021

The excitement in your review is pulsating through our computer, Dawn! Wow, it appears Red Rooster provided a truly wonderful experience, and we could not be happier! It was our pleasure having you as our guest, and we sincerely hope you will join us again the next time you are in the area. Cheers! The Red Rooster Tea,

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kashifw
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant, which is located in the mecca of Harlem only adds to the experience 10x fold. The ambiance and service was that of dining with family on a Holiday.....PRICELESS! My daughter & I loved every minute of it. As a Brooklyn/Harlem native it was a memorable experience to show my daughter where her Father is from and how dining experiences should be! Much Love to the whole staff and especially our hostesses!

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded on June 4, 2021

Hi Kashifw, Thank you for your fantastic review ~ and we are sending our love back to you! At Red Rooster Harlem, we are so appreciative when our guests take the time to let others know about our delicious food, amazing service, and fun atmosphere. Most of all, we are genuinely happy to have given you and your family a memorable dining experience! Please come again soon. Cheers! The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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jamesh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Everything was good. One minor point was that our waiter was not as attentative as he could have been but that was made up for by the other staff who were more than willing to step up and provide service(such as "can you get me another glass of wine)

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded on June 5, 2021

Dear James, Thank you for being our guest. While we are sorry to hear that your service was not as attentive as it should have been, we are happy to learn that other members of our team stepped up to assist. We very much appreciate your bringing this to our attention, for comments from our guests help us to be our best, and we are thankful you shared. Please do consider joining us again one day and allow us the opportunity to “wow” you in every way. Warmly, The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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Carol
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfully memorable. Farmer's Salad, deviled eggs, fries and crabcake -- all absolutely delish!

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Tania
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I personally did not care for the food. My fiance liked it for the most part. I must say the garlic mash was phenomenal. The chicken was good but with heavy batter-not needed. I felt the lobster roll was a bit rubbery and had no flavor. I tasted mayo mostly. I feel like for the price, it should have tasted better-more flavor. The staff was very nice and I sat outside which was nice; did not see inside.

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded on June 4, 2021

Dear Tania, Thank you for being our guest - we are sorry you did not love our food. We sincerely apologize for having missed the mark and for leaving you with an uneven impression. Guest feedback is invaluable to us, and we are grateful you shared. It is our belief that you caught us on an off day, and we hope you will consider giving us a second chance the next time you are in the area. Warmly, The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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KryMonn
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Red Rooster is always great! Uptown Guacamole, Cornbread, salads, Salmon and Chicken .....Amazing.

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded on June 4, 2021

Hi KryMonn, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed our amazing food ~ looks like you enjoyed many of our signature dishes, and we couldn't be happier. We would love to welcome you back for another great experience one day soon. Cheers! The Red Rooster Harlem Team

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TimothyL
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Easy to get to on subway from midtown. Friendly greeting sat at table and waited and waited about 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. Eventually waiter Neil came and was helpful making choices. Took our drink order that did not come until after our entree and asking another waiter. Neil had to go work outside. Food was good but fried chicken dried out and not very special. Quite disappointed with haphazard service and $50 pp price tag expected much more.

Red Rooster Harlem
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you, Timothy, for being our guest and for sharing your honest feedback. Please know that it was our true intention to provide you with a perfect experience from beginning to end, and it appears we fell short. We hope you will accept our sincerest apologies and trust that you may have caught us on an off day. If ever you are in the area again, please consider giving us another chance, for we'd appreciate the opportunity to restore your faith in our restaurant. With regrets - Red Rooster

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was well seasoned

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AnnaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as usual it’s my favorite place to meet friends. The service was outstanding the waiter was very charming and I love their exotic drink, the bartender was extremely nice and received excellent service.

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vipClarissa
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red rooster never disappoints. Terrific waitstaff. Food and ambience. Love this place

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food were great! The staff was very attentive and the food was amazing

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You can order delivery directly from Red Rooster Harlem using the Order Online button. Red Rooster Harlem also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Red Rooster Harlem also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 792-9001.

Red Rooster Harlem is rated 4.6 stars by 7942 OpenTable diners.

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