2011 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
TollFree: (866) 861-8666
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, American, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Steakhouse, European, Seafood, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
11/18/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My grandest and strongest applause to the Rainbow Lodge! We held my daughter's wedding reception here this month and have received so many compliments from family and guests. My daughter and son-in- law were very satisfied with the overall performance of the restaurant. Excellent service, careful attention to all details, friendly, caring and helpful staff. The restaurant looked awesome, all three fireplaces lit giving us a warm, cozy feeling in a comfortable, sweet lodge which felt far away from our busy city. Large back patio and trees decorated with tiny, white lights was the perfect setting for outdoors music and dancing. Dinner - the red snapper was fantastic in a light sauce with capers and the risotto/mushrooms was the first to go. Guests kept coming back for more. Beef, asparagus and salad, so good. The buffet was constantly being replenished so good work and attention by the waiters and bartenders who kept my guests happy with wine and drink, so taken care of. Thank you! Tim, the manager, was very accomodating from set up to the end. He stayed on top of it and made sure that all needs were met in all areas.
One guest's comment as he left was ""this was a five star reception"", so what else can I say. The Rainbow Lodge was a good choice for such a special event. I highly recommend it for a special occasion or for Sunday brunch, Friday's burger grill, or the monthly wine evenings, all favorites of mine. Thank you, Donnette, Tim and staff at the Rainbow Lodge for making my precious daughter's wedding day extra special! Yolanda Gonzales
11/10/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I went for a business lunch. The atmosphere here was nice although I don't know if it lives up to the hype. I wasn't like WOW but nice. The bar is worth seeing because it's unique. I expected there to be more unique wild game options on the menu. Service was good. The food was good. The one big down fall is that we both ordered the Grill Mix which is different everyday so the waiter explains it to you. I expected that this dish might be more expensive than the other menu items because it is a ""special"". The most expensive item on the lunch menu was around $20 so $25-$30 for the special would be acceptable. We didn't ask the price and it turned out to be $37/plate and we both got soup which was an extra $7 each. I felt like the lunch warranted $75 max but the bill before tax (no alcohol) was $100. I think if they are going to offer something verbally and it is that much of a jump in price from menu items they should tell you that. All in all, good but watch know the prices.
07/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
NEVER AGAIN!!!! My husband and I decided to celebrate Valentines Day on Saturday since this year it fell on a Monday. This was our first and last time here! It started off with the sitting, we literally sat in the middle of a 12 by 12 room filled with 8 other tables! There were other tables open in the room, and when we asked our waitress if we could move, she flat out said NO! and gave us an ugly look. Our waitress was HORRIBLE! She was inattentive, never brought us water or bread! Never asked if we needed anything, and when we called her, she acted like she didn't hear us! We asked for specials and she mumbled them at us as she was speaking to a bus boy. Someone else got up at another table and she dropped her napkin, the bus boy picked the napkin up from the floor while she was gone folded it and put a dirty napkin back on her table! I ordered the chef's special lobster and it was extremely overcooked and chewy! While we were having dessert our waitress brought us the check, since we didn't ... My husband and I decided to celebrate Valentines Day on Saturday since this year it fell on a Monday. This was our first and last time here! It started off with the sitting, we literally sat in the middle of a 12 by 12 room filled with 8 other tables! There were other tables open in the room, and when we asked our waitress if we could move, she flat out said NO! and gave us an ugly look. Our waitress was HORRIBLE! She was inattentive, never brought us water or bread! Never asked if we needed anything, and when we called her, she acted like she didn't hear us! We asked for specials and she mumbled them at us as she was speaking to a bus boy. Someone else got up at another table and she dropped her napkin, the bus boy picked the napkin up from the floor while she was gone folded it and put a dirty napkin back on her table! I ordered the chef's special lobster and it was extremely overcooked and chewy! While we were having dessert our waitress brought us the check, since we didn't give her our card immediately she kept walking by, she would look at my husband and then at the check with an obvious/ugly look
05/06/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I don't get here as often as I'd like. But, the food, the ambience, and the service are usually impeccable. The one time I had an issue with my service, I spoke with Tim, the manager, and he was extremely responsive, taking the time to listen to my concerns and resolving the situation quickly and in a way with which I was very happy. He really reminded why I continue to return.
03/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
It has been several years since I was last at Rainbow Lodge, but I can assure you, that I dream about going back. This restaurant launched my love affair with food and fine dining. The ambiance leaves little to the imagination. I sat on the patio at night over looking the bayou...it was incredibly romantic and very whimsical. Our service was top notch. The food was amazing. I had short ribs that easily compare to the short ribs that I have since eaten at that of celebrity chefs restaurants. My experience from the food to the service to the atmosphere made the blow of the bill much more tolerable. I got what I paid for, and have and will return.
01/15/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I am so glad we took our friends to The Rainbow Lodge for brunch last week. We tried the short ribs with eggs, wow, it was delicious and the 99 cent mimosas were hard to resist although my friend order the bloody mary martini and I think I'll have that next time. We sat in the bar to watch the game and had super service.
09/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We took clients to Rainbow Lodge last weekend and it was outstanding. The unique flair of the restaurant makes it a great place to entertain. I don't know whether to start with the food or the atmosphere.
Salad or gumbo was our starters, and I believe the crab gumbo was the winner. Our set menu of filet, snapper, duck and lamb options. The duck wasn't tried by our group but all the other were all tasty per commentary. For dessert we enjoyed a sampler where each got to try 4 different desserts - which is a decadent way to finish up.
The atmosphere is probably the most unique aspect that captivates our guests. The fish & game mounts with the typical lodge decore is embellished by the building itself. The log construction is taken one step further with the raw log columns with the root flairs, and stick handrails. Even doors between rooms are custom metal gates with a very artistic flair. Overall the atmophere is very nice without being stuffy or slick. The grounds aren't as extensive or elaborate as the Rainbow's previous location, and consequently we didn't spend much time outside - even thought the entry fountain was a very nice spot to wait for your car.
The service was great - which to me means supportive, but not hovering or intrusive. Our pre-set menu did away with the typical announcement of specials. We opted for less expensive wines, but each variety served was good per my palate - but the available selection seemed appropriate to the food. I should mention our small private party received a higher level of attention when making arrangements, that I don't sense when making other reservations at larger establishments. Overall all these factors make me wish Rainbow Lodge was in all the cities where we host clients.
08/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Went to meet with some old highschool friends. We went for Sunday brunch & we three gals had the most awesome time! Food was absolutely great, and the service was awesome! We all 3 had different items so the tasting began: braised short rib benedict, shrimp & grits, and the red snapper was to die for! Completed it with Mimosas & great conversation. This place is PERFECT to bring a date to. Wonderful patio but the ambience is what makes it. Not stuffy & is outdoorsy but not too much that a woman would not appreciate it!
I cannot wait to dine there again, but this time for dinner!