2011 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
Fax: (713) 861-8405
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
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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!
We spent the most delightful evening the other night at The Rainbow Lodge. The food was out of this world and the staff couldn't have been better. I had lobster and it was perfect. I would recommend The Rainbow Lodge for a Special night, lunch, business lunch or dinner (you can acturally hear each other which is unique in Houston) or even a drink at the bar after work. Thank you for such a lovely time!
01/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Took an out of town guest there for drinks @ 9:15 PM on Tuesday (1/19/10). Supposed to still be open, but no, they were closed! Valet parking, almost a mandatory now at this place, was gated closed. What a disappointment! Wanted to ""show off"" a Houston tradition. Obviously, not that anymore! Last time we will try at this place!
Can't say enough about the quality experience and level of service we enjoyed again at Houston's spectacular Rainbow Lodge. For years we have made it a requirement to celebrate our anniversary there and every year the experience continues to be world class. From the time we get there until we leave, the staff see to our every wish, the food is always the very best and the atmosphere is as nice as you can find anywhere. A brief call ahead has for years resulted in special reservations treatment that match the occasion. The location is relatively new but the food, service and experience are still as good as they have been ever since our first visit on the bayou many years ago.
Great Place with great people,
Bob and Jeanne
45yrs…and still going
08/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Well we went for restaurant week which proved to be the downfall of our dining experience. Our first course was a hot tomato soup with a panzanella salad. Well the tomatoes tasted like the equivalent of opening a can of hunts tomato sauce and pouring it over two croutons with some shaved cabage of some sort. It must have been the deconstructed type of dining experience the chef was looking for his diners to have.
The entree was different then published on houston restuarant week primarily the reason for going was the roasted boar on the bone which turned into filet mingon and was absent of any starch which would have helped the fire in my mouth upon eating the fermented cabage. Three glasses of ice water were no help.
The dessert was good but definately not why we attened the restaurant. If I wanted dessert I'd go to the chocolate bar or dessert gallery.
My wife and I ended up eating left overs when we got home because the portions were so small. We had waited all week for the chance to go out and celebrate and the restaurant left us with an awful taste in our mouth both literally and figuratively.
My impression of restaurant week was to entice new clientele and treat the exsisting customers to an experience never the less this was not accomplished and we wont be back
06/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We went here today because they advertise a Sunday Comfort Supper starting a 5 o'clock, and they also have half price wine by the glass. I had been here a month or so ago and we enjoyed the meals.
When we asked what the specials were our waitress didn't know, and when she returned she mentioned about 4 items, including an appetizer.
We didn't even bother looking at the menu because we'd come for the Comfort Supper. I did recommend the tomato salad and warned my host that it was pricey, but worth it.
You can't imagine the shock my host got when she received a bill for almost $200, with a tip it came to $215.
Pretty expensive when you're expecting a bill for half that.
To add to the problem, the gal who was picking up the tab was given a menu with no prices. The gentleman was probably given one with prices.
So be very vigilent about what you order, and what you can expect to be charged. I also seriously doubt the gentleman was charged half price for the wine we had at the bar while we waited for our table.
He was starving and didn't want to drink on an empty stomach, but there were no peanuts or snacks provided. So he asked for some bread and was told they were making it. We didn't get it til just seconds before our meals were served. Then he had to wait for them to bring theEVOO he'd requested.
The servers were in a much bigger hurry to take food off the table, than they'd been to bring it.
Since we were practically the only guests for the first hour, all of this poor servie was inexcuseable.
They know they open at 5, why isn't the bread baked and why don't the servers know what the specials are?
04/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The place was beautiful, the service was ok, but the menu was pricey and overrated. I heard that your ignorant if you make remarks about the uptown reknown restaurants. Then ignorance is bliss. I booked an outing here only to be ashamed in front of my employees. We might be from the woods, but the meals were over priced and the portions very small. My sense of taste wasn't thrilled and no fireworks went off when tasting the food. The food was undercooked, tough or greasy tasting in my opinion. One employee responded when he got his food ""Is this an appetizer or the meal"", I was embarassed and ashamed.
03/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
When i walked in i realized it was an actual lodge built in the 1850's or around that time. There was a river next to it and looked very old timely looking. The food was great in taste and style. The salad looked so beautiful i didn't want to eat it! This place is sort of pricey, but worth the money. The only down side is the size of the portions. But don't let it throw you off. ENJOY PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!