Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.1
3706 reviews
$50 and over
Continental
For over eighty-five years, New York's defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite-an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends' latest Carnegie Hall performances.

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Experiences

  • Valentine's Day

    $175.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    A 4 course dinner with a glass of champagne, $175.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. This will be the only menu offered Valentine's Day dinner.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3706 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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Jmsw
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! The food was delicious. We had the borscht, beef stroganoff, and cheesecake. It was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had an amazing time. It was a lovely dining experience.

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Hanaaatron
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Not sure if the service and everything have gone down due to Covid but we were slightly disappointed in our visit here. The building and atmosphere are wonderful and fun. The food was mediocre and not worth the price. We found the service to be slow, and seemed like customers were constantly waving down the waiters to order food or get any service. For the price tag of our entire meal, I would probably not come back.

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Susan
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Better than expected! Loved it- great night!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good was delicious, atmosphere beautiful… admittedly a very high price point for what you get but overall a good experience

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JamesL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little overpriced, a little over-the-top, but always a treat -- and the food is actually quite good (particularly the traditional Russian dishes). A definite must-try at least once.

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vipphilosopher
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Russian Tea Room can't be beat for picturesque decor, spacious uncrowded dining and service. My favorite is Sunday Brunch with a wonderful selection of delicacies including my favorite, a caviar omelet. Their excellent assortment of wines by the glass, including a lovely French Pouilly-Fuisse, makes it even better. Try it!

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Robert
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Arrived and told they didnt honor restaurant week on weekends.
The chicken kiev was horrible, no cheese or ham.
The desert of tiramisu at $20 was horrible, dry, small and not creamy at all.
The moscow mule was good at the bar.

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MDone
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We made on reservations during Restaurant Week and when we arrived we were told that the Restaurant Week menu wasn't honored on the weekends. We went back to the Restaurant Week listing for the Russian Tea Room and no where could we see where the Restaurant Week menu wasn't honored on weekends.

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SpideyNYC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very beautiful restaurant with a great ambience. The only thing lacking is food quality given the high price point

JK
JaimeK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an incredible atmosphere! Food was perfect and the service was top notch. Will be back!

HP
HayleyP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I was expecting a grand afternoon tea experience that I read about, but it was lacking in so many areas. For the price including tax, it's just not worth it. The sandwiches felt stale, and unimaginative. The desserts were not fresh and lacked creativity, and the tea selection was unimpressive. My family really wanted to love this place, and for the price we wanted an experience, but this was not the case. My recommendation is to find another establishment (and there's plenty in the city) that could offer your the value for your buck, and a worthy experience to talk about.

JM
JennaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Big yikes! Came here to celebrate getting my dream job and we were ignored basically the whole time. When the sandwiches came, they were dropped on the table with no explanation. Tea came 15 minutes after we were done with the sandwiches...We didn't know who our server was, and there was an hour in between sandwiches and scones/desserts. In that hour, no one checked on us or looked at us until a busser came over--he was great. Everyone else was monotone and very robotic. 80 dollars for horrible service, hard as a rock cupcakes, and sandwiches we ate in 5 minutes since they were so small. The check was never dropped and we had to give our card to a random staff member passing by so we could leave. My partner works at quality brand restaurants and usually tips big no matter how bad the service, but this was awful.

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DrHK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service, and food. Highly recommend! We enjoyed the afternoon tea experience.

LW
LinaW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The Russian Tea Room is an institution and worth a visit. We tried to go for restaurant week but was told this menu was not available on the weekends (no indication on the restaurant week listing). We were promptly seated and ordered the afternoon tea - which was quite expensive and while there was sufficient food, I wouldn't say the food was particularly memorable or good value. The dining room is beautiful and it was good to enjoy the ambience. The service was efficient.

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vipMikeT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

We we're upset to find that the restaurant didn't offer its NYC Restaurant Week menu on the weekends. That's not the typical practice for restaurants that choose to participate. Additionally, the weekend dates are listed as being included on the Restaurant Week website.

We stayed and had brunch anyway. The food was underwhelming and the service a bit disorganized for a place this expensive and with such a storied history. Even without the misleading practice of not offering the prix fixe menu on the weekend, we would have been disappointed.

I don't recommend eating here.

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webbsyght
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

when they ran out of bread rolls, the kitchen was able to improvise which was the best part of the night by bringing out buttered toast

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Mayara
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place! Tasty food and comfortable atmosphere. Good to go with friends or in a date.

SM
vipStevenM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Always wanted to try this old NY classic, so I went during restaurant week. One can forgive the kitsch, to me that was part of the charm. Nothing charming about the rest of the experience. The drinks were outrageously overpriced and the waiter knew nothing about the wine list and then advised me that no one in the establishment knew anything about the wine list. So, after Googling my wine selection we chose from the restaurant week selections. Perhaps that was the reason the food tasted like it came from a low budget catering hall in New Jersey. I’d certainly never go back to order from the full menu.

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vipTScottJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was truly a fantastic experience! The service was spot on. Unique & tasteful ambience. Afternoon tea trays were delicious & the caviar service was exquisite!

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KatieS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place, rich history, very cool art, and excellent food presentation. And perfect martini!

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Celt
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambience and the service is excellent. The food is quite humble and not particularly outstanding for a fine dining establishment.

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1685penn
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still outstanding — maybe even better — after all these years. Food, service, and atmosphere can’t be beat. The lamb dumplings!! Absolutely delicious!! Everything from salad to dessert and tea is a treat. I love coming to the Russian Tea Room!

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RoslynC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was good service was good but it was a quiet place and

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vipchip
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went during Restaurant Week. Service was prompt, waiters attentive, food tasty. Borscht full of flavor, and the beef stroganoff was a good sized potion with tender beef and a yummy helping of noodles. The cheesecake offered as part of the meal was traditional in taste - a classic. One blip - we got a serving of the Georgian dumplings (bland, tough, and lacking in both sauce and spice). Was nice to revisit a classic!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food was great, service was on point!

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Angelinea
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great elegant place . Wonderful service, great martini and delicious food

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Emmanuel
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the lighting, the art displayed around the restaurant was great. Food was perfect, the dessert was delicious.

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vipmmmfood
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lifetime dream to enjoy afternoon tea at The Russian Tea Room which exceeded expectations! Ambiance, presentation, service and quality all top tier! Looking forward to my next visit!

LS
LilianeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It’s not the Russian Tea Room I knew, now food is terrible, service bad only one person for the entire restaurant but the price increases a lot.

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vipAftinC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2022
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Waiter was absolutely terrible. Never came around, didn’t know how to open wine bottle, and was rude. Would never go back.

RM
RaeMaeFoodie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very unique and luxurious experience. A great place to take a sophisticated friend or family member.

KM
KennethM
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 6 was very happy with the dining experience. The staff was very attentive. The decor is priceless. Our meal was tasty and well presented. We would definitely return.

JM
vipJM813
37 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were so excited to be able to get reservations for this NYC icon restaurant. I must say, while everything was "good" we were not blown away. My son wanted to try 2 different tea choices and we were told we were only allowed 1 which was a little disappointing. He did enjoy many of the sandwiches and caviar on his first tower. I had the vegetarian choices. They were fine. I am glad we got to go, but for the "price of tea" I feel you get more at other places.

MB
ManishaB
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Sunday is not a good day to go to Russian tea room for lunch. There is no lunch only expensive brunch with mediocre choices

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SusanC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambiance, flawless service, perfect meal!

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taniaewing
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Shouldnt have to ask for menu twice
Which we had to do twice!
Food ok v pricey worth the visit but just have something cheap and font expect great service