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Rainbow Lodge, Houston, TX

Rainbow Lodge

4.6
4.6
5018 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Well known and loved for gulf fish, wild game, steaks and chops, Rainbow Lodge 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 for three courses). Sophisticated but not stuffy! Menu hits include elk chops, grilled buffalo tenderloin, Lodge smoked duck gumbo. Veteran chefs prepare gulf fish, wild boar, duck, quail, elk and beef. With 3,000 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 51 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Wild Game
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30–16:00 Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00–17:00 Bar Tue–Fri, Sun 11:00–22:30 Sat 17:00–22:30 Happy Hour Tue–Fri 16:00–19:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:00 Sun 16:30–21:00
  • Phone number
    (713) 861-8666
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Mark Schmidt
  • Catering
    Exciting American cuisine at your own location. Featuring seafood, wild game and signature entree salads. Door Dash, Grub Hub, and Uber Eats all post our menus for home or office delivery within their zones.
  • Private party facilities
    This cozy log cabin is a stunning backdrop for your next event, available for parties from 10-200. Happy hours, weddings, corporate dinners, garden parties. Five different rooms and a gorgeous lawn and deck area.
  • Private party contact
    Tim Neely or Donnette Hansen: (713) 861-8666
  • Area
    Heights / Washington
  • Cross Street
    East TC Jester
  • Parking Details
    Complimentary Valet Parking. Some self parking available. Our valets work for and appreciate your tips.
  • Entertainment
    Live Music on Friday nights in the Tied Fly Bar and on the Wine deck outside.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Easter Sunday Brunch

    31 Mar 2024 only
    Celebrate Easter Brunch at the Lodge. Three courses, $60 per person, kid's menu, $35 per person, does not include taxes and gratuity. Menu at www.rainbow-lodge.com (subject to change)

What 5,018 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

5,018 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A group of us came here for a birthday Sunday brunch. Everything we tried was delicious and we loved the ambiance. Everyone loved their entrees. Top brunch choices were the steak and eggs and shrimp and grits.

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  2. Adam

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s only worth it if you’re into game. The service is good and professional. The bread they use for the Benedicts is too soft and it gets soggy.

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  3. captainwada

    Houston

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    romantic outdoor ambiance, food is fair, small willd game portions;

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  4. KoiP

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was absolutely the best place to take my wilderness loving boyfriend! The scenery of the lodge was beautiful, the atmosphere was quiet and calm, dinner was excellent, and we were even treated to a complimentary dessert for our anniversary! Service was absolutely wonderful and we were extremely satisfied with our meal. Definitely one of the best places I’ve ever visited.

    2 people found this helpful

  5. CyndiC

    Houston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Appetizers and game dishes were delicious albeit small portions and expensive. But taste and quality with amazing. Wine list is extensive and impressive but cocktail program needs to be improved (we had dirty martini, vodka tonic and Paloma and none were good).

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  6. JAMESB

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of top 5 in Houston! Beautiful and rustic with spectacular and menu

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  7. Scotsfoodie

    Houston

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a great dinner experience! Our server was Cole and was attentive to all our needs, informative and asked for food critique. The mixed grill of wild game was presented exactly to request and filled with beautifully prepared wild game….a winner all the way!

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  8. BruceMc

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seating area for our group of eleven diners was great. We fit around one rectangular table in a semi-private space. The service was outstanding in that it was very attentive but not intrusive.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for business dinner w guests in town. Food unique and delicious and service great.

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  10. SheilaH

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very bad waiter. He would be gone way too long between question and never offered to tell us the specials for the evening. We had to ask him if there were specials. I requested a new waiter and Lamar was wonderful even though he was new he took very good care of us.

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  11. LillyV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a very enjoyable experience, with top-notch service.

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  12. JaneS

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yummy Sunday Night Supper! Oak Forest Ladies Book Club loves Rainbow Lodge.

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  13. RodneyC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you are searching for a really nice restaurant but quite different than any others….THIS IS THE PLACE especially if you enjoy wild game. Everything on their menu is absolutely delicious and I HIGHLY recommend the Rainbow Lodge for either Sunday Brunch (which is EXCELLENT!) or a nice evening dinner. We have been dining there for years now and we always look forward to returning.

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  14. SeanB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That’s was excellent place my wife and I we enjoyed very much

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  15. GeorgeM

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good choice for a special occasion like an anniversary, wedding proposal, etc.

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  16. PCat

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Rainbow Lodge is a full package. Great good, service, ambiance.

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  17. Clay

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was all very friendly. The fried green onions and bread pudding were amazing.

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  18. ArielA

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Unfortunately it was too cold to be sat on the patio, but we will return! Beautiful restaurant with attentive staff, 10/10 recommend.

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  19. DailyRye

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall the experience was great, tables were a little closely spaced in the room in which we were seated. The food was great; the "Taste of the Wild" appetizer was exquisite, although the portion was quite small (something to consider based on party size), however the Quail was a decent size portion and delicious. The cocktails were very well balanced and dessert was magnificent.

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  20. Matthew

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here but was recommended by a few friends. The experience was very nice, it was a quiet establishment and a perfect place to enjoy a date night. I had the Halibut & the food came out without a long wait. I will be back!

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  21. BrynnM

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restraint itself was extremely beautiful. I never eat at places like rainbow lodge because I always feel so out of place but it was so homey and everyone was super friendly. The food was absolutely spectacular and with the price.

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  22. ErikaP

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there was an amazing experience 10/10 highly recommend. Food was exquisite. Our server was amazing super helpful and patient with us. Great environment. Super clean and beautiful. They made my child her own plate. We will definitely be going back .

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  23. GillianL

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My partner and I visited Rainbow Lodge for Valentine’s Day. We booked the reservation three weeks or so in advance and we were very excited. Unfortunately, the experience was lackluster. Our server was kind and welcoming, but that was the best part of the experience. We were confused as to if the food items we ordered were intentionally served room temperature or if the items we just not hot. The meal was only good, not as spectacular as we had hoped. Maybe the meal was under seasoned or maybe the preparation was not attended to like normal. All taking into account that the restaurant was very busy. For the amount we spent on dinner, we not only walked away a little hungry still but unsure if we would return due to the flat experience.

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  24. KristinT

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tim was so helpful in understanding that we would be delayed to our reservation. We really appreciate his help in holding our reservation. Brittney did a fantastic job. The food and drinks (as always) were delicious. We can’t wait to come back!

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  25. Teedubyou

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. We began with the fried green tomatoes; I had the chicken fried venison, my husband had shrimp and blue crab risotto and we ended with bread pudding! Everything was delicious and the service was stellar! Robert was our server; he had a great since of humor along with wonderful recommendations.

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  26. NancyR

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall experience was really good, due mostly to the the friendliness of the staff and the ambiance. Service was very nice and courteous, but side dish delivered after we almost finished eating the entrées. Biggest reason I give 4 stars, not 5, is the portion sizes and the pricing. For the cost of each meal, there should be a salad offered with it and a side vegetable. The food, though skimpy, was flavorful and presentable.

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  27. SandraT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is delicious, but I found it extremely buttery. It seemed impossible to avoid large amounts of butter. Even the delicious lemon olive oil polenta cake was topped with a very buttery and utterly unnecessary frosting which was almost all butter anyway. I would go again and try different dishes. The food is very good, but it was too rich for me.

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  28. Edward

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a favorite when I visit Houston. Unique menu and great service.

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  29. DiscriminatingDiner

    Houston

    197 reviews

    3.0

    197 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The waiter seemed to disappear. I had to ask a different waiter who was having an on-going conversation with another diner for help in getting a napkin after the one I was using became soiled by spilled catsup. The martinis were small but good.

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  30. JenniferO

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We came for brunch for my husband's birthday. We made reservations in advance and our table was odd to the side, far away from window and we didn't have any views. The food was good and had a good mix of options

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good experience to eat, brunch was great and prices were good

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  32. todds

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here. The duck gumbo was really good. Some of the best gumbo I have ever had and I am not a big duck fan. I had the mixed grill as my entree which was elk loin, boar chop, and quail. All was pretty good. Apple cobbler was good but the lemon olive oil polenta cake was not good at all. Overall experience was good. If you like more exotic dishes, this is not a bad choice.

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  33. JoelS

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding experience. It was our Valentine's Day celebration and Rainbow Lodge was the perfect place.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service! 10/10 recommend! The nilgai was hands down one of the best dishes I’ve ever had!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic! We would definitely go again!!

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  36. katherined

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food! This is our regular date night restaurant and we always come away full but not stuffed. Ambiance is also great, for as many people as they seat in the smaller dining rooms it still has a cozy private lodge feel to it.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Cannot wait to celibate something special again at the Rainbow Lodge.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Rainbow Lodge. Food, drinks and service are always fantastic.

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  39. TomA

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting with excellent service but average cuisine.

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  40. ChadTD

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow - my wife and I celebrated our Anniversary last night at Rainbow Lodge, and it was a fantastic experience! Being the middle of the week it wasn't as busy as it might be during the weekend, though our reservation slot was the only one available. It was a great intimate evening - our waiter (Blake) was very attentive though it was only his second night with RL. The food was awesome - Bison Tenderloin for me, Swordfish for my wife. Our Anniversary was noted when we checked in, and throughout our time there. We received a card signed by several RL staff along with a special dessert which was a very nice touch. We will definitely return for future special occasions.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rainbow Lodge using the Order Online button. Rainbow Lodge also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Rainbow Lodge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 861-8666.

Rainbow Lodge is rated 4.6 stars by 5018 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 51 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX 77008

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    East TC Jester
  • Area
    Heights / Washington
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30–16:00 Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00–17:00 Bar Tue–Fri, Sun 11:00–22:30 Sat 17:00–22:30 Happy Hour Tue–Fri 16:00–19:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:00 Sun 16:30–21:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Wild Game
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Complimentary Valet Parking. Some self parking available. Our valets work for and appreciate your tips.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Mark Schmidt
  • Entertainment
    Live Music on Friday nights in the Tied Fly Bar and on the Wine deck outside.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (713) 861-8666
  • Catering
    Exciting American cuisine at your own location. Featuring seafood, wild game and signature entree salads. Door Dash, Grub Hub, and Uber Eats all post our menus for home or office delivery within their zones.
  • Private party facilities
    This cozy log cabin is a stunning backdrop for your next event, available for parties from 10-200. Happy hours, weddings, corporate dinners, garden parties. Five different rooms and a gorgeous lawn and deck area.
  • Private party contact
    Tim Neely or Donnette Hansen: (713) 861-8666
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