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Rainbow Lodge, Houston, TX

Rainbow Lodge

4.6
4.6
4285 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

10:30 PM


Booked 49 times today

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  • Order online
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Wild Game

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Bar Tue–Fri, Sun 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    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, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 4,285 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

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  1. S

    Shirley

    Houston

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant! The decor and atmosphere takes one to another place in time and location. The food is good and the Sunday evening specials are really good. It is a Houston gem.
  2. L

    Linda

    Houston

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday supper … cChicken Fried Steak with garlic mashed potatoes and haricot veers for $15…. And the patio is the perfect place to enjoy it on a beautiful fall day😎
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was incredible. The staff was very accommodating and provided help to those of us needing mobility assistance. Perfect food, service and ambiance.
  4. TG

    TiffyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we stepped out of our car until we got back in to leave, everyone was so kind, helpful, and professional. My special request was honored, our waiter was friendly, helpful, and checked on us with perfect timing. We were all impressed with our orders, they were delicious. We will definitely be back for future celebrations.
  5. s

    slightsey

    Houston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely brunch on the patio with perfect weather
  6. ED

    EvanD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Our waiter absolutely knew his stuff and did his job admirably. Food portions were quite tiny for the price, which isn't unexpected in fine dining, but I did leave hungry even though I had an appetizer, entree, and dessert. On that note, the Bread Pudding dessert was fantastic, and the whiskey selection was above average-- there weren't a lot of Barrel Proof whiskey offerings, but there was a large enough list and a variety across categories that every kind of whiskey drinker would be able to find something they like. I enjoyed my visit, and I don't regret coming, but I likely will not be a repeat customer. The disparity between the amount of food I ate versus the impact it had on my wallet is too great to ignore. Though, I wouldn't be against getting the bread pudding takeout if I lived closer. It was actually more reasonably priced and larger portioned.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't rave about this place enough. First off the food is excellent. I don't know much about wine so I always ask and the waiters always suggest the perfect pairing for our meal. Our first time was our 7 year dating anniversary and it was so good we decided to go back after our wedding reception! Great experience! Highly recommend!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food as always!
  9. LH

    LeslieH

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I wish Rainbow Lodge would enforce the dress code. When you go to a nice restaurant, you dont expect to see ball caps!
  10. b

    brittanyr

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Drinks, food, and service five stars! Loved all of the Wild game we tried (elk, venison, rabbit, bison, boar) and the crab cakes, and halibut were great as well.
  11. LB

    LBerry

    Houston

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As expected and as always, we had a great experience. The food and the atmosphere are unique and interesting. The wine list is vast, and the food is tasty! Service was top-notch without being rushed.
  12. V

    Vlad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing time. Only thing I made the rsvp in the dinning room. But they sat me in the bar with my guest. It was my first time and I really wanted the dinning room. Wasn't sure why they put us at the bar for our dinning experience.
  13. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time visiting the new location. We had a reservation for 9 pm and we actually showed up about 30 minutes early and were immediately greeted and seated inside. Our waiter was friendly and he went over drinks and then the two specials. We found the atmosphere to be comfortable with the remembrance of a quaint hunting lodge. We ate, we talked, and we had a great time.
  14. JS

    JordanS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Everything was great, I feel the elk was overpriced. But everything else was right on par. Only issue this time we’re the drunk women sitting behind us talking about ghastly things incredibly loud. Wouldn’t be any issues elsewhere, but for such a nice establishment it wasn’t welcome.
  15. SH

    SarahH

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service were wonderful! We enjoyed our experience here.
  16. SW

    SusanW

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a busy Saturday evening. The only seating available was outdoors. What a treat we got a perfect of the beautiful Rainbow Lodge backyard. The service, food, and drinks were up to the excellent standards I have come to expect from Rainbow Lodge. Thanks, we will be back soon!
  17. J

    Jared

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place to celebrate my son’s birthday. Service, food and atmosphere were all terrific. Our server, Brittany was lovely-friendly, informed, made great recommendations and helped make our evening perfect!
  18. A

    Alicia

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Birthday Dinner with my husband from start to finish — Rainbow Lodge is outstanding!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience.
  20. SP

    SeanP

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place to be and love the look of the place
  21. MR

    MelindaR

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite Sunday Brunch Spots! Staff is always amazing and food is unique and beyond delicious!
  22. M

    Missy

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Antiquated and eery. Not clean nor inspiring. Sad.
  23. DF

    DFlo

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rainbow lodge is still the finest restaurant, in the Houston area, for celebrating personal or small group anniversaries or events.
  24. MV

    MauricioV

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my date here, and she absolutely loved it. The dessert was excellent and the food was very tasty, definetely a nice place for your special someone
  25. CL

    ColeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience of the restaurant is spectacular and really sets the mood of being in a lodge somewhere beautiful which is hard to get in Houston, TX. The food on the menu gives the same feeling. Me and my girlfriend had one of our best dates in a while thanks to the overall experience at the restaurant.
  26. M

    Melissa

    Houston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    We have been fans of Rainbow Lodge for decades. It is our go-to restaurant for celebrations and occasionally Sunday Supper. The Cheese enchiladas last night were terrible. Let me start by saying you're one of our favorite restaurants and we've been going there since several years before the move. We have been in for a couple of your "Sunday Suppers" and been disappointed 2 out of 3 times. The Chicken Fried Steak was awesome and set a new bar, possibly the best CFS of my life. Next was a Chicken curry dish with Jasmine rice that didn't deliver and last night we were in for the cheese enchiladas. Hopes were high because it was Rainbow Lodge. I expected you to blow Pappasito's and El Tiempo and possibly even Hugo's away. You didn't blow Jack in the Box away. It was very disappointing. They were dry, tough and flavorless. The Black beans had kind of a soapy taste to them. The rice was exceptionally bland too. We might be done with Sunday Suppers. We'll be back for your regular menu though. We thought you'd like to know. The idea of the Sunday Suppers is excellent but the execution does not live up to either your standards or our expectations. Melissa and Tim Marshall
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service! Paola was out waiter her was very attentive and nice.
  28. AW

    AlanW

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed brunch at Rainbow Lodge. The food was great - and Paolo did a perfect job in exceeding our expectations. We will be back for more. A+++++++++++++++++
  29. CC

    CheyenneC

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a birthday brunch for my father in law. The last time I had been was for my anniversary a year and a half ago. Coming back, it lived up to the hype in my head. The service was amazing. It wasn’t too loud. The food was amazing! We will definitely be back for brunch again.
  30. R

    Rushell

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was some of the best I had in Houston. The place is beautiful and the staff are amazing!! Loved everything
  31. DS

    DeclanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent environment
  32. PR

    PatR

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional dining experience!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The overall experience was pleasant. Did not feel the most welcoming to my group of 10 but they did what appeared to be their best. No intentions of returning but thankful for the nice evening to celebrate my 39th year of living.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food, as always. The shrimp appetizer and bison steaks never disappoint!
  35. LS

    LydiaS

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, in a lovely setting. We'll return, to be sure.
  36. i

    islandgirl

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Weekday lunches are a good deal. If you like smaller portion then the business lunch is perfect. I usually order the lunch daily fish. Patio dining is great during cooler months.
  37. RA

    RuthA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rainbow Lodge is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. The ambiance is amazing. It is a break from visual noise, music, and other distractions. Perfect for a quiet dinner for two or hosting a family celebration.
  38. M

    Msml

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rainbow Lodge is my favorite Houston restaurant. I find the food to be excellent and the service impeccable. Every waiter I have had is outstanding in their service and consideration of guest enjoyment. The food is imaginative and well=prepared. I cannot think of anything I have had there in which I was disappointed.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was wonderful and patient. Of course the food was superb.
  40. PR

    PatR

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and services as always!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

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 4285 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 49 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
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Google Map for Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX 77008

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    East TC Jester

  • Neighborhood

    Heights / Washington

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Bar Tue–Fri, Sun 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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, Takeout, 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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