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Rainbow Lodge, Houston, TX

Rainbow Lodge

4.6
4.6
4273 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • 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 4,273 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

Loved For

  • Houston

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  1. V

    Vlad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  2. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  3. JS

    JordanS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  4. SH

    SarahH

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    SusanW

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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!
  6. J

    Jared

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!
  7. A

    Alicia

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience.
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. M

    Missy

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Antiquated and eery. Not clean nor inspiring. Sad.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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+++++++++++++++++
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. DS

    DeclanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

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

    PatR

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional dining experience!
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. PR

    PatR

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and services as always!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Overall our experience was satisfactory, but not excellent. Our server was being split between us and a huge party in another room. He did his best, but service was slow. Overall our meal was good, but not great. My husband’s steak temp was way off to start, but was corrected. My daughter’s order was incorrect, but she was happy.
  30. MF

    MaryF

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rainbow Lodge always impresses. We love this special place.
  31. PJ

    PamJ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we have had in the last year. And we’ve been to Europe! The food and service were impeccable and we remarked that the ambiance was like dining in our private club. Highly recommend!
  32. R

    maggieR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I was not that impressed with my HRW meal, it was good but not worth $55.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Food was amazing, service was great and desserts were even better. 10/10 for my husband birthday dinner
  34. TD

    TennisDiva

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service! Our server was attentive and friendly despite our large group. The Restaurant Week menu was impressive and the food was delicious! Highly recommend!
  35. d

    dynodon

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. As always, food was delicious, service perfect, ambiance exceptional.
  36. F

    Fairway

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not your cookie-cutter corporate restaurant. Love the genuine service, original flavors, quiet setting. We'll be back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and it happened to be a lovely evening very cool and Daniel our waiter was awesome. The wild game meat loaf was superb and the serving was very generous. Again Daniel was very attentive and his service was great! Fun personality!
  38. D

    Dubyakel

    Houston

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    First 40 minutes I thought we were at Chucky Cheese. Little kids running around with no supervision. Finally cleared out and resumed a nice serene bar scene. Lively but nice.
  39. AS

    AnaS

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Very poor food quality! The fish looks like it was microwaved! The waiter was rushing not paying attention to our order! It was a birthday celebration, mention on reservation and not acknowledged! Will not be back or recommended!
  40. DD

    DeliaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! Excellent food and service! Can't wait until next time!

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 4273 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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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