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Rainbow Lodge, Houston, TX

Rainbow Lodge

4.7
4.7
4360 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

7:00 PM


Booked 50 times today

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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 4,360 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Great for scenic views

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  1. c

    cathyw

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Rainbow Lodge is always a wonderful choice for great food and ambiance but it is particularly lovely at Christmas time. We celebrated a dear friend's birthday there yesterday and everything was extremely well done and put everyone into a particularly festive mood.
  2. CB

    CocoB

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful people. Speckled trout was delicious!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  4. MD

    MichaelynD

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    All our food was comped. It was inedible. So sad becauthis use to be a beautiful excellent restaurant. It now is just sad.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ooohhhhh how good this was!!! We can’t wait to go back. Everything top to bottom was perfection. We will be back asap. If you haven’t been in a minute, run, don’t walk!
  6. M

    Marty

    Houston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday brunch with two friends. Gorgeous setting, excellent food and service
  7. MA

    MANGOA

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was great and Ruddy was the best.
  8. g

    gustatory

    Houston

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We could converse without shouting making for a delightful dinner with friends. Enough variety to satisfy both fish and meat lovers. Loved the bison and venison while others enjoyed duck and red snapper.
  9. JW

    JanieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful seating on the patio with lights & heaters, great photo ops. Their specialty is game. Small plates of game were tender & presentation great. Entrees & service was excellent.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time dining at Rainbow Lodge. Our server, Derik, did an amazing job explaining items on and off the menu. We enjoyed our experience so much that we purchased six gift cards for Christmas gifts to our family! We will definitely be back!
  11. AS

    ArijS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance excellent service. Food was delicious and on time
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a first timer, I was completely in awe! The food was delicious and the customer service was exceptionally detailed. We’ll absolutely be back for another meal!
  13. R

    Rich5371

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had Thanksgiving dinner at the Rainbow Lodge and it was fantastic. I know it must be difficult working on Thanksgiving but you would not have known it from our server who was very attentive and very nice. This was my first time in about 15 years, I really need to make it back again much sooner.
  14. A

    Ambiance

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had never been to Rainbow Lodge before this Thanksgiving 2022 prix fixe meal. Owing to the holiday, it was a bit noisier than we expected. We will definitely go back for the opportunity to order from the regular menu. Overall, it was an enjoyable family experience. The setting was very pleasant--not too formal and stuffy. Our waiter, along with the entire staff, seemed genuinely pleasant and accommodating.
  15. PB

    PaytonB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    All in all we had a lovely time. The atmosphere was superb, and the service excellent! I had the trout, which was a little disappointing but others at our table had the turkey and said it was great! It was very pleasant as far as the noise level and we felt comfortable and welcome from beginning to end!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Thanksgiving menu looked inviting but generally not up to par. Entrees were lukewarm, steaks under cooked, and deserts were disappointing. We won’t be back.
  17. DP

    DonnaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful! Two top table at corner window with a beautiful view. Loved the Pumpkin Cheesecake and turkey take home snack pack.
  18. LB

    LoisB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This was our first time eating out for Thanksgiving. We have been to Rainbow Lodge before for other occasions and have always enjoyed the quality of food and ambience. For the Thanksgiving menu we had the turkey and venison meals- venison cooked at medium heavenly. We had the pumpkin cheesecake and bread pudding. Thoroughly enjoyed the bread pudding. The bourbon sauce is 10/10. For appetizers we tried the taste of the wild, crab cake and the crab dip. The cake was a little salty but delicious. The fried rabbit on the taste of the wild was well done. Wish there was more of it. My only complaint is ordering 3 snack bags to go, being charged for it and not getting it. We had desserts boxed up and assumed the bag the server came back with had our snack packs. We got home and when we finally checked nothing. Called to store to asked if that charge could be refunded, apparently the computer system doesn’t work that way. I’ve had it done at other places but here we are.
  19. j

    johnnief

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks giving dinner for two. Perfect
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving at Rainbow Lodge was fantastic!
  21. PS

    PhilS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. It was the first time we haven’t cooked for the whole family due to losing some family members so we decided to try something different and everyone was pleased and glad we went. Jody was an exceptional waiter. It was a really nice time. Thank you
  22. AG

    AshG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had wonderful and quick service. Very friendly and helpful as it was our first time there. Best service hands down definitely a bit on the pricey side. I’ve been to pricey restaurants but food was a bit better and more food was served but I suppose it was expected for a restaurant that specializes in wild game.
  23. TT

    TandT

    Houston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening! Delicious food well prepared and presented, service pace was wonderful.
  24. SW

    SusanW

    Houston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was surprised to find the restaurant busy on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We have been there on this day for several years in a row and this is the first time it has been so busy. That being said the service and food were still outstanding.
  25. j

    janmar

    Houston

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All in all, a lovely pre-holiday chaos evening! I highly recommend the croissant bread pudding.
  26. E

    Ed24

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had not been there since the start of the pandemic and they truly demonstrated what i had been missing, It seems as if there is a new decor and I would say it's a marked improvement. The food as usual was top shelf. and the service was five star. I also appreciated that some Texas wines were on their wine list.
  27. J

    Jenn

    Houston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious dinner and the service was impeccable.
  28. YH

    YolandaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner and had a wonderful time. The food and service was excellent!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and unique food. Good drink and wine menu. Great services and staff.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food
  31. M

    Mavis

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, drinks were great and happy hour is worth it. Music on Friday night was great as well. Scenery was great all around. Very nice and accommodating to get me a table while I waited for girlfriend to arrive and I was really early.
  32. T

    Trent

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nina was fantastic, great service and a great early Thanksgiving meal with family.
  33. MC

    MariaC

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The view and attention is great, we went for the brunch (wanted lunch but did not know that on Sundays its only brunch menu. So did not try some things we wanted to try.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to the Rainbow Lodge for our 23rd anniversary. We had a wonderful brunch and our server was amazing. Everything was delicious.
  35. AV

    AnaV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The service was bad, the food was salty, people kept walking past our table, and the quality/value was not what we have experienced in the past.
  36. LP

    LightingPony

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They made everything wonderful. Our waitress was very pleasant & accommodating. The lighting ambiance has vastly improved since my last visit.
  37. c

    chuckr

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I like how this restaurant can be a very special experience that is priced accordingly, and at other times a bargain. The Friday game burgers and the Sunday supper specials are high quality and affordable for most anyone. Chef Mark is a real talent and a nice guy. He came to our table and fully explained what was in this week’s special burgers. Ambiance is wonderful too.
  38. W

    Woodlander

    Houston

    218 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    218 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first visit to the the Rainbow Lodge. It is a beautiful restaurant with twinkling lights, flowers and candles. We were dining early, there was really no one there, and we were directed to a table in the middle of the restaurant with no view. We requested another table and were moved easily. It always baffles me when new customers are placed at an undesirable table in an empty room. The Big Board appetizer was fun and flavorful. The Rainbow Trout excellent, a generous portion with fresh garlic spinach and fried sweet potato curls. The buffalo steak was tasty but rare versus medium. Our service was attentive and sophisticated. Our only complaint was the size of the wine pours. Most fine restaurants pour a bottle slowly. In this case, the bottle was nearly emptied into four glasses during the initial pour. We definitely prefer small pours to let the wine breathe. We had an enjoyable time that could have been spectacular with a few changes.
  39. LT

    LTPW

    Pittsburgh

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening! The food was delicious - everything was cooked to perfection. Our service was fantastic. I will not miss Rainbow Lodge on any trip to Houston. It is always a highlight! Thank you so much!
  40. K

    Katella

    Houston

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my nephew to celebrate his birthday. Rainbow Lodge is his most favorite restaurant in Houston! Oddly enough, he is a vegetarian and loves their food choices! Not bad for a game/fish restaurant!

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 4.7 stars by 4360 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 50 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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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