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Rainbow Lodge, Houston, TX

Rainbow Lodge

4.7
4.7
4218 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 66 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

  • 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

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What 4,218 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Scenic View

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  1. DB

    DavidB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service a little pricey but good portions
  2. PR

    PatR

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional dining experience! Our waitress Jasmine took excellent care of us!
  3. SM

    ShannonM

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always superb dining
  4. FS

    FernandoS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was amazing. Food was excellent. Outdoor table view was incredible.
  5. LP

    LaweranceP

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & Service second to none especially the Wild Game! Please keep this up. Wish there was music inside too. Maybe a Walking Violionist or Guitarist or a Flute-tis. Get a music student ...
  6. B

    Bellaboo

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was quite unique and interesting. Gorgeous outdoor area - we even watched a proposal as we ate dinner. The food was only okay. We got the rainbow trout, mixed grill and one of the chef’s specials as entrees - the chef’s special redfish was by far the best and the others only mediocre. The trout was lacking a bit in flavor. The gumbo as an appetizer was amazing, and the icebox lemon pie also quite good for dessert.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all around. The service was excellent and the food was amazing! Will definitely go back!
  8. RR

    RRRR

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    Terrible seating. Went for a romantic dinner and was sat at a high 6 top table in the bar.
  9. RG

    RolandoG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Bad overall, McDonald’s has better service. Regular place with fancy restaurant prices
  10. JM

    JennaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and very unique. My boyfriend loved the outdoorsy feel you get from the decor.
  11. WL

    WilliamL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. We had elk, venison, and rabbit as an appetizer. For the main course we had antelope. The antelope is fantastic! The service was top notch.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service
  13. B

    Beth

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time with friends for a birthday celebration. Great service!
  14. S

    Sway

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    It’s was really good but not Amazing. The rainbow trout was disappointing while the elk was very good. The drinks were good and view and restaurant was beautiful.
  15. RP

    RedPhoenix

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was good. Ambience not as I remembered, probably because we went a little too early in the day and not in the evening. Overall a good experience.
  16. D

    Dale

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Not as good as was hoping for.got the sliced beef tri tip and it was tough.portions was very small,service was just ok,not great.My husband got the venison,it was wonderful! Might try again in the future
  17. HI

    HeatherI

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was amazing. Really made us feel special. Food was amazing! 10/10
  18. J

    Jennifer

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love coming here for HRW! Amazing deal, food, service, and view. The duck gumbo and braised short rib are a must. They give a small complimentary dessert for your birthday with a card which is nice!
  19. M

    Msml

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had brunch at Rainbow Lodge and loved it. Our waiter was fabulous and very attentive. Love the duck gumbo and the short rib eggs benedict. The field breakfast is also outstanding. Thanks for a very enjoyable meal!
  20. JK

    JohnK

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Remember, that the Rainbow Lodge features wild game (meat, fowl, & sea). Look for pepper hot items, too. But, there are more “tame” items to choose from, too. The staff is very accommodating, too.
  21. R

    Random

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was really good. The cabin theme is something different in Houston. Great service.
  22. L

    Lynette

    Houston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The food was terrible. We went for restaurant week. The bill for three was 300 with tip and we didn’t enjoy any of the food. Very disappointed.
  23. AC

    AndrewC

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Overall it was very nice. The Nilgai was phenomenal! The elk that my wife got was cooked perfectly but the cut was very tough. I would have rather been sat in a different location with more visual ambiance being this was our first visit AND our anniversary but instead we were sat in a tight corner near a heavy thoroughfare used by staff. I should have spoken up. Worth the money I’d say. Would definitely go back but will likely not get the elk. The jalapeño cheese grits were out of this world!
  24. KC

    KristieC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service was great as usual but disappointed with the food on the Houston Resturant Week menu. The choices were not as good as hoped and the beef was not acceptable. Love the brunch but this dinner visit was not up to par.
  25. DH

    DanielH

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    We have never been to Rainbow Lodge before. We were seated in an ok section, but my wife noticed everyone else who was seated in our section asked to be moved and must have gotten 'better' seats. Wish we would have just been offered better seats if they were available, we at supper early and off peak hours. Drinks were ok and prices were fair. My venison was tender and delicious but the sides were just ok. My wife's steak came out extremely rare and they took it back to cook it to medium as requested. The steak was surprisingly chewier than the venison and the sides were just ok. The smoked duck gumbo was excellent. The lemon icebox pie was good. Service was attentive. The wine list lacked description and the servers lacked wine knowledge. It was nice to try once. Might go back for the gumbo, but probably not to eat supper.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are so happy we chose to celebrate a special birthday at Rainbow Lodge! The food and cocktails were fantastic!
  27. JB

    JBdutri

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and delicious food. Game-meat that is difficult to find at other restaurants. Lovely back patio.
  28. MD

    MeredithD

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husband's birthday with our family. The food was fun and unique. The atmosphere was nostalgic and peaceful. The wait staff was attentive and pleasant. Our whole family enjoyed trying new foods and the dessert was perfect! We hope to be back soon!
  29. s

    staceyj

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and drinks, desert was the best bread pudding
  30. LO

    LONGHORN91

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food and presentation was not what we have experienced in the past; very disappointing overall. Everything was "warm" and "bland" at best.
  31. AC

    AntoinetteC

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Julian was non attentive. Didn’t bring second round of drinks. Took forever to take order and over all seemed unenthusiastic to be at work. Go here often with family and this time was my least favorite due to the service.
  32. PR

    PepperR

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the absolute best food I have ever had in Houston, and that's a very hard list to top! We went to Sunday Brunch and everything we had was phenomenal! We'll definitely be back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service was excellent!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was poor, food was over cooked, cocktails unremarkable, dessert seemed pulled from a box out of freezer. The whole experience was a real let down. This was one of the most expensive nights out in Houston and this place is not worth it. The Lodge theme misses the mark when the food doesn’t deliver. Waste of time and money; the hospitality industry delivers sub par food and service but demands a premium. The Lodge fits this characterization. When we go out we are looking for great food, decent service without concern on budget. Dining is one of our favorite activities and life is too short to eat bad food.
  35. NH

    NicoleH

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the evening was wonderful. Restaurant was not overly crowded. We had 7 people for my wife’s birthday and they sat us at a table that would have held 9. The service was attentive and they even cut a cake for us that we brought (for a fee and I called ahead of time to verify), but turned out perfect.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was my birthday, celebrating with niece and my son. Ordered seared fois gras as an appetizer. It was cold and lacked a good sear. Mushy. My son and I found the vegetables to be hot and cooked well. The proteins were cold. My son works in the restaurant business and said it appeared that they were letting the meats rest too long. I didn’t find our waiter to be attentive at all, so didn’t bother working with him on this. Love your restaurant and wanted to show it off to my son…disappointing.
  37. RB

    RobinB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friday burger was excellent, cocktails delicious and service was attentive.
  38. BP

    BradyP

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to take a friend. Service was great and the food was very tasty. The trout was fantastic!
  39. SK

    ScottK

    Houston

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the Sunday night special of chicken piccata, green beans, and mashed potatoes, all for $15. Great value and 100% delicious.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    little slow service but still great experience

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

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

    • Waiting staff 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 4218 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 66 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

  • Area

    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, 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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