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Posted by Kriket on 09/26/2013
The ambiance was good but the food was very disappointing. I can get a much larger and better tasting chicken Kiev at a fraction of the prize with butter spritzing and oozing downtown local restaurant. I understand the locale is expensive but it has nothing to do with the quality & taste. The portions from appitizer to the dessert was so small! Tea for $10 is outrageous. The place is good for tourist or one time only "just to see" or just to try" customers but no coming back unless one wants to see those wall hanging paintings and nesting dolls. My first visit was in the early 80's and wanted to try and see the new RTR. Well, I don't think I will be visiting any time soon unless I have the urge to see all those nesting dolls again.
Posted by marilyn on 09/04/2013
Recently celebrated an anniversary and thought the famed Russian Tea Room would be a good venue. However, the service was long and unattentive. That didn't make the evening special but the food was also forgettable. A few of the dishes were lukewarm when a seared halibut is supposed to be sizzling hot. Overall, the food and service made it a huge disappointment. And to add insult to injury was the high tab.
Posted by Amy on 05/15/2013
One of the most enjoyable meals we have had in a while. The food was delicious and the staff was corteous. We would recommend this place to others.
Posted by alan on 02/26/2013
The restaurant was a little touristy, but that did not detract from our enjoying good food, good service and a beautiful (if a bit overdone) room. I would highly recommend it.
Posted by Brutally Honest on 10/24/2011
I have always wanted to go to this restaurant because of the red Russian decor; grand doors and czar looking doorman to greet you at entering...however if I were not in a rush I would have read the reviews first before going. Sadly to say the food was over priced; portions were frugal and the food was not even up to par with a restaurant's standards looking to actually make their customer's satisfied and want to return for a meal. The bill came up to $800.00 including tax and tip...this was for 5 people, 4 of which ordered 2-3 drinks each and all 5 had an appitzer, entree and 3 had dessert (nothing special). The lamb chops were 2 (two) small pathetic pieces and my homemade mashed potatoes taste better than the cold serving I had there. I was just disappointed and expected better!
Posted by cin4513 on 05/13/2011
For my daughter's 16th birthday we went to the Russian Tea Room. We were not sure if we would go here, or the Russian Samovar restaurant on 52nd St. There was a sign on the door at the Russian Samovar restaurant that "proper attire was required" and it didn't look as nice as the Russian Tea Room. So we went to the Russian Tea room, not exactly prepared, we had been walking all day so we were just wearing jeans, sneakers and even a flannel. We were seated right away and we were not treated awkwardly, even though I felt very underdressed. The service was excellent, the food was very good and the atmosphere was very different. It was very expensive, but it was an experience, and I would recommend it. The offer some very interesting Russian items (nesting dolls, and such) in their "gift shop" which I thought was nicely done. You can tell they are proud of their Russian heritage, it wasn't just a way to make a few dollars. Now GO!!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/18/2010
This was quite possibly the most disappointing of the many restaurants I've been to in New York. From outrageously high prices and campy decor to mediocre food and so-so service, this place is really not up to par.