Rainbow Chinese Restaurant

(612) 870-7084 | View Website

2739 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions   55408

44.954051 -93.277914

Open Hours

Monday-Thurs 11-2, 4:30 -9:30

Friday 11-2, 4:30-11

Sat 11-11

Sunday 11-9:30

 
Restaurants, Carry Out, Group Dining  more

More Tags: Family Style Dining, Family-Friendly Dining

Cuisine: Asian, Chinese

Price: $$

Payment Methods: Travelers Check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Check, Gift Certificate

Neighborhoods: Powderhorn, Whittier

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Rainbow Chinese Restaurant
Menu
Rainbow Egg Rolls (2), Cream Cheese Wontons (10), Szechuan Wontons (10), 5-Spice Calamari, Sesame Noodles, Appetizer Combo, Steamed or Pan-Fried, Steamed or Pan-Fried, Tofu with Fresh Cilantro Salad, Shrimp and Green Papaya Salad... more

Reviews for Rainbow Chinese Restaurant

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Howdid itgetranked so high? – I'm from Chicago and am used to eating Chinese food in Chinatown. Now that I'm living in Minnesota I was hoping to find some good Chinese food. This is not it. I was so let down by the ranking it has. It's set up is trying to being modern/yuppy (first warning sign for bad ethnic food). Service was fine. Bottom line, food is awful, I mean did not finish my meal. I'll never go again, I my search continues for good Chinese food in Minnesota.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

not that good – While the service and ambiance was fine, the food was quite disappointing. The food was rather bland, and the dishes labeled spicy (indicated by a chili pepper) were mild at best. The one exception to the poor food were the egg rolls which were exceptional, and probably the best egg rolls I have ever had. I would not recommend Rainbow unless you plan to have a meal of egg rolls.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

iced water with lipstick – I ate my lunch an hour ago in Rainbow and I still feel bad taste in my mouth (literally). Not only because the food is horrible. You don't see the real difference between Hunan chicken and spicy shrimp in terms of taste. To me, every dish looks and tastes just the same. Are they "Chinese food?" Give me a break. As far as the food is concerned, it's easily one of the worst in town. If I could live with the food, something else surprised me. I was offered a glass of iced water only finding some red color on the glass. Upon reexamination, the red must be trace of lipsticks. I've never seen such unclean dishwares and glasswares in other restaurants before. I protested. So, the waiter examined all glasses and scrubbed some with cloth.

Geez, I now question the creditability of some so-called reviwers who "highly recommended" Rainbow.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

GREAT TASTING CHINESE FOOD – I've been going to Rainbow since I was 7 or 8 years old and their quality of food has not changed. They have the best egg rolls and fish sauce compared to any other Chinese restaurant. They don't pack in the shredded cabbage like other restaurants do. Their garlic and ginger chicken has remained my favorite dish since I first tried it. I totally recommend this restaurant for those who like a change from the "LeAnn Chins" or "Fortune Houses." As for the people who said that Rainbow is not authentic, you better be Chinese, otherwise you don't know what "authentic" is!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

As good as Manhattan NORTH of Houston – Unbelievably poor. If you have any desire for authentic Cantonese point your car down the street to Evergreen. Hot and sour so corn starched my fork stood up, gelatinous sauces, over-breaded salt-baked squid. I should have gotten the chop suey.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Authentic as they come! – For those that say this place is "not authentic," I beg to differ. Last month I brought my father, who was born in Taiwan, and he said that the 6 dishes that we tried reminded of when he was growing up. Sure, not every single dish on the menu is authentic, but this isn't different from every other ethnic restaurant in the cities. Beware of those that claim to know "authentic" when they have not had authentic to begin with.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great food! – This is some of the best chinese food in town. People complaining about the price?? They are the ones used to spending $4 for chowmein at some stripmall dump. You get what you pay for and what you pay for here is great food.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Rainbow Not-Chinese Restaurant – Like most people leaving reviews here, I only need to reiterate the lack of authentic Chinese food (or good food for that matter) at this restaurant. You can have a good time anywhere...picnic tables don't get 5 stars because you "had a good time" on a picnic.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

much overrated. Service was excellent, but food was mediocre and MUCH too expensive for the portions they serve.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Excellent to say the least – I have continually eaten here and each time the food is superb. High quality meats are used as well as a variety of great seasonings. Defintely the best Chinese in Minneapolis. It can get crowded, so I would highly recommend reservations.

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