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212 S Main St, Pine Island, MN 55963
507-356-2929
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Walleye ooh la la!

I loved my walleye but my husband found his grass fed T bone tough. Expensive meat should not be tough in my opinion. The waitress was not concerned that we remarked on this, and we spent $100.00 for 2 of us. That does not reflect well on the establishment. However, they have a wonderful menu... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Alison F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved my walleye but my husband found his grass fed T bone tough. Expensive meat should not be tough in my opinion. The waitress was not concerned that we remarked on this, and we spent $100.00 for 2 of us. That does not reflect well on the establishment. However, they have a wonderful menu that is varied and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

I expected a decent small town cafe. The Rainbow Cafe far exceeded my expectations! The menu included numerous health conscious options! The meal prepared from scratch, was outstanding! The dessert choices were excellent! The service and facilities all get high marks. Very much looking forward to second visit!

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Thank Peter G
Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Quality of food was poor. The salmon dinner was frozen farm and lacked flavor. Salad was small but bread cost extra and lacked a good fresh flavor. Wine was a short pour and not good. Just one brand was on the wine list so there was no alternative. My wife ordered lamb that could have been any meat. We were... More 

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Thank Jay6894
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The new owners a very accomplished duo - husband and wife team, dynamically intent on delivering the very best of culinary delights to their local patronage! (OK, I admit, this is my hometown, and I may be a bit biased because of the nostalgia associated with the location ...) From the beef to the pork to the seafood, I have... More 

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Thank Rick O
Rochester, Minnesota
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

the owners source their food from several local farmers...picking the produce themselves . The food is prepared in the most healthy way possible and yet is beautifully presented with flavors enhanced by the oils of different plants.

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Thank Glo D
Milwaukee, WI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Just moved to Rochester, and biked up the Douglas Trail to Pine Island. Cute little town, with nice riverside park. Only a block away: the "historic" Rainbow Cafe. The ambiance in this restaurant is classed-up comfort. Lots of seating options, and a small 5-seat bar in the back. Everything was clean (including restrooms). The service was friendly and prompt. I... More 

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Old Town, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick lunch on the way to SE Minnesota region after reading a couple of reviews. We all ordered sandwiches. The service was great and the food was excellent. 2 members of our party devoured the walleye sandwich special. I had the blueberry pork sandwich that was amazing. The order came with your choice of chips, fries,... More 

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1 Thank mjb6022
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We heard about the Rainbow Café from friends and had it on our list of places to try for over a year now. We looked at the menu and were impressed and so we went. Everything is made to order from scratch so be patient--the food is worth the wait. The soups were a great way to start, homemade chicken... More 

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Thank Susie K
Rochester, Minnesota
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272 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

Can't say enough about how much we like this place. Excellent food, many gluten free choices. Varied menu with local food origins. While the atmosphere might be on the simple side, the exceptional food flavors and service is not. Rainbow Cafe is not a "value" stop. It's a dining experience.. Don't miss the lava cake! We will be back.

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1 Thank RGTravelIng
Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My family and I have enjoyed Rainbow Cafe for years but my last lunch there with my daughter at $48 was not as in the past. Don't get me wrong as the food was delicious just out of my lunch price range.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 212 S Main St, Pine Island, MN 55963
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Pine Island
  • Phone Number: 507-356-2929

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?