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“Very solid, but not "wonderful"”

Rainbow Grille & Tavern
Ranked #2 of 10 Restaurants in Pittsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Are the food and service here good? Oh, yes they are. Is dinner here a pleasant experience? Yes, I would say so.

So, why then only 4 stars?

Because I don't think the food or the service come anywhere close to the hype or the promise. One constantly hears (and reads here) about how Rainbow Grille is wonderful, with superior ambience, and exceptional service. But, both times we've eaten there we found everything "just fine" but completely uninspired. Nothing to me, at least, that the chef here has any unique skills.

Let me give some examples: The Pine Nut Patter? A very conventional seafood casserole swimming in butter. The grilled Mahi has pepper pesto that's fine. But nothing in my two trips there has made me say "wow! THAT is terrific." Oh, except the smoked trout appetizer, which is awesome. Really! But it's not made in-house at Rainbow. Sigh!

If you want a nice relaxed dinner out, and you're in Pittsbug, The Rainbow Grille will satisfy you. Just don't expect an awesome gourmet experience. If I had stumbled into this place before reading any reviews here, I probably would have been well pleased. But all the hype led me to expect something more.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Just wonderful food, service, view, ambiance! Family owned and it shows in the intimacy and attention to detail. Very sweetly decorated as a fishing resort, uniques, clever items abound. Loved every minute of it!

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

we come here during our hunting trip each year to clean up and act right again for one night ;).

good solid food in a nice atmosphere .... people from the city would like it quite a bit

only big rub is they wont let you take a drink out on the porch to watch the sunset over the lake and mountains .... odd ??

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

The service is always amazing and the food is even better!!!! You have to try the Quervo~politan OMG so so so good!!!! I had a few of those and had the hubby is hysterics.
Can't go wrong with anything you order. The coconut shrimp is amazing!

Thank VTGirl4evr
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

top chef cuisine. value beyond expectations. The seclections change with specials and cover evryone's particular tastes. The portions are more than adequate. The wait staff is very attentive without being obtrusive. The staff is very knowlegble about the food they are offering.

Thank mdgiardjohn
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