not best place, great inexpensive food, good drink, great pizza, diverse people, rude waitress, not best service
Bouncer choked me before I even went inside. I would not recommend this place for many reasons but I'm just going to focus on the assault that took place. I did not even want to hang out there and had asked the bouncer if I could go in for a second and look for my friends who jumped over there after the roxy. He made it clear I would have to pay the $10 cover to enter no matter what. I was annoyed but stood outside trying to get a hold of them on my phone. While waiting I was pushed aside into the fence and retorted with "hey, don't push me", just like I think anyone would say in the moment. He then proceeded to drag me by the neck all the way to the sidewalk. I think this is a decent enough reason to never spend a dollar there. I hate the strip anyway. By the way, he's the one who's white, looks at least half-retarded, and wears glasses. They were all dicks though.
WORST EXPERIENCE. My lunch date and i went to rainbow thinking we were going to get some good service but OH NO MY FRIENDS!!! They were so FREAKING slow if they went any slower they would be going back wards. Betty white could have moved faster than these people. Took us 30 minutes to get our food and when she served our food i had to ask for ranch, a box, a bag AND the check all at once because my dang lunch was already over. Dont "thaaaaaank you sooo much for waiting" me. She didnt even care that we had to wait. I would not recommend this place to ANYONE. If you like slow service and feeling negelected then feel free to go to rainbow but i will not be going there again.
This is a R & R Bar - Not Spago's! Deal with it!. I've been going to the 'bow for a long time, so I know who these types of people are who post negative reviews about the food, the waitresses, the atmosphere, the bouncers, the this, the that, etc. These people are "complainers" PERIOD! The Rainbow is not some high society "Beverly Hills" restaurant. You should have figured that out when you saw the Motorhead billboard hanging over the roof outside. And the place can get as crowded as a sardine can, so if you don't like people, especially goupies, musicians, and other entertainment industry folks then don't bother coming. And if you bring a bad attitude inside then they will throw your ass out faster than you can say "Ace of Spades". Everyone I've seen get kicked out of the 'bow DESERVED IT 100%. As for the rest of the happy people inside we'll be enjoying Christy's drinks or the great food that's cooked up by the chef who began working at the Rainbow before even Guns 'n Roses was hanging out here.
Not what it used to be-sorry. DO NOT GO HERE. My boyfriend who loves all this music thought this was nothing more than an overpriced hard rock cafe and he has been coming here off and on for the last ten years. DO NOT EAT HERE. The food is so average McDonalds would get a Michelin star in comparison. When I complained about the fact my pizza had meat on it & I had ordered a cheese and tomato no meat I was told they couldn't understand me. When I complained I had waited over 2 hours for my food I got abused quite full on. Simply don't bother. The rock heritage means as much as your parents record collection. Nice but not really real,
Best Rock and Roll Hang Out.
This place is a must if you are visiting West Hollywood or passing by the area.
The decor is very entertaining and has lots of pictures of celebrities and rock stars throughout the restaurant almost like a museum.
They have a pretty good selection of food but I usually stick to the pizza. The mozzarella sticks are also a must try.
Scam!!! - - Today
I went to the Rainbow Room to see a friend play on Friday night and at the end of the night the band went to get paid for what was the contracted to them. The DJ that booked him left and took off with the money. NOT COOL!!!!!
They went up to the management and he ended up being very rude and didn't give a dam.
This was the first and will be the LAST TIME I will ever go there. I work for a Hotel in Los Angeles and we book bands all the time. I have never been at a venue that treated people so rudely. Nothing let taking advantage of hard working struggling musicians trying to make it in this business.
So if you are a band or a supporter.... Don't go to this establishment!!!!!
Simply not what it used to be....
I have been to the Rainbow HUNDREDS of times, beginning back in 2002 or 2003. Back then, I used to go with my (now ex) boyfriend who was in a band that was rising to fame. The band, and the manager of the band would spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars here, and we were always treated like royalty. We would hang out on the patio next to B- Real's corner (Cypress Hill), and I even met Judd Nelson here, who was the nicest guy in the world. So if you are famous and/ or have tons of dough then you'll probably have a ton of fun here.
BUT, the last 2 or 3 times I went around 2008-2009 (as an average regular person[with lots of money, though]), I couldn't get service for the life of me. The inside bar is too crowded because it's rather small, so it's hard to get service there with people crowding every inch of the bar counter. Plus, if they see you with the Rainbow drink vouchers (they give to you at the door), the bartenders and servers avoid you like the plague. Once you go to the outside bar behind the kitchen (patio bar), it's also crowded but the space is bigger. We waited at the bar 15 min. and the bartender never even asked us what we wanted. Finally we were able to wave her down, and she VERY begrudgingly took our order. THEN we finally gave up on the bar scene and decided to get a pizza and table on the patio (their pizzas are excellent!!). We were seated, and about an hour went by and nobody took our drink or food order for over an hour. Again, we had to wave someone down, and she too, begrudgingly took our order.
Also, don't be surprised if IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR DINNER the manager (dark hair, dak suit, and glasses) comes over to ask you to move tables because SOMEONE MORE IMPORTANT wants your table. Seriously, this literally happens- IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR MEAL.
So, I say if you're rich & famous- Go here. If not, expect to be invisible to anyone and everyone. I now spend my $ at the Chateau, the Geisha House...... or even the Cat & Fiddle, or Pinks for that matter.
THE 70's. I find this site by accident. I see lots of mention of the 80's and the Rainbow. Well the 70's were a blast at the Rainbow. I moved to LA in 1974 and found the Rainbow and used to hang out there every weekend. I had worked in the music bus in London and would quite often see muso's from London visit ie Led Zep one night, we had a blast. Met the one time lust of my life there too lol!!!!!!!!!! I vaguely remember Rodney granting me honorary female membership for the upstairs part, is that still there? I hear Lemmy has moved quite near there now - maybe its cos you've got so old now Lemmy and can't manage a longer walk lol. I think its awesome that this place still exists. Such fab memories of extreme fun debauchery.
I really didn't go to the Rainbow for the good service or good food.
I went there to have a blast !
And I did. It felt like I was in the 80s again.
Loved it ! My trip to L.A will never be forgotten.
Great food and classic atmosphere.
You can skip the cover charges and the crowds by dining early. This is also the smart way to dine with kids. I'm often out of there by 8:00.
Of course, if you want to enjoy the late night weekend crowd, you'll have to endure the long waits for food.
Our waitresses always do a fine job, and they deserve medals for surviving insane working conditions as the evening progresses.
The stuffed mushrooms are to die for.
I'm giving it the full 5 stars because there is no other dining and drinking experience that can rival it. On weekend nights The Rainbow is still the quintessential Sunset Strip experience.
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