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Shining Rainbow

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209 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206-2611
+1 518-396-3881
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Albany, New York
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64 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Best for lunch. Food is fresh and chicken dishes use chicken breast clean with no chewy stuff. Lunch specials have wide variety with choices of soup and rice. Very happy.

Thank Geri D
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

This place has great legit Chinese food. This is not sugary take out Chinese. My Chinese friend always takes me here because of its authenticity. This place never fails. Try all the dishes

Thank Jen B
Brunswick, New York
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This place is one of my go-to restaurants in Albany. I may even have reviewed it before, but they recently renovated and it is just great. Good food - really fabulous food - and a large, varied menu. You can order hot pot and enjoy the fun of cooking your own, or throw yourself into multiple plates of Dim Sum.... More 

Thank MTMknits
Albany, New York
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Wait staff were not attentive. Took some time to be waited on and there were only four other people eating at the time, Friday at 11:45 AM. Soup was great and the spicy chicken was as good as any other in the area.

Thank Dave P
Clifton Park, New York
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived s bit before 11. We were seated quickly ( no one else there. ) Waiter brought menus and disappeared for at least ten minutes. When I got out of my seat he came to take order. The food was delicious. But getting the waiter to return again required me to stand up and call out. We will try... More 

Thank alanlubin
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99 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Returned to Shining Rainbow for a second time intent on getting the hot pot. I went with the server's suggestion of a split pot. Spicy both in half and chicken broth in the other. I ordered 2 meats at $8 apiece. One meat selection could feed 2 people. In hindsight I wish I had ordered 1 meat and extra vegetables... More 

Thank cpjrod510
Albany, NY
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440 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Shining Rainbow is as close to NYC Chinese food you'll get in Albany. I'm from downstate and I've been looking for a long time! Try any of the specials and you won't be disappointed. The chicken with eggplant is particularly good.

Thank eluper
New York
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Freshest and most authentic Chinese in Albany. The portions are huge and perfect for sharing. I've tried many different dishes form Shining rainbow, many not found at other local Chinese Restaurants, and every one was a masterpiece. You do have to order rice separate and there is no delivery.

Thank John L
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99 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

While most Asian restaurants in the Capital District are an offering of sushi and Chinese or some other combination. This place is strictly Chinese. There are the Americanized dishes some may love, like General Tso's, but I challenge you to step outside of the Chinese takeout realm you may be familiar with. The menu is huge, if not a bit... More 

Thank cpjrod510
Albany, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2016

Shining Rainbow is know for the "Hot Pot," however, the regular menu is excellent. Authentic cuisine and a well respected restaurant in the area. That said, the timing of getting the dishes out to us was very poor. We ordered appetizers. The Shumai never came out until some of the main entrees were served. In fact we even orderd the... More 

Thank Coldupstate

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206-2611
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-396-3881

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