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Rolf's Bar & Restaurant

€€ - €€€German, , European
281 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5501
+1 212-477-4750
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good29%
  • Average19%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible19%
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“smoothie” (2 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 22:30All hours
German, Bar, European
€€ - €€€
281 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5501
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1 - 10 of 174 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

You go to Rolfs, not so much for the food but for the amazing and yes over the top decorations! The place is just dripping with Christmas decor from ceiling to floor and is really a fabulous experience. Start with a drink at the bar....More

Thank 499jf11
Reviewed 5 days ago

The host was rude and informed me that if my family wasn't there by 10 minutes after the reservation time he would give up our table and we would be forced to wait with the walk-ins for up to two hours. I explained that my...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We go here for drinks to see the most incredible Christmas decorations. The foos is so so but drinks are fine. Just go and be amazed. A must see during the holidays

Thank 141Dini
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing is more colorful or festive than Rolf's. It's Christmas all year long and it's a hoot. You are taken back the second you enter this wonderland - it's like being in the windows at Macy's on December 24th! The food is German and it's...More

4  Thank James S
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Super disappointed in your restaurant this year. We've gone to your restaurant every single year as our tradition (and make our reservations months in advance). This year we're being told that you changed your reservations policy and because our family has 8 people you won't...More

6  Thank 977stacyd
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

After a quick visit to the tree, friends and family darted to Rolf's for a Christmas Reservation. You cannot even imagine... it's like your in a Christmas Kaledoscope!!!!! Food was good , fans of German food loved it!

1  Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We stopped by for a drink with another couple during our visit in early Dec. We had to wait outside in line for about 30 minutes before we could manage to squeeze inside. The place was very festive. Everyone was having a good time but...More

Thank kittyk1500
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This is a must see place at Christmas time. The restaurant is covered with Christmas decorations from around November to March (call to verify first). There isn't an inch of space that isn't decorated (literally). The food was good. It's expensive and, if it wasn't...More

Thank Meghanizer
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Visited Rolf's in the evening with a few friends for a couple of drinks. There was a long wait outside before getting in and when inside the place was crammed. We had a couple of drinks inside but what really stands out and the reason...More

Thank Deank06
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Schnitzle as shingle. About 5 minutes less time in the frier would have been nice. Spätzle was gummy and dense. Beer was $13. Cake tasted of the refrigerator. The potato pancakes were good. I've walked by Rolf's for over 2 decades and never went in....More

1  Thank Daniel N
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10 December 2016|
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Response from James S | Reviewed this property |
Oh my goodness YES - it's packed, people make a dinner reservation a year in advance for December dinners - it's a New York tradition!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5501
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Gramercy Park
  • Neighbourhood: Gramercy Park
  • Phone Number: +1 212-477-4750
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