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Shining Rainbow

209 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206-2611
+1 518-396-3881
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Overview
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good52%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“hot pot” (8 reviews)
“dim sum” (5 reviews)
“rice” (4 reviews)
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CUISINES
Chinese, Asian
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
209 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206-2611
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1 - 10 of 34 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to get a real taste of China, Shining Rainbow is a good choice. Just walk through the door and you will see that most of the patrons are Asian. The food is well made and attractively presented, but most importantly, the flavors...More

1  Thank Albany_Wayfarer
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I have been to China several times, and my wife (a great cook) was born there. I have had hot pot perfectly prepared. This is very good quality hot pot. Please see for yourself.

Thank Thatguypaulie
Reviewed 23 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
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
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...More

1  Thank MTMknits
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
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...More

1  Thank alanlubin
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...More

1  Thank cpjrod510
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
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...More

Thank John L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:30
Monday
11:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:30
Thursday
11:00 - 22:30
Friday
11:00 - 23:30
Saturday
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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