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Rolf's Bar & Restaurant

281 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5501
+1 212-477-4750
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good30%
  • Average18%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible18%
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German, Bar, European
$$ - $$$
281 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010-5501
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Daniel N
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Very crowded but a great pit stop when touring NYC during the holidays. Stop in to check out the Christmas decorations and enjoy a glass of schnapps. If you are going just for a drink, they won't let you sit at a table unless you...More

Thank X8752AUpatrick
Reviewed 22 March 2017

topped by here for drinks and to look at the Christmas decorations during the holiday season with friends. If you're looking for great service or chill atmosphere to catch up with friends - Rolf's is not the place. The restaurant is hectic over the holidays....More

Thank SyChen1
Reviewed 20 March 2017

In the past, during the 80's, this was my favorite German restaurant, a quaint bar like restaurant on Second Ave in NYC. This last July was my first visit since the 80's and I'm surprised they're even in business by the food we were served....More

Thank Billy G
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Truly great German food and beer. The decor is astonishing, in a good way. A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

Thank vivienne c
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I used to come to Rolf's a lot, but have not been for some time. It is decorated so beautifully. But the prices have almost doubled. Bratwurst for $25, that is insane. Plus I feel the quality of the food has changed. Will not be...More

Thank Sonja C
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11 December 2016|
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Response from aheldz | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely if you want dinner or to eat. If you want just a drink and to see the magnificent decorations then you'll just have to push your way up to the bar and stand amongst the revellers.
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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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