Rolf's German Restaurant is in Gramercy.

Rolf’s German Restaurant: Beware Long Lines

Rolf’s German Restaurant

Rolf’s Restaurant Address

Three of us stood in line to get into Rolf’s German Restaurant at 281 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010, in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan. We were not only there to see our friends, but we had also heard that Rolf’s is renowned for their Christmas decorations and “October Fest” spectacle.

Rolf’s New York City Christmas

Inside, about 100,000 lights are twisted around garland and poles. Thousands of ornaments and icicles hang from the ceiling and walls mixed with Santas, sleighs, angels, and hundreds of German dolls. Furthermore, its screaming decor creates an ambiance that makes it one of the best Christmas restaurants in New York City.

When Does Rolf’s Decorate for Christmas

Rolf’s decorates for Christmas in September, and you can still see their Christmas decor until the end of May.

Rolf’s New York Reservations

The restaurant is open every day from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Rolf’s German Restaurant accepts reservations.

Our Rolf’s German Restaurant Experience

We went to Rolf’s German Restaurant to join our friends who were eating lunch inside. We felt dismayed when we saw about 20+ people standing in line ahead of us. While we waited, it appeared that more people exited the restaurant than entered. Additionally, a man, who was waiting in line, approached the front door and announced that no one seemed to be manning the door and seating people.

Vacant Table Inside

Our friends inside noted to the host that a table next to them, that could seat six, was vacant. The host responded that customers had reserved the table. Ironically, our friends had dined and partied for over 2 ½ hours In Rolf’s German Restaurant while the table remained empty.

After we waited 20 minutes in line, we decided to leave. Before we left, I ducked in and snapped a photo.

We suspected that Rolf’s German Restaurant intentionally keeps a line outside for appearances.

What do you think? Have you ever had to wait in a long line at a restaurant?

Rolf's German Restaurant
Rolf’s German Restaurant screams with holiday decor.

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7 thoughts on “Rolf’s German Restaurant: Beware Long Lines

      1. I read mixed reviews about the food. Though my friends noted open tables, we didn’t get in and we ate elsewhere. Though I visit Manhattan a few times a year, I don’t plan to return to Rolf’s.

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