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Shining Rainbow

209 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206-2611
+1 518-396-3881
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good54%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“hot pot” (8 reviews)
“dim sum” (5 reviews)
“general tso's” (3 reviews)
Closes in 21 min
11:00 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
209 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206-2611
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If I was asian, and had a chinese grandmother, I got to believe this was how she cooked. Five of us visited this restaurant on a Sunday afternoon for an early dinner. We were sat at a large table with a big lazy susan in...More

Thank prettypicky2017
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

They have these combination lunch specials for $8 that can't be beat. The food is good quality and tasty. General Tsao's and wonton soup are yum. Went there a while ago with family and experienced their spicy. It was inedible because of the heat --so...More

Thank Geri D
Reviewed 28 July 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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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