December 2, 2012

Rain 903 Restaurant and Lounge at Sheraton Hotel

Overall Rating: 2.5/5
Budget: $20-$40/person
Address: 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204

It was my husband's birthday and we wanted to celebrate it somewhere nice. We thought of somewhere near and that we haven't tried. We thought Rain 903 would be the perfect place, unfortunately, we were dismayed. I thought the place was great though, I love the ambiance, perfect for dates!

Wherever there's calamari, we try it. The one you'll see in the photo looks crispy, but don't be fooled. It doesn't have the crispiness I expected from something that was fried. Also, according to the menu, it's "Tender Calamari & Zesty Banana Peppers served with Cocktail Sauce", maybe it's the banana peppers I didn't like. I also thought it was salty, rather extra salty.

My husband ordered Filet Mignon and the presentation was really nice but I'd say our home-cooked style is better. The meat was blunt according to my husband and I tried it too to confirm. I am not sure whether they marinate it or not but I hope they do something about it because filet minon's are supposed to be tasty, right? He finished it though because it was a bit pricey. He didn't finish the mashed potato so I did it for him so as not to waste anything. I normally like food with sauces but that thing that looked like gravy, I am not a fan of it.

Filet Mignon

Crispy Calamari and  Soup, Salad and Sandwich

I forgot to ask what the ingredient of the soup was because I've tasted that before and I really don't like it. I think it's the reddish orange powder, if you know what it is please inform me. The first time I tasted it from somewhere else, the powder was just on top, this time, it was mixed! Can't do anything to remove it so I decided not to eat it at all, I just tasted it once. So, what was left for me to eat? The 1/2 sandwich was supposed to be "white cheddar, tomato and bacon" which, if I'm not mistaken, became only cheddar and tomato. They must have forgotten the bacon! I am 90% sure of it because sandwich was the only thing left for me and so I am excited to finish it. Plus, bacon is one of my favorite sandwich ingredients! If they did put a bacon, they probably placed 1/3 of a tiny strip because when I opened the sandwich at 2/3, I didn't see any bacon at all. I showed it to my husband and he told our server. Our server did check and she replaced it, we had to wait several minutes though before the sandwich was replaced! Again, the toasted bread [sandwich] was salty! Oh my, the only thing that wasn't salty in our order was wine! LOL.

It was great, I didn't have to use a hand sanitizer to wipe dirt off the table. It was carpeted and I saw no crumbs on the floor. Didn't see smudges on the utensils too, which was great.

They have a wide selection from the kid's menu but there's no mac and cheese. Good thing they have pizza. At least my little one can share it with me to make me feel full. If you look at their kid's menu online, I think it hasn't been updated yet,because I didn't see any pizza in there.

They have high chairs ready and they provide kid's menu with the usual activities on it but they don't have crayons.

Customer Service
We were treated nicely by our server and the other personnel there but I thought the food preparation was slow.

Complimentary Stuff
Bread. I am not sure if they're strict about it but a personnel there asked us if we wanted to have some. I thought we'll be given a loaf that was sliced, instead, we were given a basket with two pieces bread, my little one was not even included in the count. I'd say it was good and they serve it warm. I wish they gave us six.

So, having tried and tested it, are we going back? Even if I gave them a 2.5 rating, maybe, because Sheraton Hotel, where this restaurant is, is connected to the mall. Also, only if I'm not with my husband, maybe with a girlfriend if I wanted to drink. In case I'm going to order a food, I'll request that they do not make it salty and I'll ask for at least two breads per person! Maybe that will make things better.

I was not compensated in anyway to do a review of the products or services mentioned this post.
Everything was based on my 100% honest opinion.


  1. I can say this is really an honest review, and not just sugar-coated. With your observations, I'll remove Rain 903 to my list.

  2. A not so pleasant dining experience. I sure hope they take note of your comments so less customers would not shy away from their restaurant.

  3. Sorry to say this but the pizza looks like those premade ones that you can find at the supermarket. Hope they make the necessary improvements soon.

  4. I admire your honest review about the restaurant. I would like to comment more on the food, but since I haven't been there I cannot say anything more. I would also feel bad if the food is pricey while the taste is not worth it. :)

    The Bargain Doll


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