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Rao's Restaurant

455 E 114th St, New York City, NY 10029-2308
+1 212-722-6709
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood salad” (13 reviews)
“meatballs” (20 reviews)
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455 E 114th St, New York City, NY 10029-2308
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hands down best italiano​ food outside of Italy. Now comes the bad news, it is impossible to get a reservation. Unless you know someone who has a standing table there, the closest you can get is tasting their sauce in the grocery store. Only 10...More

Thank PhilipSaltzman
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are lucky enough to have another couple that we go dining out with. They blessed us with an invitation to the famous Rao's Restaurant. My friends were not only jealous, but astounded as this is almost impossible to get into. This is old world...More

Thank SteelyJan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a special atmosphere. It's not a restaurant, more of an experience. You will feel like in an old mafia movies as soon as you step into this place. Food is great and excellent service, the staff will definitely make you feel at...More

Thank Phil A
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

My husband & I were on the guest list of a table regular-(35 years) this week. So much hype about the place, makes it more intriguing! It's a rather small, unpretentious restaurant on a corner in East Harlem-where it's been since 1896! We arrived too...More

1  Thank Dreijunge
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Raos is more than about dining, although the food is excellent. The feeling is contagious. Everyone is having a great time. We have been several times in the past few years and have never been disappointed. The meatballs are a must! The family style servings...More

Thank npr977
Reviewed 6 January 2017

My wife and I have been going to Rao's for over 35 years. Back then, you could actually call and get a reservation. That changed when the joint became incredibly popular, and deservedly so. As far as the food goes - everything is great! We...More

3  Thank Barrybase
Reviewed 17 December 2016

The place you've always read and heard about- and it delivers! Very good "red sauce"- style, Italian restaurant. Food served family style and in epic portions. As good as the food is, the people watching, singing and instant camaraderie with other diners/regular customers is even...More

1  Thank Rob M
Reviewed 7 December 2016

I was born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y for 35yrs. A friend of mine frequents Rao's often he invited me as a guest to join him one evening. Knowing NY as I do I never thought an establishment like this could exist in Harlem, from...More

Thank Anthony L
Reviewed 26 October 2016

An experience not to be missed. Great food with copious helpings served family style. But this is more for the experience. We were running late due to traffic and called to let them know. The response was, "no problem, the table is your for the...More

4  Thank alimentoD
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I was lucky enough to visit one evening and happen to drop the right name, instantly I had a table for two and a dinner I will never forget. What a great place and a great family atmosphere of people that care for each other....More

Thank Tony O
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Laura S
4 February 2017|
Response from jfrao | Reviewed this property |
It's probably the hardest table anywhere. There are no reservations for general public all tables are for regulars. If you don't know a regular to invite you the only other practicle way is to buy a table that is donated to... More
16 November 2016|
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Response from Giacomo V | Reviewed this property |
it is all about connections. I know a guy who knows a guy ...
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19 September 2016|
Response from mzrinscak |
how u make ur rats meatballs
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 455 E 114th St, New York City, NY 10029-2308
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City
  • Phone Number: +1 212-722-6709
  • E-mail
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