Raffaele Ristorante
Raffaele Ristorante
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Raffaele Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://raffaelerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5613921110
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday through Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday through Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday : 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Friday & Saturday night live music.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot & valet
A word from Raffaele Ristorante
Recently reviewed in the Dining Guide and high marks in the Sun Sentinel, “Raffaele Esposito’s cooly elegant ristorante celebrates the beauty of simplicity, the natural goodness of quality ingredients deftly prepared and respectfully combined, served without pretension or artifice.” http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-04-26/entertainment/fl-sh-raffaele-dine-review-20120426_1_pasta-dish-tomatoes-poached-pear

Raffaele brings Boca Raton a favorite of New York City. This inspired cuisine of Naples and southern Italy is created from imported olive oils, pastas and other delightful delicacies. Raffaele boasts a vintage wine cellar containing flavors from Tuscany and Veneto, including special California wines to compliment the collection. A very unique experience, you will always want to return to. Buon Appetito!

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Raffaele Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Spot On!
    CaraVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    An amazing meal, everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. The rice balls we started with were so yummy! The fresh tomatoes, baby artichokes that were delicious. All the entrees were flavorful and so tasty. This is a place you have to try. It is worth a trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not busy, Hope he can stay.
    Cherie
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Not busy, Hope he can stay. Lovely place with great food and ambience
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection Each and Every Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    If possible, this place just keeps getting better. The service, the food, the ambiance is all so wonderful you really never want to leave. Would be there 4x a week if we could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sublime meal
    CaraVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Wow - the food at Raffaele's is truly amazing! We mozzarella that was baked in a lemon rind with cherry tomatos and then served with fresh arugula, roasted peppers and the sweetest/juicest heirloom tomatoes I have had all season. This was followed by a pasta special with freash grilled seafood in a light olive oil and fresh tomato sauce. Dad then had a grilled veal pallard and I had chicken with sun dried tomatos and artichokes... each dish was flavorful and fresh, cooked to perfection. The resturant is beautiful with a wine cellar in the center and a beatiful decor. The owner is friendly and very personable and has estiblished a NYC presence in Boca Raton... this is a must when you are in Boca Raton.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We really enjoyed the authentic Italian dishes from the transplanted Naples, Italy/New York chef/owner. It was a fun evening with plenty of great food.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Izaburge
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Raffaele's, was a very lovely experience. My husband and I made plans for my birthday, and it was a truly lovely evening. We ended up meeting Raffaele personally and he is a very delightful character. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to any one for any occasion, as we will definitely be back again very soon. It's our new favorite Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raffaele was a great host
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Raffaele was a great host and the food was delicious. We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine dinning experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    My family had been to a number of restaurants in Boca Raton, but this was certainly one of the best. The food was plentiful (in fact smaller portions would be good), well plated and of high quality. The wine list was small, yet the choices reflected a good selection. The evening was most enjoyable and, yes, the next time in Boca we shall return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice hidden restaurant
    Bucksteroffroad
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Had a wonderful Italian meal, great service, excellent food
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location; easy to get
    Eileen
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Good location; easy to get to. Quiet, with beautiful décor. Dinner choices were excellent. Owner is a gracious host. Would recommend to friends, and will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal I've had in a long time!!
    lmishal
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    This restaurant was absolutely fantastic! The Italian cuisine was honestly the best I've had in South Florida and the service was top notch! Going back for my birthday next weekend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great decor, quiet during
    paul
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Great decor, quiet during off season. Suprised at quality of food. Almost empty and the pasta was way over cooked and was eating mush.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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  • The homemade complimentary
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    The homemade complimentary limoncello was outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food - NYC style in Boca
    CaraVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    The food was amazing! We started with a stuffed artichoke which was tender and flavorful as quite large! We followed with a pasta dish whtat was cooked perfectly and a delicious chicken dish. Each dish was presented and served in an elegant manor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic great Italian Food
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Second time here...food and service is fantastic. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    judy
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    such a nice spot in boca raton. The food was wonderful and service was amazing. We went at a slow time and were personally attended to by the chef. Basically, they offered to make anything we wanted but the menu provided great options and we were already satisfied by the food offered! Received complimentary shots of their homemade Limoncello at the end of the night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food & service
    BroseVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    From the moment we entered until we left after dessert we felt welcome in this sophisticated Italian restaurant. From appetizers to entrees to dessert we enjoyed each dish. The wine list had some wonderful California reds. The whole branzino was great as was the squid ink pasta and the sea bass entree. Definitely worth going back again when I'm in Boca Raton.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    Food was very good. I would recommend giving this restaurant a try.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and food.
    Chuck
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Excellent service and food. Did not rush through the meal. Staff very personable. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • My 4th visit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Raffaele is an artist. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is beautfully presented and delicious.Raffaele is very attentive and serves each dish with pride. The outdoor seating is plentiful and in a park setting. I highly recommend this restaurant. Angela D.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Ambiance, Delicious Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    The food was great. The owner served us and was most gracious. The sauces are sublime and the prices are very fair for this quality of restaurant. Highly Recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    This was our third time here and honestly, I wish we could go every week. Raffaele himself started us out with beautifully made risotto balls and this time we tried the salmon with a grapefruit sauce and the shrimp "curry" both fresh,gorgeous and cooked to perfection. We ended our evening with R.'s homemade orangcello and perfectly made cappachinos. This is our favorite restaurant of all time and it just keeps outdoing itself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Raffaele Ristorante is a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Raffaele Ristorante is a little gem amid an island of fools gold. The cuisine is a continental Italian. It is not your run-of-the meal red gravy place. The interior is esthetically pleasing and soothing to the eye. A local transplant owns it, originally from Naples, Italy, whose restaurant path began in the kitchen at Il Mollino, in NYC, and decades later led him to Boca. The meal started off with an amuse bouche, little seaweed “fritters”. It reminded me of healthy hush-puppy which melted in your mouth. One of our four top, who does not like trying new things, tried it and truly liked it. For an appetizer, I had the home-made buratta in tomato-based puree. It’s freshness, flavor and textures married perfectly. The others had Ceas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian in Boca Raton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    This is a gem in the Boca Italian restaurant scene. They serve creative, well prepared food that rises above the ordinary. The waitstaff is helpful and knowledgable, and the restaurant itself is lovely. I highly recommend Rafaele's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Our first visit, but definitely
    CookerVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Our first visit, but definitely not our last. We received excellent personal service and a great meal.
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  • Tastiest and most authentic
    BabeVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Tastiest and most authentic Italian cooking in Boca area. Fresh ingredients, perfectly prepared and nicely presented. Chef owner describes the dishes and accomodates preferences. Also the best baked in the restaurant breads. A great place to dine at. Wife and I love it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • A Place To Dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    This restaurant has been a real fine! The food is exceptional, the presentation is beautiful, and the service is professional. The dishes are always creatively different and always keeping their special dishes. This is a place for someone who has an experience pallet, a desire for good wine and enjoys homemade desserts in a beatuiful setting. They can also accommodate people with a gluten situation -- always accommodating and customizing the food! I sincerely recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants a food experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • First time at this restaurant.
    jpetroVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    First time at this restaurant. Food was excellent! The only negative was that they definitely need more help. They were short waiters that night and the three that were there were running around like crazy. We actually saw some people get up and leave before even eating. I felt sorry for the owner. I would definitely go back but would hope they would hire some more help otherwise I am afraid they are going to lose a lot of customers.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was the most authentic
    TerriVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Food was the most authentic Italian I have found in the Boca/Delray area. Several incredible offerings from teh owner's collection of family trsditions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little bit of Italy
    BabeVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    We have been dining at Raffaele's at least once a week since the restaurant opened, and feel that its the best Italian in the area. The ingredients are fresh and of great quality. The menu is varied with many items not to be found at the so called "top" restaurants in the area. The tastes are properly mingled and very special.....venison loin with mushrooms and chestnuts, quail with sausage and raisons, fennel and orange salad, just to name a few of my faves. The homemade bread is outstanding and always flavorful. The decor in the restaurant is classy, the Italian chef-owner a gem. As frequent travelors to Italy, we can honestly say that Raeffaele's comes the closest to the great restaurants of Italy.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good food. Large portions.
    LoveGreek
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Good food. Large portions. Prices more like $$$ than $$. Service was mixed. Owner/host attempts to service every table with additional staff filling in. It was a bit disjointed.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The owner was charming! BUT,
    pintyminty
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The owner was charming! BUT, he did EVERYTHING! He checked you in, he was your waiter, he did the checks (perfectly). He definitely needs more busboys and helpers. No one came to refill the water glasses, or to ask if you wanted another cocktail or refill the bread basket. We had to flag someone down as they were passing us to go into the kitchen. The FOOD was outstanding! Every dish the 10 of us had was wonderful, fresh and home-made. We loved it and we would go back again if he gets a little more assistance in the service area.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Great food and nice ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Great food and nice ambiance. Enjoyable evening. Will definitely return. Looking forward to sharing it with friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been here twice in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    We've been here twice in the last couple of weeks, once alone and once with another couple. On both occasions this restaurant did not disappoint. It exceeded our expectations and was complimented by the care and consideration Raffaele showers on his customers. Nothing is beyond his expertise and he quickly accommodates any request. Deviations from the menu are welcomed and provided. I cannot say enough about this truly spectacular restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • A Perfect Place to Savor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    We were absolutely blown away! The decor is great,understated and classy. We had personal service from the owner himself who is so obviously in love with his food, his presentation and his restaurant; and it shines in everything he does. The evening began with a perfectly made martini and just went up, up, up from there. Do not miss the soup with northern beans and mussels or the rigatoni with fig and walnuts. Can't say enough wonderful things! Wish Open Table would let me rate higher than five stars.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Miam and Mmm !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    We realy enjoy the diner. Every thing was sooo good, the food is a real ''home made taste'' like in Italie. (We went in Italy in October). They make their own bread, lemoncello and orancello Mmmm ! The restaurant is spectacular, very well designed, romantic look and soft ambiance, don't forget to take a look at the wine cellar inside. The owner is gentle and very sympatic... I Will come back for sure if i go back in Boca Raton. Must try the tiramisu (BIG!) and the veal stuffed rigatoni with the soft pink sauce, just Miam ! Enjoy !
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Very Dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The overpriced menu was not at all consistent with the service, delivery and food. Service was very disjointed. Had to ask for a steak knife for the veal chop. Forgot the vegetables, etc. Musician was horrible, couldn't sing. Failed on many levels. No interest in returning.
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  • inside is a lovely space.
    neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    inside is a lovely space. we started with a fennel salad which included gorgonzola cheese. excellent! we all had pasta dishes... some of the choices are more unusual. all dishers were delicious and very substantial portions.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • The food was outstanding,
    ThomVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    The food was outstanding, and service was very good. We enjoyed talking about Italy and Italian food and drink with Raffaele. We were disappointed that more people were not there, and encourage others to dine there to make sure they stick around.
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  • unfortunately, it was empty
    Riceudding1
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    unfortunately, it was empty when we went so I can not judge the overall experience My pasta was too undercooked but I felt bad returning it since we were the only ones in the restraurant
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