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Raoul's
Raoul's

Raoul's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.raouls.com
  • Email: raoulsrestaurant@gmail.com
  • Phone: (212) 966-3518
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: David Honeysett
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room seats up to 22 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Eddie Hudson (212) 966-3518

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Sullivan and Thompson Sts.
  • Public Transit: N or R to Prince St.
    C or E to Spring St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Nearest parking lot is approx. 4 blocks away on W. 4th St., between Macdougal and 6th Ave.
A word from Raoul's
Casual French bistro open and thriving for over 30 years in the heart of SoHo.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary French
Diner Reviews
  • "Step through the door into Paris in the 80s - it was like a trip back in time. And what a good one. Service and food extraordinary. We had the steal au poivre, and it was delicious. Chicken also excellent. Our waiter was a little snooty - another touch of Paris - but he warmed up when someone in our group spoke some French, of course. Great night out, the way dining in NYC used to be. Crowded, loud and fabulous. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had an amazing meal! The wine was OK, but the food really exceeded expectations as did the service."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Very good food, but too noisy, cramped booth, indifferent service. Maybe try it on a week night, not a Friday as we did."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Sat at the bar. Bartender was friendly and a pro. It's a NY classic so can't go wrong with regular dining or even bringing clients here for entertaining."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "While space in NYC is always at a premium, it seems Raoul's is eager to stuff as many patrons in per square foot as possible. Furthermore, the noise level was elevated due to the dubious song being played, mostly vocals, which makes it difficult for diners to think and speak without being distracted. In summary, good meals were spoiled by the cramp conditions and unnecessary noise."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Ate here with two coworker buddies. It's a little cramped but the good, service and vibe are so memorable you aren't thinking "damn this is a tight squeeze" (which it is). Steak Au Poivre might have a bit too much peppercorn for some, but the sauce is just ridiculous."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We have been eating here for quite a few years and it is just as good as it was. It seems they have lost the use of the yard and that is a shame. Inside is fine but you'll have to make sure reservations are made."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Raoul's was exceptional in every way. It is not fancy, but is a real French bistro, with a very vibrant scene and great food. The energy in the restaurant is non stop. Service does a very nice job in a very tightly spaced room. But even with that, it is a fun experience. This is not a place to go if you want a quiet out with your significant other, but if you want a fun night out with great food, Raoul's is a great choice. The Chicken and the Steak Frites are both exceptional dishes cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was about my fifth time at Raoul's. I have never been disappointed. The food is excellent, and the atmosphere is at once boisterous and intimate. I'm not sure how they pull it off, but this is one of my favorite restaurants in the City."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Raouls is old school amazing. food..atmosphere.excellent waiter staff,"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food was so delicious but what made it even more special was that the service was over the top."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "While flying to NYC for vacation a local setting next to me told me Raoul's was one of his favorite restaurant's. I was staying in the lower east side so I decided to try it. I agree with the local's this is a neighborhood gem. The food was fantastic, service great."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This was our second time at Raouls and everything was perfect - from cocktails to appetizers to dinner recommendations from our server to dessert - just perfect."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Every time we visit NYC we dine at Raoul's. As usual, we were delighted with our meal and the service was terrific. I would recommend this spot to anyone looking for a great NY experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food is outstanding. The Steak au Poivre and fries are the best! Creme' Brûlée is yummy as well as everything else eaten here. The wine list is affordable with some really nice selections. I love the booths and the overall ambiance of Raoul's. The artwork is so much more than expected at the this beautiful Soho gem. Art of all variety adorns the walls and spaces, they should offer art tours during the day when it's not so crowded and you can really appreciate it all. I will be back and am so thankful to have found this historic bistro that totally reminds me of Paris."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in New York. You'd walk in and feel like you were stepping into a great old bistro in Paris. Great food, great wine, and great service used to be the rule. Now, instead, you have pushy staff who cannot seem to be bothered to help a customer. It took three requests to get water from our server and two to get extra pickled vegetables with our Foie Gras Mousse. That being said, the food remains stellar. The crab toasts are a dream, and we nearly licked the jar that held the foie gras mousse. Roast chicken and skate were both cooked perfectly, with unique and delicious accompaniments. The experience though would improve with better lighting and service."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We just returned from a quick trip to NYC. So many restaurants to choose from, but for us, Raul's in our only choice! Once again, it did not disappoint! Already looking forward to our next visit to Raul's!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Does not look and taste like French food. More than American food. it is their own invention of French. I traveled to Paris and South of France before, It is not close to 1% of the French food. Disappointed"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Long recommended by former New Yorkers. Great food, great ambience. Nice neighborhood feel. Since we needed earlier time for pre-theatre, it was easy to get a reservation. I would call further ahead if you want anything after 6."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great au poivre, noisy and crowded, spotty service."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, service was terrific, I love this place so much and love having it in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Came here for dinner and the steak was amazing. Highly recommended. Wonderful waiter."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going to Raouls for 28 years. We have celebrated many anniversary and birthday dinners over those years and NEVER had a bad meal. This is a neighborhood staple and its both romantic, energetic and classic. The steak au poivre is amazing and what we get all the time. My son's girlfriend got the brined chicken and it was so moist and tasty. My son got the duck mousse pate for an appetizer and was so delicious! It was my birthday and they sent out a apple tart tartine with this beautiful caramelized birds nest over the ice cream and creme anglais. Overall, yet again, a wonderful meal at a favorite restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner. Disappointed that there were very few options for vegetarians. Busy Saturday night--good service and attention to detail. Meat lovers in group really enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "First thoughts when you walk in with your girl is that this is definitely a warm, romantic place but with an energetic vibe. Not a steel and chrome modern decor. More old world, candlelit with some very hot, sexy art and photography covering the walls. DEFINITELY a date restaurant in my eyes, whether your girlfriend or wife, maybe a bit loud but that's OK. The service was excellent. The steak special with a mushroom wine gravy, carrot puree and bokchoy was delicious. Great experience!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Raoul's always comes through with great food and decent service. The energy of the room really helps make for a great evening."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Guess I can call myself a regular now. My friends loved it, they've only heard me talking about Raoul's! Once again the staff delivered, great food, charming waiter (Jona) and a vibrant and nice atmosphere! Thank you, Raoul's!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I have been to Raoul's several times and am never disappointed. The ambience, service, energy and most importantly food is always exceptional. The staff make you feel at home, the service is unobtrusive yet efficient and they are accommodating and relaxed. Somehow there is a blend of relaxed old world style with a vibrant lively atmosphere. Just a great experience."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We go here every time we are in NYC. The food is fresh and delicious bistro fare. It is lively and loud and the PERFECT neighborhood spot."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Food was fantastic. Our server, Xavier, was fantastic. So accommodating and right on top of things. Will definitely return to Raoul's."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Took my birthday girl to Raoul's Restaurant in NYC last night for a celebration. We had a great time. I can't say enough about the place. It's a cozy little French bistro that serves the most delicious food. The skate entree may be my favorite dish of all time and the creme brulee is unbelievable. HIGHLY recommended."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to me by the concierge at the hotel & was a great find. The food was excellent & although a French restaurant it had a very New York atmosphere. The soft shell crab is to die for & the steak was also fantastic! I loved it so much that I made a reservation again through open table the next time I visited NY. I will surely go back again on my next trip."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "We were in New York for New Year's Eve and happened to see the reviews for Raoul's, which were great, so we booked a table. We ate in New York for 5 nights and this was by far the best meal. This is a very quaint bistro environment and the food was unbelievable. Can't wait to go back to NY for another chance to eat here."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Went to Raoul's with our adult children on 12/30 (night before New Years Eve) and it was hopping!! Food was great as always. Think we will make this a yearly tradition."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "My family enjoyed a delicious Christmas Eve meal. The food, wine, service and ambience were wonderful. Raoul's was perfect for a holiday celebration."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "cannot get enough of this place. Everything, and i mean everything, is amazing here. Will never disappoint you. :)"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "I'll preface my criticism by saying that Raoul's is one of my all time favorite restaurants in New York. First, the tables in the bar room (where we dined) we so close that they effectively functioned as a communal table. Nothing wrong with communal tables, but not what we were expecting nor wanting, nor how they've been placed previously. Second- my entree. I ordered the skate. When it arrived the plate (and portion) was so small my immediate reaction was to ask the waiter if it was an entree or appetizer portion. I understand small plates, but Raoul's is not known as a small plate restaurant (see steak au poivre.) It was highly disappointing and the first time in 30 years I left the restaurant without being thoroughly pleased."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "went for dinner with friends. The staff and food were terrific as usual. Very crowded. Did not have room in back open so ambience not there. But still good"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Don't know whether it was lack of imagination, but we all had the steak au poivre, which we were told was the signature dish of Raoul's. We all ordered different cooking levels (one well-done!) and each was delivered perfectly. Staff was friendly and very attentive. We'll be back"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Always great. Keep going back and love the new expanded menu. Tres bien fete!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013