Raoul's
Raoul's

Raoul's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.raouls.com/
  • Phone: 2129663518x
  • 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, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room seats up to 22 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Eddie Hudson 2129663518x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Sullivan and Thompson Streets
  • 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
Raoul's reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)fit for foodies (45)romantic (42)special occasion (36)vibrant bar scene (29)late-night find (27)hot spot (18)notable wine list (16)good for groups (8)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • great food as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Ive been coming here for years. Ordered the lamb chops and it had to be the best lambchops ive had in years... Dont know how they continue to make each dish better than the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dining experience
    Jarret
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Came here with my wife to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The meal was perfect from beginning to end. Service was spot on and the ambience is fun yet still romantic. We will no doubt be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been there for years, still great
    SizeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    And its great - tight seating, otherwise a nice dining experience - no rush, great service and high quality food. Wine selection is ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic NY
    ST13
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    one of the few ny restaurants that i keep going back to again and again. the food is always spot on, the service is exceptional and the environment very warm and "cool
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CDMNUPVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This place was very dark. The tables were crowed. The waiter was always busy so finding him was a challenge.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Soho Must Do
    NancyOTRVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Raoul's is one of those places you just must do when visiting Soho. It is fun and the food as well as the clientele is very interesting. Go with others or go alone. It's a great place to share with someone, but also great just to sit back with a nice wine and watch it happen. It's amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE BEST IN NYC
    nonickname
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    IT'S THE BEST RESTAURANT IN NYC. I was in NYC for 6 nights and ate there for 3 of those nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite place
    Andie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food at Raoul's is the best! Always innovative in a good way, not "fancified ". Knowledgable, courteous, fun wait staff, and downtown ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great kitschy dinner spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great food and mood in the middle of SoHo. We had a late meal on a beautiful summer night. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not for the food
    eatyou
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Lovely looking restaurant, good service, mediocre food. Was hoping for much more flavor but instead was served very bland, dialed in cuisine. Too bad, the atmosphere is very nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great all around
    OpenTable1VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had the skate fish and colleague had the halibut. both were delicious. starters and desert were also tasty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GastonSingeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Raoul's makes for the most reliably perfect evening every time. Food and atmosphere are top notch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing place
    ladywholunches
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    i've been going to raouls for the past few years. i was introduced by my ex boyfriend, and although i dropped the boy, i kept this hotspot! :-) see....there was a reason i met him!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice and Cozy
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Enjoyed the food. Service was good. And would not recommend for family with kids. A Lot pictures of beautiful but nude bodies. For couples , yes. Kind of romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It used to be good...
    Edgardo
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I was in Raoul's several times, but the last night was forgettable. I asked Fois gras and It came cold, the pate was good. After I took skate. It came swimming in a sauce with tomatoes and basil that killed the taste of the fish. The profiteroles were good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • food was really great
    nothappyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    this place is a great food great service we couldn't have asked for a better night I had the monk fish which was delicious and my wife had the chicken which is one of the best chicken she's ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    You can never go wrong eating at Raoul's. There's a reason it's been in business for 30 years. I have never had a bad meal there. It is always consistent. It's a cool, hip place. And the food is straight forward. The chef is not trying to be trendy. It's French Bistro at it's finest. I adore the place. I could go every week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovey meal
    Ctnjmom
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had an outstanding dinner lots of fresh local veggies and good meat/fish. Would happily return for another memorable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic that never disappoints
    goodtogetout
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Somehow laid back and bustling at the same time. Over the years, this place delivers the same great food and service that have kept it an NYC classic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still perfect
    KingfishercooksVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had wonderful night as usual. Great food, great vibe. Everyone makes you feel so welcome. The best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foie Gras
    DF0614VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My second time here. The foie gras was delicate, rich and made to perfection -- delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak Fries at Raoul's!
    Maria
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Had the steak fries, a nice steak cooked just right. The fries were nice and crispy! A bit dark restaurant, small and you sit VERY close to the table next door! (They actually have to move the table for you to get in and sit).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little French
    Robtano
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Raoul's was better than expected. I have walked by for years and finally tried the place. Food was very good for the price, wait staff was attentive and very polite. They couldn't seat is in a booth since they were being held for regulars most likely but the chairs were comfy enough. We will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night
    Wyojo
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We celebrated our 22nd anniversary here. Try to get to NYC couple times a year so choosing this dinner was difficult. This was the perfect dinner. Service was excellent; relaxed yet professional. Great atmosphere. Our steaks & frisée salads were amazing. If I lived in the area this would be a go to spot for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Rat Pack
    MorningsideGourmand
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Though established in 1975, Raoul's harkens back to an older vibe, redolent of Chanel No. 5, small waists, and Sinatra. The food is great, the wine list is small but well chosen, and the atmosphere summons your sexiness. You'll dream in French after dinner, I promise. Wait staff are superb, the neighborhood is fun. Book it well in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    JeanPaulVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Very nice ,seating is very tight Small menu Nice neighborhood
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ideal for a first date.
    Artfulffodder
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The paintings need a finer curatorial touch to mix with the memorabilia. It would bring the once vibrant art scene back to life for so many people who still associate Soho with the vanguard of contemporary culture. Although the paintings and drawings selection represent a side of French taste for the accidental they should be more intentionally representative of vanguard portrait painters.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent night out
    Cris
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We made a reservation for my girlfriend's birthday. The food was great, the wine was excellent and the host remembered I mentioned it was her birthday and brought out a birthday cake. We were sad that the garden room is now closed (not because of the restaurant but because of the way it was built it violates emergency exit requirements). Regardless the service was excellent as well and the waiter was extremely friendly. We are definitely coming back for another nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Night
    AnaBananaVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I had such a great time dinning at Raouls after a long trip from CA. Too bad they were out of my favorite Beef Tartar...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood find
    irmiller22
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Really enjoyed the ambience here - great energy inside of the restaurant, and the decor itself is very reminiscent to that of a hidden Parisian bar/restaurant. I had the grilled octopus salad to start. It was good, but wasn't phenomenal. It would have been better if it had a little bit of a char to it, but it was good. I had the skate wing for an entree, and it was delicious. I've never had skate before, but it was one of the better seafood items I've had in NYC. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE BEST
    DianaPrince212
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in all of NYC. I'm not much of a steak person but the steak here is like butter. The service is always great and sitting at the bar is a blast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GastonSingeVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    As always, Raoul's was great. Invited friends who had never been to Raoul's and they loved the atmosphere, the food, the service and everything else.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DDB480
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Great experience the moment I walked in the door, food was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 746 reviews are from the Raoul's reviews archive.
  • Fantastic experience
    Steve
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I took my parents here for their 30th wedding anniversary and our experience was great. Obviously, the steak was our go-to meal, which didn't disappoint! Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleased
    cjgaVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    It was our first time at this bistro and we will be back. Good bread, good appetizer's, followed by two wonderful main courses. We tried to resist desert but over came and enjoyed that as well.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No more as good as it was before
    surfer030303
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I use to go in this place since 7 years. As a french I am able to compare with french restaurants in Paris. At the begining it was just great. Since I have the feeling Raoul changed the Chef keepîng the same items on their menu. Big mistake. You get the air but not the song ! It was my last Time for me.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We had an amazing meal! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We had an amazing meal! The wine was OK, but the food really exceeded expectations as did the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 3
    richardbw
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Very good food, but too noisy, cramped booth, indifferent service. Maybe try it on a week night, not a Friday as we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for the couple seeking a quiet.
    Civility
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic New York
    cregirlVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.