HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.
If you like, we’ll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.
Is this your restaurant? Claim this listing

Rafaella on Ninth

23 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch

Similar Restaurants


A romantic restaurant providing customary Italian cuisines, Rafaella on Ninth is a popular eatery in New York. Having a classy Italian décor and comfortable furniture, Rafaella on Ninth offers you an excellent dining experience. It provides an outstanding indoor seating arrangement which allows one to socialize as well as maintain privacy. The quiet atmosphere makes your dinner date tranquil and peaceful.

Richly buttered garlic breads, cheese breads and pepperoni breads make for appealing starters, while the merguez platter, bruschetta, vegetarian lasagna, vegan tofu sandwich and pumpkin ravioli are the most favorable entrées. House specialties include the chicken, beef and pork flatbreads. The special dessert menu features a rich chocolate lava cake and strawberry cheesecake as the popular choices. Organic beer and exquisite wines are the alcoholic beverages offered here.

This restaurant has been permanently closed.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian, Mediterranean
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 4:30pm; Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(212) 741-3230
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private party facilities
We will book our location upon request for private parties and celebrations for reasonable prices.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Gaston: (212) 741-3230
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
The trains that are close to us are: E & C on 23rd St/8th avenue
Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 23 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.5based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
60% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
3.0Dined on July 27, 2013

I went for brunch on a Saturday with a girlfriend. There were only 2 other tables occupied. We asked if we could sit at one of the 3 empty booths by the window, but the waitress said no as they were tables for four.....
The next hour that we were there, not a single part of 4 came in and the boothes remained empty.

Serving sizes were extremely modest.

Le Granine across the road or Pastis one block up are much better options.

5.0Dined on July 22, 2013

Really good food priced just right. The ambiance gives off a nice local feel. Neighborhood gem for sure.

4.0Dined on March 30, 2013

Rafaella continues to please. Intimate, quiet space with good food and even a menu section for vegans. If you want a dining hotspot, go somewhere else, but if you want a pleasant, well-priced dinner out, this is your spot.

4.0Dined on March 17, 2013

We were staying at my sister's in Chelsea and after a long day, wanted a short walk to get a bit to eat. My sister recommended this. The prices were great. Our server was lovely. The bottled wine prices were very reasonable. Food was great. Nice,intimate space. Would definitely return.

3.0Dined on March 10, 2013

its well known this little gem is always a bit on the warm side with the windows fogged over. But the food and service are quite good at modest prices.

3.0Dined on February 26, 2013

I've dined at Rafaella's quite often and always enjoyed the experience. But this time was bad enough that I felt I needed to leave a review. Service was awful . . . our server had a major problem when we asked that the music be turned down . . . it was blasting and my friends and I couldn't hear each other without shouting! Each of us ordered the salmon which was delivered without the sauce that was supposed to be with it. The server came to remove my plate when I was finished but my friends were still eating! This is a big peeve of mine . . . it's just rude. We were never offered dessert, just the check even though the restaurant was half empty. Hope this was just an off night

4.0Dined on February 15, 2013

I have been going to Rafaella for years...but only for special occasions, as I didn't want to exhaust the charm. It has been some time since I've returned, but my, oh, my!! I LOVE EVER aspect of the remodeling they have done! The new dishes are phenomenal, but the old favorites are still there and true to what made me fall in love with the chef from the beginning. Rafaella is far more romantic...though a bit more crowded when it comes to seating. I LOVE the addition of the dessert tray (replacing the old-school general deli/bakery display class). It is much classier, much more welcoming, still having that European charm, though with an NYC influence that wasn't there before. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

4.0Dined on January 25, 2013

the waitress could have been more attentive. We weren't informed about specials nor asked for drinks when we sat down.

1.0Dined on November 17, 2012


2.0Dined on September 13, 2012

I am not even sure they knew I made a reservation through Open Table. The dining room was chaotic and noisy and the 2 wait pool were overwhelmed and communicated that. The food was okay. Nothing you couldn't make a home. The lasagna was good. And the wine pretty good. I was there on a Thursday night and he place was packed with a local, older crowd. It was so noisy that I had to shout to be heard by my friends sitting inches away. On to of the noise of diners shouting to be heard, they played annoying music.

4.0Dined on August 31, 2012

I love the food here and it has a huge selection for vegetarians and vegans that ensures this will be one of my staples.

5.0Dined on August 16, 2012

My friend had eaten there before and remembered it being a very fine Italian restaurant. I have the OpenTable app, and when I went online looking for a good, nearby Italian restaurant, Rafaella was the first to pop up. Great food and a very enjoyable experience.

3.0Dined on July 25, 2012

Delicious meal. Simple menu of excellent quality.

5.0Dined on March 22, 2012

Small neighborhood gem with great food at a reasonable price - loved it - will be back!

2.0Dined on January 7, 2012

We came here for brunch on a Saturday. At first we were excited that the food came out quickly, but the potatoes were a bit raw. The mini muffin with breakfast was a treat, except it was clearly from a 6-pack of Entemann's. The service was not that great as no one came to check on us that often and the coffee was too watery.
When I called to ask about brunch specials, they didn't seem to know what a "special" was. All around, it was a pretty good deal with one free mimosa with brunch for about $14, but my friend and I are brunch conoisseurs and are used to unlimited drink brunches.
All in all, the ambience was nice and for someone looking for a simple, relatively cheap brunch in a nice, small restaurant, this is the spot for you.

3.0Dined on December 20, 2011

Went to Rafaella with a friend. This was my second time there. The food is always good, nothing spectacular. The only issue I have is the $10 minimum for credit card charges. I know this is a standard at other places but not everyone always has cash on them and when you've already basically paid for the meal via a deal and all you need to leave is the tip, it presents a problem. However, that should not be a deterrent as you will have a good time in this place.

4.0Dined on December 10, 2011

The food was very decent. I enjoyed my French toast. The others in my party enjoyed their omelet and egg salmon benedict. Service was fine. It was not rushed. We were able to sit there for a while. Ambiance was nice.

4.0Dined on December 2, 2011

Great little restaurant. Cozy and food was really quite good.

3.0Dined on August 3, 2011

Considering the candlelit atmosphere and intimate space, the music was strangely loud and seemed totally out of sync with the environment. Food was fine but they need to take more care about drowning food in sauces, dressings etc. Was disappointed but may try it again as it's one of my neighborhood stalwarts.

2.0Dined on July 29, 2011

Went for dinner and ordered fusilli in a pink sauce with fresh mozzarella, but instead got mediocre rotini in a tasteless sauce. Waitstaff wasn't so attentive either.

1.0Dined on July 28, 2011

We were unable to eat there. Although we were on time for our reservation, there was no table available and no acknowledgment that we had a reservation. The hostess looked vaguely around and said that something might open up in about 15 minutes. That seemed highly unlikely to us, and there was no place to wait other than to stand amidst the tables. We left. We didn't actually taste the food, but had to make a judgment to submit the review.

5.0Dined on May 22, 2011

As a frequent diner, I don't generally write reviews, but this suprisingly good experience warranted it. Rafaella on Ninth has been right under my nose for so long, yet I'd not gone there, thinking it was more a cafe' or dessert place. While it does not have a full bar (beer and wine only), it may well be the best value in Chelsea. The menu is not large, but they certainly have a sufficiently broad selection of dishes. The meal was excellent quality and well prepared, the service was very warm, friendly, and quite capable, and the prices for all that... remarkably low. I highly recommend this as a wonderful relaxing neighborhood spot, and I will be back there again soon. It certainly beats the places on Eighth Ave...

4.0Dined on April 25, 2011

Everything we had was delicious!! Tons of choices, large portions, cheap for Chelsea and super cute inside. We all had sandwiches which we loved and we split the hummus appetizer. The wine was delicious as well!! We'll be back again!!