Authentic gem of a restaurant! We enjoyed our time here immensely. Wonderful hospitality, excellent wine, and bar none, the best Italian food we’ve experienced! Thank you for making my husbands 40th birthday a memorable one!
The setting is cozy and comfortable, tables are adequately spaced so there's not a nearby neighbor, and it's easy to talk in a regular voice. The service was quick, efficient, and friendly. The food was excellent, great pasta and salads, and a good selection of wines! We'll be back.
Great food ,good staff. Came for a quick bite before theater and will happily come back
The food and our server were excellent - this is a very busy restaurant in a great location. I would have given Rafele an overall 5 star rating - but the feeling was the restaurant was more focused on serving and turning the table. Thank goodness the food was exceptional.
One of the best Italian restaurants in New York City. The service was impeccable; the food was excellent. The chef even made us a dish, not on the menu.
Food excellent but a little too noisy and crowded for a romantic meal for two.
My FAVORITE restaurant in NYC.
Everything was very very good, but nothing was "the best I've ever had. Service seemed put out we were there. But they were still prompt. The artichoke shaved salad was the best thing we ate.
The staff was extremely pleasant and efficient. Service was terrific. A great place for dinner.
I usually love this place, but they rushed us out at the end and asked for the table. They took my dessert wine before I finished it. It was an unfortunate ending and bad experience which ruined an otherwise wonderful night.
Food was fantastic! Would love to have it again, but I doubt I’ll ever go back because our waitress was remote and seemed annoyed to be serving us. Further, the manager was rude. Do these people know how to smile?
My favorite restaurant in NYC!!!
Excellent food and wonderful service on an Easter Sunday. Still don't understand why restaurants need to play background music when the conversation level is already energetic.
Great food service, atmosphere
Perfect restaurant for every day dining or special occasion
Sempre il migliore
Love that they have a vegan menu. Service was good and the food was delicious!
Excellent bronzino ! The pasta was prepared perfectly. Service was attentive and well informed
Overall excellent! The food was delicious . There are enough choices to please many . Servers were
attentive and knowledgeable . Will definitely go back.
Showed up after making a reservation through opentable and the restaurant was closed
Great food and house cocktails. All six people in our group were satisfied with the food and prices. I ordered the Gnocco Fritto and the Pettole Ragu. The Gnocco fritto was okay and the Pettole was delicious. The artichoke was good. My favorite dish was the Tagliata Di Manzo cooked medium rare. This was outstanding. The drinks are tasty and strong.
Went to Rafele to celebrate our anniversary. We made reservations for the chef's tasting and seating at the chef's table so that we could see the dishes being made. I highly recommend the chef's tasting as a great way to experience many different delicious dishes from the menu. The handmade pasta and the ricotta cheesecake were the highlight of the evening. Great atmosphere and service.
Rafele was recommended to me by dear friends who live in the neighborhood as their favorite restaurant. I went with Canadian friends on my birthday. The ambiance was very comfortable and attractive. The food excellent and one friend was very pleased with their vegan and vegetarian options. Our group was originally for 4 but after we started eating a 5th friend showed up. The staff efficiently enlargened the table by opening 4 leaves to accommodate our unexpected friend. Everyone in our group enjoyed the experience.
Better than a fresh box
Rafele was everything that I hoped it would be. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
Unbelievably authentic food and the best service i have had in a while. Fell in love
Wonderful spot and perfect for our family get together
Great food, good value, fun ambience. Christina is very lovely and she's GEM !
We've been going to Rafefe since 2016, average 2 times a month, never been disappointed.
Great authentic Neapolitan food--try the pizza --what pizza should taste like!
It was a great spot to gather with friends and great food
Nestled in the heart of the West Village, warm environment; one of the best Italian spots in the city. Amazing flavors and great sauce!!!
Love this place! The best neighborhood Italian!
Just an excellent dining experience! Nico attended to us, and made everything perfect. The only down spot was we forgot to preorder the $5000 cheesecake, and had to settle for the $9 variety 🙄🙄🙄. MUST GO!
Great food, good prices for the serving size. Recommend A ++
I took a friend here for her birthday last summer and we had a great meal. I had been back several times and had dinner again last Friday night to celebrate a good friend's birthday. This restaurant has the best caponata that I have ever tasted and it is given to you with the bread. I never knew that there was a downstairs room and it was nice and quiet as upstairs every single table was taken. I had an excellent salad followed by the special fish of the day. The other people had branzino and octopus to start. Everyone loved everthing. I am returning this Saturday night with my boyfriend to celebrate my birthday!
Outstanding food! Started with Homemade Sangria and ended with Limoncello! Seared sea bass atop eggplant was delicious! Book your reservation now!! Outstanding!
I almost don’t want to share because I fear not being able to get a seat. Outstanding is a appropriate description. Nice wine list. Really well presented and the service was as good as always. Attentive but not hovering. A free piece of cheesecake as a bonus. Love this place. Your welcome.
Ambiance could use some updating but food was great!