Rao's - Caesars Palace Las Vegas

4.5
3268 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian

At each visit, the Rao's family wants it to feel as if yours is the only table in the room. The impeccable Southern Italian fare stems from the dishes' high-quality ingredients, such as house-roasted red peppers, freshly grated Pecorino-Romano and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses, Felipo Berio olive oil and certified San Marzano plum tomatoes imported from Italy. For more than 115 years, that's the way the family has cooked in their iconic New York kitchen, and tradition is alive and well at their Las Vegas restaurant.

The time-honored staples include perfectly cooked pastas, risottos and the mouthwatering steak bistecca; cooked perfectly and sliced tableside. The classic veal chop is pan-seared and topped with a medley of hot and sweet cherry peppers.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Comfort Food, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Sun - Thurs: 5pm-10:00pm,
Fri - Sat: 5pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(702) 731-7267
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fatimah Madyun
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Las Vegas Blvd. & Flamingo
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Entertainment
Jukebox
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and they’re huge portions.

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MT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here was great, the meatballs (size of a baseball) were DELICIOUS. Also enjoyed the ravioli (so good in brown sugar and butter), and chicken piccata. Dining inside (away from the casino) is recommended to enjoy the charm of the restaurant. Would absolutely recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Angela, our server was great. A great experience!!

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D
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time dining at Rao's while in Las Vegas. Never wrote a review on any of the visits but they all three would be the same five star reviews. The service has always been very good. The bread and homemade red pepper butter they bring before your dinner is very good. I've had the Lasagna once and the Chicken Parmesan twice and all three meals were very delicious. We've ordered meatballs and what they call a cheese sandwich for appetizers. Both excellent. The cheese sandwich is actually very delicious fried cheese. I'll be back on my next trip to Vegas.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. I cannot wait to go back again!

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K
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food choices and their lasagna is perfect. Also, fish dishes are great option for fish lovers.
Service by Rebecca was amazing and support staff was very helpful.

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is located within Caesar's Palace. During the week, when not busy, it may appear closed but it is not! Very dimly lit (can be difficult to read menu). The menu had nice choices. I felt everything was so overpriced. I ordered a seafood pasta. The claw was served in shell but they did not provide a small fork to retrieve the meat (I wrestled it w my dinner fork). Go to Bobby Flay's for Port Wine after dinner. Service was excellent and food was delicious

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T
Baltimore
84 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately, my veal Parmesan was very dry. I should have asked for sauce!

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Some guy kept screaming with his friends. Staff did nothing. I requested a quiet table since it was our honeymoon and we wanted to talk. So much for that. Everything else was amazing though.

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AM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were very excited about our reservation. Been wanting to try for a long time. Service was excellent. Meatballs were everything their reputations says they are. However, all other dishes, chicken scarp (very dry) and Bolognese (ordinary), was very disappointing. For the cost, overall not worth it.

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CM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

We went to Rao's because my daughter dined at the New York restaurant and she loved it. So we had a family birthday so we decided to go to our home town Rao's . Our reservation was for 6:15 pm they seated us on time, we like to eat early because we like to dine and be able to hear each other talk but eating in a large Vegas hotel restaurant not likely . The room we were sitting in was full , we were seated at the entrance to the room and right next to the kitchen entrance all I saw was a white kitchen and servers running in and out not the ambiance I expected. Maybe they should do away with that table or put a swing door to the kitchen. Otherwise food was great , service was good I liked our server very attentive.

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T
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have to give it 5 stars. It was our last night in Vegas. We spent 4 nights there and I’m sure there is better food out there but from our experience Rao’s was the best of them all. I had the lasagna and my wife had the spaghetti. I highly recommended the lasagna! The sauce makes or breaks an Italian restaurant and Rao’s sauce does not disappoint. Russ was our server and he was on point with his service and laughs that he provided us. Thanks again to Rao’s for the special evening

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KB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian ! Delicious

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ST
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I have been dining at Rao's Las Vegas for years. It was my favorite Italian place until December 1, 2018. For starters, they took my favorite dish, tagliatelle with prosciutto and peas, off of the menu. I can live with that even though I was very disappointed. My friend had worn very uncomfortable shoes and had slipped her heel out of one of her shoes and was resting it on the top of her shoe. The waiter came over to retrieve a dropped napkin and noticed this. He was very quick to tell her she was in violation of a health code and would have to "put her shoes on or leave the restaurant". We hadn't ordered yet and I suggested to everyone that we should leave. We didn't leave because we had tickets to a show and were on a time schedule (not having reservations elsewhere). That sort of set the tone and it really was a downer. Also, I had ordered a glass of wine and had to flag someone down to get a second glass. At $30 per glass, I shouldn't have to seek out someone to order another. Toward the end of the meal, the waiter became suddenly friendly (he obviously was wanting to ensure a good tip). I didn't want to leave a tip at all but, I left 20 percent, because of the way tips are split and not wanting to punish the others involved, as it was totally this one guy. I used to always recommend Rao's to anyone who asked but, probably won't now. The food is still FAB!

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TS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good veal. Meatballs are HUGE! Atmosphere was beautiful.

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PJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Both hostess and service staff was a little rude and they were not busy at all.

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FP
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice replica of the original restaurant. Food and service was great. Loved the bocce court too.

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r
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The food was authentic and flavorful. We had the roasted red pepper and buffalo mozzarella appetizer and it was fantastic. The spaghetti Bolognese was some of the best we have ever had.

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KP
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved the food and great music in the bar area love the juke box! Great fun!

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JG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While I think Vegas restaurants are all overpriced at least I enjoyed every part of my dinner. The waitress was helpful with wine selection so that was a plus. She did not know much about the dish preparation other than what was written on the menu - good news is that most people know Italian food. The brown butter ravioli purses were very good. The perfect solution was a salad with a protein and to split a pasta dish.

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SL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meatballs ever! Excellent service! We only had an hour before a show. They delivered fast service with a smile. Waiter was so clear and informative.

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C
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, we were somewhat disappointed with our dining experience at Rao’s in Caesars Palace this visit. The first negative is the fact we were not able to bring drinks in from the casino: had to leave them at the hostess desk. Not inviting for Total Rewards members who are in Las Vegas to gamble. The fact that we would bring a drink to finish in the restaurant did not mean we were not going to purchase additional alcohol with our meal. The meals were definitely overpriced. The veal Parmesan was extremely dry and I had to ask the waiter for additional marinara to make it more palatable. Also it would be nice if it came with a small portion of pasta. The lasagna was also very expensive for basically a plate of pasta with cheese and sauce. It was good, but not worth the price. We usually like to make Rao’s a stop on Vegas trips but may think twice for future visits. Sorry for the negative review, but this experience did not meet our expectations.

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FI
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Service not so great

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a
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it - I had a seafood pasta - a little more spicy than I am accustomed to but it was fantastic. I am not sure I can eat the "regular" stuff now at other restaurants. I might have to say, "why can't it be as good as Rao's."

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HN
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good meal although nothing exceptional. Tomato soup was good, penne al la vodka good as well. Overall decent experience but nothing too special.

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Y
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband 50tj Birthday

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TN
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service impeccable. You must try the lemon chicken. It is to die for!

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GR
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Vegas for Thanksgiving and chose Rao’s for our evening meal. Every aspect of the meal and service was great. We recommend Rao’s often and they do not disappoint!

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MM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great old school Italian restaurant. Food was great, Matt our server was excellent.

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JE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service! The pasta was some of the best we've had in the United States!

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HM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

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m
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our group of 6 had a wonderful experience for Thanksgiving. We were lucky to be seated in the special dining room which has only 12 tables. It’s a replica of the iconic dining room in NYC’s RAO’s. Lots of food, and while I might quibble about the crab carbonara (from too much pancetta), overall we had a wonderful meal. We would definitely come back. Great and attentive service.

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s
Austin
57 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The server was outstanding. It was a slow night and our server was very personable. The food was great all round. I had the crab carbonara. The crab was a little strong which is why the 4 stars. We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed.

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who's celebrating my 60th birthday the food was fantastic my husband have the ossobuco he didn't even need a knife it just fell off the bone. I had the lamb chops the roasted beet salad with arugula delicious. Oscar server was absolutely wonderful and attentive. Definitely eat here again next time we're in Vegas.

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G
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went there for the pasta and was underwhelmed by the meal...

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S
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

My mom and I decided to try this place as we wanted Italian. We were sat in a booth which was seated next to a large party who was very loud, not to mention their child was playing an iPad game with the noise level so high my mom and I had to ask to be seated in another location. We could not even enjoy our food as the sound the game was making was so loud. Once we were seated in another location it was much better.

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D
Miami
170 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Worst restaurant I’ve been to in Vegas. Boxed croutons in Caesar salad, no anchovies in salad or dressing. Linguine with clams over cooked with no taste, mushy mess. Chicken scarliella watery with little taste.

Only decent thing was the service. A neighborhood Italian “ red sauce” place better at half the price.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. One of our favorites in Vegas. Ricky was great!

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JS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

If you go to Rao’s, do not let the host staff seat you in the back dining room. It’s stuffy and uncomfortable.
And my steak was way over cooked.

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