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About Rao's - Caesars Palace Las Vegas
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.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Italian, Comfort Food, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Sun - Thurs: 5pm-10:00pm,
Fri - Sat: 5pm - 10:30pm
Las Vegas Blvd. & Flamingo
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rao's - Caesars Palace Las Vegas Ratings and Reviews
I have eaten at Rao’s in Hollywood, CA and was very pleased with the food and service there but l must say the Vegas location did not taste as good. The service was great and the staff was excellent. Howie, our server, did a fine job attending to us and we appreciate his attentiveness; however, the food was just ok and just not worth the money for us.
This is an offshoot of the extremely well respected Rao's in New York, which is almost impossible to get into. The service was impeccable. We had one problem and the server took care of it immediately and politely. My spinach and ravioli dish was quite good, but I wouldn't call it banging. My brother loved his steak, rated the meatballs nine out of ten, and my sister-in-law loved her shrimp scampi. Bread basket was ample and delicious. This is a place to slow down and savor a good meal and good conversation.
Dinner at Rao's was disappointing. The atmosphere is a little hokey and the food overall was nothing to write home about ... except for an excellent seafood salad that was fresh and chuck full of delicious bites of lobster, crab, calamari and shrimp. Other than that, the best I can say is that the portions are huge and the food was not bad. My veal chop parmesan was definitely not a $53 dish. It was a huge chop but it was also dry and surprisingly lacking in flavor. We were similarly non-plussed by the other dishes we ordered -- ravioli purses pretty good; angel hair pasta meh, osso buco okay; and Caesar salad boring. Even my martini which was mixed beautifully arrived not very well chilled. The saving grace of the evening was very fine service. Overall, though, considering the hype and the price, it was a disappointing evening.
We were in Vegas for Newy Years and ate at Rao's twice (it was also our 50th wedding anniversary. The food was excellent as was the service. Food came in a timely manner and was hot. We had a number of different dishes over the two nights and each was very good. The restaurant is a bit pricey but the meal was worth it. My only complaint...Wine by the glass was extremely expensive. We did not do a bottle as I do not drink.
We had walked by this restaurant many times and thought the whole thing was the patio seating our front. To our surprise the inside has a great bar and a New York feel of the restaurant. Our server John was awesome. Every suggestion was spot on. Meatball appetizer, beat salad, veal parm and ravioli. Everything came out quickly but not too rushed. The bartender also made great martinis.
We love this restaurant. Great food and a wonderful wait staff. They are warm and friendly and assist you with your menu choices. The food is amazing, especially the meat balls. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Vegas and we never miss an opportunity to go back. Love Rao.
The only reason I would not recommend this restaurant is the price point. This is a unique Italian American experience. Yes it's expensive but you're paying for the Rao experience. This is our third visit and best. Excellent service and well paced meal. Request the replica room when you make your reservation.
Someone mentioned a credit card was required to hold the reservation which we did not find true.
The chicken Parmesan with pasta arrived cold and had to be sent back. Also, the portion was skimpy. What a disappointment, considering my high expectations. I really could have made the dish better myself. To be fair, though, the seafood salad appetizer was very tasty and fresh. In retrospect, perhaps Carmine’s would have been a better choice and better value in Las Vegas.
Rao's is famous for its meatballs and they delivered. We ordered the meatball appetizer and the order consisted of two softball sized meatballs. They were some of the best meatballs I've ever had. Also noteworthy was the seafood salad appetizer. It was loaded with shrimp, calamari, crab meat and lobster. As a main course, my husband had pasta with bolognese sauce and said it was quite good. On the down side was the pasta carbonara, which was a special of the evening. It seemed to fall a little flat and lacked the flavor I was expecting. Overall, it was a good experience, with very attentive service.
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