Rao’s offers 3 semi-private dining areas and 2 private dining rooms. These private and semi-private dining areas can accommodate up to 120 guests. The restaurant can accommodate up to 300 guests total for special event buyouts. Food and hosted beverage minimums vary based on availability and date.View Private Dining Details
Too pricey on many traditional dishes like chicken parmigiana
THE absolute best Italian restaurant around! Excellent service amazing wine and the food is incredible- 4 stars every time.
Food was excellent. The meatball is a must! Our server was too busy and dropped our check without saying thank you. That really bugged considering we spent a decent amount and tried chatting with her. She made us leave with a bad feeling.
Birthday celebration. Great service, tasty food nice setting, but fairly loud. Great evening.
Russell, our waiter, was the best. We enjoyed our dinner and definitely will be back.
This is our 3rd time at Rao's! It never disappoints. Food and service - just outstanding.
Waiter was very attentive and the location we were seated was perfect after a long day at conference. All of our meals were served prompt and hot. All commented that their dish selection was "excellent"!
I was truly hoping for a more authentic experience and was hoping it would parallel the NYC restaurant but it falls very short. The food was good, not outsiding or worth paying $44 for a chicken parm.
The service was excellent, very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and offered suggestions.
Went for our anniversary and everything was perfect! The food, the service, the overall experience-perfection!
We have the cookbook for Rao's and had been looking forward to eating there for several years after reading the family history of the restaurant in New York City. We were totally disappointed in the atmosphere. We had a glass of wine at the bar while we waited for our table and the noise level was loud. We could barely hear the background music. We were seated within 10 minutes at a booth in one of the dining rooms off of the bar. Unfortunately there was a large table at the rear of the dining room that was really loud. Shortly after that two large round tables were pushed together for a bachelorette party. My husband and I had to shout across our table to be heard over the screaming girls. The food and service was good but it was impossible to enjoy our dinner because of the noisy rude patrons seated next to us. We heard two other parties comment to the waiter about their displeasure while we were trying to eat our dinner. Very disappointing! I will not be going back.
Average, not good not bad
was realy looking forward to dining at Rao's based on their reputation in the NYC location. The waiter was great, and the food was very good but I was put off by the Christmas decorations still up in March and the very loud music. The music being played was 1970's rock/pop music which I like, however not when I am paying $250 for 2 chicken parm's, and a ceasar salad to split and 2 glasses of wine each. The least expensive wine was $25 and wasn't exceptional by any means. The diner was overpriced and the ambiance was like being in a casual pub. I think if the owners in NY knew they would be horrified.
It might be that my expectations were too high going in, but I thought Rao’s was mediocre at best. It might be simply because I had read the Reviews and know that the one in New York is supposed to be awesome. But the food was just ok. My wife got the Lasagna, and the texture was not what we were expecting from Lasagna, very “mushy”. Their famous meatballs were ok, but I have had better. The service was great. Atmosphere was just ok. They have lots of pictures on the wall showing famous people that have eaten there. Our expectations were just higher, and therefore we were somewhat disappointed. Next time we are looking for Italian in Vegas, we’ll probably go somewhere else.
Waitress seemed rushed and not attentive to us...we were here on a special occasion with my son being home from military leave...wanted it to be a special night but came out disappointed
Never had less than a great meal here... always fresh, great ingredients
The best food we had while in Vegas! Ambiance was exactly what I was looking for!
Ceasar's recommended this is a great Italian restaurant. It was over priced. My brother's meal was actually cold. My salmon was served with the skin side up, which I thought was strange. It was a little fishy tasting. We were not overwhelmed with the food to say the least and would never go back!
I enjoyed the service staff. They did not guide me well on menu selection. I found the $31 super expensive for 5 small pieces of charred eggplant in the eggplant parmesan. I found the tiny but very tasty caprese salad also very overpriced. I left wondering what the big deal is about this restaurant.
We had wonderful food: the meatballs, beet salad and lasagna to share between the two of us. Just amazing!
We waited for over an hour from our reservation time for a table. Very embarrassing for me with my business guests.
Fabulous food also provided free desert for our anniversary Quiet great waiter
Thank goodness that the most exclusive restaurant in New York is not also the most exclusive restaurant in Vegas! After reading parts of Frank’s cookbook (and after hearing about Rao’s For many, many years), I was excited to find out that they have a location right in Caesar’s Palace.
So, after an afternoon spent in the Forum Shops, my girlfriend and I went to Rao’s the other night and were not disappointed.
She had the beggar ravioli purses - which she absolutely loved - and I had the frutti di mare - which was very tasty even if the calamari was a tad bit in the rubbery side. But the highlight of my evening was the fries green tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella. They were fabulous.
The wine menu is all very pricy so I opted for a wine by the glass approach. As most readers probably know, the typical restaurant mark-up on a bottle is usually 200-300%. As a wine drinker, I’m used to that. But these prices seemed more like 300-400%. Maybe that’s a function of being in Vegas... but it was still a bit more than other 4- and 5-Star places we visited while there.
Sadly, the first glass I sampled tasted like it had been open for quite some time. I can’t say I’m surprised, though. It was a pretty pedestrian Pinot noir that they had priced at something like $18 per glass. Sadly, that was the only pinot on the glass menu so I opted for a Cabernet instead. It was okay but I’ve had better elsewhere.
All that being said, the bottled offerings were extensive and included aim impressive offerings. If you’re of a mind to spend $80-$120, on a bottle, I’d look elsewhere. But, if you’re willing to spend $250 or more (and don’t mind the extra markup), there are some hard-to-find offerings that are worth a look.
The inside of the restaurant was bustling but not “noisy”. The decor was very authentic - lots of dark, woody tones.
Our waiter was excellent. Very attentive and checked back twice during dinner. The bartenders, however, seemed overwhelmed by an underwhelming crowd.
Great food wine and environment. New York notable in Vegas.
Food was great. 6 people - we ordered the veal parm on the bone, veal osso bucco, Carb Carbonara, 2 Lasagnes, and a Salmon special. Started with the Meatball appetizers, and Antipasto appetizers. All were great. I hope to get an opportunity to go to Rao's in NY and see if it as good or better.
Outstanding food, freindly and appropriate service.
Food is mediocre for the price. Service is consistently good. Usually a wait even with reservations but friendly staff.
Rao’s never disappoints! The food and the service are outstanding!
Staff was friendly and knowledgeable of all details of the menu. You could hear the passion in the waiters description of the dishes. We were not disappointed in his recommendation of the meatballs. They were awesome and we will be back!
I went out to dinner with a friend.
The food and service were exceptional.
The best meatball!!!
This was my second visit and it was even more memorable than the first time. We were celebrating my friend's birthday and it was technically our first date and I was trying to impress her while having a great meal and good time. It definitely was everything I was hoping for. The food was amazing, I just wish I hadn't eaten so much bread in the beginning! Prices are high, but not unexpected, you could eat for less on the same menu and still enjoy yourself. I highly recommend this place!
We were 6 for anniversary dinner. Pasta side dish was premixed in kitchen with sauce - definitely not appetizing and not very good. For an expensive dinner the free anniversary dessert was a small portion of lemon sorbet! The osso bucco was excellent. Our local southern Italian restaurant is 10x better than this New York/Las Vegas restaurant.
Excellent service and wonderful food. Our waiter was engaging and helpful. The lemon Chicken was out of this world. The meatball appetizer is a MUST. Now we want to visit the original in NYC.
Service was outstanding. The only feedback I would have is the lack of a spumoni or ricotta cheesecake as a dessert option. The waiter explained that people who come to this place do not understand ricotta cheesecake. So the place now only serves New York style cheesecake. The easy answer is not always correct
We dined here before seeing Elton John. The waiter was great serving our food and making sure we had plenty of time to make our show. Usually in LV servers take their time. We had their famous meatballs for an appetizer. Really really good. We highly recommend trying them. Wine list was good. Had a good section of reds. I’ve been a lamb chop fan all my life. The lamb chops here were some of the best I’ve ever had. The only criticism I have is that it was very loud. There were times when it was hard to hold a conversation with my wife. Other than the noise, everything was really good. I would recommend this restaurant for dinner.
Since it is impossible to get into Rao's in Harlem, we did the next best thing - Vegas! Food and service was fantastic - they are famous for their sauce and it did not disappoint. The creme brulee was delightful, too!
Food came out within 3 minutes after ordering, no time to enjoy a glass of wine seemed odd it was only a 8:30 reservation ? one of the meals was cold and when we sent it back it took awhile and the other meal was almost all done. waiter was nice . NOT HAPPY
The food was very good and the service was excellent.
Dined before Elton john concert
Food is terrible. 9 for dinner not one good meal.
We had dinner mid-week in the back room. Quiet and very comfortable. Russ was our very good waiter who offered good advise on our choices. Of course we had the meatball appetizer to share and it was delicious! The only thing we would change is the music. They played a mix of oldies but it would have been a perfect evening if Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc. music had been constant in this Italian restaurant. (Our opinion.) Would definitely go back though.