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About Raoul's

Casual French bistro open and thriving for over 40 years in the heart of SoHo.

180 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Dinner: Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 1:00am
Weekend Brunch:Saturday-Sunday:11:30am-3:30pm

Cross Street:
Between Sullivan and Thompson Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 966-3518

Website:
http://www.raouls.com/

Parking Details:
Nearest parking lot is on Thompson Street, between West 3rd and Bleeker.

Public Transit:
N or R to Prince St.
C or E to Spring St.

Executive Chef:
David Honeysett

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Raoul's Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (39)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Authentic (28)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Romantic (23)
Fun (23)
Cozy (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Hot Spot (21)
People Watching (19)
Bar Seating (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Casual (14)
Worth the Drive (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

Little attention to customers. A little condescending on the service side.
On the pricey side for the value you get.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

the only negative is the music is too loud and wrong for the ambiance. the overall experience was wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I lived in SoHo when this opened and have always returned for the great atmosphere, the delightful service and staff and the wonderful menu. I love the place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We were in NYC for a getaway weekend before the Holidays. We were given a romantic and private booth which was so appreciated! Our server was fantastic and his recommendations spot on. We had delicious cocktails before our wine. The oysters were so fresh! The escargot amazing. Entrees were fantastic. And the sticky toffee pudding a sweet ending to a memorable dining experience. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Raoul's is a classic --- no need to say anything more. Order the steak frites, have a glass of Bordeaux and take in the scene. A surviving slice of old NYC ...

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Hands down the best burger in New York City, hard to describe but trust me.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Bumping’ joint, great music, interesting crowd, impeccable service, solid classic casual steakhouse fare. Great place to eat, drink, and carry on until the wee hours!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Classic New York City nightspot that never disappoints. A true gem.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food with a lively ambience

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My request to the server to remove the raw onion topping for my "Raoul's Hamburger" was curtly admonished with the bizarre proclamation that "Chef will not remove the topping under any circumstance. Raoul's hamburger must be eaten as presented". Revealing my hand-slapping scheme to remove the onions myself, I then requested the ketsup for my French fries...and was instructed after a sour-faced pause that he would bring ketsup only if I used it on the fries NOT on the burger. Really people. It's a hamburger!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Local, colorful, about as New York as you can get. Don't miss the steak, it's all I ever order, delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

A perfect blend of one of a kind old school neighborhood charm, friendly knowledgeable staff, delicious food and wine with a diverse vibrant clientele.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Eating at Raouls is, to my mind, what a Parisian diner experiences except transplanted to New York. Cozy romantic lighting. Posters and paintings on the wall. Eclectic setting.Tables close together or booths. Very French menu and wine list. Excellent friendly service and fabulous food. Absolutely delicious!Clink of silverware and glasses. Conversation and laughter mixed with music. Low lighting. A small bar scene.
Original and Needless to say, our favorite restaurant. We will return again and again and again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Celebrated a major birthday here, just the two of us. Got here early before the crowds and the crowding. Had a delicious meal. Really really good. Quite pricey. But worth it. Service was friendly and very professional. The ambience is cozy and quirky. My only wish is that the restaurant wasn’t so crowded. But getting here early solves that.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love Raouls' but the music should be quieter and calmer.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Romantic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Raoul's is my favorite French bistro type restaurant west of Paris. The classics of this cuisine, such as salad frisée, beef tartar, and escargot are superb. The fish dishes are top notch. While I came the first time for the justifiably heralded burger, I found it to be my gateway entree to the rest of the menu. The staff is friendly and helpful. Come often enough and you feel like family. The vibe is classic late 70's, but only the good parts. You feel like you are visiting a time and place where Warhol might come and sit next to you. A time when trump was only a short fingered vulgarian developer. Can't recommend the place highly enough.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Raoul’s was perfect! Service is polite and attentive. Love ❤️

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Always great food and service.
Hostess , Christine, was really helpful and accommodating-

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Above and beyond ... this place is amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Raoul's is always great, every time. The signature dishes, artichoke and the steak au poivre, never disappoint, but this time we also got the escargots which were delicious, served on toast with mushrooms as well - so good! The rabbit appetizer that my son ordered, was his favorite dish of the night - delicious flavors.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

As always, awesome experience. Jennifer, our server, was fabulous and fun.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The burger at brunch is as good as it gets, make sure to cut in half to dip it in the sauce. Excellent fries to go with it, and a great crab beignet for appetizer. Deserves its spot on the best burger list.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Been going there for over 35 years. Got engaged there. Love it. Food always great - true French Bistro, like in France.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food was so good I went 2 nights in a row. Artichoke and cod was fabulous.
Amazing and highly recommended. Hosts are lovely and I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

My favorite restaurant in NYC! Love love love! Martinis, steak frites, great service and people.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

It was extremely loud. But the food and ambience are always reliable.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The accolades for Raoul's are well-deserved. Those who complain about the space and the noise might want to choose another restaurant. Raoul's has always been crowded and has always been noisy. Some would say that both add to its charm; others would disagree. We skipped our usual appetizer (octopus) for dessert (profiteroles)and were not disappointed. Otherwise the usual: steak frites and the one pasta on the menu. We'll return soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Vibrant atmosphere with tons of good energy. Fantastic food served by smiling service oriented waiters.

Highly recommendable. I'll go to Raoul's again for sure!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

First time at Raoul's. Love the old time French bistro ambiance. Food is simple but good. Wanted to order their burger but was told it was only served at the bar. Have to come back for that for sure!
Only complain is the noise level. But then, that probably contributes to the ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This place is consistently great, with wonderful food and a staff that is fantastic.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

a classic that withstands the test of time . excellent good with unmatched ambiance.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is the place to be! Great place, great food. Excellent service. Go for the steak pouvre.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always wonderful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I love Raoul's, have been often and was always very pleased, so it is no surprise that I picked it to celebrate my birthday with my boyfriend.
I had written on the reservation that I was on crutches so a corner table/ booth would be better, and that it was my bday
When we got to the restaurant they tool us to a table in between other tables, in the front part of the restaurant, so not good for my leg.
The bad part however is that the French waiter there was extremely unfriendly. With a bored and arrogant tone he explained that une entrée is a starter and a plat principal is a main course- after I him I had been there and spoke to him in French (I am half French and natuve speaker)- We ordered Champagne, oysters, which he served with an angry face. We were feeling sorry not to get good service and affected by his bad mood.
Luckily we were told by another staff member that they had a booth for us in the back part of the restaurant! From that moment on everything changed. We had a very nice waiter, were very well treated and there was a good vibe. They accomodated my crutches. Food was delicious - foie gras, cod, octopus, steak au poivre, profiteroles. Nice chablis. Great experience, Raoul's as we know it.
I am giving a 4 instead of a 5 to reflect the first 20 minutes and the bad vibe/unfriendliness of the first waiter.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great food!! 100% recommended!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I've been here multiple times and will keep coming back. The steak au poivre is amazing.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

My husband and I went here because we had received a gift certificate for our wedding (2yrs ago). Well, we didn't realize that it had expired over a year ago. Given the amount on the certificate, we kinda panicked a little. However, we spoke to the manager and he was more than accommodating. We have yet to try the limited burger at the bar, but the steak was amazing! It was perfectly cooked and juicy. The sauce on it was so yummy! Everything from cocktails to dessert was also delicious. And needless to say, the service was superb!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I wish I could eat here every single night for the rest of my life. It is truly a perfect restaurant in all respects. I had the best frisée Lardons salad ever including salads in Paris. The room is small but not tiny, cozy, intimate, friendly, cool, relaxed and fun. This is clearly where all the coolest New Yorkers eat

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

fabulous atmosphere and a more upbeat vibe than I was expecting for a place that's been around this long. The room is transporting to a French neighborhood local hangout. Loved the food and service.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

It's just ok. Good ambiance but nothing special about the food or service.

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