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Casual French bistro open and thriving for over 40 years in the heart of SoHo.
New York, NY 10012
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Dinner: Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 1:00am
Between Sullivan and Thompson Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nearest parking lot is on Thompson Street, between West 3rd and Bleeker.
N or R to Prince St.
C or E to Spring St.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Raoul's Ratings and Reviews
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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