Raoul's

4.8
1584 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Casual French bistro open and thriving for over 40 years in the heart of SoHo.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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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
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Phone number
(212) 966-3518
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Honeysett
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Sullivan and Thompson Streets
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Parking details
Nearest parking lot is on Thompson Street, between West 3rd and Bleeker.
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Public transit
N or R to Prince St.
C or E to Spring St.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1584 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just ok. Food was good.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Ambiance was cozy and comfortable. Burger was delicious. Server was unpleasant and deliberately ignored us. The rest of the staff was attentive and pleasant.

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YR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great energy, steak for two and lots of red wine is the perfect experience!

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EI
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's the second time I have been to Raoul's and despite its hearty and authentic French menu (I had my French boyfriend with me on my second visit who agreed it was like a taste of home) with the eclectic mix of decor and clientele you couldn't be more sure that your in the big apple.
If you looking for great tasting comfort food in a cozy buzzing spot where you can see how the locals do it definitely head to Raoul's!

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TL
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very Bad! Never again! Award winning burger is not on the menue!

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DM
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made reservations the morning of the dinner for 4. Appetizers included foie gras, pork belly, and very creative salads...all French influenced; very good. Cocktails were well prepared including the French 75. By the glass wine was available. Main courses included duck breast, trout, chicken, and pepper steak. All were cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. Bread pudding and various teas were well prepared. Service was very good. Our server was French. I recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a perfectly prepared French meal.

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MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous!

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LA
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance, excellent service, very good food. Great NY dining experience!

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LG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a native New Yorker my spouse and I have been to numerous restaurants. Raoul’s is top of the line. The food is truly divine and the artistic vibe and tin ceiling tops it off.

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Hard to get a reservation but worth the wait!!

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CA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

This may just be a personal choice, but the restaurant was bombarded by only loud and wasted people who were incredibly annoying. It was so boisterous, I couldn't even hear my husband sitting across from me. We had to yell. I think if the people there weren't so awful it would have been better. Frat bros on one side and screaming women on the other side. And the tables are literally touching so you don't have any space to get away from the awfulness. Food was decent. But I couldn't even finish my entree before needing to leave.

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OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The burger was fantastic, and Chris, the maitre d, made our dining experience wonderful.

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TW
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was an absolute delight brunching at Raoul’s! The burger is an incredible must! Love the vibe, can’t wait to return. The view through the aqaurium

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b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good but the restaurant was very tight seating and extremely loud.Very difficult to have a conversation.We had gone there previously for lunch and it was great but for dinner the ambiance was not there.

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D
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect steak au Poivre every time. The best fries in Manhattan. Superb martinis. Great joyous vibe in this place. A fun restaurant to be savored.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing environment, felt home

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CK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the buzz of this restaurant, and the cozy authentic atmosphere. Food was outstanding, and the service was excellent. We will be back!

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JF
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We have never been disappointed by the food at Raoul's. The wine list by the glass is limited, but by the bottle is extensive, with what seems to be a typical Manhattan mark-up of 3+ times retail. The service is good, but can vary by how busy the restaurant. Our biggest complaint, which also seems to be typical in Manhattan, is the incredibly loud noise level -- energetic doesn't begin to describe the reality. The dining room has no noise abatement on floors, walls or ceiling. Why does a restaurant feel the need to play background music when the dining room is already filled with patrons trying to talk with each other? This music automatically raises the minimum noise level and causes everyone to raise their voices to where they are shouting at each other, even though they're sitting only three feet apart.

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my fav ole NYC spots. Perfect for a quick cocktail and oysters or a cozy date night (sharing their celebrated steak au poivre. But what makes Raoul's such a standout is the warmth of their staff. Their genuine enthusiasm for their food, and for having you as a customer are evident every single time you go (and I'm hardly a regular - maybe once every few months) . Oh - I just discovered their burger au poivre (ground by hand each morning and the burgers are such demand that few are left by supper time. It's comes with a swoon-worthy dipping sauce, too. So go for brunch or lunch and bring your smelling salts.

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic burger in terms of taste and portion. The sauce is what makes it great. Great party and cooked as desired (medium rare).

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

fabulous authentic french food worth travelling for

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JB
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A NYC gem.... before SOHO became SOHO....
Hasn’t changed over the decades...
Great Staff
Great Food
Great Bar

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends in town

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner with wife. Every corse was on point. Seating is tight but comfortable.

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New York gem...best steak au poivre in the city! A must for special occasions.

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B
New York Area
762 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great as always! The wonderful fresh fig appetizer is gone for the season but the tried-and-true grilled octopus is as excellent. What we were able to take advantage of (as we have done several times this season) were the soft shell crabs. Next time we'll be back to the famous steak and fries.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great time, great burgers, feels like Paris.

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O
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The best burger in NYC. An institution in SoHo for more than 40 years.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great time. Too bad franco wasn’t there. I do have to say one thing though. I’ve seen this new house there’s a few times and she’s always very stern with the client customer. I don’t like to be told when I need to leave prior to even sitting down. My reservation was at 5:30 and I was going to leave by seven anyway and she made it a point to tell me that I had to get out of there by 730. I’m sure it was justBecause she had people coming after us but it’s never good enough to do that before I even sit down

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were no burgers this time 😢
We loved them. Everything else was great.

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V
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun, vibrant scene that has a long standing (over 40 years) history of excellent food in a hip Soho environment. Great place to celebrate my husbands birthday since he went there when it was a new restaurant over 40 years ago.

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IR
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Raoul’s has outstanding food, wine, service and ambiance

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w
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Apps: crab very good. Oysters very good. Entree: steak over cooked over salted frites were not freshly made and over salted. Cod fish was also over salted. Dessert: profiteroles ice cream was not cold enough but it’s always fun to dine here

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NH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dining experience. Service was stellar and the food was wonderful!

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal - of course the steak au poivre was perfection, but so was the entire meal. Great service, great meal, great vibe.

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S
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences my friend ever had oh his birthday. Great food, great experience.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was slow/distracted. We come here often and this isn’t typical.

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The wait to sit with a reservation was one hour. We were off to a bad start but the staff gave us a complimentary round of drinks and tasty appetizers. We were pleased and impressed. The night was great but the wait was long. Would return and hopefully will be seated in a more timely manner.

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B
New York Area
762 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The summer slump doesn’t affect Raoul’s: as busy, as efficient, as fabulous as always.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going there for over 25 yrs never disappointed

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