Raoul's

4.8
1542 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 1542 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

WE were greeted by Chris the fabulous manager, had delicious drinks at the bar with our guests and were promptly seated at a cozy back booth. Our waiter was delightful and efficient. He made the perfect meal suggestions. For starters, we enjoyed the crab beignets, Wellfleet oysters, grilled octopus and a lush summer greens salad . For our main courses two of us ordered the Steak au Poivre and frites (always perfectly prepared), the crispy Soft Shell Crabs and the Halibut. We washed it all down with a delicious bottle of St. Esteph. For dessert the pastry chef prepared a wonderful Birthday Surprise for our good friend of a golden sugar caged profiteroles with a candle . . . and we ordered a few more of those delectable little ice cream filled puffs with the best hot fudge ever for the table! What a wonderful evening! Thank you Chris for taking such good care of us! Can't wait to come back.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Another great dinner at this old favorite. Somehow Raoul's manages to deliver the same high quality food every year, with great servers who know how to recommend favorite dishes. The grilled octopus appetizer was a standout on this visit

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Great location, great service, amazing food, prices are moderate considering the area, our waitress was really friendly/fun, all their staff was attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend this place and would definitely come back again. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Alex was always superb. Always a nice french spot for locals and visitors

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We had a delicious lunch! We went at 12pm on a Sunday and it was very quiet but everything in terms of quality of food and friendliness of service was perfect. I cant wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Best Steak au Poivre in NYC

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent good.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent service and delicious food. The burger lived up to the hype and the meals in general were very good.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Aperol was watery and in the wrong glass, the same for the Margarita. Food was ok, but not a big deal!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

A great wine selection, an art collection that is amazing in its own right as well as a wonderful reminder of what SoHo was like before celebrity chefs and designer stores, and, most of all, great food.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I haven’t been to Raoul’s for many years, but returned to show visiting friends a taste of true New York. Raoul’s did not disappoint. The tables are a bit more snug than I remember, but the food and ambiance are still wonderful and charming.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Incredible ambiance and great service and fabulous food. I hadn’t been there for many years and it was as good as I remembered.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Delicious food and great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Favorite for over 15 years

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Awesome! Great service...Chilled Corn soup with Lobster and then rockstar soft shells ...u wont eat better!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Raouls has become one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Never disappoints---perfect service, delicious food, great wine selection. I love everything about it! Five stars.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The best Steak au Poivre I’ve ever had! The place was loud still at 11pm, but truly enjoyed the meal and service

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

The Best! Always!!! Thank you for an incredible evening.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had a lovely anniversary dinner!! Good and service were impeccable and the surprise desert something special! Wow!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Steak for 2 was outstanding. Ambiance was great, desserts delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

There’s a reason Raoul’s is a beloved New York classic - best steak au poivre of your life, fabulous ambiance and people watching.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

A favorite of mine.

Food always delicious!!!

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We were very disappointed in the quality of the food.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Being in Raoul's the night of the day France beat Uruguay in the World Cup quarterfinals was a treat, especially if you (we) are sitting next to a table of celebrating fanatic Frenchmen. Their spirits were high: their loudness even higher. The special fresh fig appetizer was fabulous as were the soft shells. We always sit in the front room but be forewarned: even without a celebration, the noise can be deafening. Welcoming hosts and expert wait and bus staff: always professional.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food was delicious and the staff attentive and helpful. My only kink may be more with Open Table rather than the restaurant but it was my birthday and I indicated that when I booked. I had a wonderful experience but I looked over to another table and saw that a woman diner was receiving her dessert under a beautifully constructed bird's nest cover made from spun sugar or caramel and had a candle in it. My date thought he had dropped the ball regarding this as my dessert was not served with any fanfare. I thought indicating a special occasion like a birthday would not require any more mention. Still, a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

From start to finish a wonderful evening with my husband. The staff couldn’t have been more gracious, warm, engaging, and helpful. The steak frites, their signature, is beyond compare. The sommelier helped us choose a wine we were unfamiliar with - that we loved - and took the time to pop out of the restaurant to say goodbye as we were leaving. It was a mini mid-week vacation in Manhattan. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

High end neighborhood vibe. Beautiful/handsome wait staff-extremely friendly.
Octopus was delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Truly one of my all-time favorite New York haunts, Raoul's always surpassed my expectations with their timeless menu and preparation. Their service is generally of the highest standard and I have had countless meals where I found myself wanting to tip a pot of gold in thanks for our server or bartender's excellence. However, on this particular Sunday visit our server although lovely truly fell short of the high standards I've come to expect of this iconic establishment. It was an important evening as it was a going away party for one of our oldest friends and we ended up needing to flag the server down on numerous occasions to re-order wine or just get the dessert menu. Regardless, we'll consider this a bad night and everybody is entitled to a few of those.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Raoul’s is a special place for us. We started going over thirty years ago when we lived in NYC. We could barely afford it back then but went for special occasions. Now whenever we are back in the City we always go. The food and the ambience are as wonderful as ever.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Fantastic place! Great Steak and French fries are even better.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Raoul's is one of our favorites but last night was the best ever in terms of the food: we shared the burrata special, then had the halibut and the soft shell crab (fabulous). The only minor disappointment was that no sooner had we finished our appetizer than our mains were served--in seconds. Welcoming hosts and efficient waitstaff as usual. Noisy as usual. Almost perfect!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great service and great food... Not quite French but French American food. I enjoyed it all. The chicken was cooked superbly!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Vibrant and very enjoyable restaurant. Great food and service and a very helpful sommelier who selected a wonderful French wine which we all enjoyed. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We loved the whole dining experience at Raoul's!!!!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Used to be an old regular. The food was terrific and our waitress was superb -- even got a refill of my martini as I spilled some of it on the table (not tipsy, just clumsy!). My only complaint (and I was not alone) while dining on Sunday evening, there was a group table in the rear corner that was SO loud it really disturbed a good number of surrounding tables. I know there were many complaints. It appeared as though, when restaurant staff went to the table to monitor the situation, they had no impact or control. I understand these diners were a large group, and feeling pretty celebratory (everyone has the right to celebrate!), but even if they were paying a very large tab, if you added the bills of the rest of the back room that sum was more. And we all paid a price to listen to them scream and yell.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Love the ambiance. So New York and lovely staff. Always smile coming in and leaving. Great wines, good food and beautiful place

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Absolutely fabulous!! Hadn’t been for a while but will definitely make it a regular spot for us in our neighborhood from now on!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Wonderful lively restaurant

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Still one of THE BEST places to go in NYC, thank goodness!

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Not a very friendly environment to start. Server was not the most pleasant and didn’t feel very comfortable in general. The famous burger is in fact overrated- both me and my friend were very underwhelmed. Meet didn’t taste extremely fresh and the bun was cold, crumbly, and untoasted. For $27 it was beyond underwhelming and far far from one of the best burgers in NYC. The physical location is cool and at least it’s one of the few places that’s been there forever. But I think they’re riding on reputation and history rather than quality of food and/or service.

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