Raoul's

4.8
1612 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 1612 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun!! Amazing food and atmosphere

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best french food ever have had in the city! Cozy and great ambiance, helpful and friendly service and in a great neighborhood. Will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Raouls!! Always great and fun atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was great, service was terrible, couldn’t hear the person sitting across the table from me because of noise level...so we sat in silence

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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RS
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our return visit after more than 20 years was delightfully just as we remembered - noisy with good energy, crowded in a fun way, delicious food with a French accent, great wine list. We won't wait so long to return again.

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m
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stumbled upon Raoul’s when my daughter interviewed at NYU. Lucky us- we have continued to enjoy it throughout her 4 years there and Weill continue to enjoy it even after she graduates. Lovely, understated menu, knowledgeable staff with a fabulously continental ambiance. Oh, and the food is unbelievable. I am running out of superlatives but that is the kind of place it is. Enjoy.

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CG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Chris is warm and welcoming. It is a NYC gem!!! An original.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always simply the best service and management.

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TV
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Rauols is always good. The food is consistently good and the service is friendly.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overrated would probably be the word for the dinner at this place. So many restaurants in New York have reputations and actually live up to them. This one does not. $50 steak that is pretty much flavorless less the 10lbs of peppercorns the chef puts on top of them. French fries were good if that counts for anything at that point.

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PL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My only complaint at all about Raoul's is the noise level. The food and service is excellent but it is definitely not a place to try to have a conversation with your companion. However, the food and service almost...almost compensate for that.

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PD
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just a solid place that is consistently serving amazing food and wine.

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D
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times for dinner. Perfect neighborhood spot. Informal, vibrant, always rocking, great vibe. Great martinis, very good wine list, servers hustle and try hard to please you. The best steak au poivre and fries in the City. We return at least once every month.

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MD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it!! Loved Eddie and Alex. We felt like old friends there and can’t wait to go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely dinner !!! Always a favorite.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Thanks for the special treatment!

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food the salad was very fresh and tasty very good dressing the filet au poivre with french fries a must

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Still crazy good after all these years.
There are fewer and fewer places like this in NYC--buzzy but welcoming, Raoul's makes you feel cool but also make you feel like family. Satisfying, dependable, delicious food, un-bothered by passing trends, served with grace and a smile.

All of this comes at a price, but you leave feeling it was wholly worth it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is spectacular, every time.

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p
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always it was perfect! The food, the service, the ambience. The Foie Gras!

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E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic steak frites. They know how to cook here. Awesome experience and will be back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magical place. Impeccable service and the food was out of this world. Masterful

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's really exactly what you would expect and want from a place that's been a NY institution for almost half a century. Cosy but lively and kinda glam in an old school not fussy sort of way that manages to be intimate even though it gets pretty packed with people out for a fun night. (*They're only open after 5 PM; no lunch). Definitely not quiet, but also not out of control noisy. Our waiter was super friendly (and super cute :), and the decor gives off a kind of bacchanal vibe that's a perfect backdrop to a crowd that leans more cool and funky, as opposed to obnoxious and entitled. I loved it and would definitely go again.

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O
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Again a very outstanding dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday! Thanks to the Team!

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere and service! Love this place!

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service okay. Was very crowded and loud. Had reservation and still had to wait 20 min.

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MM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just ok. Food was good.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
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 on October 10, 2018
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
3 reviews
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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