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Rao's Restaurant

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455 E 114th St, New York City, NY 10029-2308
+1 212-722-6709
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“lemon chicken” (9 reviews)
“seafood salad” (13 reviews)
“meatballs” (20 reviews)
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455 E 114th St, New York City, NY 10029-2308
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Reviewed December 29, 2015

Rao's is a 10 table restaurant that's virtually impossible to get a reservation for. That's because people have standing reservations for decades. A friend got a reservation and invited me and two others - we had a great time. I've seen other reviews of Rao's...More

2  Thank ALSmember
Reviewed December 21, 2015

Lucky enough to get an invite. Family style plates that definitely taste homemade. So many choices of pasta and sauces (even gluten free). Meatballs are immense and don't miss the fried chicken and lamb chops. If you're feeling full after all that don't miss the...More

Thank martynsnook
Reviewed December 19, 2015

I tried reserving a table as soon as we found out we were going to New York and their recording said that they were booked solid through the end of the year. I heard it was good but can't believe it's that hard to get...More

3  Thank Deanne D
Reviewed October 21, 2015

My cousin and I visit the city from other states twice a year. We are accustomed on our travels to taste and enjoy restaurants at any cost. A friend had recommended Rao's because she had beeen invited by someone who "öwned a table". Anyway, we...More

50  Thank Miranda153
Reviewed October 15, 2015

I have been frequenting Rao's for over 30 years , it truly is one of a kind for food, fun,laughter, singing from the famous jukebox...old Italian classics to current music...I was there many years ago, Frankie Vallie was at the next table, owner, singer, actor...More

4  Thank Theresamlana
Reviewed October 1, 2015

I went to Rao's with a friend who is somewhat of a regular. My friend introduced me to Frank, an owner. I can't tell you how genuinely happy Frank seemed at meeting me and that I had come to visit his restaurant. As the night...More

6  Thank Ed W
Reviewed September 15, 2015

The ONLY way to get into RAO's is if you know someone who has a "table". I am lucky enough that I have friend that does have a table and he lets me go with him every now and then. I went last night. This...More

2  Thank TonyLovesToDineOut
Reviewed August 3, 2015

It goes without saying the food is wonderful and the service second to none. IF you know someone who knows someone you might be lucky enough to get in here. If not, get on the wait list and starve yourself until you get THE call!!

5  Thank kpitt12453
Reviewed July 27, 2015

We took a chance of eating here. I'm not going to give away the secrets of getting a reservation. Suffice it to say it's impossible unless you know someone. We had a great time that night! It's cash only (no exceptions). No menu (you choose...More

2  Thank kbsunshine
Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

It is that good. How can they make all those dishes in that little kitchen. Every single item was amazing. Best seafood salad I ever had, yellow raisins and pinoli nuts.....so good

3  Thank JOHN M
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December 6, 2017|
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Response from PhilipAz | Reviewed this property |
It’s virtually impossible unless you know someone or go in person and speak with them.
Crystal O
September 13, 2017|
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Response from Dreijunge | Reviewed this property |
I think crazy. Go for a drink. Maybe you will get lucky!
Kaylah D
August 8, 2017|
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Response from Dreijunge | Reviewed this property |
Hi~I was intrigued by this place, its history & exclusivity! As I said-we were guests of a long time (30+ years) monthly table "owner" I would call to see if they could accommodate you-you never know! Otherwise, go for a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$41 - $80
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 455 E 114th St, New York City, NY 10029-2308
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City
  • Phone Number: +1 212-722-6709
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