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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
10:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have been going to Rao's for over 35 years. Back then, you could actually call and get a reservation. That changed when the joint became incredibly popular, and deservedly so. As far as the food goes - everything is great! We are looking forward to many more years of reservations.

1 Thank Barrybase
New Canaan, Connecticut
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place you've always read and heard about- and it delivers! Very good "red sauce"- style, Italian restaurant. Food served family style and in epic portions. As good as the food is, the people watching, singing and instant camaraderie with other diners/regular customers is even better. A very unique and most pleasant dining experience. Very pleased I finally got there.

Thank Rob M
Lexington, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I was born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y for 35yrs. A friend of mine frequents Rao's often he invited me as a guest to join him one evening. Knowing NY as I do I never thought an establishment like this could exist in Harlem, from the outside it looks pretty simple but once you're in, you're in (so to speak).... More 

Thank Anthony L
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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183 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

An experience not to be missed. Great food with copious helpings served family style. But this is more for the experience. We were running late due to traffic and called to let them know. The response was, "no problem, the table is your for the night." Upon entering, we were greeted like we were regulars. Once inside, it was a... More 

3 Thank alimentoD
NYC - Harlem
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I was lucky enough to visit one evening and happen to drop the right name, instantly I had a table for two and a dinner I will never forget. What a great place and a great family atmosphere of people that care for each other. I can't wait till I can go back.

Thank Tony O
Houston, Texas
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

i was fortunate enough to get a table for the evening here. this was the best dining experience i have ever had in my life. even though it's private, i was allowed a table one night...and i say one night because that's what it was. i took my family and we had a once in a lifetime dining experience. from... More 

Thank coetken
New York
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132 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Hardest tale to get in the country but great experience if you get the opportunity to go. Old school traditional Italian food served y friendly staff that treat you like family. Customers are all regulars and know each other. Longtime restaurant staff and management are like a institution and know everyone by name and often personally. Everything is good but... More 

Thank jfrao
Long Island,NY
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118 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Rao's is a very small Italian restaurant in an out of the way place in Manhattan. To get a table here may prove to be difficult but it is not impossible. Most tables have long standing reservations for the entire year. One way to get a table is to buy a reservation thru a charity auction where someone donates their... More 

Thank ProCruiser
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

If you are lucky enough to get a reservation, you are in for a treat. Pastas are all excellent. The seafood salad and lemon chicken are a must. And, of course, you must get the meatballs.

Thank JoAnne B
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

I have been to Rao's Vegas, and enjoyed the sauce they sell for many years. It was on my bucket list to go to Rao's in Harlem. I did not have a reservation, so I was not allowed to eat. My friend and I sat at the bar. The atmosphere is unbelievable. The place was packed with invited guests or... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Italian, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?