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Raoul's - 45 Reviews - 180 Prince St, New York, NY 10012, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 966-3518

Raoul's

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180 Prince St, New York, NY 10012 (at nr. Sullivan St.)
New York, NY 10012
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(212) 966-3518
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Best

Had the chance to dine here with a buddy of mine on a Monday night. Our reservations were early, for 6pm, and we had a few drinks at the bar before we sat down. One of my misgi...

Worst

Had such big expectations of Raoul's from a friend. Seated next to the fishtank (6 inches - nice headache..). Boring service. Everything Overpriced. Oysters and Crabcakes wer...

The rudest maitre d' in NYC! 11/13/2011

The maitre d' treated us like trash. I have never been treated so rudely in my life. more

Expensive, but worth it! 12/28/2009

Had the chance to dine here with a buddy of mine on a Monday night. Our reservations were early, for 6pm, and we had a few drinks at the bar before we sat down. One of my misgivings about going out in NYC is that i'm not one of the ""elite"" people of the world. I'm not a banker with ax executive account, or a trust fund kid, or a dot com millionaire. I'm just a regular guy who likes to go out to nice restaurants every few months - and avoid places that treat me like a nobody. This was my second visit, and they absolutely made us feel welcome at the bistro. There were no pretenses. There wasn't any ""Peter Luger-esque"" attitude by the waiter. The waiter was delightful, friendly and accommodating and his service was excellent and attentive. The food is really what people want to know - and I must say it is sublime. Every single thing we ordered, from the tuna tartare & braised beef ravioli appetizers to the steak au poivre to the profiterole dessert were just amazing. I also want to note that we did eat early and by the time we left, every table was seated. At no time did I feel rushed to finish. We had a leisurely meal, and even were given a tour of the ""garden"" area through the kitchen, which I thought was pretty cool. Wasn't a huge fan of the booth seating, people behind me kept shifting and jostling around. Also the booths are small, if you have two people over 6 feet sitting across from each other, their knees basically touch. The mix of people in there are SoHo locals, the banker-types, hipsters, Midwest tourists, eurotrash and the occasional celebrity. This is definitely not a weekly visit for people like me. My buddy and I had appetizers, dinner, wine, dessert, dessert wine, etc and our bill was over $300. But i'm fine with that to treat myself every once in a while. I'll save up and in a few months go back again. Pros: Steak Au Poivre, Great Scene, Favorable Service Cons: Pricey, Cramped Seating more

This place had me soaring to new heights of hatred. 11/8/2009

I?m normally never moved to write a review of any kind, but for this I will make a special exception. Perhaps it was the outcroppings of furry fungus growing upon the plastic plants in the aquarium, next to which I was unfortunately seated, that has tipped me over the edge. Perhaps it was the fact that we made reservations for 11:00, and were not seated until 11:25. Then again, it could very well have been that once we were finally seated, the extremely rude little waiter did not deign to appear for another 10 minutes or so, and proceeded to act as though mine and my date?s orders (butternut risotto and the rack of lamb) were utterly beneath him and worthy of nothing so much as his contempt. Yes, it could have been all of this. Pros: Leaving. Cons: Everything but the gleeful moment when I walked out the door more

Fantastic food 7/13/2009

I went there with friends and the atmosphere I'd great but the food is amazing!! Everything was so good. We had a great time. Highly recommend it if you want great time more

Great food, Bad Service 10/16/2008

The food was very nice. The service was not as good as it should be. The cup he brought had some stains and we kindly asked him to changed it. He gave the attitude back. If I were the management, I would definitely do something. There are so many restaurants in New York but we chose Raoul's because we were expecting a good time. It could have been one of the best night if only the server was a little more mind service. Pros: food Cons: service more

Amazing Customer Service 8/5/2008

This was my second visit to Raoul's and I was blown away by the fantastic service. Don't get me wrong, the food is amazing as well. But when you live in a city of fabulous food options, service is one of the areas where a restaurant can truly stand apart. From an excellently selected Loire Valley wine, to the salad of mixed greens with goat cheese, to the pork surrouded by delicious apricots, and ending with melt-in-your-mouth profiterols, I couldn't have asked for a better meal. The wait staff was patient, available without being overbearing, and always smiling. I felt like I was visiting a friend's house. I highly recommend Raoul's and can't wait to go back. Maybe next time I'll try sitting in the garden! more

Awful customer service 6/13/2008

I am not surprised at the number of reviews here knocking the attitude of the employees. Apparently the reservation taker is too busy being a snob to keep his reservations straight. I called early in the week to reserve in the garden for later in the week. I was told to call day-of to confirm. When I did this I realized my reservation had been put down by mistake for the night I CALLED, not the night I was supposed to come. more

Always a Pleasure! 4/8/2008

It's hard to find a restaurant that always offers an amazing dining experience without fail. From the food, to the service, to the decor; there is nothing I would change about this restaurant! Pros: Steak Frites & Wine Cons: Nothing more

The Mothership. The best Steak-au-Poivre... 10/1/2007

The Mothership. The best Steak-au-Poivre known to man. more

The Mothership. The best Steak-au-Poivre... 10/1/2007

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The Mothership. The best Steak-au-Poivre known to man. more

Poor Service and Pretentious Attitude 9/13/2007

AVOID. A few friends and I went last thursday for dinner at what we thought was a casual bistro. We ordered a few appetizers before our entres with a price range from $8 to $14 from their chalk board menu. Among the items was an unpriced cavier appetizer which we knew would be more expensive than the other appetizers but did not know was $145 for one appetizer until the bill came. We asked the manager why they could not list the price for an appetizer that is seven times the cost of some of the entres on a ""chalk board"" menu. Did they expect the price to change over the course of the dinner hour? more

Raouls is what a restaurant IS 3/20/2007

Raoul's is the perfect expression of a downtown Manhattan bistro. This was were Thomas Keller of the fabled French Laundry ,Per Se and Rakel first earned his spurs. The food is perfect unpretentious bistro. Try the frisse with lardons and duck egg a hypodermic shot of speed to the soul. Raoul's is the most Rock and Roll restaurant in Manhattan. I love it Pros: Bob Dylan would love it Cons: So would B Spears more

Bar Steaks! 11/21/2006

Undoubtedly one of the best bar steaks in the city. Belly up and have a great meal. This is a really nice place to go if you have a friend in from out of town, there's something special about it. Maybe it's the bar steaks... It can get crowded, so time your visit well. Pros: steaks more

Avoid 7/12/2006

This has nothing to do with a bistro. Pros: clean Cons: all the rest more

Cold food, bad service, over priced 2/22/2006

As late-night diners, we were treated poorly. Both appetizers arrived cold/luke-warm, which we had to send back, only to have the waiter tell us that one was supposed to be cold. French fries were cold and tasted like they were made 5 hours ago. Main course was okay but nothing to rave about and certainly should not have cost $30. We walked out the door with only a drink in each of us and the bill was still over $100. Don't go here. There are so many other worthy places to spend your money. more

Love the food!!!!!!!!!!! 2/11/2006

A friend of mine recommended the place and i have to agree..The food is fantastic. we had a great dinner> The service is very good...I will recommend it and be sure i will come back !! more

good dining 1/30/2006

Excellent food, good wine list at decent prices, extremely well accompained caviar, magnificent steak au poivre, i was a little disappointed though by the escargots not being served with shell, service not bad, i was actually expecting worse from other previews, however it turned out quite amicable.- Trendy set, quite a nice place to dine out. I had a magnificent and enjoyable dinner with friends and definitely will go back.- Pros: food, wine, ambience Cons: small, escargots w/o shell more

Overrated 11/18/2005

on a sunday nite ard 8pm, everything on their menu is practically out. ambience is fine. but rating is way way over rated. disappointed since i read raving reviews. the duck dish was good. other than that, the salman, chicken is totally amateur. rather lousy i would say. Pros: Ambience Cons: Expensive more

cool 10/12/2005

definitely a cool place for either a date or with friends. the food was great....service was pretty good. i would recommend a table upstairs for dinner...very low-key, nice ambience, etc. the downstairs seating area seemed tight and loud. pretty crowded as expected on a weekend, so a reservation would help out some. Pros: ambience, food more

A tradition 9/23/2005

several years ago my husband and I were looking for a place to have a drink after a long day of Christmas shopping.We rejected several places and when we looked inside Raoul's it had the charming atmospere we were looking for. Everyone was delightful and when we asked if we could get a table for dinner, not only were we seated graciously, we sat next to Liv Tyler and her now husband.Our waiter was great and I had sublime duck with a potato/sweet potato grain that i have duplicated and serve at the holidays. Our waiter, who was from Albany ( we live near) gave us a complimentary dessert. We have made dinner at Raoul's part of our holiday tradition and have always been thrilled with the experience Pros: delicious food, great bisro ambience, classy service more
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Editorial

  • Up is down, black is white, old is new. Raoul?s, a stalwart staple in Soho, is older than many of the folks you?ll see lining the bar or banquettes in skinny jeans and RayBans. But solid French...

  • 3/12/2010 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sat-Sun 11:30am-3:30pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-11:45pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12:45am
  • Payments:

    Discover, Diner's Club, Visa, Master Card, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, SoHo
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