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455 E 114th St, New York City, NY 10029-2308
+1 212-722-6709
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10:00 - 22:00
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Lexington, North Carolina
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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 

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NYC - Harlem
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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.

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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews
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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 

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Thank coetken
New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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 

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Long Island,NY
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 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 

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Thank ProCruiser
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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.

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Thank JoAnne B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Unique experience. I had the opportunity to have dinner at Rao's because my friend reserved this table a year before. Family style Italian American food very well cooked and tasty. Gravy super good and meatballs the best in the city. The atmosphere was magic! What a great birthday. Happy birthday Phil!!

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Thank Giacomo V
NYC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 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 here and I think the food is much better than others rated it. It's old... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 41 - USD 80
Cuisine
Italian, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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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