Rao Restaurant

9 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Modern European
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Raó is a new restaurant and a cocktail bar in Barcelona.
Raó restaurant has 3 zones: a cozy spacious salon with a comfortable sofa, armchairs and marble tables; the bar with a kitchen view and a private dining area, decorated with modern Graffiti.
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1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We started off with iberico ham, croquettes and smoked mozzarella and tomato salad. The ham was delicious and very good quality. The croquettes were just perfect, it had a very pleasant and creamy filling with just the right amount iberico ham, and the crust was just the right amount off thickness with a nice crunch to it. The salad was very fresh and everything combined amazingly together. The smokeness of the cheese, the juicieness of the tomato's and the little bit of crunch from the crisp. The salad was so good that I had two. Then we got seafood paella. It was exactly what you would have expected from a properly cooked and good quality paella. After we got dessert, I had the citric textures and it was one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. It did take a little while for this order to come out but it was worth it. I would strongly recommend this restaurant for everyone, it has a little bit of everything you would want in Spanish cuisine. The dishes are very interesting because they take your classic Spanish dish and put a twist on it.

1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place!! So accommodating, excellent food and exceptional service. Made our evening extra special!

1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Definitely try to octopus!

San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Friendly and informative service. Very good assortment of items to choose from. Care is taken about ingredients and preparation. Very nice vibe. We will recommend Rao to all of our traveling friends.

1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing in RAO. The service was great, they welcome you with a smile. Highly recommend making a reservation. They were turning people away. The food was outstanding. We had a selection of gourmet tapas and loved everything! We will definitely be going back next time we’re in Barcelona!

New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Los platos estaban bien pero nada fuera de lo común. Mesas muy juntas. Mucho ruido. El servicio desbordado, tardaban mucho en atender y traer los platos

1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Disappointing dining experience. With the plentiful dining options this restaurant needs to get it together if they want to make it. Service was prompt and polite. Two of us ordered a total of 5 plates hoping to be full when we left as we were hungry when we arrived. We placed our order and waited some time before our wine arrived- must have run to the store to get it. It was then some time again before the first plate arrived. Tempura beets and avocado. This was a touch salty but one of the better dishes. Next came the scallops. Perfectly cooked and beautifully plated but ice cold. About 2 bites into the scallops the next plate came - much too quickly - the duck special was a huge disappointment as the Yukon “American” potatoes were raw and the very rare (bordering on blue) duck breast was so tough it was a chore to saw through it with the butter knife provided. I think if the chef had taken his time and removed the clear connective tissue covering the breast meat when he prepped the dish it would have made a huge difference. We only ate one bite of this plate. At this point the last 2 plates came out at the same time and there wasn’t room for everything. Our octopus leg was not a beautifully charred tender meal it was a scorched rubbery mess that tasted of the gas used to get the “charred look” this happens when the technique isn’t executed properly usually done too quickly. Finally we tried the pork checks. This was by far the best dish we had. They were a tender and rich delicious bite that melted in your mouth. When we asked for the check with all the plates still piled on the table and hardly eaten the waiter asked about the food. We told him our concerns but he didn’t seem to care he gave a simple shrug of the shoulders and fetched our bill.

Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Innovative tapas with great waitstaff and unbelievably low prices, including a great wine list. Thanks for a great evening. Recommend avocado/beet tempura and pork cheeks. We had 7 or 8 tapas for 3 people and dessert and were pleasantly full.

You won’t see many locals or hear much Catalan here: suggest going south to Rambla de Poblanou (sp?) for that. No outdoor seating, but pleasant wine cellar-type ambiance off a gothic alleyway. Suggest reservations be made before you arrive in Barcelona. I predict this will be Michelin soon, so its good they are on open table.

1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great dinner! Amazing platillos, especially Octopus and Roastbeef! Must try a Cocktail "Chosen Path". Highly recommend. Will come back!