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Rao Restaurant

4.9
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19 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Spanish
Raó - Where fine meets casual.

In Raó we offer modern gourmet tapas and Platillos (medium sized dishes) ideal to share, or not!
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 for 8 guests.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 19 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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AnitaMcG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Rao last year and just had to come back! The food is amazing, tasty and well presented. Each dish is served with an explanation from the waiter. Great wine and cocktail list to accompany the meal.

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AnitaMcG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, tasty and well presented. Each dish served with an explanation from the waiter. Great wine and cocktail list too! So good we went twice in as many days! Perfect evening, will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

数種のタパスを頂きましたが、どれも香り豊かで見た目にも楽しめるお皿ばかりでした。お酒に合わせた味付けですね。

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great experience. We were greeted by a very nice gentleman at the front and were seated promptly. The food and drinks were great! Will definitely go back again.

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vipTisaT
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling from Toronto to Barcelona. This was our first meal in Barcelona and by far the best we had ! Service was 5 star, food was 5 star. Multiple workers served us and greeted us. Making sure our experience was memorable.
You have to try the roast beef w mustard ice cream. Mind blowing flavors !!!! One of the dishes I’ve ever had.
We happened to stumble on this resto via open table and so happy we gave it a try.
We even tried to go back our last day but sadly they were closed on Sunday :( that’s how much we loved it !!

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vipTeresaH
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good was excellent. The host was exceptional! I highly recommend.

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GerryJeeps
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant tapas, using some traditional staples but adding some inventive twists.
Slow cooked beef and pork were excellent, as were scallops.

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vipRegulardiner
New England
483 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! The food was excellent, and the service attentive without any pretention, which we appreciated. We had been traveling around SPain and Portugal three weeks by the time we dined here, and they still managed to wow and surprise us with the inventive combinations. There were also many healthy choices, which was wonderful. I highly recommend this place, and reserve early. We saw many people turned away.

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vipChez
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we’ve been to in a while. Food was fabulous as was the service and the ambiance. We split 4 dishes and all were outstanding. Such interesting and flavorful plates. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Barcelona.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lovely, and great with gluten free. Went the extra mile

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Definitely try to octopus!

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vipSanFrann
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

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vipilyg
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Rao Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 19 OpenTable diners.

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