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Step in to a legendary institution—or at least the Vegas offshoot—when visiting Rao's. The original Rao's in New York City opened in 1896 and is one of the oldest family owned restaurants in the city, and at 12 tables, is one of the hardest places to get into. The Las Vegas version not only features a replica of the 12-table landmark, but an open air patio, enter bar, private dining and event space.

At each visit, the Rao's family wants it to feel as if yours is the only table in the room. The impeccable Southern Italian fare stems from the dishes' high-quality ingredients, such as house-roasted red peppers, freshly grated Pecorino-Romano and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses, Felipo Berio olive oil and certified San Marzano plum tomatoes imported from Italy. For more than 115 years, that's the way the family has cooked in their iconic New York kitchen, and tradition is alive and well at their Las Vegas restaurant.

The time-honored staples include perfectly cooked pastas, risottos and the mouthwatering steak bistecca; cooked perfectly and sliced tableside. The classic veal chop is pan-seared and topped with a medley of hot and sweet cherry peppers.

Ring in the new year with live entertainment from the Tony Nicolosi Band! Performing live at Rao’s from 10pm-1am Wednesday, December 31st.

WHAT TO EAT AT THIS ICONIC ITALIAN RESTAURANT:

  • Uncle Vincent's Lemon Chicken
  • Meatballs
  • Veal picatta
  • Tiramisu

EXPERT TIPS

  • Book parties and groups in the pool view room
  • Chef's whim specials of the day
  • Request a table in the New York replica room
 

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT

Reviews

If you are an Italian food fan, I would highly recommend checking out Rao's for a nice dinner in Las Vegas.

— Loralee Ranley, Yahoo.com

Rao's is a diamond in a city full of cubic zirconias.

— Nikki Neu, Vegas.com

The staff members work efficiently and are always there to recommend personal favorites and popular dishes at Rao's Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

— CheapoVegas.com

Since most mortals are “never going to get into” the NYC original, this easier-to-access Vegas clone in Caesars Palace is a good alternative to its fabled sibling, serving “hearty”, classic Italiana in a setting that “duplicates” East Harlem’s decor...

— Zagat