Rao's Hollywood

4.8
747 reviews
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Rao's, the legendary East Harlem eatery, is now set in Hollywood amongst the studio district branding its third location. Widely acclaimed as one of the hardest reservations in America, Rao's New York was established in 1896 and has not moved locations since its inception.

Featuring iconic classics such as Uncle Vincent's Lemon Chicken, Meatballs, Veal Parmesan, Shrimp Scampi and Baked Clams, Rao's Hollywood showcases all signature Rao's dishes as well as unique additions creating a robust and fulfilling dining experience.

We greatly look forward to serving you and welcoming you to our Home-Style Neapolitan restaurant.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’re looking for an authentic NY Italian experience in LA, this is it. Veal Parm. Sunday Gravy. That’s all I can say.

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TS
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This old school red sauce joint is truly Italian American at its finest. Sauces are so good and seem fresh. Pasta is perfect al dente. The seafood salad is wonderful, and the veal parm is great. I can't wait to go back and try the cioppino and other dishes.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food.Great service

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Great decor and service was great!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girlfriend and I enjoyed the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant meal I ever had

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good rate service not like Dantanas Dantanas if set the hell are you before some down to you and make you wait an hour before your reservation this place is definitely off the hook

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meatballs West of NYC. Had the Sunday Sauce which was just like someone’s Nonna made it. This Brooklyn girl felt like she was home.

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RW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service and a fun neighborhood Italian restaurant vibe.

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l
London
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant. There are so many excellent Italian restaurants in Los Angeles that it is very hard to distinguish one from another. That said, however, Rao’s is able to do so - door, seating, food, NYC pedigree and feel- consistently. Rao’s is top notch

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MP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We are big fans of Rao's. We go there to celebrate birthdays and bring family members for a night out.
The wait staff and manager are all so great and so much fun. All the food was great, but my wife's Linguine and clams were a little saltier then usual. But all is forgiven because no matter what, you have the cheesecake for dessert and it is soon good. We will be back soon!!

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VW
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely noisy, and hard to hear, but we enjoyed it as a group of eight very much… Or as much as we could hope to when we could hear each other.

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LW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were celebrating two birthdays and, even though the hostess asked me about them when I checked in for our reservation, they didn't do anything for us in the end.

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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine at Rao's often, and I always enjoy my evening there. The food is ample, delicious and cooked perfectly. Jonathan is an incredibly efficient, attentive and charming waiter. Gabriel always, and I mean always, makes the perfect cocktail. And then there's Johnny Roastbeef, who makes everyone feel special when they're at Rao's. The entire staff is incredible.

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JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Excellent service, fantastic food and great atmosphere. Super authentic Italian kitchen.

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CV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had tickets for Kinky Boots so I made a reservation for 6pm last Thursday. We were seated right away, had our drink order taken right away, and got our bread basket right away! Service was attentive, but not overly familiar which can sometimes be annoying. We had the friend mozzarella, perfectly crispy and the marinara that accompanied it was well seasoned. I had the brown butter ravioli, the sauce and sage were good but I’d say the filling could’ve used more flavor. My date had the Carbonara which was super creamy, and very flavorful! can’t tell you how many times I’ve been served scrambled eggs and been disappointed with restaurant Carbonara, this was not the case at Rao’s. Yummy Cannoli (which had a nice crunchy shell and a orangey filling) and cappuccino for dessert 😋 Only negative, our table was in the bar area and we got overtook with waiting guests by the end of our dinner, I’ll request a table away from the bar next time.

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SL
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Rao’s tonight to celebrate my partner’s birthday. It was our first visit to this restaurant, though he had been to the one in New York several times. The bustling restaurant has a great vibe and feels as if you stepped into a classic Italian restaurant in New York. The GM, Patrick, and our waiter, Mark, were most hospitable and welcoming. We split a Milanese salad (quite large), and we shared the bone-in veal Parmesan and the lamb ragu pappardelle... spectacular and so delicious! Finished up with slices of New York Cheesecake and their Chocolate cake (light and chocolatey good). All in all a great night. Can’t wait to go back!

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FT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great New York atmosphere and food. However, much too loud for a romantic or quiet evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall.

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KM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. FANTASTIC SERVICE. Love this place - each and every time I go, it is wonderful.

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1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A place i’ve heard about for a few years now, was even planning a trip to Vegas to try this place out, but when i found Rao’s came to LA was a must. I’m a foodie at heart and italian is my favorite. This place met my expectations as far as ambience and just welcoming vibes. The food was great, i will say a little pricey just for a few pasta dishes and sides but great. Food has a very home cooked, nostalgic taste...my wife’s pasta marinara tho did have a slight canned sauce taste but it wasn’t unpleasant nor unsatisfying, just coming from a beautiful i’d think the sauce recipe would be down pat in the kitchen other than pouring it into a pan, thats not a knock though, only because i think the bolognese sauce was more in my favor with my dish. In essence, I believe the addition of protein ina your sauce might be something i’d recommend since my Rigatoni Bolognese was nice. The little pepper kick as well, that was a nice touch. All in all, it was a unique experience and i’m sure, one day will return to try more of their elegant menu. BTW sneaker wave cocktail was a divine treat, try it out. Thank you Rao’s. 4.5/5 Applaudos

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JR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful in every way. Great food, great service, worth every penny. We'll be back often!

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SF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

My husband and I had a fantastic evening here we loved the atmosphere and the warm welcoming. Overall the food was great and was lovely for romantic dinning. We picked up really dressing the part which was fancy. It’s good for a nice date. We enjoyed our dinner and loved one of each others company.

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T
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Italian food. Everybody's is extremely friendly and makes you feel welcome. We will be back again!

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JT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was only eclipsed by the service. Noah and the team are excellent!!

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JF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with high quality and incredibly tasty food. Waiters are always super nice and helpful!

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BH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the service and the food at Rao's! From the moment you walk in the door, the manager greets you. There were multiple people checking in on us and we ate on a very busy night. My fiance wanted to dine at Musso and Franks but we couldn't get reservations that night. I suggest Rao's and he was a little hesitant. Lets just say the bill came and he didn't complain about it being over priced. He thought our $200 meal was going to be $300 because both food and service were amazing! Try out Rao's if you want a taste of old school Italian dining in Hollywood.

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m
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and a staff who seem to enjoy being there. It is always a pleasant evening going to Rao's.

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ET
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service “New York style Italian”, which still tastes great. The meat balls, terrific, pasta clam sauce excellent, baked stuffed clams like they used to be, service excellent too and hilarious. Enjoy some food history in a very pleasant bright red decorated warm spot-go and enjoy!

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SF
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fantastic dinner in such a warm ambiance. Incredible porterhouse and every pasta dish was superb. The best chocolate gelato we've ever had anywhere. LOVE Rao's!

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TR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Definitely go back again. It took us over an hour to get there and it was worth it!

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was happy to learn one of my favorite Vegas spots also had a LA location. I knew my 10 person work party would love it, however Johnny came over and gave them a night to remember. Stories, laughter and Boston jabs were in full supply. It was fantastic.

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New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Huge portions, nothing special. Service was wonderful.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - felt like the manager was watching over us and so we had an amazing experience!!!

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e
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Raos in Hollywood for our anniversary , and we were very satisfied with the evening spent there. The staff was so friendly and the food was excellent. We started with a meatball , and Seafood Salad. both were amazing. then main coarse was veal scaloppine for me and my wife had lemon chicken, and carbonara for the pasta. All the dishes were outstanding. and finished off with their Cheesecake which is so delicious.
We ate like kings ! (almost needed assistance to leave we were so full.
highly recommended.

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V
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, super friendly staff and music was great!

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l
London
25 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rao’s consistently clicking on all cylinders. love it!

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rao's never disappoints! I absolutely love coming here and always know it will be a great time with amazing food. Gabriel always makes the perfect martini!

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JG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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