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About Rao's Hollywood
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.
Hollywood, CA 90038
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 6pm to 10:00pm
Saturday: 5pm to 10pm
Sunday: 5pm to 9pm
Highland and Santa Monica
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking $10 or street parking nearby.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Rao's can accommodate all of your special event needs.
Rao's Hollywood Ratings and Reviews
I was looking forward to finally eating here after hearing all the buzz about Rao's in NYC. I was slightly disappointed that for the price, the food was just traditional basic Italian. Nothing I ate that evening will stand out in my memory. It's not the employees fault, they were all very kind and accommodating. We appreciated their service and it was a fun place to eat. I think if you're looking for something unique as far as Italian cuisine is concerned, you have many other options in Los Angeles! This was just your basic pasta, meat sauce, meatballs, Italian food. You get the idea :)
Went with a friend on a Friday night to Rao's Hollywood. Parked valet. 10 bucks + tip. We made reservations and got seated in patio. They had oldies playing like in the 60's and it was really lovely.
A gentleman who wore suspenders greeted us and welcomed us (think he was one of the managers). Made good suggestions. Checked up on us. Everything, everything was delicious.
Food, ambiance deserved all 5 stars. Reason gave it 4 stars was the waitress, a blonde in patio seemed a bit disconnected, low energy. Maybe she was having a bad personal day. Never really came by to check on us or to ask us how our dinner was. Her personality was actually somber.
Despite the waitress having weird energy -- Rao's reputation for it's food is well worth it. If you are a fan of Italian food, must come here. Totally delicious.
This was our second time at Rao's recently. My boyfriend and I had previously dined here about a month ago in a cute corner booth inside and had a wonderful experience. This time, we joined our friends for their anniversary and sat on the patio. The service is top notch, the food is amazing, and the wine list has options for any budget. We went with almost every meal recommendation our server suggested (which included meatballs, fried mozzarella, seafood salad, two pasta dishes, and two entrees), and were not disappointed! It was a great evening and we left with very full, happy bellies.
Tried Rao's on a whim when we were looking for a spot in the Hollywood area on short notice. So glad we went! Our waiter (Jonathan) made some terrific recommendations for starters (you gotta get the meatballs; and the seafood salad!) and they had a terrific Frutto de Mare pasts special on this evening. Now I just need to find another time to get back tot he area to pay another visit!!
The restaurant is located in a very odd place, more suited to light industrial than fine dining. The food was above that of a cafeteria, but made me embarrassed to have invited friends to dine there. When my friend ordered a lower-priced Brunello, the manager tried to up-sell him to a bottle twice the price. There is no reason for this restaurant to exist, let alone for you to spend any time or money there.
Svetlana, our server didn't introduce herself or make any sort of conversation. Not sure if there were specials and it being our first time we weren't recommended anything or told that each meal basically is served individually. I wish I had been told to maybe order a pasta with the veal scallopini as it was just the meat and sauce. Would've been great served with angel hair pasta (or I would've ordered a side). I told the server and the hostess it was our birthdays and after showing my email did I finally get 1 peice of cheesecake and a coffee. My birthday 4/15 and my boyfriends was on the dinner date night 4/8. We'll most likely be back but would love a bit more interaction/recommendations from our server.
"Chicago", our server was great. The cheesecake was quite good as were the stuffed clams. The rest of the food, however, left a lot to be desired: chicken was dry and the onions overpowered the Marsala sauce on the veal. Dan Tana's is better for classic Italian/steak
I'm still looking for that great Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. Rao's isn't it. My husband had the fettucine with pancetta. The pasta was schizophrenic, with some pieces mushy and others too al dente. The pancetta was awful--so much fat you had to spit the pieces out. I had lemon chicken with a side order of grilled vegetables. No entre come with vegetables or potatoes--they have to be paid for separately. The chicken was tasty, though drowning in olive oil. The grilled vegetables were done with no seasoning or flair. They were grilled--had the grill marks to prove it, and nothing else. Flat, dull and boring. The wine list is mediocre and severely over-priced. The noise level was horrible. Blaring rock music--the music was fine, the level was impossible, forcing diners to shout. So, having a nice conversation at the table-impossible. The tables, however, were nicely spaced--none of that "Los-Angeles-eat-with-your-neighbor" spacing. The waitstaff was excellent. As my husband and I said when we left, "No need to go back there."
Hmm. Stale bread (which the waiter left on the table after we informed him), hard upsell on multiple items, seated at the back corner against plast sheets on a concrete slab, tiny bar area - if the overpriced food wasn't good this would have been a horror rating. Not worth any hype whatsoever. Go to Franco's 5 blocks away for good Italian at a reasonable price and ambiance.
This place is tasty. It's in a neighborhood where you are questioning the directions the moment you exit the freeway. Trust the directions, you are heading to the right place. I would valet park. You enter the doors and you are greeted immediately with a warm face asking for the name your reservations are under. We arrived 20 minutes early and we were seated right away. The lighting is dim inside however the outside seating is more lit. We brought a bottle of wine ($30 corkage fee) and we just started ordering. There was 4 of us and when you drive to LA for dinner, you make the most of it.
Appetizer - Fritto Misto - even though its fried, it wasn't greasy, it's very light and flavorful. Calamari, shirmp, cod -- so tasty
Salad - Seafood Salad - yummy! The lemon dressing was a perfect fit for this dish.
Pasta - Fiocchi - hands down a MUST ORDER. Ravioli, ricotta and pear filling, brown butter, sage and dried cranberries. I don't need to say anything more about this dish.
Chicken Scarpariello - Not my personal favorite however the group enjoyed it. The dish is spicy and I don't care for spicy. I was told the dish had a lot of flavors and they enjoyed it.
Sunday Gravy - If you dine on Sunday, you should order this for the table. Short rib, pork let, pork braciole, meatballs and hot & sweet sausage. Rigatoni and house salad. The house salad had mixed reviews....over-dressed however I personally enjoyed it. The lettuce was crisp and not soggy when you over dress a salad but it was a perfect pairing with the meal.
Dessert - Tiramisu, Chocolate Cake and Cheesecake. The chocolate cake was light, moist. The cheesecake was AMAZING -- MUST ORDER. The tiramisu was basic tiramisu.
Clearly we over ordered and if we did it again we would have stuck with the appetizer, lemon chicken and Sunday gravy and less tiramisu.
Ladies, I'm glad I wore leggings with a sweater and fancied it up with a pair of heels.
The food was excellent, we are especially impressed by the double cut pork chop, huge portion yet tender! The grilled vegetables are tasty although a bit burned. I am not a cheesecake fan but ordered it under the high recommendation of the staff, it was surprisingly moist and creamy, well made! Service is exceptionally good, multiple people came check on us, they delivered the warmth and cozieness of a neighbothood eatery with a well trained efficiency. All in all a great dining experience!
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