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.
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 6pm to 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 6pm to 10:30
Sunday: 5pm to 9pm
Highland and Santa Monica
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking $8 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
My parents-in-law were visiting and we t ...
My parents-in-law were visiting and we took them to Rao's, having had a great dinner there with friends a couple weeks before. Once again, the food did not disappoint. There is nothing adventurous - this is sort of home-style Italian - but the quality, taste, and preparation are all excellent. The place is relatively knew but designed to look like it's always been there. We had good wine from a decent list, expensive but not price-gouging. Waiters were attentive (if slightly corny). The fly in the ointment was a really obnoxious noise level. Ask for the back room if you go. But prepared to be unable to hear anyone else at your table unless they shout.
Rao's is a a restaurant from Harlem, New ...
Rao's is a a restaurant from Harlem, New York, where it has a legendary reputation for it's nearly impossible to get a table reservation. The place has 11 tables which are permanently assigned to celebrities. A few years ago, Rao's decided to expand, first to Las vegas, then to Los Angeles. The resturant has a "back east Italian" flavor, both in cuisine and pictures. If you are from New York, as I am, it is a very nostalgic place. The menu is traditional Italian, very good, and, mostly fairly priced. We generally order the Veal chop, which is large enough to share. Rao's is one of a few places where you can get mozzarella en carroza, which is similar to mozzarella marinara, but much heavier, since it is like a sandwich. Delicious, but very filling.
Rao's is also famous for it's Lemon Chicken, which I have not tried yet.
A good place to celebrate a special occasion. My only caveat is: Their wine list is overpriced for the vintaes that they carry.
I cannot say enough wonderful things abo ...
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Rao's - the ambience was comfortable and warm, the service was OUTSTANDING (thanks Chicago!), and the food was....I can't even describe. I've never had Italian food like Rao's, it was out of this world. Nothing could ever possibly compare.
Order the scampi and a fiocchi!
Our dinner at Rao's Hollywood was made e ...
Our dinner at Rao's Hollywood was made even more memorable by the way we were treated by family by everyone, especially Johnny "Roast Beef" Williams, who as host met us at the door with a welcome that made us feel like he'd known us for years. My son-in-law, an uber film buff, recognized him from his role in "Goodfellas", and I've never seen someone so excited! The food was superb - especially the sauces, and the service was impeccable and over-the-top friendly. Dinner turned out to be so much more than just a meal - it was a real experience! You won't likely get into Rao's NY anytime soon, but you can definitely get a reservation here - and you should!
Rao's is old-world Italian in the best p ...
Rao's is old-world Italian in the best possible way. Portions are large so come prepared to share. We ordered a lot of food as we were a large group and the absolute best items are the meatballs, the seafood salad and the veal chop parmigiana which was unbelieveably good.
Unfortunately the criticism of Rao's is ...
Unfortunately the criticism of Rao's is the most accurate thing anyone can say about it. Bottom line, the food just does not live up to high quality of Italian dining that any experienced diner would eat. I'm sure the original back east is AMAZING but this branch is no better than your typical chain restaurant. Avoid, it's overpriced and they are proudly ripping you off with subpar service, food and just about everything else.
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