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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
From the easy valet parking to the warm welcome, this place is predictable and joyful. The food is beyond satisfying and the casual yet upscale experience makes for a very happy evening. Every time. Caesar, Meatballs (!), Chicken Milanese, Chocolate Cake. Perfection.
The drinks are big, the service too notch-attentive at the right pace. And the food is so amazing. Bolognese and rigatoni, the meatballs are a must to start, the chicken, sausage and peppers. Oh and let the server bring you the wine based on what you like. Always wins. The cheesecake is like no other and it travels easily if you take it to go.
Rao's is the perfect blend of pure excellent service, delicious food, cocktails and lovely comfortable ambiance all without having to come dressed. We were comfortable dressed in business casual attire after work. The Manager that evening was Chicago, he treated like special guests, far beyond our expectation. The food was simply scrumptious. We have decided to make it our new spot.
My experience at Rao's was a disappointing one. The restaurant was recommended to me by a friend and I had never been to Rao's before this. The food was as if it was out of the microwave oven and brought to the table. Since I dine out in Los Angeles often I am used to high prices and am never bothered with the cost when the food is great. I ordered the Sea Bass and my friend had the Shrimp Scampi. I was brought a piece of over cooked fish with a pile of sautéed artichokes/vegetables on top of the entire plate. After I moved the sautee there was the Sea Bass.
It really looked like a frozen dinner that you buy at the grocery store and microwave. Only this dish was $38. The Burrata salad was like I have never seen. Cucumbers and onions tossed in a vinaigrette dressing and a few wedges of a small Heirloom tomato and a dollop of Burrata cheese in the center. Where did the chef get this idea? Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the experience and would not return or recommend Rao's. One more thing. There were flies all over our food and we had to shoo them away once there was food on the table. I was embarrassed to invite my guest to such a place.
Best night of many at Rao's. The simple green salad has no reason to be special ... but it is! The fusilli carbonara was a suggestion of our amazing waiter (Jonathan) and was the surprise favorite of the night. Or maybe the favorite was the seafood salad.Or maybe we couldn't pick a favorite - it was all great. A perfect night! Thanks to the team at Rao's. 😋
We love Rao's! It's a 10/10 every time we come. Worth the drive from Orange County, and my husband's most-requested birthday spot. This time we were able to try the Sunday Gravy, and it did NOT disappoint. Only available on Sundays (as the name implies) this sells out quickly, so we made sure to get an early reservation and order quickly. We encourage you to do the same. We will be back soon, Rao's. Alla prossima volta!
A great dinning experience. The service is top notch. Our waitress Svetlana (spelling?) was very attentive and made a great wine recommendation to pair with our food. The food was excellent. The noodles , meats and sauces are all flavorful and fresh. We sat out on the patio. We live about 2 hours away and would visit again.
Right when stepping into the door I was greeted by some really nice people who sat us down right away. Very welcoming. My girlfriend dropped her phone on the side of the bench and was hard to get and they helped her out the food was great, large portions. Very nice vibe would go again.
This was truly disappointing. We are lucky enough to have dined in the NYC Rao's several times. While we didn't expect the same superior food, we DID expect dinner to be edible. It was probably the worst Italian food that I have eaten in LA. We shared the pappardelle with short ribs and the fusilli carbonara. I wanted to send the fusilli back- it LOOKED disgusting. There was egg yolk running all over it. With big hunks of bacon, it looked as bad as it tasted. It tasted nothing like a carbonara. The pappardelle was bland and cold. My husband did not want to send anything back so we ate quickly and left. We also had the chicken part which I find hard to believe wasn't microwaved. Overall, I was really surprised with the food, and encourage anyone to go elsewhere.
Rao's was an outstanding dining experience, one of the best. Marc was friendly, attentive and genuinely ensured our experience was a great one.
The food and drinks were impeccable. If someone makes a better Caesar salad, I haven't had it. Our entrees were outstanding. The cheesecake was ridiculous good. Highly, highly recommend Rao's.
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