About Rao's Hollywood
Hollywood, CA 90038
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
For a restaurant with lots of history, I had high hopes. Especially since I cannot access the restaurant from my home town of NYC. It started off bad right away when they didn't have mozzarella corozza. They have a limited menu as it is. In addition the bread was stale and cold. My lemon chicken was burnt. Lobster and spaghetti was so spicy it was hard to taste the food. I would not recommend this place. The only great thing about this place was the meat balls and tomato sauce.
Awesome experience. Rao's is a famous NY establishment with two satellite restaurants owned and run by the same family as the original. I had to try it based on the history and the story of the original. Everyone is super friendly and everything was delicious. I give them four stars because I ordered Pene and it seemed like pretty run of the mill boxed pasta. I assumed they'd make it in house. I could be wrong but it didn't seem like it. Other than that, I have no complaints.
It was good but the one in Vegas is better! The Hollywood one has eccentric servers and the vibe is down. The valet guys are bored and looked miserable wanting to take a picture of my wife and i. The server was pushy with specials and he used a new jersey slang which was way over the top. Other times he would just sound like he's from California. Just be yourself. Server got our order wrong. Some of the positives are that the food is delicious. Food The GM came by all the tables to greet us so that made us feel special.
Rao's was such a spectacular find! I had read some reviews prior to my trip to LA, and new that i had to check this place out. The bartender was so friendly and made a delicious cocktail. The server was very knowledgeable, and helped us make some decisions for the table. The meatballs were AMAZING as well as the fried Mozzarella. The Shrimp Scampi was very light and delicious! Would definitely recommend this restaurant!
Excellent! Fabulous! We had to move our table because our friend was cold. They moved us and bought us a round of drinks while we were waiting for our new table. The service was the best I had ever experienced. The meatballs were excellent -- they are known for them; the chicken Parmesan is not on the menu but they will make it for you it's unbelievable! The pasta with crab and pesto was delicious! My new favorite restaurant.
First off let me say my wife was very pleased with the choice I made for our first anniversary. The meatballs were amazing. The double cut pork chop was so good and my wife loved her salmon. I feel guilty because I do not remember my waiters name but he was great as well. We will be going back soon I just don't know when. thank you very much for making our night very memorable. David& Melissa Matus,
A friend loves their NYC location so we wanted to give this a try. We are from out of town and the night before coming some locals told us it was a mistake to come. We should have listening to the advice. I ordered the eggplant Parmesan. 1st of all, I have never seen eggplant Parmesan on a menu for $25.00. I was surprised to find out no pasta was even served with it for that price! The portion size was extremely disappointing and wasn't even that tasty. Other than the food, the service was wonderful and we loved the ambiance (great music). Overall, we are disappointed we spent so much money on mediocre food.
We went to Dine LA and we had such a problem with the waitress and the way we ordered I guess we got overcharged on the bill - so they adjusted it once but won't adjust to what we
argued with them that we thought was right! So we over paid it and left to never return!!!
Absolutely amazing service. Best I've ever had. At any given time there were 3-4 people helping our table. Within 5 seconds of picking up an empty plate a waiter grabbed it. Food was also amazing. Highly suggest since you can never get into the one in NYC.
The building is a standalone building in Hollywood where you may think you took a wrong turn, but the lack of a prestige address in no way diminishes the quality of the service or the food. A good wine list including some nice by-the-glass options. The food was excellent and the service friendly and impeccable.
My wife and I love Rao's authentic Italian cuisine and professional service from server to manager. The food is absolutely delicious from seafood salad to meatballs to a special carbonara. You will be so satisfied. The drinks are stiff and perfect. It's great for special night out or even dinner w family. Whatever the occasion your gonna love it!
My wife and I eat here on a very regular basis. We started going over three years ago when they first opened up and have found that it is not only our regular hang out but feel very welcome by very one. Over the years we have brought many, many guests who have always enjoyed the experience and have in some cases become regular customers.
stellar service...went on a gilt city menu...ordered from regular menu as well...meatball a must have...wife really enjoyed the seafood salad...i'd let the wait staff recommend your pasta course (papardelle was not my favorite)...meat course, pork chop was a hit, chicken parm was, too...dessert winner is the pistachio ice cream
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 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.
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