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, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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
Raos is my favorite Italian restaurant i ...
Raos is my favorite Italian restaurant in the LA area. The good is excellent and dishes are best when shared. We have had many servers and they have all been so friendly and helpful.The host comes to every table to "kibbutz" with the guests. Reservations are honored on time and while this is a busy restaurant, you are never rushed. Don't miss the meatballs!
I love their restaurant in NYC which is ...
I love their restaurant in NYC which is impossible to get into so this one in LA is a real gem for me. Very NYC family run feel with a patio also for outdoor LA dining. The food is amazing and "Chicago" our waiter is always incredible anytime I eat there. Definite FIVE STARS for me. Be sure to order the Meatballs for an appetizer they're out of this world!
The food and the service was outstanding ...
The food and the service was outstanding!
I'm traveling through America from Australia and this is by far the best meal I have had so far.
On the way to New York soon and can't wait to try get another great Rao's meal.
Satisfaction continues with each return ...
Satisfaction continues with each return visit. From the greeting by hostess to the service and the food, we continue to be happy with every aspect of the restaurant... Louie & Johnny "Roast Beef" make sure every patron is happy with RAO's.
Rao's continues to be one of our favorite Hollywood 'eateries'.
I was super excited to take my husband a ...
I was super excited to take my husband and godfathers to dinner on Father's Day. We love the Rao's sauce and use it often. But the restaurant food was just not very good -- I could do better at home. But I will say the gelato was the best I ever had and the cheesecake was delicious.
I would go there again but only for dessert.
Fun, good food, not too loud
We went here for an after theater meal and were not disappointed. The appetizers were delicious (heirloom tomatoes)but for some reason I can't remember my entree so I guess it didn't make a big impression. Pretty expansive wine list, loved the crispness of the white that was ordered. Very friendly host or possibly manager.
Far exceeded my expectations!
From the moment you walk in not only are you greeted with smiles and a hearty welcome from a group of the nicest folks ever but also you are greeted with the aroma of food that could only be duplicated in grandmas kitchen! The service really sets the bar high, I will be going back to see our server Chicago because he was that good. Not to mention the food is a little piece of Italian heaven! The music, the ambiance the people my goodness I felt like I was in Brooklyn. What an experience!
Have been told by friends to try and it ...
Have been told by friends to try and it didn't let me down. We had a 7:15 reservation and showed up about 20 earlier and was escorted to the very nice out patio. My wife and I shared the Meatballs and Caesar Salad, both were incredible. For our main courses my wife ordered the Lemon Chicken and I had the Bone in Veal Parmesan. Both were very good and the veal was enough to feed 4 people. We ended up taking most of our main entrees home to be enjoyed another day. Would highly recommend and will be back soon.
The vibe is cozy, old school New York, t ...
The vibe is cozy, old school New York, the wait staff is excellent, knowledgeable, friendly and fun, but best of all is the food. Best meatballs we've ever had, the most delicious and giant bowl of Caesar salad, an incredible Chicken Parm followed by a crazy good cheesecake. We will be back!
My go-to restaurant in LA for special occasions.
You can't find a restaurant like this anywhere west of the Hudson River, let alone in LA. If you're a New Yorker like me, this is the only way to get into Rao's! Lucky for us transplants they are here, and they have seats available in LA. This is my new special occasion restaurant. It's what Dan Tana's and Musso's wants to be but isn't authentic enough to pull it off like Rao's. And where else can you meet Johnny Roast Beef? No where, not even in NY anymore. I'll be back as often as I can afford it.
The service was some of the best in the city. The food was good... but, not the best. The meatball appetizer was divine and the waiter made sure me scraped up all of the last bits of sauce from the dish before he cleared the dish from the table. We had the chicken scarpiello (OK) and the chicken parm... which is off menu. Kind of wished they served pasta with the chicken (or at least suggested it) Do not leave without having a slice of NY Style cheesecake.
Family Fine Dining
This restaurant was perfect. It's a fine dining restaurant with a warm, family welcome. The staff here all treat you like family. Please ask the servers for suggestions, because they love to share their favorites, and they're really eager to give you the best dining experience.
If you're looking at the menu and everything sounds so good you can't decide, go with the Fiocci. I have never had anything like it! I could eat it for a meal or a dessert. It's that good!!
Speaking of dessert, my only regret was being too full to try the cheesecake.
This is my third time at Rao's... While ...
This is my third time at Rao's...
While the food is good, the service is not...We waited almost 1 1/2 hours to get our main course.
The general manager cam over and said, we would have our meal shortly...I told him that if it didn't come out in 5 minutes, we would leave. He seemed very shocked that I would say that.
He comes over and pours us a splash of wine to "make us happy" as he said.
While the food is good, there are many other great Italian restaurants in LA and I am not sure I would ever go back
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