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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
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.
Such a magical evening for my first time at Rao's. I had the meatballs and Parpadelle with short rib which was UNBELIEVABLE. My date has the Shrimp Scampi (also amazing).
"Chicago" who is either the manager or maitre'd was SO AWESOME! He really made our night.
This was our first time at Rao. One of my friends had tried over and over to get a reservation for them in New York and it was impossible. He was thrilled with our ability to get reservations. We initially went as part of the DineLA week. However, our waiter offered to pick items for us to share that would enable us to try many of their favorite dishes for not much more than the DineLA price. We jumped at his offer and from the first bite knew we made the right decision. My friend, who is a foodie and amazing chef, keeps referring to the meal as exceptional. The Manager and waiter were amazing and very friendly. They both checked on us regularly, told us stories of the restaurant and owner, and made use feel like we were old friends. This is now a favorite in LA and we've tried many!!
My colleagues and I had a wonderful time celebrating our Director's birthday. We're a small team so when we go out the overall experience is so important being that we come from a front-facing industry. We always set the expectations super high when we plan birthday dinners and the team at Rao's in Hollywood certainly did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in they'd already set the mood for the rest of our evening right to the point where "Chicago" ran out to send us off as we waited at the valet at the end of our night. The food was delicious and came out very fast! Meatballs were heavenly (recommended) and the chicken and spinach ravioli was on point. Our table also shared the rigatoni bolognese and an arrabiata with mushrooms and fusili especially crafted for us! Wine recommendation was superb too. I could go on and on!
I look forward to coming back for Sunday Gravy soon! Thanks guys!
One of the best veal parm I have had...bone in of course. Some new twists on pasta preparations and some pastas I had not seen before. Save room for dessert...the gelati are the real deal..not just run of the ill ice cream. The chocolate cake and cheese cake are so good they have to be sinful. Staff is superb...friendly, courteous and very helpful. Best of all it is possible to get a reservation at this Rao's...at least for now.
Definitely will be back again and again.
This was such a pleasant surprise. As soon as you walk through the door everything changes. You are no longer in Hollywood but a very cozy, Italian restaurant that feels like it's in New York. The atmosphere was wonderful, the service was first class, the food was so delicious. I think this is my favorite restaurant, it's just that good!
We love the restaurant but this evening we were not happy with the hostess. She made us feel unwelcome and as if we were bothering her. That should not be the case in a city with so many other dining options. We will return and hope that next time the greeting will be warmer.
Whether in New York, Las Vegas or Los Angeles Rao's Never disappoints. I highly recommend the Meatballs, Fiocchi (the butter sauce is sublime) Pappardelle with Short Rib Ragu and the Cheesecake is one of the vest I've ever had outside of NY. I look forward to going back.
Everything was fine as expected. Nothing wow-worthy. A little bummed that no one acknowledged that my husband and I were celebrating a wedding anniversary. I don't expect freebies, but special occasions should be acknowledged in restaurants that allow you to leave notes for the reservation.
If the original one in New York is half as good as this I can see why it is impossible to get a table, great atmosphere, dark, dark wood total New York feel.
I had Veal Marsela, friend had double thick Pork Chop. Excellent!!!
Appetizer Crab Stuffed Mushrooms were really good but I can't take rich foods so only ate one.
Manager whom they call "Chicago" was extremely polite and had great conversation about "The Windy City" if you like authentic Italian with New York flavor this is a must go.
Took my wife and our 5 month old for a family dinner at Rao's and we enjoyed the friendly staff, photos on the walls and the great-tasting authentic Italian food. I ordered one meatball and spaghetti and it was delicious! We finished dinner with a slice of cheesecake which was also treat, light and easy to enjoy. Thanks for Woody for the recommendation on 98.7!
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.
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