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
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.
I was certainly excited to try the LA lo ...
I was certainly excited to try the LA location of this legendary establishment. I enjoyed the food and look orward to going again. I do wish the service was better. The waiter may have been busy, but I think our table merited more attention.
Rao's is one of my go-to places for out ...
Rao's is one of my go-to places for out of town guests. I've also attended a work Christmas party there. The atmosphere is old New York and the food, although a little pricey for the portions is unbeatable! I highly recommend ordering family style and trying the seafood salad, the fiocchi (to die for) and the eggplant parm. Go early for quieter ambiance as it gets loud as it fills up. Rezzies a must.
Food is excellent. My mother cooked mos ...
Food is excellent. My mother cooked mostly Italian food in our house and this is so close to hers. Get the meatballs. The veal parm is outstanding. Do not miss the broccoli rabe. It was the best I ever had.
Don't over order unless you want leftovers (which is not a bad idea). One app, one pasta and one meat or fish entree is plenty for two people. We ordered that plus a salad plus a veggie and had enough left over for both of us to eat another dinner a couple of days later.
Waitstaff is friendly and not pretentious as can be in some high end places. Very homey feel.
Can't wait to go back.
Rao's is an authentic N.Y. Italian dinin ...
Rao's is an authentic N.Y. Italian dining experience. I adore it! From the greeting by the owner at the door to the service to the food, all is great. The decor is wonderful, the wood paneling, comfortable seating, and beautiful outdoor dining area. The food is the key though. The salads, pastas, second courses are all fantastic! Rao's is expensive, but it is worth every penny!
Traditional but exceptionally prepared S ...
Traditional but exceptionally prepared Souther Italian style food- the kind your grandma used to make on Sunday afternoon. Start with the Seafood Salad and the Meat and Cheese plate. The fried seafood plate was great as well. By then you'll be too full to care but have the pasta anyway because your grandma would make you have some since she went to all that trouble. Finally save room for the best Tiaramasu or NY style cheescake you can get outside of NYC!!
Added bonus: "Johnny Roastbeef" from Goodfellas is one of the hosts that walks around and chats up the customers during dinner. He's a great guy and he was so gracious and nice to take pics with my family after dinner. Go to Rao's you won't regret it- Mangia!!!
Rao's is traditional Italian food. The b ...
Rao's is traditional Italian food. The brand jars some of the best sauces so it's no surprise their full menu in Hollywood delivers some of the best flavors. Whether dining with friends or celebrating a birthday, Rao's does not disappoint. Tip for the LA crowd - the original location in NYC books FAST and is almost impossible to get a table. Take advantage of the fact that their west coast location is barely full to capacity, you will not regret it.
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!
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