Rao's Hollywood
Rao's Hollywood

Rao's Hollywood

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.raosla.com/
  • Phone: 3239627267x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Thursday: 6pm to 10:30pm
    Friday and Saturday: 6pm to 11pm
    Sunday: 4pm to 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nicole Grimes
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • Private Party Facilities: Thank you for your interest in Rao's for your group's dinner!

    The restaurant is 100 seats split into 3 separate dining areas. The first area is the Rao's Room which is an identical replica of the Rao's in Manhattan and can seat 45 guests. The second room is the Chef's Room which overlooks all that transpires in the kitchen seating 32. The final area is the garden terrace which seats an additional 30 people al fresco style under feast lights and heat lamps.
  • Private Party Contact: Patrick Hickey 3239627267x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highland and Santa Monica
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking $8 or street parking nearby.
A word from 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Rao's Hollywood reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (31)special occasion (27)romantic (22)good for groups (17)notable wine list (15)great for outdoor dining (13)hot spot (13)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • A wonderful gem
    dintoexVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went to Rao's for the first time to celebrate my birthday. I had been to the NYC location one time, many years ago. The enviroment is so relaxed and comfortable, warm and welcoming and we had a great waiter. The food was the highlight of the evening. Every dish from the burrata to the pastas was spectacular. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Value
    FangVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Portions are small, not great for sharing and prices are very high which makes ordering more food a challenge. Surprised to find the restaurant so quiet after such a strong opening. Wonder if the prices have something to do with that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • herbwolas
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Enjoyed it. Ambiance is a throwback.Help-waiter, wine stuart,bus boy, were excellent. Made a great drink. Food very good. Don't order too much.Would go back again though not in my traffic pattern
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Yummy totally worth drive from LB Definitely coming back
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rao's West Delivers as Promised
    Peter
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Three out of four of us were familiar with the Rao's story - one from Brooklyn, too - and the fourth was our "uninformed test case" (even though she, too, is from New York... go figure!). Anyway, we elected to "sample" many of the more notable dishes and appetizers and were quite pleased we did. That said, the hands-down winner was the meatballs - probably the best we've ever had, we agreed. The wait staff and bartender were just terrific people, and the ambience was every bit as "home-spun" as one would hope. Personally, I probably couldn't handle the pressure of eating in the original in New York... so this L.A. variation offered a typically-west coast relaxed ambience style that worked perfectly with the menu and staff. A superb choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meatballs!
    PigEater
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a marvelous meal. The meatballs were outstanding and I am still thinking about the seafood salad. The only negative comment I have is that the waiter tried and succeeded in overselling us. He recommended WAY too much! Super Italian food, though!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bodacious Balls
    EightOneGreat
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nice normal portions, albeit pricey. Famous seafood salad was fishie. Roasted peppers with Buratta was delicious. Marvelous massive meatballs. Woth the visit on their own. I think it's a little cheezy that the table lamps are jars of Rao's supermarket pasta sauces. Why remind me that I can have the same pasta for $8, not $28?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • can't wait to go again
    lovefamilystyle
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    It was everything we had hoped and felt like we were in New York with real Italian family food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time There!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    After an extensive search for a restaurant in Hollywood for a birthday I selected Rao's for it's menu and it's link to back home and Little Italy. Having dinner there definitely reminded me of the wonderful Italian places in New York. The food was styled after that good ol' New York taste and flavor and it did not disappoint. The service was very friendly and in the style of New York Neighborhood Restaurant. We really enjoyed the dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian food
    Emmam
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Nice hidden little restaurant. Food was good, service was excellent. The meatballs were great and unique. Only complaint as noted above is that it was loud. However it was packed in their defense.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Classical Italian Cuisine
    asthmadocVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    All in all -a lovely evening on a beautiful patio. Superb baked clams, fried sea food, veal parm and amazing lemon chicken. Incredible home made cheese cake. Lou was a terrific sommelier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From NYC to LA with love
    YounkinVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Real Southern Italian cooking, albeit with California portion sizes (if the portion sizes were as authentic as the flavor, I'd go with 5 stars). It is Rao's, and you can get a reservation. Enough said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort food for the Italian soul
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was delicious and truly tasted homemade. The flavors blend beautifully and hit all the comfort food flavor notes. The menu is true to the style of New York’s little Italy and the food can easily compete with the Sunday suppers serviced at home in the neighborhood. Service was friendly and the waiter that goes by the name “Chicago” delivers a friendly, informative and “like family” attitude to your meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rao's - Been there. Done that.
    Jenny
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I ate here as part of the Dine La promotion. We were excited to have a local outpost. My food was spot on and my husband enjoyed his. He was disappointed with his eggplant parm as it was just two individual eggplant rounds topped with a little sauce and cheese. No side of pasta or veggies. It was comical, really. I had the cheesecake for dessert - heavenly. My husband ordered the cannoli & was shocked that the servicing size was a single miniature cannoli. YES! The small ones that Cavaretta's, my local Italian market, sells for $1.25 each! Again the food was good, but to pay $110.00 at Dine La when we ordered off set menu (no seafoodor meat, just pasta) and consumed only a glass of wine between us is a bit outrageous.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Find
    bubblesVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went here during restaurant week with some friends. The menu was fantastic and we all shared our meals. Everything was delicious, and the staff was friendly and very accommodating. I will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Hands Down
    MrMR
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Fantastic Food, Service, and an overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ucee
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Went on Sunday with a group of five. Hostess was very accommodating with seating. Service was friendly and attentive. Three chose the "Sunday Gravy" and were disappointed. Lots of quantity, but not that tasty. Salad was good. Others chose pork chop and spinach mushroom pasta. Better than the "gravy", but nothing in the food to draw us back. Nice Brunello by the glass. One can find better Italian food in LA.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A cheesy facsimile
    Newtola33VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Hollywood Rao's is a cheesy imitation of the NYC original - kind of like a movie set... Interior is cozy and outdoor sitting area in back is quite lovely, but Xmas decorations and "Rao's Marinara Sauce" light fixtures on tables just look cheap. Service was rushed even for a Saturday night. Waiter brought cocktails, but we didn't even have time to enjoy a first sip before the courses started coming out. And we had to practically tackle the waiter to order wine for the meal. Food itself was solid, but nothing to write back to my family in New York about - red peppers and buffalo mozzarella were ok, bolognese pasta was the one standout, and the meatballs were salty, but huge and doused with delicious marinara sauce that balanced it out well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Felt Like We Were In NYC
    MaxwellVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Wonderful authentic red sauce Italian food. Not an adventurous menu, but pasta that will keep you coming back for more. It is a bit more expensive than most Italian spots in LA, but I think it is worth the extra bank. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food. Excellent
    jwtm
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great Italian food and Excellent service. The meatballs are the best I ever tasted. The entire staff is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lives up to the Rao's reputation.
    MaplesWillVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Like everyone else, we looked forward to dining at Rao's LA because it's possible to get a table in NYC. My wife has studied Italian cooking in Italy and we are hard to please. Rao's was perfect, from the service that made us feel like famiglia, to every it we ate. The meatballs were ambrosia, the veal chop with sweet and hot peppers was perfect. My rigatoni with core do pomodoro and pancetta was awesome. And, where else can I find Brunello by the glass? We will come back every time we visit L.A.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MichaelR
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We go to many great restaurants and have for years. This is the first review I have ever written. I think this place is fabulous. The ambience, the food, the service is fabulous They have the best pasta sauce I have ever tasted. I buy it at the market. The Veal is excellent The atmosphere was very comfortable and allowed us to talk with ease, no rush We were with my son from out of town and we were able to catch up with great conversation and great food I felt like we were at home only the food and service was much better I like the fact that the restaurant is off the beaten path. I went last Sunday night. We are returning this Saturday night and we are looking forward to it We will try the meatballs next time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Frosty
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    All 5 of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The food was terrific but our waiter Mark made the evening gor us. We will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WILLTRAVEL4GOODFOODVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Best restaurant in LA. We traveled from Orange County, and the dining experience was well worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food; service so so
    Eager2eat
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've always wanted to say I've eaten at Rao's - the one is LA is the closest I'll get to dining at the NYC one. We loved the food but thought the service was a bit snooty and kind of slow. I'm not sure our waiter was happy about having 2 children at our table, even though we all thought they were well behaved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An unstoppable classic
    castoff
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    impeccable, attentive service from the minute you walk in the door. the food is wonderful…classics that can't be beat. the ambiance and the bar service lend themselves to an overall terrific dining experience time and time again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Did not stand out for a very expensive restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ny in la
    MRLDGVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Lives up to its reputation. Very ny vibe. Great food and service. Waiter made you feel special and was very attentive. Not cheap but the quality and serving size made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I don't know what the big deal and hype is about this place??
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RonnaVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Food was excellent as was the service. Definitely New York Italian food. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great evening
    Kirk
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is not the first time I have dined and Rao's and once again everything was fantastic! This has become one of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 23 reviews are from the Rao's Hollywood reviews archive.
  • Great food and service
    Carfather007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I went there for dinner and it did not disappoint. The food was great, the ambience was great and the service was fantastic, even with one server licking my wife's chair repeatedly; they made it up to her with a complimentary cheesecake, so all is good. Overall, great place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food at a premium price
    goodfoodluvr
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food was decent, but not great, and much too pricey. We were there at 6:30pm on a Friday night, and the place was empty. According to others, after 8:00pm, it's full and diners must wait for a table. We ordered lemon chicken, spaghetti bolognese and meatballs, with a starter of bruschetta. The bruschetta platter included 3 slices of toast with marinated cherry tomatoes (not enough garlic to taste), a handful (1/2 cup) of field greens, and 2-3 slices of prosciutto. It was a lot less than we expected for the price. The lemon chicken contained several large chunks of chicken in a generous amount of very lemon-y sauce. The meatballs appeared to be 1/3 lb each, and were light and delicious. The pasta bolognese was ordinary.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a treat
    foodisloveVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Love Rao's for dinner. Service is always exceptional and food is consistently delicious. Not for the faint of wallet but don't leave without at least sharing a meatball or two!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A....Mazing
    JayTeaThreeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I'm Italian American, bred on Nonna's meatballs. But (God rest her Soul) Rao's are the most amazing meatballs. Ever. Everything about the meal -- from the service, to the wine, to the food -- was perfect. We will be back. A lot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian
    HollywoodDon
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The meatballs are supurb as are the veal parm, shrimp scampi and caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzerella. The staff are the best in the business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ljg1
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Overall a nice experience Don't order the baked clams
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • such a great spot!
    elkodo
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Came to Rao's on a whim on sunday. Had the best time with the best service and food. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old world NYC Italian experieince
    KielVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The meatballs were the real deal and the atmosphere was quiet and intimate. We loved out both and our Waiter Chris was top notch.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner last Tuesday night...
    Nellie
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    lived up to the standard I expect from Rao's. Lively. Great service. Great food - those pasta purses are to die for! We saw the requisite celebrity - Billy Bob Thornton. And my Barolo was super.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic