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
57 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (26)special occasion (25)romantic (23)good for groups (19)notable wine list (17)hot spot (15)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great food, service and vibe. We were well taken care by mark our server and the rest of the staff. Zero complaints or problems. Great looking place too. Food was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as Good as Vegas
    Harvey
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This raos has a smaller menu and is not as good as the Las Vegas one. Not extraordinary and quite expensive
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner for extended family
    WaltVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We visited with cousins from New York, Los Angles, and San Jose. Twelve in total, mostly Italian and from New York so they knew about the original restaurant, and were excited to visit the LA location. They handled the large group very well helping with the order and serving the food, wine, and water. The food was better than any west coast Italian restaurant. An earlier review said, "the meatballs will change your life". And I agree. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hungry for Italian in LA
    Hungryforitalian
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We are all from the Northeast and have always wanted to try Rao's in the Bronx but can't get in. So glad we were able to try it in LA. Love the lemon chicken, meatballs and spaghetti, apps and deserts. Felt like we were home. Thanks again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The wait staff is great, food and atmosphere are amazing, been here and the one in Vegas and am never disappointed. Will certainly be back .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The meatballs were fantastic! Everything we ate was delicious and was a perfect dinner before going to Pantages!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Hollywood experience was great.
    ItalianGuy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The Hollywood experience was great. I've been to all three locations. Harlem has the best atmosphere, but the Hollywood restaurant comes close. The food was superb and the service was excellent. The old saying is that "you get what you pay for." With that in mind, Rao's is a great value. You'll will be talking about it for days. Try everything from the meatballs, the clams, pasta (at least two different types), shrimp fra diavalo, veal and the cheesecake. You will not regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Born in NYC
    hardtoplease
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Well I have to say I was skeptical. Made all the right impressions on me including an outstanding wait staff that gave personal attention. Food was outstanding. Brought back memories of NYC without the four month wait for reservations. Highly recommend it. Go!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced but Comforting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Tried Rao's for the first time and I had very high expectations based on the reputation of the original NYC location. They are clearly building that reputation into the price of the food, but unfortunately the quality did not match the high price. Nothing was particularly bad, and there were certainly some very bright spots such as the giant meatball appetizer, and the tiramisu and cheesecake, but the overall menu and execution was comparable to a more inexpensive/casual Italian spot such as Louise's Trattoria. Clearly focusing on old-school Italian-American comfort food Rao's certainly hit the mark with dishes like chicken parm and Shrimp scampi, but it was surprising that even those dishes come a la carte with no pasta. Great Service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old Style Italian
    GMWHollywood
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    good food, great Sinatra music, warm atmosphere, friendly service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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
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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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 34 reviews are from the Rao's Hollywood reviews archive.
  • 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
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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
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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.
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    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
    castoffVIP
    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.
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    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.