Rao's Hollywood

4.8
679 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday to Friday: 6pm to 10:00pm
Saturday: 5pm to 10pm
Sunday: 5pm to 9pm
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Phone number
(323) 962-7267
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Wesley
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highland and Santa Monica
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Parking details
Valet parking $10 or street parking nearby.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Rao's can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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What 679 People Are Saying
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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is delicious on the menu. But you must try the meatball

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic Hollywood

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DG
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All it is cracked up to be.

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PB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meatballs a must have. Pork Chop was one of the best I've ever had.

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JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were above average. The linguini and clams were very good. The Rigitoni Bolognese was a little chewy - would probably order a thinner pasta next time. Overall very enjoyable.

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r
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time everyone was friendly and helpful . Made you feel at home.

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing dinner at Rao’s. Big thanks to our waiter ‘Chicago’.

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RD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

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SC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A truly great dining experience, celebrated our friends wedding anniversary and was their first time there,
we shared entrees, appetizers and the delectable seafood salad!! They absolutely loved it and want to plan
our next trip to Rao's very soon. Friendly staff as well, enjoyed them visiting our table

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff had exquisite recommendations and we trusted their selections for all four courses. Every item on the menu is tantalizing and remarkable. We’re so lucky to have Rao’s in L.A.!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Will definitely be back.

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ML
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my home away from home. They always take great care of us and our guests.

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can never get in to the original but this is one fabulous alternative. The food was every bit as good as we anticipated. The service was top notch. Will be back often! Just please some day get me in to original location

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Knowing the reputation of the original Rao's in Harlem, my exceptions for this branch were quite high. Amazingly, they exceeded my expectations!! The atmosphere was classic upscale Italian (including the man who played Johnny Roasbeef in Goodfellas visiting all of the tables!!). The service was impeccable, very much up to NYC top end standards. The biggest surprise was the absolutely best veal marsala I've ever had!! The veal was tender and very tasty, and the sauce had a wonderful complex of flavors. Then came the classic New York cheesecake, which was creamy and exploding with flavor, accompanied by fresh fruit which definitely complemented the cheesecake. It will be very difficult for me to order any other entree or dessert the next time in LA. A full blown top place which hits all the right notes -- atmosphere, service, and food all top of the line.

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TP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Rao's over five times now and the food and service are always excellent. Classic Italian dishes cooked superbly. Waiters and staff are friendly and helpful but never obtrusive.

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l
London
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, best in LA

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Good wasn’t good at all, wished it had more flavor. “Special sauce” tasted like chunky watered down tomatoes. Ambiance is fun. Wine was great, service was good.

Very disappointed with the food thou.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The rigatoni was dry. Not enough sauce. Otherwise the food was so delicious. A bit to expensive.

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m
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meatballs are best I've ever had . Service was great!

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PL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great authentic New York style Italian food - great service and ambience. Not as crowded as it used to be...

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Y
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Rao’s for my birthday!
Amazing food, meatballs, Caesar salad, shrimp scampi and birthday cannolis! Best birthday ever!
We dined on the patio where it’s a little more quiet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

All was great, just get a bit rushed. The server was also great.

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was excellent, everyone was so hospitable and attentive. The waiter was more that accommodating with the menu. The drinks were delicious and a generous pour. My date and I could actually hear each other’s conversation, the game was in eye distance, and we had no pressure of leaving even though it was close to closing time. All I’m all we felt comfort and will return often to enjoy the flavorful croquettes, lemon chicken, and chicken parm. Loved it!!

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SY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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s
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Working on the sunset las Palmas lot looking for great food and ambience close by. Couldn’t do better great food vibe and service. Local gem for sure.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. I have been here 5 times now and will keep coming back

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PM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never get bored with this restaurant that has everything. Good food, excellent service and ambiance that takes you back to old Hollywood.
I love everything about Rao’s. From the bus boy to the Managers.
Bravo, a job well done.

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P
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent in every way! A taste of old school Italian with all the charm and love in the service and the food!

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MV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time dining here as it was again a great experience. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. This was a date night for my wife and I and it was a nice romantic eating experience. The food is full of flavor and I enjoyed it. I am now planning on coming back with my family for any special events or just to have dinner here.

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BM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere and great service! Would definitely return!!

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C
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect evening

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NO
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, friendly staff and an overall enjoyable dinner.

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P
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is becoming my go-to Italian restaurant in LA. Besides outstanding food, the place has a great New York kind of vibe with LA friendliness as a plus.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food & Roast Beef is a real entertainer. We got the carbonara and the Veal Marsala, best Italian I’ve had in LA so far.

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BM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place...every time I’m in LA, it’s a must!

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SH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Italian food, great service, love how the host comes to the table to make sure you’re happy with your food and your experience. We had great Chicken Parmesan (a special), house salad, Beggars Purse pasta with ricotta and pear in a brown butter sage sauce, and a roasted pepper/fresh mozzarella appetizer. Everything was terrific, and the leftovers were excellent the next day!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd anniversary dinner was excellent.

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience - food, service and ambience were all top notch. If you don’t have table rights in Harlem, make your way to Rao’s Hollywood for a dinner you’ll never forget.

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JT
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rao's held up to our high expectations due to friend's recommendation. Dining on a slower night with my party of 3 as first time guests was perfect! Our waiter, Jonathan, was very informative with the menu and told us great history about the LA restaurant and the original in NYC. They should sell T-Shirts with MEATBALLS ARE A MUST! They're that good! Our salad, pastas and chicken parmesan were cooked to perfection and so full of delicious flavors. I was a HUGE fan of the Tiramisu as I'm not a fan of cheesecake but one of my friends devoured it. I can't wait to go back and try more! Also great ambiance!!!

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D
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great dinner. Wonderful service and delicious food. Highly recommended for a date night or special occasion.

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