Rao's Hollywood

4.8
800 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Prices are a bit steep but that's not unexpected for a good restaurant here in Los Angeles.

Our waiter was very amiable, attentive and gave us the background of the New York location and family.

What a fun evening and I will definitely return.

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TR
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is everything that I hoped it would be. Everything was right on the money.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful experience!

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Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Rao’s is our top choice for our family birthday dinners or just when we want great Italian. We are from the east coast so we totally acknowledge good Italian food. We always enjoy the baked clams and the chicken Milanese. My husband got the lobster drs diabolo which was literally a pound of pasta. Absolutely delish. We miss the potato croquet that used to be on the menu wish they put it back! Love always being greeted by Johnny.

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F
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great atmosphere
Real ITALIAN. Menu

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RH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place to get classic Italian with amazing service. I had probably the best carbonara of my life. I suggest letting your waiter pick some options they will surprise and amaze you. Plus the atmosphere is perfect. Dark paneled walls, fantastic bar and a inner courtyard.

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a
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite of mine. Outstanding food & service! A true classic!

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T
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I do a play and dinner night on a regular basis. We try never to go to the San restaurant twice but this may require a few visits to try all the great food and warm and friendly service. Gabriel at the bar was pleasant and informative. We followed his recommendations and were very happy with our evening.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the meatballs. Everything we ordered was delicious.

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CJ
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server was excellent and made some awesome suggestions. The food was amazing. The only downside was our little 2 seater booth. Could barely put all our food on the table along with our bottle of wine

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PD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The music was way too loud. Even people with good hearing struggled to catch the conversation.

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KC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have an amazing experience when we dine at Rao’s. The staff is so friendly and attentive. The service is always great and the food is absolutely delicious.

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service.

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TD
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved this restaurant. We went to try the Sunday Gravy dinner and Jonathon, our great waiter, suggested since this was our first time we try a variety of dishes. He was right. We had a meatball, yum, seafood salad, to die for, bone in veal parm and pasta carbonarra. All were amazing and we had leftovers. This restaurant is on a side street off of SM Blvd in Hollywood and does no advertising. I would give it 11 or 12 out of 10. It is real old school Italian and just wonderful.

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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food I’ve had in LA. Waitress was excellent and knew about every dish, how it’s made, and was very helpful and attentive.
This is the place for a legit Italian food experience.

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MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Rao's is fabulous and the service great!

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AK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Old style Italian American where one can imagine that the food was once as good as the atmosphere still is. Sometimes that helpls the food taste a little better, especially the signature meatballs.

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I
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having a family business meal
What a great
Place to dine.

Always amazing. Love the meatballs
Beggars pasta
Veal parmigiana

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Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Exactly as touted. Do not miss them meatballs.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing- every aspect was incredible...lots of easy charm here, from the owner, server & busser to the food and ambiance, and I must give special mention to the cheesecake, wow. Most of all, it’s not trying to be anything it’s not, while being everything you’d ever want.

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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, attentive & friendly servers. Love this place. We did my husbands 40th bday dinner here and everyone left the place raving about how delicious the food was and how well we were taken care of.

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MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian food in LA.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Just not impressed with the food or the service. The one in New York is still great, the one in LA well sequels aren’t always as good as the original.

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SI
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Italian food

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Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rao’s lived up to all the hype. Close your eyes and you’re in Manhattan.

The Porterhouse and Fritto Misto are hard to beat.

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DR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambience were equally fantastic. The manager and two additional gentlemen support the server and the friendly conversation make you feel like you’re at a house party. The food came quick, hot and delicious. We started with the outstanding meatballs followed with a seafood dish, two pastas and finished with the cheesecake, it’s a must. We plan to return on the the second Saturday of every month for table 13 until we have tasted everything on the menu. Thank you for the fabulous experience.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing people and food there.

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C
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service and a fun venue! The outdoor patio is a fun addition to the space. Will definitely be back!

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Rao's for Sunday dinner and, like always, everything was perfect. Johnathan was out waiter, and he is the absolute best. He is attentive, thorough, and very personable. And of course, the martinis made by Gabriel were spot on! It is always a pleasure dining at Rao's.

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CM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the special Sunday supper only available in Sunday’s. It was amazing. Love Raos. I only use there sauce you can buy. Awesome food.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome - love this place

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious but Johnny Roast beef made it an extra special night. ! Can’t wait to go back when I am back in town

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good always delicious! New York style.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food mediocre. Waiter unprofessional. Overpriced

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for my wife, everything was wonderful.

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous me and my family will recommend to friends and family. We will be back.

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r
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a fabulous evening spent with our best friends.
The entire staff made us feel so welcomed.
It is truly a very very special place that we love!

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M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Classic, old-school red-sauce Italian with great food and welcoming management and friendly wait staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great fun! Great drinks, food and atmosphere

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