Rao's Hollywood

4.8
1167 Reviews
$50 and over
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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1167 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Henry
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an amazing dining experience. The service was amazing and every plate was a top 5 version of that dish if not the best I've ever had (the meatballs are undoubtedly the best I've ever had). On top of it all, it felt like we walked right out of LA and into the east coast! Being from Philly, I felt right at home!

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vipJerryG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service . Foods was all awesome. Near veal parmigiana I have ever had anywhere in world

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vipnoname
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great old-school Italian-American food. Excellent service.

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vipFoodieDoc
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After taking a year-long pause from dining out, we returned to Rao's full of expectations. ALL OF THEM were exceeded. The service, food quality, hospitality (Patrick & Johnnie) exemplified how well prepared (and grateful) the entire Rao's team was to welcome Angenlinos back. As always, portions are substantial, drinks are generously poured, and the wait staff timed everything so well that it wasn't just a "bite" - instead it was a true dining experience.

GREAT TO BE BACK!

NL
NicholasL
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent home style Italian food, service was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my wife. The service and food were excellent. She’s been to Rao’s in New York and LA. Just a perfect place for a fun evening with great food.

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BumiB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food not that great but service was truly excellent!

LC
LanceC
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rao's is back with service, tasty food that hits the belly in style.

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JAMFOODADVENTURE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent! The martinis are superb! The service is top rate and the atmosphere is very old New York and so this makes a great culinary adventure of the first class!!!

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ASHG
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always, the service was also fantastic. Their outside seating was really nice as well, though I can't wait to sit in one of their big booths again.

DA
vipDavidA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing as always. A bit of new York swagger but the food backs it up.

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vipArlovski
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service was incredible. We had the Sunday special, we will definitely be back again soon.

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SueS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old style charm, impeccable service, warm atmosphere, delicious and simple Italian cuisine, excellent wine list-can’t say enough positive things about Rao’s. Special commendation to the busser who appeared out of nowhere to immediately assist when my dinner partner’s red wine spilled on the table. You can tell the employees care about the level of service. Everyone had a great attitude.
Can’t wait to return!

MT
MichelleT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good services from check-in, valet parking, server and managers ask make sure everything's is good. Food is very big portion. Friendly and manner place to come back. Marguerite is very good.

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fredsfaves
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Extremely fresh seafood salad. wonderful, plump mussels in a rich sauce, spectacular lady's purse pasta with sage butter, silky veal marsala. attentive, friendly service from both ur server and the managers. Thoroughly satisfying experience all around.

SM
StephenM
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit last Saturday! From the moment we walked in I felt transferred back to an older, simpler time. The atmosphere here is wonderful.

The food is even better!!! I’m still dreaming about the meatballs, likely the best I’ve ever had.

Service was perfect and everyone was so friendly.

CG
CGlass
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best Italian food you will ever have. Top notch restaurant.

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viplynne
Salt Lake City
35 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it's always a pleasure to dine at Rao's............our favorite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to have dinner at Rao’s

LM
vipLanaM
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter and all of the staff we spoke with were perfect. They really added to our dinner. It was a wonderful evening. Too much food but EVERYTHING Was delicious. Loved the Sunday Gravy. Now one our favorite restaurants!

JA
JulieA
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!!!
The best!!!
Food yummy!!!
Run, don’t walk!

AM
vipAlixM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great institution this place is. The food is simple and classic but SO good and the service is meticulous and warm. We had a wonderful evening there - my twin daughters were celebrating their birthday at a separate table with some friends and we were so well taken care of. Amazing place!

JW
vipJoeW
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All was perfect

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Susan
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. We started with the meatball appetizer, which was amazing. My husband ordered the veal marsala and I ordered the pesto pasta dish. Both were thoroughly enjoyed. My pasta was obviously handmade, cooked perfectly, and had a light lemony cream sauce with the added crunch of roasted pine nuts. Yummy! The service was friendly, attentive, and impeccable. Would definitely eat here again.

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vipGpfeffer
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First tune here. Will be back soon. Great food, staff and ambience. Johnny Roast Beef gives RAO its 6th star!

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AarthiS
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service and lovely ambience at Rao’s Hollywood. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner celebrating a family milestone. Every dish was delicious and the service was impeccable. Look forward to returning.

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MartineZ
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best night in a long time ♥️This restaurant! Highly recommend 😊

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ChristineC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly wait staff. Valet Parking since street parking can be difficult to find. Sat outside on the sidewalk. That ambiance is not the best, but inside is very nice and I think they might have some seating on a back patio too. Tried the meatballs, which were tender and flavorful. Also had a overly salad with fresh arugula, red onion and tomato. Fantastic citrus vinaigrette. Paired well with the meatballs. My husband had shrimp scampi which he enjoyed. Large shrimp and a good sauce. Tried the cheesecake for desert, which I liked but not my husband. It had a marzipan flavor to it and is very rich. Huge slice. Good quality food, but slightly overpriced. Its ok though...overall I like this place and would return to try some of the other more interesting dishes on the menu.

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vipWEHOLocal
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great and the people who work there treat you like family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Daniel was so amazing and funny. Highly recommend

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vipEdEg
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian food in the area by far. Really great menu and amazing staff

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vipNatasha
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent, quality,atmosphere,delicious in every bite. Over ordered but it’s showing to be RAO’s feasting tomorrow!

CA
vipCAG1
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!!!

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tank
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding. as always. try it once, you'll keep coming back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great Italian food - get the meatballs. Excellent attentive service and a solid experience. Highly recommend.

ME
vipMarkE
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most amazing dinner last night. My guests loved the food, and the hospitality of the management, staff made us feel right at home. We had the stuffed mushrooms, beet salad, and meatballs with Rao's marinara sauce - we ate every bit.

Their wine list is stellar and you will find greate examples of Italian from every region. Many selections are moderately priced and you will also find Outstanding 100 point wines. They have something for everyone. My guests were very pleased with wine by the glass.

We thouroughly enjoyed our dinner.

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viptravler153
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection

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Mando
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think reviews for Rao’s are probably not needed unless some rare instance happened where something wasn’t up to par, AND management didn’t fix it. Service was fun. Food was perfect. Cocktails were delicious. For the style, Rao’s is a staple for what restaurants should be. Zero complaints.

JS
JustineS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant should have 2 Michelin stars! Best meatballs+cheesecake I've ever had in my LIFE! Chef Mike,waiter Kevin+ maitre'd Johnny are 5🌟too!

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John
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Rude waiter and mediocre food considering the price!

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You can order delivery directly from Rao's Hollywood using the Order Online button. Rao's Hollywood also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 962-7267.

Rao's Hollywood is rated 4.8 stars by 1167 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.