Rao's Hollywood

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It could be a very loud at times since it’s an enclosed space with a lot of other tables, but the food is delicious! I personally wasn’t a fan of the Lemon Chicken, but I changed it for the Chicken Milanese and it was simple yet very satisfying. I will be dreaming about the Arugula Salad for a very long time!! The red wine vinaigrette was spot on!

Just for reference, there were two of us and we dined on Saturday night around 9:00pm. We had the rigatoni bolognese, chicken Milanese, and the arugula salad. Cocktail was the Black & Blue goose with blue cheese olives.

I do think it’s a little pricey, but the food was delicious so I can’t knock them for that.

BL
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very loud so go after happy hour - 7:30-8.
Food was delicious. Veal Milanese not as good as I hoped. Everything else delicious. Bartender makes great cocktails! We’ll be back!

RO
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter did a great job steering us toward the special offerings - their meatballs, the roasted peppers with mozzarella, fiocchi, veal parm. Service was leisurely, but that also meant zero sense of feeling rushed out there. Nice ambience on the patio. Valet parking. Definitely planning to go back soon.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have had a better experience. Food was incredible, service impeccable. Fantastic ambience- upscale, not too stuffy. A great meal overall. Can’t wait to come back!

TK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even on a very busy Saturday evening, the food, service and ambiance were all fantastic. They handled our large party (8 people) very well - even splitting the check at one of the guests' requests.

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great, sorry can’t remember her name. Food always good! And Johnny Roast beef!!

BD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. Get the meatballs.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

They put very little meat in the Bolognese Sauce and added oregano (what!?) the Mussels Arrabbiata were sublime. veal Parm was ok. Too much cheese and sauce was mediocre. Over priced. Over rated. I’m Sicilian from NY. Have eaten here twice. Not impressed. Hated what they’ve done to Hollywood. Raid is dwarfed now on Seward St because of over construction. It sucks.

DA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! Great food as always, friendly staff and the garden ambiance is lovely. My friends were blown away and they’re definitely coming back! Thanks for a great evening!

Y
Miami
101 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Definitely try the veal piccata. Tender and delicious! Great service too! Definitely a winner!

FT
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It is clearly the best New York Style Italian food in Los Angeles. The sauces are all authentic and tasty. The atmosphere is pure New York. If that's what you're looking for, there is none better. If you want a Northern Italy fine dining experience, this is not your place!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and meal as always!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I mean, not much to say. Excellent service, excellent food, excellent ambiance.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was funny and warm, suggested family style and made suggestions to ensure enough food and right balance to meal. Warm, inviting, felt taken care of

FD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick - host par excellence - but in Italian better to say "ospite perfetto" - helps set the tone for a welcoming experience. Our server (this time) Noah took us through all the phase of our meal with an excellent pace, without pressure, or a moment where things were requiring attention. Glasses were never empty and of course, stomachs were full!

Rao's is a gem - creative menu, consistently high food quality and so many options to have a great meal without breaking the bank.

Ciao CHOW!

R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was a special occasion for to celebrate my wife's birthday. However, all of the food items that we ordered were over seasoned (oregano spicy) and the veal chop was overcooked. The server attempted to sell us all the most expensive items on the menu. We left without finishing out\r meal because my wife had a stomach ache. We were very disappointed with the entire experience.

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had Valet parking for a $12.00 fee and this provided a huge convenience. Our server Jonathan was a great Server and provided outstanding service throughout the experience. The food was simply delicious! We tried the meatballs and they were great. The Caesar Salad had cold crisp lettuce with a terrific balance of dressing and croutons. The Pasta was Outstanding! The entire staff was friendly and very accommodating. If you make it to Desert then don't forget to try the tiramisu. (WOW)

JT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my sister's first time at Rao's and my friends & I have been there twice now. The food and the ambiance are perfection. It's such an enjoyable dining out experience!

PS
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Rao’s. Start with the Meatballs along with a negroni or a Manhattan. Love the lemon chicken or the chicken scarpiella. the pastas are fabulous!

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a birthday dinner for my son at Rao's. It was a table of eight, comprised of both baby-boomers and millenials. Everyone loved the food. The service and ambiance were outstanding. Considering that we all ordered drinks, appetizers and entrees, I was pleasantly surprised by the final bill, because it was less than I anticipated. Great place to dine while in LA!

AS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening, and outstanding service.

SO
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our HANDS DOWN favorite restaurant!

SS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food from the famed NYC eatery. Service is excellent and it has that classic old world Italian charm to it. Veal dishes are excellent and cheese cake is not to be missed.

S
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A classic Italian American restaurant, a kindred spirit with Dan Tana's but with a more focused menu. It is expensive but the quality is there in every dish. The room is swanky and the crowd energetic. Service is gracious, friendly and attentive. Meatballs are a must!

OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Raos. Could eat here once a week. The cocktails are the best in the city. The food is delicious. The service is perfect. And the atmosphere is clubby and perfect.

R
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food staff and surroundings. This is one of my favorite restaurants. I was thrilled to find they had opened one in Hollywood. Thanks for a great meal and dining experience. They got us fed in time to make the Rod Stewart concert

y
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Words don’t do this place justice. Great service and delicious food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner I’ve ever had in LA. Best service and food anywhere!!!

SB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

All-in-all it was great! The personnel couldn’t have been nicer.

MA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Everything from the wine, to the dessert was A+!

OT
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food. We just keep coming back for more! Bring back the potato croquets

N
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The service is super! The wait staff are super nice polite and attentive ... but too bad the food doesn’t match that at all!!!! We ordered pasta and the first dish got to the table with the pasta floating in water with sauce slapped on top!!!! Seriously?! DRAIN YOUR PASTA! Had to be sent back ... the sauce was nasty... I’ve had better sauce that came out of a jar!!!! The chef believes in ZERO salt and pepper ... NOTHING had salt and pepper except the seasoned complimentary bread!
The buratta was super flavorless, guessing they made it in-house ...3 tiny little pieces placed on tomato slices that were three times the size of the cheese! No basil ...
the eggplant parmigiana was worse than a frozen eggplant parmigiana bought at the local food store! Again ZERO seasoning and three tiny slices the size of a bottom of a cup!!!! And I wanted it super cheesy and they told me it already comes super cheesy .... if I can see the eggplant, it’s NOT cheesy let alone super cheesy ... and it tasted like freezer burn ...
Just all around really nasty tasteless food! What a waste of money ... and a lot of it too!!!!!

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best. rules. yes. 50 character minimum. incredible.

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rao’s is by far our favorite Italian spot. We brought my brother here when he was in town and it was the perfect place to chat, have a great meal but also feel the hustle and bustle of the city!

L
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was ok. Not good not bad. However, $12 to valet the car seemed very high and didn’t like that they needed my CC to make reservation.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place and the customer service was phenomenal!!!

JR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The room was very noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation. The pomodoro sauce was disappointing and not up tp Rao’s standards.

LT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service with Noah! Amazing food - you have to try the meatballs. Great ambiance and to die for cocktails. Boom!

N
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made this first visit at the recommendation of a work colleague. She said we would love it and we did. It reminded us of the Italian restaurants we used to enjoy in New York. (As it turns out, the original is in New York.) The service could not have been better - friendly, timely, helpful. The food was excellent....from the appetizers to dessert.