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Rao's Hollywood

4.8
1090 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.

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Safety precautions

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1090 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SteveB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was OK, not as good as the NYC location. Our service was fair to poor at best.

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vipmitch
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun menu, low key, friendly service, and different enough from the usual L.A. fare to make it a special evening.

TB
TaniaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Italian restaurant. Best service always. Delicious food !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Italian in a New York style setting. Nostalgic artwork and music. WONDERFUL male server. Delicious food. We will be back!

KK
KellyK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! Definitely recommend. Food was amazing as well as the staff!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, good people, and an overall wonderful experience every single time I visit. Love this place.

Manny

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Susann23
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service as always!

SM
vipShawnM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Tremendous let down, made the reservation well in advance and requested an indoor table. The request was ignored and we were sat in the worst possible location outside at the end of the sidewalk. Service was subpar with little to no attention to detail or us as guests. Food is mediocre at best lacking seasoning and finesse, definitely not worth the hype or inflated prices. One and done for me...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, amazing staff, new favourite place in the area for a midweek dinner or a fun night out with great cocktails! So good!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible time! Can’t wait to go back!

JC
JCec
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter, great music, great food! My friends and I enjoyed ourselves

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to for a 93-year-old Birthday celebration - a very special event. They made sure our birthday girl felt special. She loved it. Thank you so much

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The Meatballs were great . I got the ravioli which was far too much butter .. my date ordered a pasta dish - on the menu no mention of garlic or onion and this dish was all garlic and onion- she couldn’t handle even two bites .. was a $30 waste .. such a shame considering the meatballs were amazing .. waiter was nice .. the ambiance was destroyed by the loudest people you could ever imagine - usually I don’t mind loud but it was hurting my eardrums - I couldn’t hear a thing I or my date was saying ..

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Perfecto

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Reserved a table specifically for outside but was seated inside with no ability to accommodate an outside table when we arrived. Special occasion on a Friday with no opportunity to change plans. Unacceptable during covid.

JL
JessicaL
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was absolutely amazing. Service wasn't hat great in the beginning but they definitely acknowledged & apologized towards the end with their signature cheesecake which was absolutely amazing. Would I go back absolutely.

BC
BrandyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Dishes had literally no flavor. Food and Drinks were overpriced. Server volunteered to bring us a meatball to try, then added the charge to our bill as well as brought us bread and charged us for it.

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vipAlejandro
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Rao's is a classic Hollywood Italian steak place. No frills. Great quality food. Very tasty starter salads. The grilled veggies and other sides are nothing special and don't begin to compare to the famous sides at the Palm. Service is very friendly, but you can go long stretches in a meal without seeing a waiter, even in Covid-reduced seating times. Terrific wine list with a nice price range.

I think Rao's is priced a little high for what it offers when compared to other Los Angeles eateries, but you do feel welcomed and satiated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner at Rao’s- almost as good as in East Harlem

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful place for pasta and meatballs. Always try at least one meatball! I was blown away.

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Edwin
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!! Just Wow!!! I can definitely say that after a year of quarantine and not having the opportunity to dine out. I am so glad to finally do it the RAO’S way.
The ambiance was great, service was on point and the food was excellent. My girlfriend and I started with the meatballs as appetizers!!! Man...the meatballs exceeded all expectations; what classic Italian cuisine truly is. The main course were amazing...starting with the linguini and clams. The Manila clams were awesome, great combination with the garlic and white wine.
The Shrimp Scampi over the angel hair pasta was amazing. Enough lemon butter taste without compromising the original scampi flavour.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vksvlva
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dirty martini's!! Love the seats by the fireplace!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so glad I found Rao’s! I love this place. The food, delicious, the ambiance perfect and the service, perfect. I felt like I was in the movie Goodfellas. The family style dishes, the beautiful woodwork inside to the Italian manager asking how things are and saying in a typical Italian accent, Beautiful. Was such a great experience I can’t wait to go back. Word of advice, CHEESECAKE! Must have!

JS
JaredS
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal meal and staff. Highly recommend to anyone. Unbelievable experience.

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Lovely
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great, attentive service, delicious food, amazing cocktails, nice atmosphere.

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vipyachtscott
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

dont miss the meatballs or the stuffed mushroom appi's!! Old school great Italian food.

BM
vipBretM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. If you want Italian this should be at the top of your list.

BD
vipBigDiner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food, wide variety, served in a classic setting with cool workers. The chef is excellent. Best Veal Parm in town.

JG
vipJesseG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was great except for the rigatoni bolognese. It was very bland and needed more sauce. Only gripe.

PB
vipPamB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular in every way!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I had a wonderful dinner at Rao’s Hollywood. The ambiance was a classic Italian feel with all the photos of celebrities on the walls and the Italian American music playing throughout the restaurant. The service was amazing! The owner and managers came to the table to greet us and ask us how we were doing. I loved that! Everything we ordered was so delicious! I can’t wait to go back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good quick service

AA
AlexA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great customer service! Highly recommended

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Riley
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Overall the experience was okay. The atmosphere was great and our server was friendly. But then he didn't come back for a while and the service became iffy. I waited 10+ minutes to be asked if I needed another beer, then another 7+ minutes to receive it.

Also, I think the meatballs might have been undercooked and I didn't feel too great the next day.

For $150, I'm pretty disappointed.

BM
vipBrentM
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Every restaurant in LA is doing what they can to get back to normal.

m
vipmitch
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place. A warm and welcoming staff with no pretensions. Food is both superb and fun.
And the cheesecake is the best on the planet!

BS
vipBlondeSicilian
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Wonder twin manager duo on severe power trip - will make up rules, harass you, will threaten you, will only give you a 1/2 pour of your cocktail (but still charge you full price), will only give you a 1/2 order of your desert (but still charge you full price) & will make your dining experience so miserable that you'll consider devoting your life to telling your story so that they don't do it to someone else too.

To save time and space, I'll bullet point all of their atrocities.

1. Tried to shoot me in the head with their temp gun despite me telling them not to and explaining how rude, mannerless and classless that is.
2. Seated us at our requested table but then refused to lower wind screen (like we've done 10+ times previously) due to their inability to read & comprehend health code rules. She claimed she couldn't put a screen WITH HOLES IN IT down because of needed airflow. It's a screen, that air clearly passes through but it breaks the wind.
3. Tracy the incompetent GM refused to move us out of the wind/cold 48 degrees but luckily our nice server found us a warmer table.
4. Tracy continued to stalk our table despite us asking to be left alone.
5. Tracy brings the health department document over, thinking that she's won but really she simply exposed herself. My husband is an attorney and read it and tried to politely explain to her that she's completely wrong in her interpretation & she then continued to argue with him telling him that he's wrong. Not possible. She has now engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.
6. Tracy sends tiny Patrick to our table to kick us out. We request that he call the police so that we can file a report against them. He shivers and runs away.
7. My husband's drink comes out 1/2 pour, his dessert comes out 1/2 order. We get a bill for our full meal despite the theft of food/drink & ruining our meal.
8. Tracy and Patrick stalk our table 6 times while we're sitting quietly trying to eat. Tracy even tells us that WE'RE rude.

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Garst818
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites! Old school hospitality with so much flare!! Old Hollywood with amazing food. Also if you like martinis ask for the blue cheese stuff olives!!! O M G !!!

KH
vipKathH
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredibly delicious, and the service is friendly and top-notch. Love this place and will definitely be back!!!

CD
CynthiaD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Kind of incredible and will return with friends and family again and again!!!!

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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 1090 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.