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.

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LT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening especially if you dine on the patio.

AP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and always friendly service with excellent food!

R
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food. Best drinks. Best ambiance. Best staff.

N
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have now been to Rao's twice and both times, the experience has been great! Our waiter was timely, friendly, and informative. The food all-around our table of four was fantastic. I loved the double cut pork chop especially and the stuffed mushrooms everyone enjoyed. On top of the excellent food, the atmosphere is classy and fun.

RO
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and excellent authentic Italian.

SL
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love this place! It's like being transported to NYC for a great Italian dinner. Great vibe and terrific people... and the food! Amazing! Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or it''s just Wednesday (or any day), Rao's is the place to be. Cheers to Patrick and the gang!

TB
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A favorite, pure and simple. Fun, delicious, unique.

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g
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One cannot miss having a good meal here. Excellent food knowledgeable and friendly staff make for a fun meal.

S
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Booth for 2 was a bit cramped and uncomfortable; would ask for a table next time.

L
Los Angeles
269 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first visit to the legendary Rao's. The decor was like stepping back into the '40s or '50s. The martinis were COLD and perfect. We split a Caesar's Salad to start, which was big enough for three people. My wife had the double pork chop. I had never seen one that large. It was well seasoned and we took half of it home for sandwiches the next day. We also split a side of perfect spaghetti. For dessert we shared the N.Y. Cheesecake. We hadn't experienced one that good since our last visit to NYC. This one may be even better. The place is very expensive, but it is a memorable experience.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Valentines Day
A long wait for our meal, while other diners who arrived later enjoyed theirs. When it did finally arrive, it was over cooked flavorless and tough.


Would not recommend to anyone- NYC restaurant much better.

DT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, and lovely service -- the biggest problem? Being sat at a postage-size table for two. We're talking a SMALL table that actually made us worry we'd knock a glass of wine over while reaching for the olive oil. Additionally, the table was wonky. Not sure if the floor was uneven, or the table legs were uneven, but there's nothing more annoying than paying upwards of $200 for dinner for two and every time one of you rests your arm on the table, the other side of the table lifts up and down. Like a seesaw. For these prices, guys, come on -- invest in some type of technology to have your tables sturdy! They had these tiny plastic table leg adjusters, but nothing really worked until we put a piece of folded paper under one of the legs. (Fancy!) Anyway -- the food was very good (although the brussel sprouts were just okay). And the service was lovely. (Our poor server was a little mortified about the table as well.) Overall a nice dinner though. I would recommend -- but avoid the tiny little tables for two in the open space. Grab one of the two-person booths if you can. (We asked to move to one of those, but obviously weren't special enough. LOL.) :-)

YV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here, Host was amazing and polite. Our server Kevin and Ryan were even more amazing. They went above and beyond with everything. Food was great and my daughters really enjoyed themselves.

R
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to the original Rao's in Harlem, New York City so I know whereof I speak. Though the ambiance is different, the one in L.A. is more stylish as opposed to the one in Harlem, which is more down to earth Italian homey, the food is equally as amazing. If you love Southern Italian cooking, Rao's can not be beat. We started with the mussels and they blew us away. Great sized mussels in an incredible garlicky, lemony sauce with grilled ciabatta to soak up the sauce. Then we shared the veal parmigiana, which is easily big enough for two. Perfect veal, tons of fresh mozzarella cheese and that incredible Rao's sauce. Heaven. No room for dessert. Maybe next time. I highly recommend Rao's and I grew up in the New York City area, so I know good Italian food! (Too snobby??? Too bad, it's true.)

F
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Frankly, I've been there many times before and have enjoyed the meatballs and sauce. I also buy it at the store. Meatballs were good. The sauce was either left over and over cooked. Disappointing.

H
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Noah was a great server. Just a very loud place but they placed us in a quieter area and it was fine. Food was really tasty, but quite pricey.

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous! Sent us dessert to the table ..... complimentary!

RS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, welcoming and lots of fun. Can’t beat the welcome from Johnny the maitre d’ and lots of fun looking at famous photo decor. Amber, working at the bar, is just great. Food was delicious, wine list has some great values, and service was attentive without being intrusive. Will definitely go back.

r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We weren’t sat until 20 min past our reservation time, but once sat we had great service.

C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service!!!!!!
My only criticism is that we requested the front room and we were seated in the very back!!!!! We were NOT happy about that. Requests that have been made several weeks ahead should be honored.

MO
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, overall a great restaurant.

KF
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. I will say if there could be something done for better noise level you would have a 10 plus!

JB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

It’s like stepping into a mid town manhattan restaurant on a side street in Hollywood. That said past the nostalgia (I grew up in NYC) it was disappointing
Had a nice front round table in the bar and the waiter showed up promptly to take drink orders etc. took a while to get bit we were busy taking about the day.
Ordered appetizers to start but when arrived half were cold (calamari) which was just ok. Baked clams 6 small over breaded and bland and 2 giant meatballs that were passable
Waiter started getting busy and all be disappeared but flagged him down to order entrees
Husband had penne alla vodka - sloppy oversized plate which was void of flavor. Daughter had linguine with clams - again large portion barely any clams in shell and no presentation just faintly seasoned I had the veal Marsala large portion of uninviting plate with a strong flavor of the wine not properly cooked off
It was a birthday so ordered a slice of cake with the waiter dropping it in the middle of the table with one candle and he ran off again. No forks etc
Overall mediocre food at best poor to no service can’t make up for the charming atmosphere
Advise - go for drinks at the bar and leave it at that!

L
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tammy and Jonathan are the best!!! gracious, hospitable and made for great fun...I even had a chance to meet the team in the kitchen and I have just finished reading the Rao's book. Thank you again and I look forward to visiting again soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous old school Italian!

J
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great time at Rao’s. Such friendly staff and food was delightful Fun Hollywood night ✅✅💯💯

l
Salt Lake City
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Professional servers and great food.............never disappoints!

a
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best value for money in town. Wonderful ambience, great food and a waiter that made great suggestions about food, size of servings and wine.
Manager offered giant serving of grappa and then threw in a tasting of a vintage choice.
Giant portions of pasta, very nice cesars salad, and wonderful cheese cake.
I have been trying for years to get a booking .

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I’ve always wanted to eat at Rao’s, given its fame. It was mediocre; mushy meatballs, bland chicken and rather good risotto. The gelato was dreadful; icy and not at all smooth. All this would be fine, for Buca di Beppo prices. Instead it was Buca quality food for a steep price; well over $200 for two adults and a child.

OT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The service was perfect—really great waiters, manager and hostess. This is my new favorite restaurant! I can’t wait to go back.

DL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation in LA

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TH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful table by the fire... our waiter was very helpful with ordering. The food was delicious and abundant.

LC
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was as good as any good Southern Italian restaurant. However, the service was amazing!

One caveat.... when making my OpenTable reservation, I requested an indoor table. That request doesn't show up on the restaurant reservations!

We were seated on the patio, but after turning off the heater, which was blasting hot, it turned out to be a better place to sit. It was much quieter.

TD
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rao's Hollywood is one of our favorite restaurants in the world. We love the ambiance, the service and especially the food. In California it is not easy to find this quality of Italian food since my mother stopped cooking.

MM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the meatballs, stayed for the cheesecake! Everything in between was great, too. The cheesecake is to die for...honestly, the best I’ve ever had by far. The carbonara was executed to perfection. My family and I loved every bite. Will definitely go back here again!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, cute, great food, best staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from beautifully diverse staff... good conversation at our table as well. Thoroughly enjoyed my time at Rao’s... be back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner was awesome and the service was great.

c
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! It very much felt like a personal 1950s rat pack experienceI highly recommend this restaurant for anyone traveling to Los Angeles that wants a unique experience!!!!!!!

AW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a comfortable and beautiful setting.