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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P
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

❤️ raos the best food best drinks best waiters ❤️

LG
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I never post a negative review without first trying to resolve with the restaurant. I took the time to send them a thoughtful email only to receive a note back saying basically we can't help you call the restaurant. Not going to do that. If they don't care enough to forward to the restaurant then I'm not going to either.

The service was slow to non-existent, the food was sub par compared to my usual experiences at Rao's, and the customer service post experience was unsatisfactory.

I'm done.

W
New York Area
159 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent traditional Italian-American ‘red sauce’ food in a warm friendly atmosphere. Getting into Rao’s in NYC is virtually impossible unless you ‘own’ a table or know a celebrity or billionaire who does. So to have the Rai’s experience accessible to everyone is a treat. And surprisingly reasonable. Will definitely return.

BP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at Rao’s treats you like you belong there so o can’t/won’t call anyone out specifically. That should say it all. Been going for years for regular dinners and special family get togethers. Love it.

W
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant always feels like a special evening. The food is simple and tasty Northern Italian. They limit the number of ingredients and do it right. The service is spot on and the ambiance is "throw back" to the '60s. I expect the Rat Pack to be having a party in the back room. We had the classic Lemon Chicken, Linguini with Clams and Chicken Milanese and all were spot on, as was the Caesar Salad.

VR
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal. Service perfect. Rao's is always a great dining experience and a treat.

c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have been many times with no problems. Unfortunately this time happened to be a special occasion and there were some issues. When making the reservation we were given the option to select inside or patio. Knowing that it would be cold we selected inside. Unfortunately the hostess said they had no indication of that. And we were seated at the absolute last table on the patio, which backs up against a screen that leads to the outside. They had heaters which helped a little but it was still quite chilly.

In addition, in the special requests field I indicated that it was a birthday celebration. Apparently that information didn't make it to the restaurant either. So no indication that they knew anything about it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Rao’s! Staff was very welcoming and friendly, food was delicious and we had a great table by the fire. Will definitely be back again!

J
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time celebrating friends birthday.

G
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening out for our 30th wedding anniversary. Everything about Rao’s was perfect from the romantic ambience and cheerful staff to the comforting southern Italian cuisine. Don’t go without trying the yummy meatballs. Chicken Parm, rigatoni bolognese and a tangy kale salad were great and not even the dreamy chocolate cake could top the 16 Oz. Veal chop pounds thin and served Parmesan style, it was the size of the platter. All the entrees was enough for two. We’ll be back soon , this might become our favorite Italian in town.0

l
Salt Lake City
28 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing beats the food ,except the attentive professional staff.

SL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! As it always is and keeps me coming back.

OT
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First off, the young man who is the baker is always so courteous and helpful
We were greeted by the most lovely hostesses, eye contact. Warm and welcoming , accommodating.

For our server tonight we have Beatrice. Aka B<3
Knowledgeable, kind, attentive

Our Bus Boy, Marcos, AMAZING!!! Attentive to all our needs and wishes. He helped us with a spaghetti sauce cover up on the table. Saves us from being embarrassed. My dad was drinking iced coffee. Instead of a tacky cup, Marcos brought dad a fabulous glass with an amazing presentation of iced coffee.

Food, Amazing
Noah, Adorable
Thank you so much guys

MT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for an early dinner with my teenager before a show at the Hudson. Friendly servers and the food came quickly, but the server got my order wrong (even though I corrected her when she first read it back to me incorrectly). She replaced it with the correct dish quickly enough but didn’t do anything else to make up for the error.

We had salad, pasta, and a dessert. The food was good, standard Italian. Nothing special, nothing to complain about. I had a good cocktail, the spark plug. Big pictures of famous Italian-American actors on the walls, white holiday lights, and a fire in the fireplace give a nice sense of ambiance.

EF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food that is consistently good and an amazing atmosphere. Meatballs are so light, eggplant parm and linguine and clams are delicious and the sausage and peppers can’t be beat. Plus best cheesecake ever. The kids love it as much as we do as the hosts make them feel special - like family.

MK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience all around!

W
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and drinks were nice and strong. Awesome homemade tasting Italian food. Only problem is we didn’t have enough time to try dessert as we were in a rush to get to the Pantages. We shared a meatball, baked clams, Caesar salad and the carbonara sauce with fusilli pasta( which we asked for spaghetti) but that was OK. Very friendly staff and manger came by to see if all was good. Just great all around!

MS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all-time favorite spots in LA. Best pork chop in the city. My go to spot for both personal and business dinners. Juke box is icing on the cake.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 8, 2019
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
103 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
8 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
64 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.