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About Rao's Hollywood

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.

1006 Seward Street
Hollywood, CA 90038
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 6pm to 10:00pm
Saturday: 5pm to 10pm
Sunday: 5pm to 9pm

Cross Street:
Highland and Santa Monica

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 962-7267

Website:
http://www.raosla.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking $10 or street parking nearby.

Executive Chef:
Michael Wesley

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Rao's can accommodate all of your special event needs.

Rao's Hollywood Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (41)
Special Occasion (33)
Good for a Date (32)
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Comfort Food (30)
Romantic (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Groups (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Cozy (21)
Fun (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Business Meals (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Casual (13)
People Watching (13)
Hot Spot (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food and the ambiance were great. Very cozy, classy, and beautiful. However, the service was a little slow. We waited for about 20 minutes for them to take our order, and the food didn't come out till about 45 minutes later. It was good for the conversation and the company though.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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food4
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service3
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 (London)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was wonderful, the drinks were creative and our server Lana was very knowledgeable and pleasant .

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and atmosphere in Hollywood. A must go place for those that enjoy quality dining and excellent Italian food.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Another great night at Rao’s. The staff made us feel welcome, as usual. The meatballs were fantastic. And the chocolate cake may be the best I’ve ever had. Enjoy!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Outstanding! Glad we found Rao’s during our trip to LA.

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 8, 2017

What a great place. The staff made me feel like family. A must stop while in LA.

BTW portions are huge. Come hungry!!!

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, People Watching, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Husbands birthday had a great night. The highlights: ambiance, meatballs, “purses” pasta, carbonara, calamari. The eggplant parm was undercooked and a disappointment. The lamb Rago was also underwhelming. I would stay away from those items next time but everything else was delicious. Perfect dirty martini.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is how restaurants should be. From the minute you walk in until you leave, they treat you like you are family. The service is first class, the first is delicious and the environment is very relaxing and comfortable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic experience. High quality food and service. We will be back!

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food5
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

The Cesar salad was the best i’ve Ever had. Buttery and melts in your mouth!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food is below average, prices are too high since the food is low quality. There's not one thing special about this place. And the fake Italian New York accent by the host is annoying. Forget the hype, go to a great Italian restaurant, not this one.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Best experience I've had at a restaurant in Los Angeles in my 4 years of living here. The ambience is unbeatable, the food is always perfect, and the service is outstanding. 10/10 would recommend.

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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent and creative high quality food and service. Love this place!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

LOVE THIS PLACE!!! Used to live in NYC and could never get a table at the Rao's there. Already been here 3x in LA and keep telling my friends about it. If you want great Italian food with a great ambiance, come here.

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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Always a perfect evening

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

This place was fantastic again. The food was terrific, and the service, the two times we have been, has ben absolutely top notch. We will coming back again, and again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I was able to come here with my bosses after a review, for a early dinner. The bosses bought a nice big spread for all of us to share. I got to try, for the first time, the delicious meatballs that I had brought my wife to the restaurant to share with me, on our anniversary. We also had the beet and burrata salad, Fiocchi, Bucatini All' Amatriciana, and Eggplant Parmesan. For dessert we share a wonderful piece of their New York Cheesecake with berry compote. Our waitress was really nice and attentive, and she had some really great suggestions for dinner. We had a really nice dinner and will be back for another visit soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, People Watching
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food4
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value4

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I have been wanting to visit Rao's for some time and a trip to the Pantages to see Hamilton was the perfect opportunity. We loved the ambiance, the service, and the food. It was everything that we were hoping for and more. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2017

nice old restaurant , way to overpriced , three sausages with onions and peppers , nothing else just that was $28.00 , this cost them around $3.00 to make , this meal should have been around $14.95 at max , side of spaghetti was $9.50 , cost around $1.50 to make , and your meal does not include salad , they do give you bread , overall a nice place but way to overpriced

Tags: Authentic
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food3
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great atmosphere. Very attentive. Feels like good home Italian. Will definitely go back. Love the location - off the radar.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I sat on the patio. Service was great. I had the stuffed mushroom appetizer and the mushroom risotto. It was amazing. My girlfriend had a pasta dish that I wasnt a fan of but everything else was amazing

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Being from NY, I had great expectations from here. I wasn’t disappointed. The food is delicious but what really impressed me was the service too. Our server was awesome and I made many requests to prepare my food special due to dietary restrictions. They were pleased to accommodate me. It was a very fun night. Enjoyed it and will return. I felt like I was back in NY!

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food4
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great food great service!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always a treat.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Was in Los Angeles one night and going to the Theater in the neighborhood. Rao's Hollywood was very conveniently located for the evening. Though the menu items are pricey, if you want to have multiple courses share with your companion, they encourage it. The portions are large and we split everything. I left satisfied, not overly full and we had no left overs. Our waitress was very attentive, animated and just made the dinner that much more enjoyable. I will definitely be back next time I am in Los Angeles.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great true Italian gem. It feels like your Itialian aunt you wish you had made dinner!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Seafood salad is the closest I can get to Portofino without going there. And the chicken scarp... that's all I ever get because it doesn't get any better than that! Grazie.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I love this place! Every time it has been exceptional!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

From the easy valet parking to the warm welcome, this place is predictable and joyful. The food is beyond satisfying and the casual yet upscale experience makes for a very happy evening. Every time. Caesar, Meatballs (!), Chicken Milanese, Chocolate Cake. Perfection.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

great food, great service, and willing to work with our group of 8 w/separate checks and dealing with a gift certificate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Best meatballs ever! Service was fantastic- highly recommend this restaurant for a great meal & wonderful evening. Love it!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food is delicious. Great Italian restaurant. Brings real Italian food to Los Angeles

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Another great meal and experience at Rao's, hosted by Goodfellas actor Johnny "Roast Beef" Williams and the rest of the staff. Only complaint is the horrendous markups on wine, but it's a great list.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We enjoyed our food and our wait person. Was a very pleasant experience and we will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

The drinks are big, the service too notch-attentive at the right pace. And the food is so amazing. Bolognese and rigatoni, the meatballs are a must to start, the chicken, sausage and peppers. Oh and let the server bring you the wine based on what you like. Always wins. The cheesecake is like no other and it travels easily if you take it to go.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

1st visit and definitely not the last.
Meatballs and gravy so good; use the bread and don't leave drop.
Milanese as good as da Berti in Milan.
Warm and inviting hospitality.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was a second visit to Raos. The food is marvelous. The host and servers warm and friendly. The atmosphere is right out of New York. Very comfortable place to eat.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Rao's is the perfect blend of pure excellent service, delicious food, cocktails and lovely comfortable ambiance all without having to come dressed. We were comfortable dressed in business casual attire after work. The Manager that evening was Chicago, he treated like special guests, far beyond our expectation. The food was simply scrumptious. We have decided to make it our new spot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent food, impeccable service and a fabulous atmosphere Expensive but very worthwhile.
Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Best meatballs on planet and penne vodka is great. Lemon chicken brings it home
Great staff and Lucky to have this in LA.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun
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