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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (39)
Special Occasion (34)
Comfort Food (32)
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Good for a Date (28)
Romantic (28)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Good for Groups (23)
Fun (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Business Meals (14)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Casual (13)
People Watching (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Super authentic. If you are looking for a quality Italian dinner, Rao’s will not disappoint! Best spaghetti and meatballs I’ve ever had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Very pedestrian food that’s overpriced. Why reservations are tough to come by is a mystery to me. Spend your money at Mozza.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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food3
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always have a good time at this restaurant and food excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Completely impressed with our dining experience. The food was fresh, and tasted homemade. The staff was excellent, our server gave us great recommendations as first time customers. Highly recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Best cheesecake in LA. This is one of my favorite spots.

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food5
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A fun great place with character and wonderful food! Sinatra music, hollywood photos on the wall and a hysterical maitre'd who has great stories.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Fun, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Loved it! Everything was amazing. Raos is my now favorite Italian restaurant in Los Angeles.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Love Rao’s!! Always the perfect spot.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Rao's is the Italian restaurant of your cinematic dreams. It's always Christmastime here and the ambiance is New York sophisticated with a theme park flair. The service is always impeccable - your table is always visited by a family member right out of Central Casting "NYC Italian" division. And the food is amazing - the sauces, the pasta, the chicken, the wine, the mini cannoli. While the prices are high - maybe about double what would be considered "average" for an Italian restaurant, the quality of the food, service, and atmosphere make the difference almost an "admission fee" for the unforgettable experience at hand.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overall, wonderful. We hoped for a visit from the famous maitre d as we’d been told of but he never made it back to our part of the restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Annoying the wait staff closes up shop at 10 am and strips tables around you. You feel pressured to leave. Expansive restaurant should know better.

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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 29, 2017

excellent dining experience and most delicious food!! cant wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food at Rao's is the very best Italian we've ever had. The service was impeccable and the Johnny Roast Beef was a gem. We had an absolutely sensational dinner and a wonderful time. We'll be back very soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Been wanting to try Rao's for a while - Harlem is the flagship and one in Vegas. Ambiance cool - more casual than I thought it would be. Mix ranging from of couples to families - tee shirts to jackets . Sat inside in a booth. Service very attentive - manager, hostess etc stopped by multiple times.

Overall food was great. Seafood salad and burrata salad awesome. Meatball appetizer the bomb - truly could be an entree. Had spaghetti aoile oilia - ok not great. Doused in latter and not to big a serving.

Most disappointing - they ran out of bread before 10PM on a Saturday. What?

All in worth the visit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Consistently delicious - one of our favorite places to dine in LA as former NY-ers.

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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

A place where you become part of the family! Manga

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, People Watching, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Awesome dinner. Will be going back next chance we have! The food was great and our service was too!!!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have eaten at other location, but this was our first time at the Los Angeles location. The menu does not offer some of my favorite items from the other locations. There were plenty of alternatives to choose from. All of the dishes we ordered were excellent. The meatballs are a must order as well as the cheese cake. Our waiter Jonathan made our evening extra special. Jonathan was very personable and made some great recommendations. We have put this on our list of must return to restaurants.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our first time here, and I was really looking forward to Penne Alla Vodka, and it did not disappoint! We also very much enjoyed the superb Ceasar salad, and meatballs for appetizers. My GF had the Linguini and clams, and was a little underwhelmed. Neither of us are a fan of the canned clams that are added to it, with a few fresh steamed clams. Maybe others like it, but seems to bring out the fishy taste with canned clams. The service was great, and loved the atmosphere. will def be back, as we are interested in trying other dishes as well.

Tags: Romantic
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food4
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a great place for classic American Italian food. Great service, a fun vibe, and nice for a special occasion.

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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always love to eat at Raos. It bever disappoints. We live everything on the menu.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Best Lemon drop Martini ever! The Meatball Appetizer was fantastic! Pasta Carbonarra was delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I love coming to Rao's. The food is always excellent and the service a delight. Great restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The service, ambiance and food were outstanding...Love "Roast beef"...

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was a great dining experience!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Raos is the first place we eat when we land into LA. We wish they were in Miami. The food is excellent, the service is outsiding and friendly and management always makes sure your having a pleasant experience. We dream of Raos.
A definite MUST visit restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and ambience as usual. Did a good job of handling our large party of 9.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Never Dissapoints. Treat you like fam every time you walk throwing the door. THE BEST.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Outstanding service equally matched by outstanding food. We had a party of 7 and they accommodated us without any problems. We opted to let the waiter cater our meal and it was nothing short of fantastic (including plenty of vegetarian options).

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always a solid Italian spot- reminds us of legit nyc. Really pretty outside as well! Overall a great pick.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

I can tell stress enough how great the experience was. Our waiter Chicago was outstanding. The food was excellent. Lucky to have been able to eat there.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing, amazing food! I basically got two dinners so I could eat it again the next night. Loved the Frank Sinatra music playing, the waiter who guided us through the menu and attended to our every need before we even needed it, and the outdoor area in the back with lights and heat lamps. But really, just the food is hands down enough to come here for!! SOOO good! Italian lovers - you must try. My new favorite spot!! Great for dates, family, and events. I want to have a Christmas party here!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Always good, with great service and fun, old fashioned neighborhood restaurant atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Rao's has an authentic Italian menu, with a sauce as good as my grandfather's. The pasta is cooked right, portions are substantial, cocktails are solid--couldn't ask for anything better. The staff are accommodating and welcoming. Remember to say hi to Johnny Roast Beef when you go.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Made a reservation on Open Table for a “standard” table (i.e. not outside) for 8:15pm on a Saturday. Reservation was made several days earlier and I left my Credit Card number to hold the reservation. When I got there with my date, we were sent to the end of an outside table that was really just the end of a 10 top banquet table in the middle of all of the traffic in the room. Very far from heaters and it was a cold night. After specifically reserving an inside table. This was unacceptable. They couldn’t solve it. So we left. Not a good date!! Be warned!!!!!

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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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 (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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·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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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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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