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Rao's Hollywood

4.8
1022 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 1022 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipElla
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Romantic but fun place in Hollywood and a genuine institution. Wine selection is really good but the food is consistently excellent. We go for the same thing every time - seafood salad, chicken parmigiana and the clam linguine. Service is always professional and entertaining. Never disappoints.

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vipDaveG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite dining experience in Hollywood. The food is excellent, the staff friendly (and will remember you if you return), and the patio attractive and quiet. It is hard to do better than a half order of one of their pastas plus a main course. I can't wait until they reopen.

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vipLoLo
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorites restaurants in Los Angeles. Never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service I’ve experienced in LA, amazing food.

TF
vipTimF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining in LA!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent as always

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vipChristianL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great ambiance. Also solid jams!

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vipSuzanL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful restaurant. Everything was delicious as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was the bomb

DG
vipDoubleG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people.

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vipSusanO
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was PERFECT as usual! Actually, it was the best meal I've ever had in all my trips to Rao's. Incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food is worst than airplane food.

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KMan1952
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First time at Rao's Hollywood on Friday (didn't know it was there!). Meat ball appetizer was fantastic, very good Ceasar salad too. Had the Linguini with Clams which was also excellent. Shout out to "Kevin #2" for outstanding service! Will definitely be back.

MB
vipMikeB
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding marinara sauce. Great meatballs. The best double pork chop in my life!

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Jamie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent, good sized portions and great taste too. Server was attentive and keep us topped up with drinks and asking how our meal was . The downside was when, who I presumed was the Italian owner/manager, walked out and I asked if he was the owner, and without even looking at us simply said "No, I just hang around the place" and walked by. It was just rude. I actually wanted to compliment him on the food, but he came across incredibly arrogant.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were there for our son’s birthday. The waiter was jubilant but forgot one of our entrees. It was fine, but for the prices we expected top notch service. He also never once asked me if I wanted another drink. I just felt like the service could’ve been stepped up. I also saw a group of waitstaff singing happy birthday to other tables, but he just dropped off a piece of cheesecake with a candle at our table for my 11 year old son. Would have made it feel very special if they had sung happy birthday. Especially for a $250 meal. Left feeling a little short changed as we had been looking forward to this outing for weeks and it was our first time there, and a pretty fancy for our little boy’s bday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My home away from home! I love love love this restaurant!!

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vipJonB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Still the best of the best..if you want great Italian food..great portions...fun and attentive service. And the sidewalk is great..good spacing...see you soon!

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JayA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience3

The food quality was very upsetting. The sever rushed us out the restaurant & didn’t give me a chance to count change & leave a tip before he took the money off the table

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vipJoeW
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service, great meal

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MARIAPO
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the meatballs and the pork chops are a favorite of ours, delicious.
eggplant parmesan, and their cheesecake is the best. all the food we have tried is amazing.

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vipDeniseT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They just opened a month ago after the shut down. They have a very nice patio in the back, that is permanent so not "parking lot" quality, and also some tables set up at the entrance on the street. The decor is nice w/an "Italian mob, NYC" vibe; black and white framed photos of Pacino, DeNiro, etc. Our reservation was on Sunday at 5:00 and we were the only ones there for most of the meal. The food and service was excellent. We had the arugula salad, big enough to share, and the eggplant parmesan and veal parmesan, with left overs to take home. The menu is more limited that usual. Very much a comfort food restaurant with good and friendly service.

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LilM
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food-clams oreganata were exceptional-staff was lovely!

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billg
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Front desk very nice when I called saying running 10min late due to traffic. Tracy & Johnny Roast Beef both amazing. Gabriel wasn’t attentive. Friendly, but no follow-up. Great bread, but delivered with no butter or olive oil. Wife’s Caesar and my Seafood Salad excellent. Pasta good and cheesecake great. I asked for patio on reservation, but ended up on street. Suggest some plants or something to warm it up.

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CristinaJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant. My husband and I went to Rao’s because my husband felt like having meatballs. They were some of the best we’ve ever had! The pasta was so good, as well. Service was excellent. The server was very helpful, friendly and attentive. I highly recommend Rao’s.

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patrickM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great food. So far my best visit to a restaurant during covid times.

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Nataly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the service at Rao’s. It’s a true NY Italian dining experience, and we always look forward to going. Also they have an amazing outdoor dining areas that feels like you’re indoors. Rao’s has become our default date night when we’re in Hollywood. It never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly it was the best Italian I’ve ever had !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and better atmosphere now eating in back door space. Food was perfect.

JC
JuliaC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing first visit and it won't be our last! Fantastic service, great food and very pleasant patio experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing compares!! My go-to with my family. Reminds me of home ♥️

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vipChester
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joy to be at Rao’s

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Patterdiner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both outstanding. Patio for outdoor dining is very attractive.

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Special
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants I have been to period. The portions are great. I adore the atmosphere. There's a lot of charisma here.

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vipAnneK
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and service one of my favorite’s in Los Angeles.

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nginla
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining can be an odd experience during Covid but we had a great dinner at Rao’s for my husband’s birthday. The food was delicious, the cocktails were great, and service was friendly. We’ll definitely be back!

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ChristyA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Will be back.

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vipLoLo
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raos never misses. We love it every time we go!

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SinaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came to Rao's for our 3 year wedding anniversary dinner. As soon as we walked in, I was happy to see everyone masked up and the restaurant checked our temperature in order to comply with California protocol in regards to COVID-19. Once we were seated, my wife and I were both immediately feeling the place. We loved the ambience, vibe and upscale Italian style it had.

The waiters were all very kind and gave great recommendations for appetizers, entrees and wine. We started off with their famous Meatballs and Baked Clams which were so delicious with lots of flavor. For entrees, my wife ordered the Carbonara pasta and I had the Rigatoni Pomodoro in which I added sausage to it and requested it spicy as well. Rao's definitely didn't disappoint with these. Our pasta's were cooked to perfection and you can tell the ingredients were fresh. We washed the amazing food down with a fantastic bottle of Sicilian Red Wine. Worth every penny as it complemented the pasta superbly.

I recommend this restaurant to any body for a cute date night, celebratory occasion, or if you're just in the mood for great authentic Italian food.

Easiest 5 star rating I've ever given. :)

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WilliamE
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always consistently delicious amd A+ presentation...

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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 1022 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.