Rao's Hollywood

4.7
1449 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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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
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DenyseR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic NYC Italian... I'm so in love with this place! I would dine here once a week if I could. The menu is amazing and you probably wouldn't think twice about a pork chop but, seriously...you will NOT be disappointed!

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Coach
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Rao's. One of my favorite dinner houses in Los Angeles. Thanks to Manager Gabriel, Waiter Service and the kitchen for the quality of the food. We need to keep places like Rao's thriving.

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vipCMierzwa
Tokyo
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always 😀

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and staff were amazing! The music was also very good too! We ordered the roasted pepper and mozzarella for our first appetizer and followed it with the meatballs for our second appetizer. Both were very fresh and full of flavor. We split the lobster pasta dish and were blown away by the large size of the dish and the amount of lobster in it. Would highly recommend anyone dine here and can’t wait to return on our next trip to LA!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, the best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Tamara
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience we had at Rao's! I highly recommended this restaurant!

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OccassionalDiner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always wanted to try Rao's and finally had a chance. Food was great. We tried the Fiocchi pasta and Veal Scaloppini. Also has a chance to try the Rigatoni Pomodoro. For starters, the Caesar salad and meatballs are all great. Classic, old-school Italian ambiance. Service was excellent too. I'll definitely be back for more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Came for NYE dinner, never have been before but wanted to try something new. We had a reservation but still had to wait about 20 minutes after. The bar seating was nice in the meantime. Everyone was super nice and accommodating and raved about the food. We ended up ordering what we were told was the top items on the menu. I thought the food was quite average. Im a seasoned Italian fanatic and felt the pasta lacked flavor. Like the pasta water was not even salted. It was a decent experience but probably won’t run back.

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vipAnneT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for New Year’s Eve dinner with family. Our server, Noah was very fun and attentive. One family member has Celiac and the kitchen did a wonderful job with gluten free options. Definitely one of our favorite restaurants:)

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a rainy Thursday night, our visit could not have been nicer. Table by the window, excellent meal, great cocktails and bottle of super Tuscan, and attentive, friendly service. Looking forward to our next visit. 👍

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was incredibly disappointing the chicken Milanese was very dry and cooked in old oil it was very tough and the rigatoni pasta was over cooked

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was stellar. The cocktails were amazing and the food was so good. I ordered the veal and it was delicious. I love this restaurant.

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viprobtastic
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is quickly becoming a fave even though it's completely on the other side of town. Everyone from the Maitre'd to Johnny Roastbeef to Kevin the waiter to the bartender are there to make sure you have a good time. The food is always delicious and we frequently find ourselves in fascinating conversations with the tables around us. I couldn't recommend this place any higher. I hope, when they move, the only thing that changes is the location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Foods as delicious! Service was great very prompt and friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have great service and the food is excellent.
The ambience is wonderful and I feel right at home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent — the top was the meatballs. Marco made our experience memorable from the moment we sat down. He provided excellent suggestions, all of which were spot on, and good humor.

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vipLoLo
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!

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LesterL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

YUMMMMMMMO!!!!! Uncle Vincent's Famous Lemon Sauce Chicken; Ricotta, Bartlett pear, Brown Butter, Sage and Cranberry Fiocchi; and "Sunday Gravy"...slow braised all day marinara "gravy". REAL New York Cheesecake, and Tiramisu O.M.G.😋

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vipWhoWantsCOVID
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and ambience, but they need to teach their staff how to wear masks properly, especially the male bartender who wore it around his chin...

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SusannaB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The quality of this Once amazing restaurant has significantly deteriorated. We ordered black muscles which were mostly closed. This means your not supposed to say them. The restaurant and the Christopher ok need to pay clause attention to such significant details. Also, the recipe changed from a delicious white garlicky sauce to a thick oniony broth. We hated it! The portions are also half the size of what they used to be and the flavors aren’t the same anymore. Unfortunately, this restaurant raised their prices significantly and lowered their standards tremendously. I hate to close the chapter on this Italian staple in Hollywood, but my family won’t be dining here anymore. FYI: family of 4 ( 4entrees and 1 appetizer) bill was around $250

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vipArlovski
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, great... It's been better, but we still had a great time and the server was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great meal and experience, but ruined bc someone stole my glasses from either our table or bathroom. Got very little help finding them and the restaurant has yet to follow up with me about it.

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viphealthy1
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was disappointing. Bland!! Pasta watery. Nice server Noah, and atmosphere great - old school.

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vipJohn805
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place for the best Italian-American cuisine in town. Located in a kind of funky light manufacturing/warehouse district, the food is fantastic. Sausage, onions and bell peppers was just as perfect as always. Then the main event, the Veal Parmigiana, large and every bite a delight. Service was impeccable, as always (this was not our first time at Rao’s). The décor is cozy and interesting, with celebrity photos on the wall and a fireplace outside in the patio. For us the only problem is location; we drive from Marina del Rey to Hollywood for Rao’s. That should tell you something.

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DeborahL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent and reminded me of authentic back East type Italian food. The meatballs are so soft and fluffy! We enjoyed the. food, the ambience, and the service. Overall, an excellent fine dining experience!

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RosenN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful restaurant. The food was delicious. Very generous portions!
Service was great!

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StoriN
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I was expecting so much more. People talk it up and I was really disappointed until I had dessert then I understood. But the main courses, salads and meatballs were not worth the drive from Temecula

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vipSteve
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday dinner

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Rachelfaith
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raos is awesome, feels so old school from the staff to the food to the ambience. Great Holiday catch up with friends!

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vipmitch
Los Angeles
113 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best combination of food and fun in L.A. The staff is unanimously courteous, helpful and friendly.

All in all, a great place to spend an evening.

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KarenG
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after Van Gogh exhibit. Food was great, the cocktails were substantial and the service…great!! Our waiter, Marco, was awesome. An Italian from Rome made the four of a feel right at home. The restaurant was buzzing with activity. It has a neighborhood vibe and a straight forward menu. You won’t be disappointed.

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HarveyK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed our booth and the food. Would advise friends to try RAO.

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BenJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place all around. Such friendly genuine staff!

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MARKZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Italian? Some American version of it. Under baked stuffed mushrooms and overcooked hard sausages were forgettable but the crowd was fun.

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BKL123
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

While the food was good, some items better than others, it was TOO LOUD and caused everyone to SHOUT at each other. I left with a headache. Also, the Rao’s pasta jar table-light feature was spattered with other peoples food. It was a turnoff.

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vipHarryM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Traditional northern Italian dishes. Nothing really stands out.

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vipMichaelR
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was AMAZING- not one complaint. The restaurant is small and intimate so be prepared for lots of lively conversation! We will be back!

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JanethV
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, excellent food, fun atmosphere. I will definitely come back

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newtuxedo
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, outstanding service, huge portions.

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vipPurrfectPaws
Orange County
88 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with numerous choices among the four of us: meatballs (killer!) frito misto, veal, pastas. All prepared perfectly. Sat in the back room where it was quiet enough to actually have a conversation. Service was attentive without being intrusive. It's a bit of a distance for us on the westside, but well worth the drive and the experience. We'll return.

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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 4.7 stars by 1449 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.