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Rao's Hollywood

4.8
1041 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.

We greatly look forward to serving you and welcoming you to our Home-Style Neapolitan restaurant.
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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 1041 people are saying
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MeganM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional staff
Such great Italian food and Atmosphere
Love it here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service and atmosphere were impeccable!

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NicholasW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, they make the best drinks and the bar staff is thr best in town. We always have a blast.

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vipabba
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was outstanding!

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Jascha
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing like always. This has been our favorite Italien place for years. Always great to be back.

MG
MikeG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal restaurant that will wow you with amazing service and better food.

PM
vipPilarM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, everything about this restaurant was outstanding. Unfortunately, due to COVID, our table was in the sidewalk which took away the ambiance we experienced in the past.

We cannot blame the restaurant for that but the laws in California. That is the reason I still give 5 stars for ambiance.

The service is better than any other restaurant including their valet service.

Couldn’t be happier to have chosen Rao’s for dinner.

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viplynne
Salt Lake City
32 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.............our favorite. Hard to beat the food.
Rao''s has more than generously spaced their tables and staff is properly covered.
They all manage to be pleasant and attentive. We felt comfortable dining here.

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vipStan
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and the food was exceptional! The restaurant seemed to be in a strange industrial location.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place ever!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing . Get the Veal Parm

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is what we loved the most. We reserved a table for 6 and it was nice and secluded. The music was a mix of oldies music from 50-60s which was refreshing. The service was amazing the waiter was attentive and very informative about the food. The food it self was amazing, the meatball appetizer where out of this world, the carbonara was exquisite it was creamy and savory with the bits of pancetta. The chicken Milanese was perfect as well. All plates are big and stuffed with food. The cheesecake was rich and creamy a must get for sure. Downside is that parking is impossible but vale is offered for 12 bucks.

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vipSamanthaM
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, very positive dining experience where we felt comfortable in light of COVID-19. The food was incredible

TK
vipTomKat
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Adapting well to COVID restrictions. Still same great food and service.

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vipSheryl
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rao’s it was the first place I made a reservation to go to once they opened outdoor dining again!
We love the veal scallopini the meatballs and the pene vodka! We always take home leftovers and stuff ourselves.
The staff are so friendly and make us feel special. We always ask for the back table next to the fireplace.

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vipRose
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was very good but we found the meatballs to be salty.

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ckone
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time there....amazing food, amazing service and great decor

DG
vipDaveG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in all respects

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viproyb
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was their first day open after the lifting of restrictions. It was perfect. The staff did a great job. I had a fabulous veal parmigan. So it is time to enjoy an evening meal again.

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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.

DG
vipDaveG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
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.

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

Food is excellent as always

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

Best dining in LA!

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

Amazing food and great ambiance. Also solid jams!

SL
vipSuzanL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
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.

SO
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.

KM
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
29 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!!

JB
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!

JA
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

JW
vipJoeW
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service, great meal

MA
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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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 1041 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.