Rao's Hollywood

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872 reviews
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$50 and over
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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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I mean, not much to say. Excellent service, excellent food, excellent ambiance.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waiter was funny and warm, suggested family style and made suggestions to ensure enough food and right balance to meal. Warm, inviting, felt taken care of

FD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Patrick - host par excellence - but in Italian better to say "ospite perfetto" - helps set the tone for a welcoming experience. Our server (this time) Noah took us through all the phase of our meal with an excellent pace, without pressure, or a moment where things were requiring attention. Glasses were never empty and of course, stomachs were full!

Rao's is a gem - creative menu, consistently high food quality and so many options to have a great meal without breaking the bank.

Ciao CHOW!

R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This was a special occasion for to celebrate my wife's birthday. However, all of the food items that we ordered were over seasoned (oregano spicy) and the veal chop was overcooked. The server attempted to sell us all the most expensive items on the menu. We left without finishing out\r meal because my wife had a stomach ache. We were very disappointed with the entire experience.

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant had Valet parking for a $12.00 fee and this provided a huge convenience. Our server Jonathan was a great Server and provided outstanding service throughout the experience. The food was simply delicious! We tried the meatballs and they were great. The Caesar Salad had cold crisp lettuce with a terrific balance of dressing and croutons. The Pasta was Outstanding! The entire staff was friendly and very accommodating. If you make it to Desert then don't forget to try the tiramisu. (WOW)

JT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my sister's first time at Rao's and my friends & I have been there twice now. The food and the ambiance are perfection. It's such an enjoyable dining out experience!

PS
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Rao’s. Start with the Meatballs along with a negroni or a Manhattan. Love the lemon chicken or the chicken scarpiella. the pastas are fabulous!

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I had a birthday dinner for my son at Rao's. It was a table of eight, comprised of both baby-boomers and millenials. Everyone loved the food. The service and ambiance were outstanding. Considering that we all ordered drinks, appetizers and entrees, I was pleasantly surprised by the final bill, because it was less than I anticipated. Great place to dine while in LA!

AS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding evening, and outstanding service.

SO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our HANDS DOWN favorite restaurant!

SS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food from the famed NYC eatery. Service is excellent and it has that classic old world Italian charm to it. Veal dishes are excellent and cheese cake is not to be missed.

S
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A classic Italian American restaurant, a kindred spirit with Dan Tana's but with a more focused menu. It is expensive but the quality is there in every dish. The room is swanky and the crowd energetic. Service is gracious, friendly and attentive. Meatballs are a must!

R
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food staff and surroundings. This is one of my favorite restaurants. I was thrilled to find they had opened one in Hollywood. Thanks for a great meal and dining experience. They got us fed in time to make the Rod Stewart concert

y
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Words don’t do this place justice. Great service and delicious food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best dinner I’ve ever had in LA. Best service and food anywhere!!!

SB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

All-in-all it was great! The personnel couldn’t have been nicer.

MA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible. Everything from the wine, to the dessert was A+!

OT
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best food. We just keep coming back for more! Bring back the potato croquets

N
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

The service is super! The wait staff are super nice polite and attentive ... but too bad the food doesn’t match that at all!!!! We ordered pasta and the first dish got to the table with the pasta floating in water with sauce slapped on top!!!! Seriously?! DRAIN YOUR PASTA! Had to be sent back ... the sauce was nasty... I’ve had better sauce that came out of a jar!!!! The chef believes in ZERO salt and pepper ... NOTHING had salt and pepper except the seasoned complimentary bread!
The buratta was super flavorless, guessing they made it in-house ...3 tiny little pieces placed on tomato slices that were three times the size of the cheese! No basil ...
the eggplant parmigiana was worse than a frozen eggplant parmigiana bought at the local food store! Again ZERO seasoning and three tiny slices the size of a bottom of a cup!!!! And I wanted it super cheesy and they told me it already comes super cheesy .... if I can see the eggplant, it’s NOT cheesy let alone super cheesy ... and it tasted like freezer burn ...
Just all around really nasty tasteless food! What a waste of money ... and a lot of it too!!!!!

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the best. rules. yes. 50 character minimum. incredible.

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rao’s is by far our favorite Italian spot. We brought my brother here when he was in town and it was the perfect place to chat, have a great meal but also feel the hustle and bustle of the city!

L
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

It was ok. Not good not bad. However, $12 to valet the car seemed very high and didn’t like that they needed my CC to make reservation.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved this place and the customer service was phenomenal!!!

JR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

The room was very noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation. The pomodoro sauce was disappointing and not up tp Rao’s standards.

LT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome service with Noah! Amazing food - you have to try the meatballs. Great ambiance and to die for cocktails. Boom!

N
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We made this first visit at the recommendation of a work colleague. She said we would love it and we did. It reminded us of the Italian restaurants we used to enjoy in New York. (As it turns out, the original is in New York.) The service could not have been better - friendly, timely, helpful. The food was excellent....from the appetizers to dessert.

OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Rao’s! The service is impeccable and the food was magnificent. Seeing Johnny “Roast Beef” greet us is the best!

TR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always interested in eating at the original location in NY when I read about it. Surprised to find that they opened in LA so it was a natural decision to eat there. Food is incredible - the meatballs are a must, and even though I haven’t been a huge meatball fan I could have had this as a main dish on its own. Also had the linguine vongole, which was simple but delicious. Cheesecake is something you’ll have to leave room for. The restaurant ambience is traditional and unpretentious, and especially with the warm and knowledgeable service, you’ll feel right at home and welcomed by hearty food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Veal piccata was just ridiculously delicious. Wow!!!

r
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food wasn't that great for it being a highly rated Italian restaurant. Penne lacked salt so it was very bland and the seafood entree I had which was shrimp and scallops was mostly sauce, not much seafood.

OT
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food. If you are looking for true Italian food - lots of meat and red sauce - this is the place to go!

M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great! Always have a wonderful meal. The staff is top notched!

JM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the most amazing food and outstanding service.

OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always. Great wine recommendation from Sommelier

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Out door dining room was fabulous

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

I was disappointed with the food. It did not agree with me or my guests. But the ambience and service were great. Sadly, I won’t be back.

OS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, atmosphere, staff was terrific as always!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the place. Amazing food

TW
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Server was just a bit too much. Touch freely, trying to hard. Made it awkward.

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