Rao's Hollywood

4.8
701 reviews
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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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I
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at a historic Hollywood dynasty

The Bone in Veal
Parmesan is spectacular
All amazing .

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Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and I went to dinner w/another couple on DINELA last Wednesday nite. It was pouring rain outside but the restaurant was incredibly crowded anyway. The service was initially fabulous, as was the food, but, once we finished our dinner, we waited quite awhile before anyone cleared the table. We had only been there once before and everything was beyond AMAZING! This visit was very good, but not quite as superb as before. Maybe they need a few more servers and busboys when offering DINELA.
Thank you.

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S
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had a 5 star stellar experience both in food quality and service.

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DP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

probably the best Italian food in the entire city. A rollicking, great time.

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m
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the menu is fun consisting almost entirely of true and tested favorites, what makes the place special is the ambiance. Every hostess, waiter, busboy and the 2 gregarious hosts, are warm and welcoming. It is impossible to not enjoy oneself at Rao's.

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SC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always. Dine LA special good deal.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Can’t wait to go again! Try the meatballs for sure.

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JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly & attentive service.

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KC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service, will definitely go back

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve was the bomb at Rao’s! A ew tradition.

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DR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Highly recommend

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I
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you blink you would pass it, but that would be a tragedy
As you walk into the quaint front door you are
Greeted by Johnnie Roast Beef, the mIater D whom is a real
Life movie star from 100’s of gangster
Movies. Then the real show begins with some amazing ambiance, spectacular service and Fantastic Food.

The portions are envious of John Pinette, Jackie Gleason and any other food lover. My favorites are the meatballs ravioli and veal
Parmigiana

I will be living (dining) here for
Many years to come

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JJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rao’s has the most delicious food. The seafood salad is something you will never find anywhere else and we order it every time. The carbonara is creamy and delicious. We tried the cioppino and it was out of this world. The servers and staff are friendly and attentive. The mood is perfect for date night or celebration. It’s our favorite Italian restaurant in LA!

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LL
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a bad meal here. We love Raos!

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C
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The nicest staff in world, plus absolutely wonderful food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday dinner out with the family.

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U
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Louis is a master and Rao’s is a fabulous place to celebrate a birthday or just have a great meal

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RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the real Mc Coy. Maybe the best authentic Italian in the city. If you like this type of food and your digestive system can handle it, this is for you. Lots of energy in the main restaurant. If you want quiet, do the patio. We will be sure to go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Birthday dinner for my fiancé. We were sat by the kitchen even though there were nice tables in another room by the fire. Staff was very attentive at first but no where to be find when food was delivered. Meatballs, which we were told were a definite must we’re extremely salty. The salad was ok.. not worth $17 for iceberg lettuce. I had a seafood pasta which the spinach in it was awesome and the scallops were nice and large but the sauce was overly buttery. My fiancé had the veal chop which overwhelmingly tasted like peppers and it much veal. It was an overpriced meal with less then stellar service. Won’t be back

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BO
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I expected more and was very disappointed. Box pasta and generic tasting sauce along with a really poor server let me down. The eggplant Parmesan was good and that was about all I enjoyed during my visit. My server was inattentive and rushed which just made my dinning experience that much worse. I won’t be returning.

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LL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner at this “old school “ Italian restaurant. Just a classic.

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m
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing fancy. Just good food. The maitre’d and his staff are all non pretentious, efficient and fun.
I great place for an enjoyable evening- and the world’s best cheesecake.

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T
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is delicious on the menu. But you must try the meatball

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic Hollywood

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DG
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All it is cracked up to be.

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PB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meatballs a must have. Pork Chop was one of the best I've ever had.

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JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were above average. The linguini and clams were very good. The Rigitoni Bolognese was a little chewy - would probably order a thinner pasta next time. Overall very enjoyable.

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r
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time everyone was friendly and helpful . Made you feel at home.

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing dinner at Rao’s. Big thanks to our waiter ‘Chicago’.

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RD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

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SC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A truly great dining experience, celebrated our friends wedding anniversary and was their first time there,
we shared entrees, appetizers and the delectable seafood salad!! They absolutely loved it and want to plan
our next trip to Rao's very soon. Friendly staff as well, enjoyed them visiting our table

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff had exquisite recommendations and we trusted their selections for all four courses. Every item on the menu is tantalizing and remarkable. We’re so lucky to have Rao’s in L.A.!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Will definitely be back.

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ML
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my home away from home. They always take great care of us and our guests.

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c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can never get in to the original but this is one fabulous alternative. The food was every bit as good as we anticipated. The service was top notch. Will be back often! Just please some day get me in to original location

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Knowing the reputation of the original Rao's in Harlem, my exceptions for this branch were quite high. Amazingly, they exceeded my expectations!! The atmosphere was classic upscale Italian (including the man who played Johnny Roasbeef in Goodfellas visiting all of the tables!!). The service was impeccable, very much up to NYC top end standards. The biggest surprise was the absolutely best veal marsala I've ever had!! The veal was tender and very tasty, and the sauce had a wonderful complex of flavors. Then came the classic New York cheesecake, which was creamy and exploding with flavor, accompanied by fresh fruit which definitely complemented the cheesecake. It will be very difficult for me to order any other entree or dessert the next time in LA. A full blown top place which hits all the right notes -- atmosphere, service, and food all top of the line.

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TP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Rao's over five times now and the food and service are always excellent. Classic Italian dishes cooked superbly. Waiters and staff are friendly and helpful but never obtrusive.

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l
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, best in LA

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Good wasn’t good at all, wished it had more flavor. “Special sauce” tasted like chunky watered down tomatoes. Ambiance is fun. Wine was great, service was good.

Very disappointed with the food thou.

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