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Rao's Hollywood

4.8
4.8
1656 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (323) 962-7267

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Wesley

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Rao's can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Patrick Hickey: (877) 649-4594

  • Neighborhood

    Hollywood

  • Cross street

    Highland and Santa Monica

  • Parking details

    Valet parking $10 or street parking nearby.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,656 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

  • Hollywood

    Best Service

  • Hollywood

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  • Hollywood

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Hollywood

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  • Hollywood

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  1. YD

    YvetteD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the Sunday supper and it was incredible. The staff takes care of you at Rao’s - the way it’s done in New York.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Raos > everything
  3. KH

    KateH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Had a great family dinner!
  4. K

    Kiernan7

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We never knew there was a Rao's in Los Angeles. Being from New York, we expected a huge crowd (as it is in New York), but it was much more manageable here. A very nice ambiance, a back open section that was very nice. The food was great. We took our chance with the Caprese (which can sometime include lousy tomatoes at other restaurants), but the tomatoes -- and the cheese were spectacular. Our first time here, but we'll be back (and we're from the Westside, so it's a bit of a schlep for us).
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service! I’ve always wanted to go to the original location in NYC—the Hollywood location lived up to the reputation!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great times @ Rao’s, Johnny Roastbeef is the best.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cuisine! Top notch service.
  8. IL

    IleanaLopez

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and ambiance with my daughter and her fiancé.
  9. GG

    GinnyG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Linguine with clams was the best dish of the meal and I would go back for that alone. Peas and prosciutto dish was a definite miss (canned peas?). Carbonara was good. Charming outdoor space, friendly staff. Easy to get a table.
  10. TK

    TomKat

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and service, as usual - but some menu items seem to have disappeared (mostly seafood - no scallops or swordfish, dishes we used to look forward to). These can be seasonal, but I hope they bring them back.
  11. e

    eatalot

    Los Angeles

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The meatballs were very good the rigatoni pomodoro was very good and the cheesecake was phenomenal, Caesar salad was really good but a huge portion and better to share solid all around
  12. S

    Sslick5

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Food, service and drinks were amazing!
  13. L

    Lulu

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Sauces were all very bland and tasted watered down. The service left much to be desired. The server was not warm or friendly. None of the menu pastas included proteins and for $30 I don’t enjoy just eating some pasta and watery sauce. Very very noisy place with extremely loud people talking over one another. I didn’t enjoy listening to someone yelling in my ear while eating. Johnny Roast Beef is cool and funny. He walked around and spoke to all of the tables which is nice. I like the decor. That’s all for the pluses.
  14. MR

    MarkR

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a pleasure to eat at your establishment. Thank you.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great ambiance, superb service (thanks Noah!) 10/10 experience!
  16. D

    Dayzp0904

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time visiting and it was a great experience the food was great. I loved the stuffed mushrooms and the meatballs appetizers. We had the chicken parmesan and the fusilli carbonara and they were both good. Our server was the nicest person which made our experience over the top. I'm from OC and I will definitely be visiting here again. The whole staff was so attentive. Most Restaurantns don't show that anymore but at Rao's they did.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coolest joint in LA. Great food and service. Stiff drinks. Very nice old school Italian spot.
  18. SC

    ShelleyC

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted by a friendly hostess. our server was outstanding, the food was delicious, consistent as always, it was our familys first time at Rao's and they loved it and cannot wait to go back on a Sunday for the special gravy and braciole , great evening, excellent dinner!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the second time I’ve eaten at Rao’s, and both meals have been outstanding. Great service, great food and an overall perfect experience.
  20. MS

    MikeS

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific as usual. Very special place.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special! We will definitely dine here again!!
  22. JM

    JakeM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The sauce as you probably know is awesome. The dishes were ok, reminded me o Buca. I say go at least once to say you have been. It usually isn't crowded during the week.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Every single dish we ordered was fabulous! The meatballs, mushrooms, mussels & mozzarella were all excellent appetizers, However the standout dish was the Pork Chops, Probably among the best I've ever had. Pastas were excellent as well. Incredible culinary experience.
  24. JP

    JoeP

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is THE BEST. Came from Vegas to eat here. LA you are sooooo fortunate to have Rao’s there.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there on a Sunday evening and got the Sunday gravy. A bit pricey, but well worth it. Pre-dinner cocktails were on point, as well as wines. Our waiter Noah was excellent- fun, friendly, and knowledgeable. I would add Rao’s to my short list of restaurant recommendations to anyone looking for a special meal in LA.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Food isn’t very good here unfortunately. Misto was fried until it was dry. Barely edible. Pasta is not homemade. From a box. Tasted on par with Olive Garden. Was looking forward to dining here since I always buy the $9 bottle of tomato sauce at the store. But this place is mediocre at best.
  27. s

    srt4

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Have been eating here for years. Always good. Interesting people, always good food, nice ambiance.l
  28. MB

    MaryB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very gourmet special-occasion restaurant!! Delicious food and impeccable servie.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved it! What a lovely restaurant and exceptional service!
  30. FD

    FoodieDoc

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family of 5 (adults) eats their fill on dishes that we can't conjure up at home, and consistent from visit to visit. The food, service, ambiance, all meet our expectations making this an absolute favorite spot.
  31. a

    atablu123

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service by Kevin was exceptional.
  32. M

    Miguelito

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best Italian food in LA. Period. End of discussion.
  33. EV

    EvaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was so great, and the food was delicious.
  34. JB

    JohnB

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome! Fun time. Great food. However, I felt the wait staff was a little too keen to clear dishes before we were finished with each course. We felt rushed.
  35. EH

    ElaineH

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A birthday celebration for the ages! It’s so wonderful when a magical night comes together! Terrific service, beautiful outdoor patio, great food and a joyful electricity in the air — it seemed like everyone in the restaurant was having a good time!
  36. MW

    MichaelW

    Pittsburgh

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent. Love the risotto. Meatballs are always on point. Great meal and service.
  37. TT

    TadT

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and overall experience was beyond what we had imagined. After not being able to get in Rao’s NY we were excited when we were able to get a reservation at the the Los Angeles location. From the the minute we opened the door and were greeted by Portland the experience was second to none. The bartender was on point with our drinks and then the MOD Gabe was there to say hello and welcome us. Once seated the fun began… Marco (our waiter) was the epitome of what we all want in a first class server. We asked so many questions about the food to start and welcomed his suggestions. We ended up ordering the Sunday gravy dish, the pork chop and veal Marsala along with a caprese salad and calamari for starters. Keep in mind, there were just three of us. After consuming most of the meal we were treated to Canoli’s and ice cream treats. To wrap up the night we purchased a shirt and their cookbook from Which we have already tried some of their recipes. Thank you Rao’s for a magical evening!!!
  38. PS

    PiaS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly Recommend Rao’s. The service, food, ambiance were Superb!!! I was transported back to a restaurant in Italy. Loved the Christmas decor that are up ALL YEAR ROUND. The Spark Plug cocktail was delicious, even better than an Espresso Martini. The Rigatoni Bolognese was to die for, as was the Shrimp Scampi, and the Branzino. I’m sure that every dish is just as good as what we had. Looking forward to continue tasting other dishes. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Rao’s.
  39. r

    robtastic

    Los Angeles

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You relax as soon as you walk in. Great Italian food, nice waiters, comfortable surroundings. Even the people who eat there are cool. In fact, every time we've gone there we've ended up having wonderful conversations with the people at the surrounding tables... mostly about the delicious food on their tables. This restaurant is in a tight rotation for us for a reason. I"m looking forward to our next visit.
  40. VL

    VincentL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Kevin is the best! He gave us suggestions on menu items and wine choices as well desserts. We had an overall great experience in the outdoor seating with a nice fireplace nearby. Looking forward to a return visit very soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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 1656 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Rao's Hollywood

1006 Seward Street Hollywood, CA 90038

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Highland and Santa Monica

  • Neighborhood

    Hollywood

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking $10 or street parking nearby.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Wesley

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (323) 962-7267

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Rao's can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Patrick Hickey: (877) 649-4594

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