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1006 Seward St. (Santa Monica Blvd.) Send to Phone
Los Angeles location of famed New York Rao's Italian restaurant. Buy Rao's Cookbook, Rao's Recipes from the Neighborhood and Rao's On the Grill


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Rao's, Los Angeles, CA

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Rao's Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: A coveted seat at one of the limited tables at the original Rao's in New York is only made available to VIPs and invited guests. Larger, more accessible locations of the legendary Italian restaurant have since landed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Hollywood. The homey, noisy space, which is festively ornamented with Christmas decorations all year around, encompasses two dining areas, a bar and outdoor dining. Select some songs from the vintage jukebox then settle into one of the booths. (Some regular customers have standing reservations at certain tables.)

Food & Drinks: The massive meatballs are light and airy and topped with Rao’s famous marinara sauce, which is also sold in grocery stores. In addition to Rao's classics like the seafood salad and lemon chicken, the menu offers more contemporary dishes unique to this location. For example, there are the ravioli purses with ricotta cheese, pears, brown butter, sage and dried cranberries, which add a touch of sweetness to this savory dish. End your meal with cheesecake, sorbet or tiramisu. The short, Italian-accented wine list designates all countries besides Italy as “international” --- including the United States! The staff is friendly and efficient.

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