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0.9 miles from Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Reviewed April 16, 2021

Wonder twin manager duo on severe power trip - will make up rules, harass you, will threaten you, will only give you a 1/2 pour of your cocktail (but still charge you full price), will only give you a 1/2 order of your desert (but...still charge you full price) & will make your dining experience so miserable that you'll consider devoting your life to telling your story so that they don't do it to someone else too. To save time and space, I'll bullet point all of their atrocities. 1. Tried to shoot me in the head with their temp gun despite me telling them not to and explaining how rude, mannerless and classless that is. 2. Seated us at our requested table but then refused to lower wind screen (like we've done 10+ times previously) due to their inability to read & comprehend health code rules. She claimed she couldn't put a screen WITH HOLES IN IT down because of needed airflow. It's a screen, that air clearly passes through but it breaks the wind. 3. Tracy the incompetent manager refused to move us out of the wind/cold 48 degrees but luckily our nice server found us a warmer table. 4. Tracy continued to stalk our table despite us asking to be left alone. 5. Tracy brings the health department document over, thinking that she's won but really she simply exposed herself. My husband is an attorney and read it and tried to politely explain to her that she's completely wrong in her interpretation & she then continued to argue with him telling him that he's wrong. Not possible. She has now engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. 6. Tracy sends tiny Patrick to our table to kick us out, claims things "aren't working out". He's correct, they weren't but not because of us, it was because of THEIR strange tyrannical behavior. We request that he call the police so that we can file a report against them. He shivers and runs away, he knows what they've done. 7. My husband's drink comes out 1/2 pour, his dessert comes out 1/2 order. We get a bill for our full meal despite the theft of food/drink & ruining our meal. 8. Tracy and Patrick stalk our table 6 times while we're sitting quietly trying to eat. Tracy even tells us that WE'RE rude and stands directly next to the exit to harass us one more time on the way out. What a hit job. Feels like someone paid them off to harass us for some unknown reason. I hope whatever they got for it was worth it because we'll never return as long as the wonder twin destructive duo is in charge.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 10, 2020

We were promptly seated and shown to our 2-seater booth. It was a very tight fit in their booth, much more so if we had been weight-challenged. The seats and back of the booth had no cushioning, and it was quite uncomfortable. Next time I...will opt for a table. Bread was served and it was absolutely delicious. We had the Fritto Misto as an appetizer and it had excellent, non-greasy and tender portions (the only negative was the piece of cod which was bland and totally unseasoned). One of us had Linguini Clam Sauce and it was very tasty. I had the Fiochette which were ravioli fashioned into little “purses” – a nice presentation, but quite colorless – I would suggest a bit of chopped parsley to give it color. The Fiochette had a bare hint of pear along with the ricotta filling, but overall I found the dish underwhelming. Its sage and brown butter sauce was just too bland. For dessert, we tried their cheesecake which was true New York on a dish – outstanding! Service was pleasant, although at the end of the meal the check was delivered with a plop on the table sans comment, another silent plop after my credit card had been processed. What’s with that? A nice older gentleman came around to all of the tables and bantered a bit, but it would have been nice if he had introduced himself by name and role (I asked the server who he was, and found that he was the maître d’). We will return to try other menu items.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 19, 2020

If you are looking for traditional Italian food - highly recommend going here. Great service and huge portions.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 1, 2020

Great atmosphere! Loved the food and the service was fabulous. Will definitely come here again and recommend it to friends. Can't believe it's been in my neighborhood for so long and I somehow missed it!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 1, 2019 via mobile

Like it’s NYC counterpart...only the weather is better! The food, waitstaff, ambience equally as good. A true Italian celebration of food!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed August 17, 2019

Big celebration dinner with my lawyers, Booby G and Omar. We beat Charles Schwab in court. Best place for booze and meat! Say hi to Gabriel the bartender...my angel😎

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed May 31, 2019 via mobile

Tonight I had a reservation for 4 that was made on Open Table; which open table messed up and made for 2. This was no fault of the restaurant; but it completely on Open Table. The hostess and manager were excellent in trying to accommodate...us. Unfortunately knowing Rao's from NY there was no room for us this evening; which is understood. I do have to say they handled the situation perfectly; all attempts were made to seat us. I will be back the next time I am in LA.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

Loved the food, service, ambiance and music. We had a 6:45PM reservation and were seated promptly. For starters, we ordered the fried mozarella and it was delicious. For our main course, I had the spaghetti agliolio with a side of grilled asparagus and my husband...had chicken parmigiana. The portions were very generous. For dessert, my husband had the cheesecake. I’m glad I found this restaurant and can’t wait to go back. Everything from beginning to end was excellent.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 14, 2019 via mobile

Great service and bar. The staff are wonderful. A few pasta dishes were a little overloaded with oil. Very good cheese cake.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2019

Good Ambiance! Faboulous Management in the Old fashion Itialian Family tradition- the food, everything fresh hot and terrific- they accomidate your interests and needs- which helps make the place like old family and friends- I'm a pasta guy, Garlic Shrimp sauced to the Max, stack...it high and I'm in heaven- can't pick wrong- and good Bar-More

Date of visit: December 2018
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A1471MGsarahd
April 22, 2019|
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Response from JBjeffreyl | Reviewed this property |
Sure, they have a Bar, O.K. for service- and depending on the day of the week, try for the Front Room-
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939jenc
November 30, 2018|
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Response from JBjeffreyl | Reviewed this property |
No, this is an adult resturant- but, for our kids, we could always order an appetizer size, or share what we got-
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January 10, 2018|
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Response from Life2Shrt | Reviewed this property |
Sorry it took so long to reply. I checked with the restaurant. They have one gluten free pasta which is Penne. Hope that helps you.
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Rao's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5