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The Restaurant History

Rao's Specialty Foods does not take reservations for either restaurant. Please do not email us with requests.

Rao's New York - Entrance

RAO'S BAR & GRILL - New York

Located at the corner of 114th. Street & Pleasant Avenue,  Harlem N.Y.
For more information: Rao's New York
For reservations, call:  212-722-6709

Open Monday through Friday...Dinner Only.
If you do not have a reservation, you can always have a drink at the bar.

Rao's is renowned for its jukebox, its quirky decor, its unmatched hospitality and most of all, the spectacular Neapolitan cuisine. It's also notorious for being one of the most difficult restaurants in New York in which to get a reservation.

Year-long waits for one of its ten tables are not uncommon. But what is it about this tiny, charming restaurant that makes it the most in-demand spot in the city night after night, year after year?

For decades Rao's Bar & Grill existed as a neighborhood restaurant. Its local customers would fill the tables with such regularity that eventually they were given standing reservations - bookings that persevere to this day. The Rao's phenomenon exploded in 1977, when New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton gave Rao's a gushing, half-page, three-star review, splashing the city's best-kept secret in front of millions of readers. Since Rao's NYC location only has ten tables, and only one seating per evening, the resulting demand would have been overwhelming even if the tables weren't already spoken for. That the tables were "owned" like a condominium translated to almost no empty seats in the house, night after night.

Rao's Las Vegas - Entrance


Located at: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South,  Las Vegas, NV 89109
For more information: Rao's Caesars Palace
For reservations, call: 877-346-4642 or click here to reserve online

Open seven nights a week from 5PM to 10:30PM,
with multiple seatings available.

At Caesars Palace, the authentic Rao's experience will now be accessible to a whole new generation. Two ten-table rooms duplicate the original Rao's saloon. Additional seating is available in the feast area, as well as on an outdoor patio, where you can sit at poolside and enjoy a game of bocce in-between bites. Just stopping by to enjoy a cocktail in the restaurant's legendary ambiance? Tables in front of the restaurant are the perfect vantage point for people-watching and beverages.

Enjoy the warmth and comfort of this turn-of-the-century restaurant while feasting on gloriously simple, homestyle Italian favorites that have been passed down for generations. Rao's is a not-to-be-missed experience unlike anything outside that East Harlem street corner.

Rao's Las Vegas - The BarRao's Las Vegas InteriorRao's Las Vegas Rear
Rao's Los Angeles - Entrance


Located at: 1006 Seward St.  Los Angeles, CA 90038
For more information: Rao's Hollywood
For reservations, call: 323-962-7267 or click here to reserve online

Dinner: Mon – Thurs 6:00PM – 10:30PM
Fri & Sat 6:00PM – 11:00PM  /  Sun 4:00PM – 9:00PM

Rao's Hollywood is the third installment of the legendary Rao's Restaurant's. Located in the heart of Hollywood on the site formally occupied by the Hollywood Canteen, the restaurant embodies the nostalgic ambiance of its parent restaurant in New York with a Rao's Room, Chef's Room and Garden Terrace, complete with a Rowe bubbler jukebox playing Motown, Sinatra, 50's Doo Wop and more.

The small intimate bar is full service where, "Vikki the Vest," is shaking cocktails nightly. Traditional Rao's favorites such as Meatballs, Lemon Chicken and Baked Clams are always available in addition to some California twists. Enjoy a game in our outdoor lounge in the perfect LA weather or have a not to be missed dining experience unlike anything on the west coast!

Rao's LA - The EntranceRao's LA - TablesRao's LA - The Bar