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Formosa Cafe

7156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046-5802
+1 323-850-9050
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Old School Hollywood bar but has lost a bit of it's old charm

I've been going to this place every time I'm in Los Angeles since I was a child with my family... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Super Cool Old Hollywood Bar

The Formosa Cafe is a restaurant and a bar, but don't have dinner there. The food is simply okay... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
Elizabeth L
Marina del Rey, California
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Where the stars dine: a legendary celebrity hangout where the walls are lined with over 250 black and white photos of stars who have dined there - a virtual "Who's Who" of Hollywood.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average22%
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Hours Today: 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
7156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046-5802
West Hollywood
+1 323-850-9050
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

I've been going to this place every time I'm in Los Angeles since I was a child with my family. They do food but the place is primarily a bar. Unfortunately, they seem to have changed management recently and the place seems to be aimed...More

Thank DarD92
Reviewed 23 June 2016

The Formosa Cafe is a restaurant and a bar, but don't have dinner there. The food is simply okay and too expensive for what you are getting. You are going there to have a drink--a strong drink and some potstickers. The Formosa is old Hollywood....More

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Went for Happy Hour (twice!) found street parking right on Formosa. Had some cocktails met some nice locals at the bar. Ordered two appetizers ( Chicken Satay and Wasabi Fries ) three of their specialty dishes, Formosa Ribs, Mongolian Beef and Chicken Pad Thai. Neither...More

1  Thank solonomad42
Reviewed 16 January 2013

The Formosa was once a legendary place for the stars of old to hang out, eat, and drink, but now it's more of a dive bar with a history. The still serve pretty decent though slightly expensive upscale Chinese cuisine, but nobody really goes here...More

2  Thank Seth G
Reviewed 19 December 2012

We just stopped in for a drink, but it was a very cool spot. Lots of old pictures on the walls, the staff was super friendly. Great stop if you are into old Hollywood.

1  Thank Alison G
Reviewed 10 September 2012

The Formosa was on our list of "must see" places while visiting Hollywood - because the famous stars like John Wayne, Lana Turner, and many others frequented the spot while working at the surrounding studios. Legend has it that in the 1950s, Frank Sinatra spent...More

3  Thank StevenVA
Reviewed 20 July 2012

I have been to the Formosa Cafe many, many times. I protested to keep it open when it was, for a time, destined to be demolished and made into parking for Warner's. Lindy made the drinks and Lem Quon could be seen in his booth...More

4  Thank PricelineGuy
Reviewed 2 September 2011

Combination of a good place to eat and drink, and historical place to see. Pics on the walls of Hollywood stars who have been here in the past. Almost like a Hollywood Hall Of Fame. Great 1940s atmosphere.

1  Thank Joemar27
Reviewed 16 September 2006

at first.. off combination of both worlds..... old hollywood million pictures of mostly dead celebs.... dark dark interior... has cool dive bar atmosphere... but.. then the food was current and fusion and tapas in style. very very good... had 5 items for the 2 of...More

5  Thank foodezznla
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