The Formosa Cafe

★★★★★
  • 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard

    Los Angeles, CA 90046

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  • 323-850-9050

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April 05,2011 No hay Remedio,

This establishment is charming and the atmosphere is good. The general state of the place is shabby and overdue for a face lift. I was not too impress by the quality of the food, the service was great &

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★★★★★

April 05,2011 No hay Remedio,

This establishment is charming and the atmosphere is good. The general state of the place is shabby and overdue for a face lift. I was not too impress by the quality of the food, the service was great &

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The atmosphere is cool, albeit dark. The staff is great and attentive and the drinks are well made. However... do yourself a favor and don't eat there. It's pretty bland and poorly made.

3
★★★★★

The atmosphere is cool, albeit dark. The staff is great and attentive and the drinks are well made. However... do yourself a favor and don't eat there. It's pretty bland and poorly made.

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Saturday nights can be packed inside and out. The patio area and roof get very crowded. Last weekend we left the roof as there were far too many people for safety. Parking, try valet if they are available. Otherwise, get there early or you

3
★★★★★

Saturday nights can be packed inside and out. The patio area and roof get very crowded. Last weekend we left the roof as there were far too many people for safety. Parking, try valet if they are available. Otherwise, get there early or you

Pros: Drinks and Atmosphere

Cons: Saturday crowded especially patio roof area.Parking not good.Neither is walking alone.

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This place was probably awesome in 1950. Now it is seedy. That's exactly what I was looking for - a little cheesy, a little run down, but mostly fun. Drinks are decently priced. Food is edible. Staff is nice enough. A good place to go to

3
★★★★★

This place was probably awesome in 1950. Now it is seedy. That's exactly what I was looking for - a little cheesy, a little run down, but mostly fun. Drinks are decently priced. Food is edible. Staff is nice enough. A good place to go to

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Check out the review of this and many other happy hours at: happiest hours(dot)blog spot(dot)com - no spaces between words, but City Search won't allow it any other way. I've been to this Happy Hour twice now and I have to say, the first

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Check out the review of this and many other happy hours at: happiest hours(dot)blog spot(dot)com - no spaces between words, but City Search won't allow it any other way. I've been to this Happy Hour twice now and I have to say, the first

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The waitress was better than most I've encountered in Los Angeles, the drinks were great- they did not unfortunately get me drunk enough to enjoy the food. The Calamari was cooked nicely but the weird sweet-pesto(ish) sauce that came with

3
★★★★★

The waitress was better than most I've encountered in Los Angeles, the drinks were great- they did not unfortunately get me drunk enough to enjoy the food. The Calamari was cooked nicely but the weird sweet-pesto(ish) sauce that came with

Pros: not well lit enought to attract actors

Cons: bad food

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A bit of old Hollywood. Great food with an eclectic asian flavor, reasonable prices and amazing desert. A relaxed place to go with friends. (try the Molten chocolate volcano thing)

3
★★★★★

A bit of old Hollywood. Great food with an eclectic asian flavor, reasonable prices and amazing desert. A relaxed place to go with friends. (try the Molten chocolate volcano thing)

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I heard horrible things about this place but I loved it. I think they may have a new chef. Good food. Great drinks. I like that it is a little seedy when its not busy. The first time we came here we had the best waitress not the

3
★★★★★

I heard horrible things about this place but I loved it. I think they may have a new chef. Good food. Great drinks. I like that it is a little seedy when its not busy. The first time we came here we had the best waitress not the

Pros: good music, food and drinks

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Nice West Hollywood breakfast. Great atmosphere filled with young actors and established alike. This restaurant is famous for many movie scenes including Swingers.

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★★★☆☆

Nice West Hollywood breakfast. Great atmosphere filled with young actors and established alike. This restaurant is famous for many movie scenes including Swingers.

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The atmosphere at this old Hollywood joint is really cool. The walls are plastered with movie stars photographs and the whole restaurant I think is in a train car. The food was good but I didn't think that it was fantastic. My ahi was way

3
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The atmosphere at this old Hollywood joint is really cool. The walls are plastered with movie stars photographs and the whole restaurant I think is in a train car. The food was good but I didn't think that it was fantastic. My ahi was way

Pros: Parking

Cons: average food

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Be nice to the bartenders and you'll have great drinks. Don't bother anyone with your screenplay or movie idea, and you'll have a good time. The food is good [kobe burger, truffle fries and sliders are particularly nice]. Don't expect a

3
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Be nice to the bartenders and you'll have great drinks. Don't bother anyone with your screenplay or movie idea, and you'll have a good time. The food is good [kobe burger, truffle fries and sliders are particularly nice]. Don't expect a

Pros: Ambience, menu, staff

Cons: Not for scene-chasers

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First off let me say that I think I came here at the wrong time. I went here last night at around 8pm. It was like a ghost town. It was dark and dingy and was really just a typical little dive bar. We were starving so we decided to

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First off let me say that I think I came here at the wrong time. I went here last night at around 8pm. It was like a ghost town. It was dark and dingy and was really just a typical little dive bar. We were starving so we decided to

Pros: Nice server and bartender.

Cons: Food, atmosphere.

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I jokingly challenged my friend to find us place in Hollywood where we could: drink, smoke, eat, and sit comfortably. She took us here, and it was a total success. We beelined to the back patio, and it had it's own little bar! The

3
★★★★★

I jokingly challenged my friend to find us place in Hollywood where we could: drink, smoke, eat, and sit comfortably. She took us here, and it was a total success. We beelined to the back patio, and it had it's own little bar! The

Pros: Perfect place to relax and chat with friends.

Cons: Food was a little more $ than I expected, had to park a few blocks away.

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The menu is now a hybrid of some of the great, classic Chinese dishes that regulars had come to love (Kung Pao Chicken, Fried Rice, etc.), as well as new variations on a few of the old chef's creations--new & improved Kobe Burger and

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The menu is now a hybrid of some of the great, classic Chinese dishes that regulars had come to love (Kung Pao Chicken, Fried Rice, etc.), as well as new variations on a few of the old chef's creations--new & improved Kobe Burger and

Pros: Chill Vibe, Service, Improved Menu, Happy Hour

Cons: Food can take a while on busy nights--usually still worth it!

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I always like going here whether it's for some quick dinner before a night out or a party on the roof- the atmosphere is great, the food always good and the cocktails are well mixed. I always feel very "Hollywood" here, but not in a bad

3
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I always like going here whether it's for some quick dinner before a night out or a party on the roof- the atmosphere is great, the food always good and the cocktails are well mixed. I always feel very "Hollywood" here, but not in a bad

Pros: Atmosphere, food

Cons: Parking- use the valet!

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My husband and I discovered the restaurant late at night after a friends play. We were told that the menu had just beed redone, it was FANTASTIC! I had a perfectly grilled piece of salmon in a tasty, mild curry sauce. It was served with

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My husband and I discovered the restaurant late at night after a friends play. We were told that the menu had just beed redone, it was FANTASTIC! I had a perfectly grilled piece of salmon in a tasty, mild curry sauce. It was served with

Pros: Plenty of parking

Cons: Not a one

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sliders sliders sliders wow to the owners and chef gladstone for creating a bold small plate menu in an historic place like formosa.\r
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loved the flavors, sliders were the best. \r
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great place

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sliders sliders sliders wow to the owners and chef gladstone for creating a bold small plate menu in an historic place like formosa.\r
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loved the flavors, sliders were the best. \r
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great place

Pros: menu.

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Just aweful fast food menu and oily food gross tasting dishes with no selection at all and no real meals. Don't waste your time.

3
★★★★★

Just aweful fast food menu and oily food gross tasting dishes with no selection at all and no real meals. Don't waste your time.

Pros: no wait

Cons: terrible food

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The place was too dark in my opinion but they had good drinks and excellent service. It's a good place to go to with a few friends if all you want to do is sit and talk.

3
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The place was too dark in my opinion but they had good drinks and excellent service. It's a good place to go to with a few friends if all you want to do is sit and talk.

Pros: Strong Drinks

Cons: Wannabe actors

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great lounge bar food. lots of flavors. average service but friendly.. after i ate.. went to have wine at new bin 8945. great wine there but lousy food... so eat at formosa.. drink wine a mile down the road!!

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great lounge bar food. lots of flavors. average service but friendly.. after i ate.. went to have wine at new bin 8945. great wine there but lousy food... so eat at formosa.. drink wine a mile down the road!!

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matthew gladstone. new chef at formosa cafe.. and... after 7 of the plates... i think one of the best small plate "bar" chefs.... anywhere.\r
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catfish... wonderful. crab cakes great. seared ahi roll. divine. truffle herb fries were

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matthew gladstone. new chef at formosa cafe.. and... after 7 of the plates... i think one of the best small plate "bar" chefs.... anywhere.\r
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catfish... wonderful. crab cakes great. seared ahi roll. divine. truffle herb fries were

Pros: new chef. drinks

Cons: a bit dark inside, needs better wine list

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INCREDIBLE. NEW CHEF GLADSTONE WITH NEW MENU. WOW\r
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BEST DEAL? BLUE PLATE SPECIAL... ( HEH... WHY WASNT THE PLATE BLUE? LOL) 11 FOR 2 APPS AT HAPPY HOUR.\r
OK.. THE RIBS? KILLER! DESSERT WOW.. AND THE HALIBUT.

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INCREDIBLE. NEW CHEF GLADSTONE WITH NEW MENU. WOW\r
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BEST DEAL? BLUE PLATE SPECIAL... ( HEH... WHY WASNT THE PLATE BLUE? LOL) 11 FOR 2 APPS AT HAPPY HOUR.\r
OK.. THE RIBS? KILLER! DESSERT WOW.. AND THE HALIBUT.

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mac and cheese. wow. wasabi fries great. cocktails great.\r
shu mai was really great. ordered 1/2 of the menu in our party. every dish was unique and wonderful. looked great. tasted great.

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mac and cheese. wow. wasabi fries great. cocktails great.\r
shu mai was really great. ordered 1/2 of the menu in our party. every dish was unique and wonderful. looked great. tasted great.

Pros: menu. server

Cons: dark.

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i have also been to the new and i think improved formosa! spicy fun and asian fusion menu was incredible. lots of flavors. went with 4 people and had 7 dishes between us over the course of about an hour. i had eaten chef matthew

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i have also been to the new and i think improved formosa! spicy fun and asian fusion menu was incredible. lots of flavors. went with 4 people and had 7 dishes between us over the course of about an hour. i had eaten chef matthew

Pros: food/ atmosphere

Cons: a little dark inside

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The Formosa Cafe used to be one of my favorite places. Great atmosphere, terrific service and - in my opinion - very good food. The latter was replaced recently with a menu of little rhyme or reason. All (not just some) of my favorite

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The Formosa Cafe used to be one of my favorite places. Great atmosphere, terrific service and - in my opinion - very good food. The latter was replaced recently with a menu of little rhyme or reason. All (not just some) of my favorite

Pros: Atmosphere, service

Cons: New menu

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If you seek a bar scene, go ahead and drink there, enjoy that. The staff always seems consistently friendly. Avoid the food by all means: old menu was tired, ancient Chinese dishes. New menu is a scattered fusion, hodgepodge of

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If you seek a bar scene, go ahead and drink there, enjoy that. The staff always seems consistently friendly. Avoid the food by all means: old menu was tired, ancient Chinese dishes. New menu is a scattered fusion, hodgepodge of

Pros: Atmosphere, warm service

Cons: Avoid the food

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Head for the bar and skip dinner - the food is not that great, but get some bar food instead to go with the booze. Terrific "old Hollywood" atmosphere with some good people-watching. I love the place!

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Head for the bar and skip dinner - the food is not that great, but get some bar food instead to go with the booze. Terrific "old Hollywood" atmosphere with some good people-watching. I love the place!

Pros: Atmosphere, Drinks, People Watching

Cons: so-so food

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we had the ahi salmon roll--extremely delicious. spring rolls are great too. draft beers are about $4.25--can't beat that. The service was kind of shoddy--felt like we were being ignored. All in all, a great spot!

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we had the ahi salmon roll--extremely delicious. spring rolls are great too. draft beers are about $4.25--can't beat that. The service was kind of shoddy--felt like we were being ignored. All in all, a great spot!

Pros: appetizers, cheap beer

Cons: slow service

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I had heard alot of good things about Formosa so I felt I had to see for myself. Everything I had heard was true. Cool people, great bartenters and perfect place to hang. Plus the $4 drinks at happy hour were a big bonus.

3
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I had heard alot of good things about Formosa so I felt I had to see for myself. Everything I had heard was true. Cool people, great bartenters and perfect place to hang. Plus the $4 drinks at happy hour were a big bonus.

Pros: Roof Deck, Happy Hour, Ladies

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Classy restaurant/bar spot in the West Hollywood area. An asian inspired establishment, with decorations laid out. Very hip, great place to gather with friends. You feel like you just stepped into the 1920s.

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Classy restaurant/bar spot in the West Hollywood area. An asian inspired establishment, with decorations laid out. Very hip, great place to gather with friends. You feel like you just stepped into the 1920s.

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Formosa is more of a bar than a place to eat. It is a good choice for a group of friends (usually no line, no cover and no attitude) and has the atmosphere of old Hollywood with black/white actor headshots filling the walls.

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Formosa is more of a bar than a place to eat. It is a good choice for a group of friends (usually no line, no cover and no attitude) and has the atmosphere of old Hollywood with black/white actor headshots filling the walls.

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There's no question this is a cool, atmospheric bar, but when we went, one of us got served a rare steak that was blood red inside and still cold.
We checked we had ordered medium rare, and the manager made an inappropriate joke, didn't

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There's no question this is a cool, atmospheric bar, but when we went, one of us got served a rare steak that was blood red inside and still cold.
We checked we had ordered medium rare, and the manager made an inappropriate joke, didn't

Pros: Atmosphere, Cocktails

Cons: , Chef

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Nothing great. Not as crowded as most other places. Good place to go during the mid-week if you just want to have some drinks at a nice place with decent looking semi-pretentious people.

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Nothing great. Not as crowded as most other places. Good place to go during the mid-week if you just want to have some drinks at a nice place with decent looking semi-pretentious people.

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great mid-city gathering spot

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great mid-city gathering spot

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This is one of the best bars in LA. A total classic. The service is great, as is the atmosphere, decor and drinks. It's not horrendously priced and you don't have to stand in line to get in. The bartenders mix a mean martini, too. What

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This is one of the best bars in LA. A total classic. The service is great, as is the atmosphere, decor and drinks. It's not horrendously priced and you don't have to stand in line to get in. The bartenders mix a mean martini, too. What

Pros: Great value, Good atmosphere, Prompt service

Cons: Crowded on Saturdays

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How did an old Chinese restaurant in Hollywood become such a scene? Who knows, but after expecting the worst, I was pleasantly surprised. I havent eaten dinner here, but the rooftop is a great spot for cocktails. Couches and festive lights

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How did an old Chinese restaurant in Hollywood become such a scene? Who knows, but after expecting the worst, I was pleasantly surprised. I havent eaten dinner here, but the rooftop is a great spot for cocktails. Couches and festive lights

Pros: great rooftop

Cons: is the food good?

 

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