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Central Hollywood, Central LA
Latin American Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Caribbean Restaurants, Cuban Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street, On Site

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Cuban, Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Caribbean, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Cuban, Cuban Restaurant, Cuban Food, Wine

Price Range : Average

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Provided by Citysearch - 
Overpriced and not worth the hype

If you want to eat good Cuban food then I don't believe this is the place. I've eaten at Versailles and the food is much better for half the price. I recently went to this restaurant for the first time and I was less than impressed to say the least. My friend and I spent about $150.00 for dinner and a couple of cocktails! This is extremely overpriced for two people especially at a place that serves mediocre food, drinks and service. And did I mention the rude parking attendants! I will definitely never visit this establishment again nor will I recommend it to anyone else. So if you just want to go and dance to good Latin music then I guess it?s OK as long as you don?t mind dancing in an overcrowded small space.


Provided by Citysearch - 
I had a blast!

We celebrated my friend's birthday there on a Friday night. The table was reserved for 15 people. When I arrived it was pleasantly crowded and the live band was not playing yet. Our order was taken around 9:30pm and the food arrived one hour later. However the fare was definitely worth the waiting. I had grilled salmon with, rise and black refried beans, fried bananas and boiled veggies. The plate was generously piled and steaming hot and the salmon was juicy and delicate. After the live band began to play a conversation was almost impossible. However, since everybody was there for dancing salsa it didn't ruin the night at all. After the dinner everybody started to dance and guys were daring enough to ask women to dance, what really fascinated me. All in all, it was a fantastic evening with best salsa music I have ever heard, good Cuban food (a bit too heavy as for me, though very savory) and a lot of salsa dancing.
I would recommend this place to all salsa and Cuban food enthusiasts.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Go Somewhere else

The place is small and feels like it's a latin sweet 15teen! Not a place where you want to be seen.
The food is average, but expensive for beans and rice. The drinks? expensive and not worth the money.
The service is okay. Make sure you take your second car! The valet guy lost my keys!? The bar tender is okay, but SHE(the little one) insists on big tips! save your money and PLEASE GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. like EL CHOLO! the food is way better. i really dont understand the hype? the music/dance? SAME PEOPLE THAT GO TO THE MAYAN! there is more room to dance at the mayan. My rating is NO STAR, but that is not an option.


Provided by Citysearch - 

I had heard good things about this place so I swung by for an early dinner. Small intimate place with a dance floor.

Meat rice and beans were just so-so. The rice was very moist and flavorless and the beans were a bit bland. The meat (pork) was somewhat tasty but wasn't memorable. All though I didn't eat the bread it was sad to see that I was given a plain white bread roll.

The service however was really good an my waiter was very polite and attentive.

Off night? Not sure, but my experience that night did not live up to the praise that I've heard. I may give it a try another day.


Provided by Citysearch - 
I would call El Floridita a little taste of New York.

Ok, this is by far the best little kept secret in Hollywood. Best mojitos ever!!!! and, the skirt steak is great. They also have this tasty chimichurri sauce that is pretty darn good. The service is fun,friendly, and attentive. The place is small so dont expect a huge place. Reservations would be best or you will find yourself waiting. Guaranteed you will go back. I would recommend you try a Monday or Friday night, that is usually the best. They have a live salsa band that makes you feel like you are in New York!!! A place to hang out with your friends to have a drink or a date. I would not take a child there. Pretty trendy and hollywoodish..


Provided by Citysearch - 
Absolutely Wonderful

My husband and I walked from Pantages theater to have dinner here. When we first walked up I wasn't at all sure about this place. The outside is pretty bland. However, once inside it is adorable. We got there early so there was only a few other people there. I could see that it would be amazing with more people for dancing. Our server was fabulous and offered us mojitos right away. They were just what we needed. He also helped with suggestions that we landed up ordering. Both of our entrees were great. The chicken dish that we got was so tender and flavorful. The cook brought our food out and was delightful as he sang along with the music. Our whole experience was memorable. I would definately recommed it and it was well worth the walk over (and I was in heels). The prices were great too, it is hard to find food of this quality without spending a fortune.


Provided by Citysearch - 
fun stuff

great staff, wonderful service, really fun to dance or just can spot celebs!!
food was amazing. make sure to bring a fun date!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Place, Good Time

My wife and I enjoyed El Floridita last night. The service was fine, the food was great, the drinks hit the spot. This is a good place to go and have a good time. People celebrate here. There is no pretense. You don't have to be a great dancer either; just have fun.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Do not eat here

I genuinely detested my experience at this restaurant. I was rudely treated from the time I showed up and was told I didn't have a table (when I had spoken with someone 10 minutes earlier on the phone). The food was pathetic. The service was slow to non-existent. Overall, it is my least favorite cuban food in los angeles and the worst service I've had anywhere in a long time. You can do much better than this place. I love good food and I wouldn't bad mouth a place unless I felt truly offended.


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User review by brendabruin

El Floridita does not have much decor. It has really good live salsa music but be warned not a place for singles. If u wanna dance, bring a partner because everyone brings there own. My friends and I went there for my friends bday. SHe loves to dance but was disappointed when she didnt get to dance because she wasnt asked to dance and she normally is always asked. The food was really good but a bit overpriced. I've had good cuban food for less. Plates are over $20 plus tax, tip, valet. Valet is $4.50 and there isnt street parking. I had the garlic chicken which was really good. Dont get the fish in sauce.. friend had that and was toooo fishy. Mojitos are alright.. have had better. Service is decent.

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1253 Vine StLos AngelesCA 90038

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