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Formosa Cafe

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Address: 7156 Santa Monica Blvd. near La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90046-5802
Phone Number: +1 323-850-9050
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Mon - Fri 16:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 18:00 - 02:00
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Where the stars dine: a legendary celebrity hangout where the walls are...

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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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 and too expensive for what you are getting. You are going there to have a drink--a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 June 2016
Elizabeth L
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Marina del Rey, California
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Marina del Rey, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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. It has been saved from the wrecking ball once because the locals love the place.... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 of the appetizers knocked my socks off - but they were good for what they... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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 for the food... you go for the decor and the stiff drinks. The classic red... More 

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St. Johns, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 many nights at the cafe pining over Ava Gardner (one of my favorites!) Although the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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 every night. I visited it again after a long absence and, unfortunately, found it quite... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 us... and everything was just great. met chef matthew gladstone who was "bold" like his... More 

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