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Formosa Cafe

Map & Directions 7156 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
  • Asian, Chinese, Thai
  • Mon-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

This much-loved, occasionally ridiculed museum of old Hollywood has careened from glamour to self-parody and back again so many times, it's impossible for anyone to gauge whether the drinks are ironic or genuine. Formosa's signature cocktails derive their inspiration from the tropics: Mai Tais, daiquiris, rum drinks and syrupy martinis in myriad variations. Beer and wine options are lean. The pours, however, are generous and the happy hour menu ($3 beer; $6 mixed drinks; most appetizers $5 from 4-7 p.m.) offers an astonishing value. Formosa Café's menu of pan-Asian specialties is so familiar it may as well have been mandated by the city: wasabi fries, lobster mac n' cheese, Kobe beef sliders, chicken satay. Formosa was never a destination for authentic Chinese, but as the locus of Hollywood nightlife has shifted a few blocks north to the over-cologned bottle service clubs mythologized by TMZ, the kitchen has abandoned many of its "traditional" Cantonese-American dishes in favor of the mundane fusion cuisine that is one of the few drawbacks of L.A.'s fevered food culture. If you're in the mood for something to absorb your lemon drop martini, you'll do just fine; but then, you can find a vodka lemon drop and spicy crab cake virtually anywhere in town.

Member Reviews

  • RiptInPieces wrote a review for Formosa Cafe
    on 05/27/10

    Classic hollywood watering hole.

  • ian7791 wrote a review for Formosa Cafe
    on 04/30/08

    And also the location where Lt. Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) insulted Lana Turner (Brenda Bakke) in "LA Confidential". If you're in search of classic, golden era LA, this is a great spot to visit.

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Tips from foursquare

  • ThePurplePassport.com on 10/06/11

    Former regulars include Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, and Humphrey Bogart, while more recent star sightings range from Bono to Keifer Sutherland. Parking can be challenging

  • sabrina m. on 10/13/11

    Ribs are amazing.

  • Joe N. on 08/13/11

    Sapporo on tap! Grab a pint!

  • Eric D. on 12/22/12

    This is the exact geographic center of the universe.

  • Rob A. on 12/06/10

    Lobster mac & cheese. 'Nuff said.

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