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Formosa Cafe, West Hollywood, CA

Formosa Cafe

4.7
4.7
386 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
The Formosa Cafe is a restaurant and bar founded in 1939 and located at 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard at the intersection with North Formosa Avenue, in West Hollywood, California.

The restaurant has a long history of movie star and film industry patronage due to its close proximity to studio lot across the street, which began as the United Artists lot and was later owned by Warner Bros. Generations of movie stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable have eaten meals at The Formosa. Frank Sinatra is reputed to have spent many nights at the Formosa in the 1950s, pining over Ava Gardner.

After a brief 2 year hiatus, a complete refurbishment, and a tremendous menu update The Formosa Cafe has returned to serve the Los Angeles community once again.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (323) 850-1009

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dan Huerta

  • Private party facilities

    Please direct all event inquiries to matt@1933group.com

  • Neighborhood

    West Hollywood

  • Cross street

    Formosa and Santa Monica

  • Parking details

    Free street parking after 6pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 386 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. E

    Essaygee

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Classic Hollywood. Food was ok but the ambiance, service and vibe more than made up for it. Cocktails were a bit weak (pay attention!) but overall a very fun night. We went as a couple but definitely someplace to bring a group.
  2. JF

    JojoF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was great they even had organic chicken on the menu which is so rare for Chinese food. and the prices were great. Only down side was we were sat in the train even though there was plenty of seating in the main dinning room with the AC blasting. The train was very bright and hot during the day. Would not recommend sitting in the train before sunset. Ambiance 10/10.
  3. SM

    StephaneM

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i always like it. Could be better on dessert 🤷🏻‍♂️
  4. LF

    LukeF

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Poorly staffed for a Saturday lunch. The Waiter was great, the bartender was poor- didn’t know how to make basic drinks. Food is always great.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    I wanted to sit in a booth but when we arrived it was already loud near the bar so we sat in the dining car because every place else was closed still to sit in the restaurant at 6:30 pm and was sat under a vent which was extremely freezing. I asked if they could turn it off which they did but someone else sat in the car since everything else was closed in the restaurant and they wanted it on so I sat with it blowing on me for the rest of my dinner, an hour. I wanted to sit at the end of the train car to get away from the terrible noise near the bar and the freezing cold blowing air but since most of the restaurant was closed there was no where to go and I already asked to move when we first walked in because of the noise level and I didn’t want to ask again. Five things on the menu were not available to serve, this was my first time at your restaurant so I was very disappointed. I asked our waiter who was wonderful about it who said they were having problems in the kitchen….or something but he wasn’t sure he said?? Five things on your small menu that weren’t available to order and we drove an hour to get there. For the hype for this restaurant to have so many things sold out on a Wednesday night, so many places in the restaurant closed, and it was so noisy I could barely hear the girl I was sitting across from I was extremely disappointed. I’m sure you really don’t care about what I have to say but I would have loved to have had the time of my life being with my girlfriend since kindergarten that we had been dreaming about going there for years.
  6. PK

    PeterK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food and the service were excellent--our friendly server guided our choices effectively, and carefully explained the structure of the menu. We also appreciated the history of the cafe, and the photos and mementos of the famous diners (or drinkers!) that had preceded us. Our only concern: turn down the volume of the music. That noise made chatting difficult--and the selections made it difficult as well to associate the venue with some of the famous patrons, like Sinatra.
  7. MR

    MeghanR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Unique, savory brunch menu, and everything was delicious. Generous portions, lovely cocktails. Love this place for dinner and drinks and I'm happy to have it on my weekend brunch radar!
  8. GH

    GaryH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful Fathers Day lunch! Pork belly breakfast sand which so delicious — crunchy toasted bread, juicy pork belly, blended with perfectly sunny side up egg, crunchy veggies, and sliced avocado. Thumbs up on the orange chicken. Good pot stickers. Egg rolls hot and crispy but a little mushy on the inside. Fabulously mixed Jordan Paradise cocktail — well balanced! I'll try to make it at home!
  9. B

    Bart

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We absolutely love the food at Formosa! It does tend to get a bit noisy though. We will always went back!
  10. JL

    JeffLfromTO

    Los Angeles

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our visit. The menu is limited in comparison to a traditional Chinese restaurant. I don’t like spicy food. I am convinced that the kitchen staff tried to accommodate my request, but the food (Kung Pao Chicken) was a bit too hot (spice-wise) for me. Even still, I/we love places with a history and the Formosa certainly qualifies. I hadn’t been in that area for decades. We shall return sometime.
  11. D

    Daley

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    We were seated with a film festival that we had no part of and did not want to attend. The films and ambience were extremely loud. We didn’t receive some of our food and drinks. Our server took over 15 minutes to get us our check and had not written down our order, so we had to tell her what we had ordered. We tried to speak with management, but they said it was not their problem and offered us no compensation. The food was pretty good, but not worth the price or the horrible service or ambience. I will not be returning and I will not recommend this restaurant to anyone else.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful experience at a classic Hollywood establishment. Decor is vintage, yet up to date as well. The same can be said for the food and drinks. Up to date takes on classic Asian fare and cocktails. Younger crowd. Music a bit loud, but our reservation was late.
  13. CF

    ClaireF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks and food were delicious! Ambience was great and lots of cool Hollywood history and pictures!
  14. CF

    CraftyFoodie

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We stopped in for appetizers & cocktails around 12:30pm so the place was definitely quiet and mostly empty. The interior is breathtaking, it's like you stepped back in time. I really enjoy visiting historic places and this place feels like it's had it's fair share of history. We tried the potstickers and egg rolls which were really good; the cocktails were excellent! Our bartender was amazing (if my memory serves me correctly, his name was Daniel), he was so sweet & friendly and made some delicious cocktails. I had the Rosemary 75 and my husband had the an Old Fashioned, both were 10/10. I'm excited to come back to try their dinner and more tasty concoctions.
  15. P

    Ponyboy

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Service was sloOOOow but to be fair, our server seemed slammed. Overall a good experience at a neighborhood favorite.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    The space is special, the service was kind and attentive. The food however tasted cooked from frozen, at best. There is so much potential but I would never dine there again and would never recommend anyone to dine either, solely based in the food. Would love to taste food that matches the unique interior.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic As Always
  18. SF

    jadeSF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service.
  19. CA

    CynthiaA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything, from the service, to the background music, to the food and drinks, was excellent. Will def go back.
  20. S

    Swa78

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The food was terrible. I would love to go back, but there must be a huge change in the quality of the food.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious- service was friendly! I’d always wanted to go there and now I did and I’ll be back one day.
  22. KM

    KellyM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I attended a short film screening night on the rooftop last night. I had a 6:30 pm reservation and we got a great table. Thanks so much Sandy! The place was busy. Everyone was having a great time and there was excitement in the air. I had a Nay Nay Rose Martini that was incredible! My boyfriend is vegan so we got all vegan options, the pancake, egg rolls, Asian greens, cauliflower and fried rice with tofu no egg. It was all so delicious! My boyfriend loved it all. Jess , Abby and Drake were our servers and they were so attentive and sweet. We had some other friends show up to join us and the staff was very accommodating.. My friends all loved the food as well. The bartender Larry made us all great drinks! The short films were all super entertaining. Then we all headed down stair for more fun! I met Sunny the bartender. Another sweetheart. What a great night! Thanks Formosa! I can’t wait to come back.
  23. OP

    OmarP

    Los Angeles

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem. Food and service are wonderful! Gluten free options are abundant and delicious here too!!
  24. JA

    JoyceA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EVERYONE was fantastic! My waiters were fabulous! And the food was great! Chefs kiss perfection!
  25. MW

    MichaelW

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic good and atmosphere. The rooftop lounge is quieter than inside with a private bar. Absolutely worth the visit and we'll be there time and time again!
  26. LD

    LisaD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Service was great. Food was average. Not exceptionally tasty or hot.
  27. SN

    SarahN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about our amazing experience at Fermosa! The food was delicious the environment is cozy and the history of the place makes it an extra fun visit. Our server, Matt, was the perfect balance of checking in and letting us enjoy our conversations and did a great job with my food allergies. I was really able to enjoy our experience because of the care and attention Matt and the kitchen took to make sure I had delicious options and knew what to avoid! Thank you so much Fermosa! We will be back!
  28. AW

    AmyW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is great and portions are generous. Well balanced cocktail list. I went on a Friday night when they were slammed so things were forgotten, but that happens when a place is busy. Will def go back
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a great experience with our server and bartender, everything was on time however we probably waited a little bit longer at certain points in the night than we wanted to for drinks. The hostess was absolutely rude and told us she wouldn’t be able to take us without a reservation, however we asked to sit at the bar and made a reservation for 15 minutes later on OpenTable and then all of a sudden they had space to seat us at a booth. Seemed a little counter intuitive to me, even when we went back to tell her we had a res she was still pretty unresponsive and we received several eye rolls and attitude from her. Otherwise the chow fun noodles and the orange chicken were my absolute favorite. The green tea martini also phenomenal.
  30. P

    Prezzie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks and even better atmosphere! Highly recommend.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love everything about this place. Food & drink are amazing and the staff is refreshingly friendly and accommodating! Love the ambiance - old school Hollywood!
  32. KG

    KatGadd

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met friends and had a great meal!
  33. OP

    OmarP

    Los Angeles

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place is fabulous. For those of you with a gluten-free need, this place rocks. A friend who has a severe allergy had no problems and so enjoyed his very tasty food. Legendary place for all!!! Eat here!!!’❤️
  34. NB

    NoreenB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    We came shortly after they opened and were immediately in love with the ambiance. Very old time vibes with antique items. For us being one of the only tables in there, we were surprised when the food (Orange chicken, rice, bao) all came out cold. The taste was good but temperature was off putting. Additionally the staff was super unprofessional. There was a waitress wasting a bowl of rice over by the check out kiosk and another busser talking to her and being obnoxiously loud and doing fake kicks. Really took away from the whole experience. Which is saddening because I heard great things about this place. Maybe dinner is better but brunch is not it!
  35. DR

    DollyRoger

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a gem. I have been wanting to visit for years and finally made it. Drinks and food were delicious, I just wish they told you some of the Chinese dishes do not come with rice.
  36. AN

    AlexN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great space. Such a good atmosphere and the food + drinks were great.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time at Formosa! The orange chicken, beef and broccolini, soup dumplings, and scallion pancake were amazing! Dan Dan noodles were good but they aren’t lying when they say they’re spicy! Overall, great meal!
  38. JB

    JeremyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food and spectacular drinks! Our party of 6 had an amazing time and we will be back again!
  39. LB

    LoonBear

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing historic atmosphere with wide variety of craft cocktails and great assortment of Asian dishes and bites. Perfect for an early meal before a show as its quiet when they open for dinner at 5pm inside. So wonderful that this restaurant was saved and restored.
  40. j

    jonathanb

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We made a last minute reservation and thoroughly enjoyed our meal, our drinks, the ambiance, and the service. This is a cool Hollywood throwback restaurant with very good food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Formosa Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Formosa Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 850-1009.

Formosa Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 386 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Formosa Cafe

7156 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90046-5802

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Formosa and Santa Monica

  • Neighborhood

    West Hollywood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free street parking after 6pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dan Huerta

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (323) 850-1009

  • Private party facilities

    Please direct all event inquiries to matt@1933group.com

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