El Cid

3.6
70 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Flamenco shows are every Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 with seating beginning at 6:00pm, and ending at 8:00pm. Their are three available packages for our show.

In celebration of the diverse flavors and spices of the Mediterranean, El Cid brings you El Oso, a California Mediterranean restaurant. El Oso seamlessly blends modern and old-world cooking techniques while showcasing some of California’s finest seasonal ingredients. From heirloom tomato Gazpacho to Catalan style short ribs to paella with fresh prawns, Chef Jason Fullilove adds a level of soulful creativity to these culinary classics.
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RT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation, confirmed, Someone at El Cid called a couple of times to make sure we are coming.
We have arrived there at the set time, only to be told that they have seated a group of 18 that have arrived unexpectedly and we can not be accommodated. We were offered seating on an outdoor patio, which was not acceptable. It was cold and the place looked deserted.
We have left, ended up having dinner at “Le petit chateau “ in North Hollywood, it was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible food! They served our group last and ran out of food and dessert. I will never return to this place!

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LJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. We really enjoyed the show.

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r
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

lousy parking...no valet, have to park in questionable lot with only 10 spaces.
food good but service poor. no chocolate cake as promised and no mint for mojitos!!!
high priced drinks. filthy bathrooms.
entertainment good but male dancers were ill-trained and could not keep up with the 3 women
not "professional" quality for a show
music too loud for small venue
first time celebrating friend's birthday who is a dancer...she enjoyed the dancers but balked at the high prices for food packages.
poor tapas choices

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CP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Flamenco dancers, singer and guitarist were outstanding! That is why we came, so we were pleasantly surprised that the food and the service were excellent as well!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Great show, low quality food.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Date night with my husband

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BP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

had a great time food was great and so was the entertainment

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a
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Ambiance is great. Worth the price. Awesome flamenco show

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AB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

I was very excited about going here. I lived in Santa Fe, NM for years and love Flamenco. The show was pretty good so if you love Flamenco just go for that reason alone. The food was terrible. Really... terrible. And the service was ok. The service was by no means bad, it was just ok. Very rushed with the food. I had my 1st bite of salad when they brought the next dish. The place is really neat so just go for the dancing and ambience. You have to order the set menu. Sadly, I would not return unless I was going to see a band.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

I would definitely not recommend this restaurant to a friend. It was freezing inside until they closed the doors. Now and then they would open if someone walked in and out. The portions of the food was a joke and you didn't get a full entry. I took friends who just got married and they ordered Paella entry. They were never told that it was one dish for two people. It was a joke. They got one small plate for two. My dish was chicken. One very small mini size piece of chicken that was dry. You couldn't even see a side dish. a couple of small very small potatoes. My boyfriend ordered the Steak and there were no side dishes. The $200 we paid for four people was worth maybe $75.

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Love this place but it needs some updating in decor. Also horrible to have waiters do food service during show. My view was constantly blocked

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IC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the place! We keep going back every few years, and sending our friends to it.
The performance is AMAZING!

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g
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Resumen el show estubo muy bien, Ameno e Instructivo pero la cena, si quieren hacer de EL CID un lugar de cocina Espanola, no estubo a la altura.
Normalmente desde que se sirve el aperitivo hasta que se cene, no deberia pasar menos de 15 minutos y el mesero/a preguntar " Ya estan listos para cenar".
Luego una esnsalada es normalmente un "conjunto de vegetales" ( al menos 3 diferentes) preparados y dispuetos con sazon y/o dressing. No solo Hojas enteras sin recortar.
En Espana la comida se acompana SIEMPRE con pan. SIEMPRE !!!!
Luego de Postre, habiendo tantos postres RICOS ofrecen CHURROS ???, generalmente los churros se comen en el Desayuno o en la merienda, pero NO DE POSTRE. Que tal unas Natillas, Crema Catalana, Alguna fruta con Natas ?? Algo mas elegante y mas tipico.
Un lugar de comida Espanol y no tiene Espresso. ???

Mi nombre es Gabriel Turiel, Nacido en Espana hace mas de 60 anos y regreso a Espana, almenos 1 vez al ano.


Gracias.

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EB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Would bring someone in a heart beat. The ambiance was great, the show was amazing, and it's such a cool retro place with so much history.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The place is an iconic landmark. We were late for the show, but enjoyed the food. The Tapas were better than the paella which was way to saucy. Service was very good and the drinks were made to order.

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IG
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Service and food was disappointing! Slow, wrong, not enough attention.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I thought the atmosphere and food was great. However, I felt rushed. We completed a 4 course meal in just under an hour. There didn't seem to be a pause. As soon as one course was finished the next appeared. Also-- they were quick to close out the bill.

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M
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went to El Cid to see a musical show I'd heard about. We bought tickets online beforehand and went to the restaurant/venue not really knowing what to expect. I'm not sure if we went through the wrong entrance when we arrived, but it was difficult figuring out where to check in or where to sit. It's possible that this was because we arrived a little early. Anyway, once we seated ourselves and were able to order drinks and food before (and during) the show, we were very impressed with the food. We ordered several small plate dishes and everything was quite delicious and reasonably priced. The show was good, too! Overall, we had a good experience at El Cid and plan on going back to catch another show sometime soon.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved the Flamenco Show! Very interactive. Would love if they brought guests up on stage. Love Assieh the performer, and all are great!

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P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food is terrible. Dancing is not good. Show is overlong. Restaurant feels dirty. Avoid!

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c
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem! Came on my birthday for "belle book and candle". Fun show, great outdoor patio, enjoyed the tapas (octopus was tender!) Thanks El Cid for giving me one of the best birthdays Ive ever had!

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WF
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with the quality of the entertainment, but enjoyed the nostalgic atmosphere of the place. The server was friendly and efficient. The food and drinks were good, but overpriced.

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DA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Actually better than any meal I've had in Spain! Truly authentic Mediterranean style preparation and flavorful. Kudos to the chef, he is incredible. The well trained service staff is courteous, attentive, and helpful. The highlight of the evening is the group of flaminco dancers and the maestro guitar musician. The performance is energetic, exciting and a pleasure to watch and listen to. We will definitely recommend El Cid to everyone we know and we will return with friends and family. Profound thanks to the director of entertainment and manager, Joey Bybee, for a job well done.
Daniel M

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D
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

The flamenco dancers where good, however the food was not great. I asked for the Paella and the rice was tasteless and it was not an entree side it look like a appetizer. The lamb meatballs were small and the lamb smell was overwhelming. They only had two to three items to choose from.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was our first time here with done Austrian guest. We had amazing time.
We lived the show and the best thing that it wasn’t the clichè holiwood show.

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d
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They sent away and wouldn’t accept the voucher because they were having a private party. They should have contact us and let us know so we wouldn’t waist our time.

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JK
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Cid is awesome. I've been coming here for years. If you want to see some authentic flamenco and eat legit Spanish food, this is the place for you.

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NK
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was incredible. We got the Groupon deal; 2 people for $100 which is normally $80/person. Food was incredible. But the only complaint I have is that the service was slow. I get that they are slammed these nights, but when you only have 3 dinner options, you should have those ready and waiting for a room of over 100 people. Otherwise excellent! Would recommend :)

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d
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The main draw was the performance. I was told not to expect much from the food, but it was surprisingly good! Limited menu selection and poor service were the reasons for my rating.

I recommend parents to get a sitter; not a family friendly venue.

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r
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new food selection. The sangria is good, the corkage is just $15. The flamenco show is phenomenal. This is a LA gem.

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DL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The dinner promised soup and salad, 6 Tapas to share, and a desert to share. When seated I immediately tried to clean the food remains from a prior seating off the table. Needless to say the table was not cleaned. Earlier the waiter dropped off a menu which did not correspond with what was promised and what we purchased. There was only three Tapas to select from. After about seventeen minutes later he came back and asked us if we were ready to order. We were not because, once again the menu did not correspond with what we purchased. He took our drink order instead, we ordered Sangria. It arrived warm and had a layer of sentiments floating on top. It was horrible. My mother ordered lemonade. She never complains, it was so bad she could not drink it. My wife ordered a Diet Coke, it came in a 8 ounce glass filled with ice. She took two sips and the coke was gone. When the waiter finally came back to take our order, he explained our voucher was changed and we only had the option to order either a salad or soup (not both), one of the three Tapas and a separate entrée for each. The salad servings came out very inconsistent. The entrée was barely digestible, and desert was served finally as we were leaving without utensils. We had to go to the manager to request the bill. When the bill arrived, we were shocked. The horrible pitcher of Sangria was $30, the lemonade that was not consumed was over $5 along with the coke. But worst of all the had the nerve to add 20% ~$40 for a tip when the service, drinks and food was the worst we had experienced ever. During the entire evening, I looked around to see if our experience was an anomaly. Unfortunately, it appeared to be the norm. There were tables where the food requested was not even served until late in the performance and the table beside us never received their entrée so they just canceled. The table behind us left without notice (I assumed they were very displeased). The dancer were too old to be dancing and should retire.

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w
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was slow. Food was average. Glad to use Travel Zoo discount. Not worth the full price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The entrance to the patio was not clean and the hole place was tired and messy. I wish I could be the owner of this place to turn it 360 degree. This place has soooooo much potential yet it’s sooooo poorly managed. We were the third ones into the restaurant and the last ones to be served a drink. We had to call on a waiter three times before someone actually asked what we wanted to drink and everyone else were drinking and even eating. The music was so low and the dancers while they talk you could not hear. They performed well but this place could do better. You could hear crickets outside while we were waiting, no music no drinks and quite dirty all over. I was very dissatisfied and more disappointed as it was my first time. Anyway here is my number if you want further feedback or ideas to turn the place around. My name is Jose Fernandez and my number is (818)720-9289.

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KJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the live flamenco performances! The menu is limited, but the food is pretty delicious. I've seen other reviews complain about the speed of service: it's a dinner show, so naturally courses are spaced out more than a normal meal. A fun spot if you enjoy live music and dance.

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ST
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food offering was weak. The show was very good.

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CO
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Was there to celebrate a friend's bday. There was three of us and all of us enjoyed this new experience. we came from the central valley, so we drove 2 hours just to visit this place. We enjoyed it. The food was ok, but was not impressed. Overall, i would recommend for the show.

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NS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

It was my first time going there. I had invited my dear friend that has just came to town for a visit. I reserved for 2 people and yet half the food served was a single item portion for 1 person. I had to complain to the waiter more than once to serve us the other portion. We did get the other portion after an apology each time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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RA
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

I was excited to go to this landmark restaurant and piece of L.A.'s Spanish history. The building is interesting with the tile art and many statues and objects and other-worldly cave-like feeling as you descend down the steps. Indeed the actual location is beautiful. But - wow - the food is quite awful. The gloppiest, mushiest and worst paella I have ever had. Thankfully - you only get a few spoonfuls of this horrible oatmeal-like paste that masquerades as paella - that is Spain's version of a "food of the gods. " Most of the appetizers were quite horrible as well - maybe that's why such small portions. Though - the empanadas were quite good - I wanted to like the food - so I will certainly give credit where credit is due. I knew the wait would be long - we waited 45 minutes till a waitperson first came to our table. That part was okay as we were there for the night and in no rush - only wish the food was decent. The cheesecake dessert was frozen -defrosted!! And - that was the largest portion of our meal. Then the bill came - being overcharged by $250. I kid you not. We had to speak to the waiter a few times to get our bill corrected.

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