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Formosa Cafe, West Hollywood, CA

Formosa Cafe

4.6
4.6
525 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

7:00 PM


Booked 45 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 525 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Asian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Made a reservation requested booth got sat in a tiny last seat in a corner booths were open available, waiter didn’t know the menu, ordered flat Prosecco which I didn’t drink…. Left & went across the street to Jones, Way better!!!
  2. PO

    PartyOf4

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Service was lacking (and I am so appreciative of servers during these times!). We were seated at a really weird pushed apart table with all of us in a line - none of the 7 of us could talk to each other except the person next to us. Hostess was 100% unhelpful. We improvised and with our waiter’s help, pushed tables together and it worked. Dirty plates were never cleared. On the plus side: Food is amazing. Ambience is fun and beautiful with so much history. Overall our out of town guests loved it and we had a nice evening.
  3. TW

    TravisW

    Los Angeles

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I dined alone, craving dumplings or dim sum before a performance at the Pantages. Service was excellent. I enjoyed the Chile pork dumplings, fish dumplings, pork dumplings and soup dumplings. As well as the bao sandwiches with cucumber. Dipping sauces are scrumptious. I was seated upstairs for the first time with a full bar (I love the Mai Thais) with heat lamps. One of my favorite go-toos.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was delicious, crowd was hip and diverse and the music was a vibe! Will definitely be back .
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Nice location, but food was not impressive at all. My friend barely touched her food, she ordered the cold peanut noodles and had 2 bites. I had the walnut shrimp and it was whatever. Steak and broccolini was ok and the fried sesame balls as well. We really wanted to order some baos but were told we can’t have any because they are all reserved for a private party. Long wait times even just for a ginger ale. I guess people go here for the atmosphere and drinks and not for a great food experience.
  6. MG

    MeanGene

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I made reservations for Thanksgiving dinner a week before. My reservations were for 5:30 PM, and for a booth we arrived early and was asked to wait at the bar and have a drink. At 5:30 I went to check with the receptionist and she said my booth was not available until 7:30 PM. I did not want to start an argument and ask why I was not notified through email because of the special instructions I asked for, was a booth. I ended up asking her for a table that was available. My fiancé and I were then taken to the train car where we were placed at the smallest table I’ve ever seen literally a foot and a half square I considered it rude and a waste of time. Needless to say, I have no reason to return.
  7. EU

    EdUyeshima

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    The hostess should tell you about the step-up to the train car. It’s a doozy.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Thoroughly enjoyed the food
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This place has gone so downhill. The food and service just can’t compare to the ambiance, and even that was lacking because the lights were so bright. The staff was so casually dressed, that the host had on a t-shirt and ripped jeans, while the foodrunner wore an Adidas sweatshirt and Dodgers cap. McDonald’s employees look more polished than this crew. The food was mediocre at best. There are tons of better Asian places in LA, for example, try Cobi’s in Santa Monica. Perhaps Formosa’s biggest sin, I watched two employees “wash” their hands in the men’s restroom with just water because there was no soap. The soap dispenser itself looks dirty and ancient. It probably doesn’t work. Glad I brought my own hand sanitizer. I won’t go back to this place.
  10. AS

    AlecS

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great vibe, and an interesting (good!) menu.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Noisy and requested NO chili flakes and chili peppers but still had them in our dishes. Our waiter (Angel) was great and apologetic and tried very hard to give us what we wanted. Food was plentiful. All in all I would come back.
  12. SR

    ShanaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The atmosphere was energetic. The waitress was friendly and normal. The drinks were good. The food was excellent. We were seated at the Elvis table. No complaints or worries, all was good. I would come back again and again.
  13. C

    Chinarider

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious, extremely flavorful. The rooftop bar was backed up for some reason, even though there were maybe 20 people on the whole deck. So those took a while. Otherwise I definitely recommend. Though steer clear of the LA tap water, tastes awful.
  14. c

    claudiad

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Had reservations but they weren’t ready for us. Drinks were great. Food was underwhelming and overpriced. Our server was amazing. Kelly made the experience worthwhile.
  15. SC

    SharleneC

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    My out of town friends wanted to come to Formosa as we all love historic venues. The remodeling done is very impressive and well done. The service could be better…took awhile for the wait staff to come by and then more time to get our order…etc. The food was pricey and you don’t get much and the food wasn’t impressive. We got an order of potstickers which were deep fried and burnt and there were like 6 pieces for $15!! Egg rolls were definitely not made from scratch and for 4 pieces it was $10 and the inside was mushy. The cocktails were slightly better, though some were off balanced and very acidic. Also price range $14-$17/cocktail. There was karaoke? Or hired singer? Anyways they were way too loud and we were screaming just to have a conversation next to each other. It’s a beautiful space and I really wish the management will do something to improve the rest of it.
  16. JP

    JoelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very funky and iconic place- soo awesome! Good prices too as far as Hollywood goes!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cool atmosphere and the food was delicious! Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Cool Hollywood history!
  18. MN

    MNPdeLBC

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Great Hollywood kitsch, and good food. Service was disinterested at best.
  19. F

    Foodfan

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    When we arrived, no one was around to let us know if we should seat ourselves or wait to be seated. The sweet bartender went and called on the hostess who took us to our seat. Service was a little slow to get started at first (restaurant wasn’t too busy during this time) but once we were tended to it went well. The items on the lunch menu were somewhat limited (not all items were available during that meal hour. We did enjoy the items we ordered that were available. The drinks were delish! When we first arrived, the bartender did mentioned they close the kitchen at 3:30 to prepare for dinner. All in all the staff was friendly and we will be back again but this time for dinner, so we can try the items we really wanted to try that weren’t offered during the day.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No occasion beautiful night out. Formosa never fails.
  21. g

    goldenboy

    Las Vegas

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Drinks were outstanding in the food pretty good at this historic Hollywood Chinese eatery. The honey walnut shrimp lax punch and needs another ingredient but the damn son and dumplings we had were good
  22. LV

    LaVieEnRose

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Hello, this is the 5th time in 2 months I was in. Service was a bit funky however in the red car. A dish we def didn't ordered was delivered to us no less than 3 times. It was starting to become hilarious (the French man who was one of my guests remarked when the 3rd server came by with this dish after 2 male servers before her: ah, they figured they would send the pretty blonde to test whether we would finally accept it!). We never got a dish we did order, and finally told the server she might as well cancel it. But I do love the place overall and was happy that on this 5th visit, you finally were not sold out of egg rolls. -R
  23. SC

    SusieC

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place for great food and the patio is dog friendly
  24. YL

    YmineL

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took the kids here for dinner after watching a movie at the El Capitan. Food was delicious and good service. The drinks were tasty too.
  25. RS

    RicardoS

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasantly surprised. Delicious food, great service and drinks!
  26. HP

    HPeater

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, great vibes, delicious food. We'll be back!
  27. PN

    PerfectNite

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was OMG good! Matt was wonderful servicer checked on us often brought the food in perfect stages so we could enjoy each dish perfectly.
  28. ND

    NowellD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time here I love the location parking is easy from the retail garage across the street. I love the old classic photos and Chinese decor. There’s plenty of seating options and chose to sit in the Trolly area. We had a table for 2 and shared soup dumplings, 3 baos and a plate of chowmein. It was just enough to split no leftovers. Love the original fixtures in the bathroom and decor
  29. b

    barbaraayn

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Super place to dine for good Asian food Our waitress, Alex, was terrific. There should be more like her The atmosphere is cool but the one drawback was that they didn’t have any t-shirts in any size but small and for collectors like myself it was a disappointment but what a place; worth the visit
  30. E

    Eddie

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The waiter was great. The only piece of constructive criticism is that we were two diners and asked if the food we ordered was enough or too much. The waiter said the four dishes we ordered were fine, when in fact two dishes alone was more than enough so we had to cancel one of the four dishes
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Step back in time to the Hollywood era of LA Confidential 🤫 the food is fabulous. Great ambiance, too.
  32. JA

    JACK

    Los Angeles

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing evening . The last time my wife went there was 63 years ago with her aunt. She is now 74! We’re not gonna wait again that long. Thank you very much
  33. SJ

    SusanJ

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and expedient
  34. T

    Tshawk

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful experience. I feel like the waiter rushed us a little, but everyone was happy and pleased with their drinks and food! Lots of fun for out of town guests
  35. S

    Shakti

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Magical spot. Try their taro ice cream (you can order by itself)
  36. CB

    CarinB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Updated remodel very nicely done, keep the original feel and ambiance. The rooftop outdoor dining area is very enjoyable. Overall gives you a step back into old Hollywood. Food was delicious.
  37. U

    Upscalehealthynatural

    Los Angeles

    384 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    384 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The kung pao chicken was a standout. The shrimp and walnuts were so delicious. Also we loved the cauliflower dish.
  38. FR

    FranciscoR

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience. Very generous portions and amazing cocktails. It didn't dissapoint.
  39. FR

    FranciscoR

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing expierence. I drove over 90 miles to expierence the history and great food of the Fermosa. It didn't dissapoint. Thank you staff and everyone who served us today. The Mai Tai was excellent!
  40. N

    Norsestar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is still one of LA’s gems. Ambiance, food and service are beautiful. Such a good night out!

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 4.6 stars by 525 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 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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