32 locals recommend · Estimated price 2 out of 4 ·
About this place
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.
Tips from locals
recently remodel and is a staple of old school Hollywood. Named after Taiwan Island by the Portuguese when they first saw the island.
Original old Hollywood restaurant, serving great drinks and asian food in a nostalgic environment.
they have happy hour twice a day some days and a rooftop open during the warm months.
Established around 90 years ago, with limited changes in ownership. Open for dinner only, this venue has an impressive clientele, spanning many generations and genres. Previous patron include Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Paris Hilton, Bono, Johnny Depp, Dean Martin and…
The Formosa used to be an iconic Old Hollywood fixture, but it was recently purchased and renovated and lost its soul. However, the food is still decent and they have a rooftop space and a good Happy Hour. And it's super close by--if you don't love it, you can escape to Jones across the street.
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