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Formosa Cafe

7156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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    The Formosa Café has a long history of patronage from movie stars and movie industry people because of its location adjacent to Samuel Goldwyn Studio (referred to as “The Lot”). The restaurant was started in 1925 by Jimmy Bernstein (who was described as a 1920s prize fighter). Bernstein operated initially in a Red Car trolley and it was located just east of The Lot Studios (which changed ownership over the years from Pickford-Fairbanks Studios to United Artists, to Samuel Goldwyn to Warner Hollywood Studios) where movies from Some Like it Hot to Scary Movie 2 were filmed. Generations of movie stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable have eaten meals at the Café, and it is even mentioned (shown) in an early Warner Brothers cartoon. Enjoy classic Chinese food at this historic spot where celebrity sightings are still common. (NOTE: We give the atmosphere and history 5 stars, but the food is a bit on the average 3 star range, so it averages a 4 star rating for us.)

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    This is the way old hollywood looked. Dimly lit and atmosphere galore. You can imagine you are Clark Gable while you enjoy our excellent food.

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    If it's ghosts of movie stars past you're after, they're likely lurking (and likely drinking) at haunts such as Formosa Café. This landmark bar & restaurant has been serving celebs since 1925, and their visages stare down at you from hundreds of famous patron portraits donning the walls as you sip on their signature Mai Tai, which is only $6 during their happy hour (4-7pm, M-F, along with $3 beers, $5 wine and well drinks & select $6 cocktails) . Don't be deterred by the monstrous shopping complex that now towers over Formosa -- in fact, we love the convenience of picking up Febreze & toilet paper before downing delicious rum drinks.

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4.5 out of 5
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