History of El Floridita
El Floridita Restaurant in Hollywood was founded in 1987. El Floridita is named after the famous bodeguita in La Habana Cuba, made famous by Ernest Hemingway. El Floridita Restaurant in Hollywood serves authentic Cuban and Caribbean inspired cuisine daily from 11:30AM to 9PM. Nestled in the heart of Hollywood, we welcome you to come experience the most authentic Cuban experience in all of Los Angeles – and just as the original Floridita in La Habana was a haven for old Hollywood; don’t be surprised if you find yourself dining next to some of the world’s most popular artists!
World Famous Salsa Monday’s at El Floridita
Our World Famous Salsa Monday’s were made popular by the late Johnny Polanco – Johnny Polanco Y Su Conjunto Amistad played every Monday for 24 years. He was one of the most sought-after band leaders in the U.S. and gained the distinction for making the type of contagious Latin Music that is truly appreciated by salsa dancers and musicians worldwide. Prince was one of his biggest fans and would often fly into town just to hear Johnny play. Johnny is no longer with us, but the legacy he helped to create lives on, every Monday, week after week.
Salsa Nights at El Floridita
El Floridita has offered live entertainment every Monday, Friday, and Saturday for over 30 years. Our doors open at 7 pm for dinner seating. If you are planning on dining with us, reservations are highly encouraged. All guests (21 years and older) are welcome at the bar for standing room to enjoy the show for $15 per person. There is a complimentary salsa dance lesson at 8 p.m. on Mondays, and 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The live entertainment starts at 9:30 p.m. where you can enjoy the best salsa bands in Los Angeles!