Press Reviews


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SalsaHook.com: Salsa Dancing in Los Angeles:
El Floridita Cuban Restaurant, A Latin Gem in Hollywood, CA
"El Floridita Cuban Restaurant offers the most authentic Cuban experience in all of Los Angeles. In business since 1987, El Floridita has become a Latin entertainment landmark in Hollywood, CA. ... El Floridita tops it off on entertainment nights with live music from Salsa and Latin Jazz bands like Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad, Orquesta Charangoa, Oskar Cartaya, Charanga Cubana, and many more of the best Latin talents in the city."


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The Blossoming of El Floridita:
L.A. Times
"There are several things you can can count on at El Floridita in Hollywood. El Floridita is relatively new in town — about 7 months old — a labor of love and the hard work of its owner, Armando Castro, a former banker, who decided to change career at midlife. We had several things I would try again and again. Much of the Cuban fare on the lunch menu is great Havana vendor food. The bread itself, made for the restaurant, is served at the table and it is good."


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Los Angeles Times Calendar:
Mario Lopez's Favorite Weekend
"Mario Lopez talks about El Floridita. On Friday night I'll get some friends together and go to a great place in Hollywood, El Floridita. It's got some nice Cuban food, and then it turns into this hotspot with a live band and salsa music. I like the garlic chicken smothered in onions, and after dinner, with the sangria flowing and some great mojitos, the place really gets going. I usually just like to listen, but I'll dance too if I feel like it. I really haven't been out too much since "Dancing With The Stars" has been on, so no one really has asked me to get up and show what I can do, but I've been known to shake a leg or two there."


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Zagat Survey:
Los Angeles Nightlife at El Floridita
""Just seeing an old guy hustle the ladies on the dance floor in his head-to-toe white outfit is worth the trip" to this "slice of Buena Vista Social Club" in Hollywood; "don't forget to ask for a mojito" to wash down that "fab, authentic Cubano cuisine", then "sit back and enjoy the great show" — or, "if you like salsa", "shake what yo mama gave ya" to the "esxcellent" live music amid "lots of Latin cleavage"; just "make a reservation, or you won't get in.""


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BUZZ: The Talk of Los Angeles:
El Floridita: supper club with old-world style!
""There isn't a Supper Club in L.A. with more old-world style than El Floridita." As far as I'm concerned there's only one substitute for sex, and that's dancing. El Floridita is a little Havana cantina in Hollywood. There may be many hot spots for dancing in our urban sprawl, but there's no place with more old-world style than El Floridita."


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El Floridita: #1 place for social dancing!:
ABC7.COM
"El Floridita comes in at #1! First, for real salsa dancing, check out El Floridita in Hollywood. It will feel like you're going to a Cuban house to meet your family, your aunts. It's a place where everyone knows each other or just want to know each other. After getting your salsa groove on, cool off with a mojito and other typical Cuban dishes."


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Latin Beat Magazine:
New World Afro-Cuban Cabaret Theater
"El Floridita is the name of the restaurant in Havana, Cuba that Ernest Hemmingway made famous (a.k.a. La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana). El Floridita Supper Club in Hollywood is the place where the new world and afro-cuban heritage come together."


El Floridita Press & Reviews
Los Angeles Times Calendar:
Mario Lopez's Favorite Weekend
Mario Lopez talks about El Floridita. On Friday night I'll get some friends together and… (read more)