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Cicada
Cicada

Cicada Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cicadarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (213) 488-9488
  • Hours of Operation: Closed Mondays except for private events. December closed most days for private events including New Year's Eve.

    Tuesday - Saturday Dinner 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    The Cicada Club Special Nights featuring live music and dancing in a vintage 1940s style nightclub. http://CicadaClub.com

    Cicada Club Three course Prix Fixe Dinner Special $49 per person plus cover charge (cover charge varies)
    Coat and tie for men, dresses or dressy pants suit for ladies, please
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Contemporary Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cicada offers catering on site for weddings, corporate events, wrap parties, Award Show after-parties, special occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please see banquet facilities.
  • Private Party Contact: Adelmo Zarif (213) 488-9951
  • Entertainment: On special nights travel back in time to the Cicada Club, a vintage 1940's style nightclub featuring fine dining, live music and dancing (cover charge applies).
  • Special Events & Promotions: Cicada can host up to 300 for a sit-down dinner. For cocktail parties 550 and more with flow through out the event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 7th & 6th
  • Public Transit: Pershing Square Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is located in front of the restaurant on the left side of Olive Street
A word from Cicada
Cicada is a masterful combination of historic architecture and modern cuisine. From the 30-foot gold leaf ceiling to the luxurious Art Deco bar and lounge, Cicada has combined 1920s elegance with contemporary design elements to create an extraordinary atmosphere. The European style is further complemented by a sophisticated Northern Italian and California fusion menu. 15,000 square feet - ideal for weddings, special events, and private parties.

On most Sundays and special Friday nights travel back in time to The Cicada Club, a vintage themed 1940's style nightclub featuring fine dining, live music and dancing (door charge applies).

Cicada Club entertainment schedule: CicadaClub.com

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "The room is really a nice space with many preserved original art deco decorations. But this has not undergone a first rate restoration and it looks shabby around the edges. The chairs do not match and they creak. The food is average, not bad, but it is nothing special. Food is also overpriced for what you get."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Go on a Friday night when band is playing and everything is lively. It's more of dinner and a show from the 1930's."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I never knew this restaurant existed until last Friday. I took my girlfriend out to "Cicada" for a romantic dinner. The restaurant is located inside the Opiatt Building and there are no visible signs outside the restaurant, only a valet sign and the building number lets you know. We were greeted with smiles and were seated right away. The art deco inside was amazing since it has been intact and pretty much preserved since the 1920's. Food was okay at best and was not worth the price we were charged for it. I had the new york steak and my girlfriend had the mushroom risotto (best risotto I've had by far) and the appetizers were decent. Our waiter gave us a history lesson of the restaurant and some amazing facts as well."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This gorgeous art-deco former men's haberdashery is a wonderful environment for a special occasion. The food was excellent--especially the squid-ink pasta and the wild bass--and the service unobtrusive but consistently friendly and helpful. Better if you have a large group, as the restaurant is very large and spacious, with high ceilings, so if only a few parties are there it could be a bit overwhelming."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This restaurant is arguably in the most beautiful historic rooms in LA. A historic imposing space provides a beautiful restaurant scene and is the backdrop for excellent food served by waiters who really know how to serve. The home made squid ink pasta with crabmeat was on a par with the best pasta served in town. The veal chop and black cod mains were excellent and came with well conceived sides. This has to be one of the very best downtown restaurants."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It was a wonderful place to go for a special occasion. We did the tasting menu and did not regret it at all! It is beautiful there, and I would love to go again when there is music on a Friday or Sunday night."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Good food, great service, they have live music and dancing on certain nights. Probably not the best place for your little ones, unless they're well behaved of course.."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The place was beautiful, the 1928 building and themes just great. I swing band "Phat Cat Swingers", HOT and the place was jumping. The price was high but I can't wait to return. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Cicada is a step back in time to Hollywood's by-gone era. It is elegant and stylish. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable! "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We happened to book a table for four on a Friday night which happened to be the night the Cicada Club was meeting. We decided to join the festivities and what a great time we had. Those people dress up to look good and, oh boy, can they dance. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere very much. The wait staff also were excellent. Thanks for a fun evening."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Visiting the restaurant after a 20 year absence (back then it was Rex Il Ristorante), we were quite happy to find the location to be at least as gorgeous as we remembered. Arriving early for dinner before a show at the Orpheum, we were quite literally the first diners in the place. Warmly welcomed, we were comfortable immediately. After delicious drinks and salads we moved to the entrees. The Lobster Linguini was frankly jaw-dropping delicious!My wife felt similarly about her homemade gnocchi dish. Service was wonderful throughout and we vowed to return again in much sooner than 20 years!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "There aren't enough downtown restaurants open post-Sunday theater matinee dinner. The prix fixe Sunday here is pretty good. There was entertainment later on the evening we dined. The beautiful room in the 1928 Oviatt Building is is in need of TLC."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The dinner was great, the service was great . . . but their salads were lacking."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Wir waren eine Woche in LA und hatten vorher geschaut, wo man gut essen gehen kann. Das Cicada hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Gehört preislich mit Sicherheit zu den gehoben, allerdings war das Essen sehr gut, der Service super aufmerksam und das tolle Ambiente eines Herrenausstatters aus den 20er Jahren spricht für sich. Ist mit Sicherheit auch als Club toll, wenn statt der Dinnertische dort getanzt wird ... Unsererseits sehr zu empfehlen!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food is excellent and so is the service. If you like a very big restaurant where you converse easily and have your order taken quickly enabling you to make the 'curtain'...this is the place for you."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "It was a great night. Wow, I want to return. I even danced and I felt very comfortable"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I ordered Lobster Ravioli and Lava Cake for dessert, it was amazing, couldn't get any better."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I chose Cicada on Open Table based on their menu, table availability (for 5), write up on Open Table and proximity to my work location in downtown in LA. When we arrived we discovered they were serving only a prix fixe Valentine's menu. We had limited time and after surveying other options we decided to stay put and order from the abbreviated menu. The food was decent, the service decent, but nothing resembling the pricepoint or the write up on Open Table. It seemed like a private club from another dimension. It was a bizarre experience overall."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This little place was the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine's Day. The service was excellent and the food was great. Although it was a little pricey, it was worth every penny."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Recently was here for a Valentine's dinner with the lady. Very romantic. Its kind of like a Great Gatsby theme. I would've been great if they could have had live music for that weekend. It would've been an even better experience for a Valentines day weekend. Overall, it was great and would definitely come back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Ok so I took my wife for Valentines and although it is great location it is crazy expensive for the kind of food and service you get"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The interior was beautiful. The band played great music. I had the chance to eat delicious food and listen to live music with the person I love on Valentines day. I wouldn't have it any other way. The night was perfect. I had a great experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Came in on a Monday night during Restaurant Week, and I appreciate the fact that Cicada isn't traditionally open on Mondays, but the food was terrible...and it was off their traditional menu, not the Restaurant Week menu. I ordered the fish grill and all three pices of fish were dry and tasteless; the menu was not professional looking, and the food was not consistent with the recent yelp ratings. The inside of Cicada was run-down, and not the classic old L.A. interior that I was expecting. Everything about the place was dingy. They were out of the first wine we ordered and out of the dover sole. Bottom line: the place had the feel of financial duress and seemed about ready to go out of business."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I've always wanted to see the inside of this restaurant and DineLA afforded us the opportunity. The food was good -- not cutting edge, hot-spot choices, but it was fine. I enjoyed the experience very much. Thank you."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My husband and I will definitely go back! Awesome place!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Love the art deco decor.... Gatsby eat your heart out! This was my second time here, the food has better then before. The only issue I have is the seating. I would have liked to of stayed longer but seating was very uncomfortable for everyone at the table."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "The Cicada is one of those great old LA clubs from the Golden Age of Hollywood, still proudly running, serving really good food and showcasing 30s and 40s music acts...this is a real hot spot for the crowd that loves to jitterbug. It's LOUD but a lot of fun...surprisingly good food for the kind of venue ...love the idea of a dress code..takes us back to a more gentile age when life was all about having fun."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Excellent service and staff. Food was excellent and had a romantic night with my partner"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "While the food was great the service was terrible. We had a group of eight and the restaurant was not busy at all. We were looking at the restaurant for a buyout but after our experience we will not be doing that. It is too bad because the food was so good. Very disappointing evening."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Live music, dancing and good food. A great night in this partial theme park restuarant. We'll dress up next time....really enjoyed watching Mr and Mrs Smith (the film) the next day and reliving the restaurant backdrop. Marvellous."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "We were pleasantly surprised with the live 30's and 40's music, the interaction of the crowd, and the overall experience for my wife's birthday. We are never disappointed with this venue. Food was excellent, service was excellent, and the night was very enjoyable."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Came to Cicada for my wife's birthday based on the very positive Zagat review. First bad sign was that the place was nearly deserted. The chairs were uncomfortable. The food was fine, but not great, and certainly not worth the price. A definite birthday bust. I'm puzzled by the Zagat rating."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "First time visit. Fantastic service. wonderful food. We will go back again. Open table has to up date the dress code statement from business casual to business attire. I was underdressed. I should have had a coat and tie to be comfortable. This is a place to dress up and have a dining experience night out."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Cicada is an awesome restaurant that used to be an upscale clothing store built back in the 20s. The decor is amazing and is very elegant and has an art deco feel that you just can't replicate properly today. The service is impeccable and the food is to die for. When I went it was just a normal Friday night but I was told they also have some nights with live music and a different menu with more of a party atmosphere. This place is a definite must!"
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Beautiful beautiful Art Deco building. Service was impeccable, Mike does an Excellent job! Food was so so.... also, not all items listed on Dinner menu on Cicada's website were offered and what was ordered, was not exact what was listed on menu as well. It's in the details... only thing I can see that can have room for improvement here is the food and prices."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "This restaurant is decorated with a 20's style vibe, very nice! Food was delicious, appetizer and dessert were excellent as well. Even the bread was awesome!"
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "This is a great place for a large group. The ambiance is terrific. And overall service is fantastic. But most importantly food-wise..... it's a bit disappointing. For the amount of money you pay you'd expect a "wow" factor. I had the short ribs and I thought that it was mediocre at best. I'd highly recommend this place for a large group dinner (6 +). Otherwise..... it's a bit overpriced."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "Very good restaurant, unfortunately it was almost empty. I think they need more advertising."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "I had read many great review's of Cicada and was very impressed with overall service, food and ambiance."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "It's a bit pricey, but definitely worth it for a special occasion. The waiters were very nice and friendly the whole entire time. They even took the time to give us a history of the restaurant. The food was amazing and we were definitely stuffed at the end."
    Dined on 7/25/2013