El Cid

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$31 to $50
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Flamenco shows are every Saturday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm with seating beginning at 6:00pm.

Los Angeles landmark El Cid celebrates gorgeous Spanish-style entertainment with a flamenco dinner show and concert.
You’ll be wowed by some of the best flamenco performers in the city as they bring pure and traditional flamenco dance to the stage.
As the show provides a feast for your eyes, you’ll also indulge in a culinary feast, with a choice of three- and four-course dinner packages that all include dessert. Every show is a unique and exciting display of one of the most elegant and integral parts of Spanish culture.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was ok but not my favorite. Nice to go once and have that experience

RB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

I would only recommend El Cid to a friend for the historic value that D.W.Griffith built it so many years ago. I took my daughter for New Years Eve. The fixed price was $100. each which is understandable for the evening. The food was adequate at best. The soup was unrecognizable. the salad was really unrecognizable and not good at that. The paiaa for two was not great but was filled nicely with shrimp, muscles and clams. The flamenco dancing was worth the wait although I wish the dancers were as young and beautiful as were depicted in many photos and murals around the restaurant. I am all for people doing what they love but the folks on stage who were my age and older should be teaching a younger generation to take their place. I would only return for the ambiance which is excellent. I wish the owners would take a visit up to Yamashiro which is attracting a younger crowd again with their excellent food an ambiance.

a
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I went for the flamenco show which was very entertaining. The atmosphere is nice and intimate and also a great place to come with a small group. I got the deal on Groupon which made it even better.

AI
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time with my girlfriend! Great dinner show experience - well worth the money.

JZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a super fun energetic and authentic Flamenco show. El CID has been in business in Hollywood for many years and it is still a blast. Even the fellow guests were fun. So worth it!

L
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Good food! Get the groupon! Good deal :D

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

El Cid is a charming restaurant/bar. From the moment you enter and walk down the stairs you can feel that it has been around for a long time. It has years of love put into it! You instantly forget you came in from the city!

If you are going there specifically to see a flamenco show you came to the right place! 💃🏻 The dancers put their heart into their craft!

The staff is very warm and inviting!!

The venue has a intimate feel to it because it’s not too big. There is also a outdoor patio area that you can eat outside. It has a really nice ambiance filled with hanging lights and colored tile work that gives it a old world feeling.

If you want to escape the everyday routine of life and see a flamenco show, which is hard to find in Los Angeles this is the place to go!!!

Ps. El Cid also has many wonderful eclectic things going on after flamenco show. Djs and dancing on certain weekends! So make sure to keep looking at their website for fun things to do!!

SM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great value! Good was delicious and this is coming from a good snob. The chicken main entree was so flavorful and moist! The gazpacho soup was soooo good! Salad was yummy too. The chocolate cake was ok.
Entertainment was fabulous! The hour went by quickly.

RT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation, confirmed, Someone at El Cid called a couple of times to make sure we are coming.
We have arrived there at the set time, only to be told that they have seated a group of 18 that have arrived unexpectedly and we can not be accommodated. We were offered seating on an outdoor patio, which was not acceptable. It was cold and the place looked deserted.
We have left, ended up having dinner at “Le petit chateau “ in North Hollywood, it was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food! They served our group last and ran out of food and dessert. I will never return to this place!

LJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. We really enjoyed the show.

r
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

lousy parking...no valet, have to park in questionable lot with only 10 spaces.
food good but service poor. no chocolate cake as promised and no mint for mojitos!!!
high priced drinks. filthy bathrooms.
entertainment good but male dancers were ill-trained and could not keep up with the 3 women
not "professional" quality for a show
music too loud for small venue
first time celebrating friend's birthday who is a dancer...she enjoyed the dancers but balked at the high prices for food packages.
poor tapas choices

CP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Flamenco dancers, singer and guitarist were outstanding! That is why we came, so we were pleasantly surprised that the food and the service were excellent as well!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Great show, low quality food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Date night with my husband

BP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

had a great time food was great and so was the entertainment

a
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Ambiance is great. Worth the price. Awesome flamenco show

AB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I was very excited about going here. I lived in Santa Fe, NM for years and love Flamenco. The show was pretty good so if you love Flamenco just go for that reason alone. The food was terrible. Really... terrible. And the service was ok. The service was by no means bad, it was just ok. Very rushed with the food. I had my 1st bite of salad when they brought the next dish. The place is really neat so just go for the dancing and ambience. You have to order the set menu. Sadly, I would not return unless I was going to see a band.

S
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

I would definitely not recommend this restaurant to a friend. It was freezing inside until they closed the doors. Now and then they would open if someone walked in and out. The portions of the food was a joke and you didn't get a full entry. I took friends who just got married and they ordered Paella entry. They were never told that it was one dish for two people. It was a joke. They got one small plate for two. My dish was chicken. One very small mini size piece of chicken that was dry. You couldn't even see a side dish. a couple of small very small potatoes. My boyfriend ordered the Steak and there were no side dishes. The $200 we paid for four people was worth maybe $75.

BB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Love this place but it needs some updating in decor. Also horrible to have waiters do food service during show. My view was constantly blocked

IC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the place! We keep going back every few years, and sending our friends to it.
The performance is AMAZING!

g
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Resumen el show estubo muy bien, Ameno e Instructivo pero la cena, si quieren hacer de EL CID un lugar de cocina Espanola, no estubo a la altura.
Normalmente desde que se sirve el aperitivo hasta que se cene, no deberia pasar menos de 15 minutos y el mesero/a preguntar " Ya estan listos para cenar".
Luego una esnsalada es normalmente un "conjunto de vegetales" ( al menos 3 diferentes) preparados y dispuetos con sazon y/o dressing. No solo Hojas enteras sin recortar.
En Espana la comida se acompana SIEMPRE con pan. SIEMPRE !!!!
Luego de Postre, habiendo tantos postres RICOS ofrecen CHURROS ???, generalmente los churros se comen en el Desayuno o en la merienda, pero NO DE POSTRE. Que tal unas Natillas, Crema Catalana, Alguna fruta con Natas ?? Algo mas elegante y mas tipico.
Un lugar de comida Espanol y no tiene Espresso. ???

Mi nombre es Gabriel Turiel, Nacido en Espana hace mas de 60 anos y regreso a Espana, almenos 1 vez al ano.


Gracias.

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EB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Would bring someone in a heart beat. The ambiance was great, the show was amazing, and it's such a cool retro place with so much history.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The place is an iconic landmark. We were late for the show, but enjoyed the food. The Tapas were better than the paella which was way to saucy. Service was very good and the drinks were made to order.

IG
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Service and food was disappointing! Slow, wrong, not enough attention.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I thought the atmosphere and food was great. However, I felt rushed. We completed a 4 course meal in just under an hour. There didn't seem to be a pause. As soon as one course was finished the next appeared. Also-- they were quick to close out the bill.

M
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went to El Cid to see a musical show I'd heard about. We bought tickets online beforehand and went to the restaurant/venue not really knowing what to expect. I'm not sure if we went through the wrong entrance when we arrived, but it was difficult figuring out where to check in or where to sit. It's possible that this was because we arrived a little early. Anyway, once we seated ourselves and were able to order drinks and food before (and during) the show, we were very impressed with the food. We ordered several small plate dishes and everything was quite delicious and reasonably priced. The show was good, too! Overall, we had a good experience at El Cid and plan on going back to catch another show sometime soon.

BS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I loved the Flamenco Show! Very interactive. Would love if they brought guests up on stage. Love Assieh the performer, and all are great!

P
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food is terrible. Dancing is not good. Show is overlong. Restaurant feels dirty. Avoid!

c
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem! Came on my birthday for "belle book and candle". Fun show, great outdoor patio, enjoyed the tapas (octopus was tender!) Thanks El Cid for giving me one of the best birthdays Ive ever had!

WF
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Disappointed with the quality of the entertainment, but enjoyed the nostalgic atmosphere of the place. The server was friendly and efficient. The food and drinks were good, but overpriced.

DA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Actually better than any meal I've had in Spain! Truly authentic Mediterranean style preparation and flavorful. Kudos to the chef, he is incredible. The well trained service staff is courteous, attentive, and helpful. The highlight of the evening is the group of flaminco dancers and the maestro guitar musician. The performance is energetic, exciting and a pleasure to watch and listen to. We will definitely recommend El Cid to everyone we know and we will return with friends and family. Profound thanks to the director of entertainment and manager, Joey Bybee, for a job well done.
Daniel M

D
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall3food1service3ambience5

The flamenco dancers where good, however the food was not great. I asked for the Paella and the rice was tasteless and it was not an entree side it look like a appetizer. The lamb meatballs were small and the lamb smell was overwhelming. They only had two to three items to choose from.

k
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first time here with done Austrian guest. We had amazing time.
We lived the show and the best thing that it wasn’t the clichè holiwood show.

d
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They sent away and wouldn’t accept the voucher because they were having a private party. They should have contact us and let us know so we wouldn’t waist our time.

JK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Cid is awesome. I've been coming here for years. If you want to see some authentic flamenco and eat legit Spanish food, this is the place for you.

MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was incredible. We got the Groupon deal; 2 people for $100 which is normally $80/person. Food was incredible. But the only complaint I have is that the service was slow. I get that they are slammed these nights, but when you only have 3 dinner options, you should have those ready and waiting for a room of over 100 people. Otherwise excellent! Would recommend :)

d
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The main draw was the performance. I was told not to expect much from the food, but it was surprisingly good! Limited menu selection and poor service were the reasons for my rating.

I recommend parents to get a sitter; not a family friendly venue.

r
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new food selection. The sangria is good, the corkage is just $15. The flamenco show is phenomenal. This is a LA gem.

DL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The dinner promised soup and salad, 6 Tapas to share, and a desert to share. When seated I immediately tried to clean the food remains from a prior seating off the table. Needless to say the table was not cleaned. Earlier the waiter dropped off a menu which did not correspond with what was promised and what we purchased. There was only three Tapas to select from. After about seventeen minutes later he came back and asked us if we were ready to order. We were not because, once again the menu did not correspond with what we purchased. He took our drink order instead, we ordered Sangria. It arrived warm and had a layer of sentiments floating on top. It was horrible. My mother ordered lemonade. She never complains, it was so bad she could not drink it. My wife ordered a Diet Coke, it came in a 8 ounce glass filled with ice. She took two sips and the coke was gone. When the waiter finally came back to take our order, he explained our voucher was changed and we only had the option to order either a salad or soup (not both), one of the three Tapas and a separate entrée for each. The salad servings came out very inconsistent. The entrée was barely digestible, and desert was served finally as we were leaving without utensils. We had to go to the manager to request the bill. When the bill arrived, we were shocked. The horrible pitcher of Sangria was $30, the lemonade that was not consumed was over $5 along with the coke. But worst of all the had the nerve to add 20% ~$40 for a tip when the service, drinks and food was the worst we had experienced ever. During the entire evening, I looked around to see if our experience was an anomaly. Unfortunately, it appeared to be the norm. There were tables where the food requested was not even served until late in the performance and the table beside us never received their entrée so they just canceled. The table behind us left without notice (I assumed they were very displeased). The dancer were too old to be dancing and should retire.

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