El Cid

4.2
43 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
Flamenco shows are every Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 with seating beginning at 6:00. Their are three available packages for our show.

La Princesa ($49.99) includes a soup, salad, four tapas and dessert.

La Reina (59.99) includes soup, salad, six tapas and dessert.

El Rey (80.00) includes preferred seating, soup, salad, six tapas, paella, dessert and a carafe of our signature sangria.

Parties of 6 or more please call for reservations, or email Ben@elcidsunset.com
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish
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Hours of operation
Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(323) 668-0318
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Leandro Bongarra
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sanborn Ave.
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Parking details
Valet parking is avaliable at the Sunset Entrance for $7.
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Public transit
*2 Blocks from Sunset/Vermont Metro Station*Sunset/Bates 2 bus stop
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Entertainment
Flamenco dinner every Friday and Saturday
Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and show begins at 8:00 p.m.
Live music and other events are featured throughout the week and after Flamenco shows. The details of these events can be found on our website.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 43 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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 :)

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Service was slow. Food was average. Glad to use Travel Zoo discount. Not worth the full price.

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The entrance to the patio was not clean and the hole place was tired and messy. I wish I could be the owner of this place to turn it 360 degree. This place has soooooo much potential yet it’s sooooo poorly managed. We were the third ones into the restaurant and the last ones to be served a drink. We had to call on a waiter three times before someone actually asked what we wanted to drink and everyone else were drinking and even eating. The music was so low and the dancers while they talk you could not hear. They performed well but this place could do better. You could hear crickets outside while we were waiting, no music no drinks and quite dirty all over. I was very dissatisfied and more disappointed as it was my first time. Anyway here is my number if you want further feedback or ideas to turn the place around. My name is Jose Fernandez and my number is (818)720-9289.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Love the live flamenco performances! The menu is limited, but the food is pretty delicious. I've seen other reviews complain about the speed of service: it's a dinner show, so naturally courses are spaced out more than a normal meal. A fun spot if you enjoy live music and dance.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food offering was weak. The show was very good.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Was there to celebrate a friend's bday. There was three of us and all of us enjoyed this new experience. we came from the central valley, so we drove 2 hours just to visit this place. We enjoyed it. The food was ok, but was not impressed. Overall, i would recommend for the show.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was my first time going there. I had invited my dear friend that has just came to town for a visit. I reserved for 2 people and yet half the food served was a single item portion for 1 person. I had to complain to the waiter more than once to serve us the other portion. We did get the other portion after an apology each time.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I was excited to go to this landmark restaurant and piece of L.A.'s Spanish history. The building is interesting with the tile art and many statues and objects and other-worldly cave-like feeling as you descend down the steps. Indeed the actual location is beautiful. But - wow - the food is quite awful. The gloppiest, mushiest and worst paella I have ever had. Thankfully - you only get a few spoonfuls of this horrible oatmeal-like paste that masquerades as paella - that is Spain's version of a "food of the gods. " Most of the appetizers were quite horrible as well - maybe that's why such small portions. Though - the empanadas were quite good - I wanted to like the food - so I will certainly give credit where credit is due. I knew the wait would be long - we waited 45 minutes till a waitperson first came to our table. That part was okay as we were there for the night and in no rush - only wish the food was decent. The cheesecake dessert was frozen -defrosted!! And - that was the largest portion of our meal. Then the bill came - being overcharged by $250. I kid you not. We had to speak to the waiter a few times to get our bill corrected.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

My family and I had a wonderful evening at El Cid. The venue is cozy and the food is delicious. I am looking forward to a return visit . Next time , I hope to sit at a balcony table.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The show was great! Would of liked to see a little more interaction with the crowd. But it was fun to watch. Although i made reservations and when greeted we requested the $75.00 package our waiters were inattentive and did not offer the sangria that came with the package until i asked for it. The venue is great, has lots to see and the live band was also amazing. The only thing that really lacked was the waiters. Not very attentive. I was with out a drink for quite some time until i requested the sangria that came with our package. appetizers were delicious. Had a good time overall. just wish the waiters were more attentive.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

El Cid has a great festive atmosphere and wonderful Flamenco entertainment presented by dedicated and talented professionals with authentic costuming and music. The Spanish food complements the entertainment. The atmosphere is both festive and relaxing, and the experience is very enjoyable to share with friends and family or co-workers. I enjoyed learning a bit about the music and dance from the principal dancer.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Stay away from this place! Worst food ever! Service was a joke! You’ve been warned!

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1.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Food was absolutely disgusting, the only reason this place stays open is due to the excellent flamenco dancers. The service was excruciatingly slow and we were informed that the short ribs weren't available, or the ceviche or the flan and the so called paella wouldn't be containing any mussels, chorizo or clams, so we basically got a dish of rubbery shrimp and uncooked rice that didn't have a trace of saffron! We also ordered the chicken and pasta dishes which were repulsive ! And when dessert arrived it was cheesecake that was still frozen. And to add insult to injury when the bill arrived they tried to overcharge us by almost $200!! Not kidding, so check your bill carefully!! And by the way we noticed that they got a B rating!!So if you don't mind spending a few hundred dollars for a 1 hour show then please go, but make sure you eat first!!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great Flamenco show. Tapas were incredible. Main course was just ok

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Terrible. It was evident they over booked reservations for Valentine’s Day. Food was extremely delayed and servers were confused around the clock. Service was mediocre and rushed. The show was acceptable but not excellent. Was looking forward to this. Bummer. My husband and I ended up closing out tab and leaving.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Worst service I’ve had in a looooong time. After 2.5 hours of being at the restaurant from the time of our reservation we had one drink, a salad and Soup. This was a prefix menu and a night that required reservations so they knew exactly what to prepare for and had zero idea how to execute. Comicly bad service. On the plus side, the flamenco dancers were entertaining and the little food we had was pretty good.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Firstly, I'd like to start by saying the dance show was wonderful, inspired, and well executed. The dancers worked their hearts out and they all had great rapport with the audience.

Sadly the table service was lacking in every way. There was a large party that seemed to overwhelm the staff to the point that we were forgotten until it was too late to order food. A missed opportunity for sure, as we were so looking forward to have a good time.

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Very bad the paella. The dance a nd explanation was outstanding. Very energetic

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

The flamingo show was the best part of this restaurant. the food was okay but not worth what we paid. we got the most expensive package El Rey. The sangria was very strong and good.

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1.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Terrible service!!! Took two hours till we got our meals which were already cold!!!
Don’t go there.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

I almost didn't go bc of several very poor reviews. Out experience proved to be excellent! Service and food were more than satisfactory and the surroundings and the show extraordinary. It's not a trendy hip spot and therein lies its appeal - it's an original. About the only critique is that the owner needs to spend some money on maintaining the place. Otherwise a fun evening and well worth the drive from Venice!

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Flamenco show was wonderful. Dancers were very professional and it's a unique experience to dine and watch a show. I can see why it's been around for the past 50 years! Hope it's here to stay! Bravo !

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

We liked the atmosphere, it was very authentic the show was nice to watch, the food was OK .
You could eat, talk and look at the show at the same time. It was a very nice place to gather together a few friends and have a nice Saturday night.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The Show is OK, overall this place is overpriced for what you get. Food is estable, but far from good. Service is subpar.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2017

My mother, like yours, taught me good manners, such as if you don't have anything nice to say about something, including the food, the decor, or the entertainment, really, if you can't think of anything good to say, then don't say anything at all.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The Flamenco show was good but did not have a Flamenco singer. I think singing is a very important part of any Flamenco show. The food was ok but could have been warmer and served in traditional cooking pans. This is especially true for the Paella dish.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

The absolute best part was the tremendous Flamenco Show. We would return for the show for sure.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Superb. I'm happy that El Cid has continued for so many years. It is truly a gem. Unique in Los Angeles
I would highly recommend El Cid for a great evening

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Had a lovely dinner with girlfriends. Very good ambiance and experience. Bought a Groupon deal for even more bang for your buck. Would go again. The short rib was delicious

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Awesome time. One of my go to spots for a guaranteed enjoyable evening. An authentic flamenco show and dinner followed by a goth rock band? Not many places in LA to experience that.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2017

A stop to eat in good atmosphere to continue the night at the Greek. Service was very personable. Also, wanted to see set up for the flamenco stage that we'll be back to

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Polite and efficient staff with smiles at the right time. The food was good and satisfied all our palettes. The meat and potatoes was delicious but the shrimp plate was spicy!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Overall we had a great experience the performers were top notch they really show passion love that will go again

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2017

We came to El Cid for my birthday and we were all very excited to see the show and have a great time. Unfortunately the experience was disappointing for our entire table of 5. The food was pretty lackluster in both quality and selection (think lukewarm steak and cold mashed potatoes) and the service was TERRIBLE. The draw of El Cid is definitely the flamenco dancing, however the quality of the show was not high enough to warrant the package prices. The show itself was fairly short, and once it was over, staff started clearing out empty tables/chairs and a band took to the stage behind the curtains and started sound checking their instruments as we were still eating. What a way to hurry us out of there. Overall, the experience was disappointing and underwhelming.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2017

They did not provide us with the menu stating that there would be an additional charge for the flamenco entertainment with the pre fixe prices for the dinner options. They provided us with a menu that had the meal choices at regular prices for non flamenco nights. In this case, the paella was pre fixed at $40 per person as we realized when we got the bill. On the regular menu that they gave us, the paella for 2 was $38. The server never asked if we were aware of the extra charge for the entertainment, nor did she tell us how much the pre fixe was. The food was entirely substandard. The paella was insipid. It tasted like Rice-A-Roni. The servings were very skimpy. The seafood was not fresh.

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