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Viva

4.3
89 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Latin American cuisine and live entertainment.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Wed, Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–2:00 am
Thu 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
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(323) 467-1350
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Cross street
Ivar
What 89 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
4.4
ambience
3.7
value
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

go for quality not quantity. the portions are smaller than when it was beso's but the ambiance was better and the service was good. a good pre-theatre outing for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Perfect place for people who want to dine and dance after.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love this place for dancing and drinking. It was kinda frustrating making reservations for a large party. The person that was supposed to call me to make arrangements didn’t call me till the day of. Which is very stressful when your trying to plan a large birthday party.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Bad from the beginning to the end.... I guess it was not the best spot for food... my steak was simply ridiculous! Service bad too...no wine list....so got a bad wine we don’t even what it is...defenitely one of the worst value on my list ...

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Music too loud to have a conversation it’s a restaurant not a Club! Not attentive at all food runner brought our dessert we asked him for a cup of coffee he said I will let your waitress know he was nice , he went to tell waitress she send him back to tell us machine was broken no coffee I think she should of came to us and let us no since she was the waitress not the poor food runner , overall experience not impressed and not a good one !!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Ambience is very good. The food is hit and miss, and feels like it was done in more of an assembly line style, rather than a cook preparing your entree individually.

Bar is severely lacking. Very limited in drinks, only 2 or 3 draft beers, only 2 bottled beers.

Dance floor is small and next to tables with people eating, close enough to bump and knock things over.

Good music, good dancing.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This was the most horrible experience we had. Been to this place with friend once before, really liked it, food was small but ok, music was great. So decided to go for Valentines To have diner with husband. made reservations month before. As we walked in hostess seem to be confused where to seat us. Finally gave as table behind the band. Music was the worst salsa band I ever heard. Loud as hell. Place crowded people just stood over our heads. It was fixe menu 75 per person. As we start ordering waitress told as they just run out of what is on the menu. Called maneger. They tryed to change our seat and reassured that everything else on menu they have so we ordered something else. Again waitress comes and tells us they don’t have that ether. So it’s already hour and half I’m trying to order food. and why should I pay 75 per person if they don’t have nothing that is on the menu. Anyways we got upset and left to other place. Thanx for ruining our Valentines diner ViVa. Horrible service, horrible music, cant organize an event!!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Great Guacamole and plantain chips as well as chicken mole with corn and rice. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Love this place, finally a good Spanish music lounge in Hollywood!

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Great fun, lively, all age venue, we went Weds for the salsa live band, great fun, and great area to dance. Does get a crowded. Fish tacos were to die for. I did lose my bag with my black dance shoes in, still waiting to hear from Viva Hollywood Staff to see if they found them. Apart from that it was great. Oh and $20 for valet parking was a bit steep..

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We went to an early dinner as we had tix to see a band close by. It was pretty empty, seems they do a bigger late night bar crowd. The food was good, but super memorable. Everything was ala carte, including ships and salsa, I guess can be expected in Hollywood, as it seems geared to tourists. It was pricey considering the amount of food we ordered. (not much) The Gaucamole was good, and the salsas were tasty. The various chips for dipping were unique as well. Service was also good, but there werent many tables to tend to. Parking was VERY expensive-valet. But not much choice in Hollywood.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Love the Wednesday nights with Angelo Pagan band. The food was great. Our beautiful waitress was kind and always available. The Margaritas delicious. This time they gave us a great table behind the curtain. Felt very VIP. 🙏❤️

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food, service, cocktails and atmosphere was AMAZING! We had an incredible time!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great vibe!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Danced my face off for my birthday! Great place! But the portions are small.

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2.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Too expensive and the salsa band sucked . Bathroom too small people hit you with the door. Valet too much

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Very expensive for mediocre food. You're paying for the scene-y Hollywood environment more than anything else.

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was average. The enchiladas were lukewarm when brought to table. They did not have wine and were out of the tequila for the old Hollywood cocktail. We selected Viva for location -close to Pantages. The best thing about Viva that night was the free parking because we were seeing Hamilton. Disappointing.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Best food!!!! Amazing service!!! Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

I don’t mind paying good money for food, but in this case it was not well spent. They didn’t even have salt for the rim on my margarita glass !? Seriously no salt, I mean what are using in the kitchen? Overall, eh. Nice lounge area though.

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Took over the old Beso space. Only a couple of blocks from the Pantages. Service was a little slow but otherwise the restaurant accommodated our party of 12. Food was fresh and tasty. Appetizers portions were small and they charge for chips. Otherwise good option.

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Minimal complaints- just wish they’d honor advance requests

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

My partner and I loved the ambience and cultural food!

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

While getting seated the host said we have to be out at a certain time! Really!!!! Why wasn’t that mentioned when I made the reservation. And every 2 minutes food runners were coming to take plates that were not even done. We had to tell them not yet every 2 minutes. I felt rushed and food didn’t really taste good for the price we paid. I was celebrating my bday and had to leave early cuz we felt rushed and not welcomed. Never returning there again!

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Had a blast! Brittney the Hostest was great! Dustin was our waiter and took care of us. They could use more staff but all in all great spot and good value. Carlos ‘el doc de la salsa’

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1.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Worst service ever! Came here on a Wednesday for a girls night with my bestie thinking we were going to have a fun night but was actually the worst. Reservation was at 9:30 pm we arrived 9:15pm and didn’t get seated till 9:50 after they seated us we ordered our food and then the hostess comes saying our table had a mix up with another table. So we had to get up and move to the new table we let her know that we ordered our food already but she assured me that our food would arrive to our new table. We waited till 11:30pm and didn’t receive our food. I let the hostess know and she said the waitress had a mix up. We got very upset and left. So please think twice when coming here. The only good thing from Viva was the music but I would recommend other spots over this place. Overall I will not be coming here ever!

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Wednesday dance night was fun. Dance floor is too small for the size of the crowd. Our table was right near the stage and a pack of people were just standing in front of our table blocking our view. The food was horrible; bland, lacking flavor, just colorful. But the service was outstanding! I think it was the staff & live music that made our night positive.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was delicious, really small portions but great taste. We arrived at 8 and it was empty, by 10:30 when the live band started to play to place was pumping! Server was pretty bad, tried to get us out fast even when there wasn't much people yet and wouldn't give us info about the live band (salsa) bc our reso was only for 2 hours and by the time they play we would have to go. We didn't leave but she never came back. Tried to order dessert and they were out of most of the options (3/5). Took a lot of work at the end to find her and get the check, she stopped caring for us bc we didn't left when she wanted us to. Drinks were meh! Overpriced place, more for like people watching, a dance and adios!

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

It was great! Server was very attentive and food was brought out promptly. The Love & Lavender cocktail was DELICIOUS.

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3.0Dined on November 16, 2017

THANK YOU, WE ENJOYED OUR TIME BUT WE PAID AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT FOR NOT A LOT OF FOOD. THE FOOD DID NOT TASTE AS GOOD AS WHAT WE PAID FOR IT. WE ORDERED 2 DRINKS FOR TWO ADULTS AND ONE OF THEM NEEDED TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO REDO. WE LOVED THE AMBIANCE. IT'S SUCH A GREAT SPACE AND ATMOSPHERE.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

We have been there on several occasion and the food and service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with good food! You can dress up or dress for date night. Food was good and light. The bar area got busy around 10 PM but it wasn't loud to bother dinner guests. Romantic ambiance

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3.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Unfortunately, I felt rushed thru. When I asked if I could have a different table (one that wasn’t so close to the entrance and where there was softer lighting), I was asked if I would be leaving by a certain time (2 hours after my reservation time). I said yes. I understand that tables are reserved but the restaurant was about 80% empty when I arrived. It was just as empty when I left about 30 minutes later. Not the relaxing meal I had hoped for.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

I hope that people will frequent this establishment. It was very quiet the day we came. They do a theatre special where valet is free for theatre if you eat there. Food is good, great ambiance and that deal is worth the price of admission.

The branzino was delightful, the empanadas were amazing and the enchiladas were quite tasty. We had some nice signature cocktails and a decent wine list and a lovely birthday desert that was also delicious.

I hope that they are busier on other days than they were this last Thursday because everything was really good and I would hate to see them close.

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2.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Server seemed very new. Gave us “old”drink menu; when I tried to order something, was later told I couldn’t have it, and was given “new” drink menu. How hard is it to have them make the drink I ordered? Restaurant wasn’t very busy but server didn’t come around much. So odd things like salad delivered without salad plates, extra cost for tortillas, etc. food was decent but no reason to go back.

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2017

birthday date. Seating for 2 at 9:30 PM on a Wednesday was inconvenient seating. Small table for 2 placed to the side of a walkthrough between the bar and larger are. People that were standing watching the salsa dancing , enjoying their drinks would occasionally bump into us.
There was better seating but appeared to be for larger party.
Because of that I score it a 4/5

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was excellent and the ambiance was nice. It felt like you weren't right on the main drag.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

I went once before and had not so good service but this time around the waiters was fabulous. Food and drinks have always been delicious but definitely an upscale style Mexican food. Perfect for date night or groups

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1.0Dined on September 23, 2017

I was very disappointed with the service.... our waitress had to review our order three separate occasions and yet 45 min later we did not get our food. The restaurant was rather empty so that could not be an excuse. We ended up leaving the restaurant before our food showed up and only paid for the drinks we consumed which was one 1 drink per person after 1:45 min because we never got the second round??? very disappointed that this beautiful place could not deliver.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Service was remarkable. Don’t remember the name of my waitress but she was awesome. Great experience overall

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