Update: You won't find this gorgeous and eclectic interior any longer. It was gutted and turned modern. However, they realize this was a mistake and are doing fundraisers to bring back the classic joint we all love.
With a storied history dating back to 1925, the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood is a place with a lot of star power. Just a stones throw from The Lot, a studio that has changed hands and names over the years, the Formosa was in a prime position to serve the clientele working at the studio
The Lot was originally known as the Jesse Hampton Studios and was subsequently, known by various monikers such as the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios, United Artists, Samuel Goldwyn Studios, and Warner Hollywood Studios. Movies such as Wuthering Heights, Some Like it Hot, West Side Story, The Great Escape, The Social Network, and The Green Mile were all filmed just next door to the Formosa. Naturally, as a result, the restaurant had its fair share of celebrity clientele visit. Elvis, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, Bono, Frank Sinatra, Nicholas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, just to name a few have dined at the Formosa and hundreds of photographs of celebrities who have visited the site line the walls. The restaurant itself has been used for films such as L.A. Confidential, Swingers and The Majestic, to name a few.
While it has been threatened with demolition in the past, the converted red car trolley has stood the test of time to remain a favored Hollywood night spot.
The Formosa Cafe is a destination you will want to visit again and again. It feels small, homey, and approachable, yet is infinitely trendy and classic.
7156 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA
'Bye for Now,