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El Cid

Restaurants, Spanish Silver Lake
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Time Out says

D.W. Griffith built El Cid in 1905 and, ten years later, screened his controversial hit film Birth of a Nation here. Made over into a recreation of a 16th-century Spanish tavern in 1961, El Cid features flamenco dance dinner theater Friday through Sunday. During the week (and after the flamenco shows on the weekends) enjoy local musical acts, performance art, comedy, and even short film screenings. Delicious tapas available to order at the bar, or sit down for a full Spanish-fusion meal. Due to its small capacity of only 125, you’ll never feel crowded, except in the airplane bathroom–size toilets.

By: Hope Urban



Address: 4212 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
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This place has a bit of everything - a patio to grab drinks with friends on (lit and lovely), a small "venue" inside for shows, and a monthly summer event where they serve paella from a big batch on the patio. I've come here and had varying experiences, but overall pretty positive. The patio is usually spacious and easy to find a corner or table to chat with friends over drinks. Sometimes the management or staff and their dealings seem a bit odd though. In the past, during a show night while I was drinking on the patio, they made a staff member escort members of our group to the bathroom when they needed to go (i suppose so they didn't sneak into the show?). Regardless, if you want a casual spot to grab drinks with friends during the summer, the patio is a nice spot. Though sometimes they seem to charge a cover during events. I don't know. Go at your own risk, but definitely go some time and check it out. 

Saw a Flamenco show here once and had a great time! The food was so-so, but the entertainment was a lot of fun.