Floridita
Floridita

Floridita

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.floriditalondon.com/
  • Phone: 02073144000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday to Thursday 5.30pm until late
    Friday and Saturday 5.30pm until 3am

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sawyer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Floridita Live offers an exciting array of live entertainment throughout the week, showcasing at least two great bands every night from 7pm and open until the early hours of the morning.
    To view our live music guide please visit: http://www.floriditalondon.com/live-music-guide

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Nearest Underground Stations:
    Tottenham Court Road (Northern & Central Lines)
    Leicester Square (Northern & Piccadilly Lines)
  • Parking: No
A word from Floridita
More than 150 years ago in the city of Havana, Cuba, the original El Floridita first opened its doors and it swiftly became the most famous bar in the Caribbean. Since that time, El Floridita has been frequented by distinguished visitors to Cuba, ranging from artists to official guests of the government and was forever immortalised when US novelist, Ernest Hemingway, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, referenced El Floridita in his novel Islands in the Stream.
Today Floridita combines three distinctive elements: Latin American-inspired food, legendary cocktails and a wide variety of live music and entertainment, from authentic Cuban bands to glitzy cabaret nights. Floridita Live brings the best in Funk, Soul, Latin and Jazz to the Soho stage, showcasing at least two great bands every night and open until the early hours of the morning.
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Floridita reviews from OpenTable diners
535 reviews since 25 May 2014
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.4
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (313)group bookings (259)romance (182)pre/post theatre (139)fit for foodies (71)outstanding value (62)business meals (31)good vegetarian options (23)outdoor eating (12)brunch (6)child friendly (5)sunday lunch (4)afternoon tea (2)disabled access (1)Show More
  • Good club dinner.
    bartos
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    This is a very busy club with good food. The music is good and the service is very efficient.
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  • Good food, great service
    Macca
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Good location in Soho. Great food with a fabulous and friendly service. Live entertainment and dancing what's not to love. Would recommend to anyone wanting more than just a dining experience but not if you want to hear yourself talking!!!
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    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nightclub with food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    I was expecting a restaurant of cuban food. Instead we found a nightclub that also serves food. The food is ok, but don't expect Cuban delicacies, more like pub food. Also, careful with the menu on the website - it reads like a list of Cuban cuisine - Yet when were there, Wednesday at 7pm, the menu was a little card with 3 options. The service was very good. I guess part of the problem was mine because I associate the name with outstanding Cuban cuisine.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amy's Birthday
    PablosReview
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Floridita was recommended to me and we were not disappointed - We had to wait a short while for our table but that wasn't a problem because we had ALL night, the atmosphere was fantastic although it would have been nice to have a change of music when the DJ cam on. The food was very good, we both had lobster. The drinks were served quickly although I must say the flaming Zombies were expensive even for Soho. We will definitely visit again maybe just go to the bar upstairs where the music is varied.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous, fabulous ambience!!!!!
    chef50
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Outstanding evening of wine dine and dance. Band was excellent, the smell of mint from mohito's and the background of latino music is a great entrance. Everybody is dancing their way to the tables as soon as they enter the room. The food is good and the service very good. Having to vacate our table after 2 hours was the only drawback (we knew in advance though) but all in all, if you cannot get swept away by the fantastic atmosphere here, then you have no soul, a night to remember.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun
    foodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent entertainment and one of very few places in central London where all ages can enjoy to dance without having to be a member. The new style of the club/restaurant looks glamorous and inviting. Reasonable menu and the food was enjoyable would have liked a better wine list. Could not fault the service our waiter Gytis was very attentive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    GlitzGlam12345
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Reserved a table for two for a 'Welcome home' meal. Unimpressed. A first glimpse of the restaurant is absolutely brilliant. But once seated on the comfy 'white' leather chairs. They appeared to be very very worn and torn, with wallpaper that was peeling and a curtain hanging from it's rack! Extremely shocked, but nevertheless we patiently waited to see if the food would make the appearance a blur. The waiter was EXTREMELY BUSY. Serving at least 15 people all at the same time and did not have any patience whatsoever. When our food arrived, my partner was greeted with a scaly Red Bream. My Salmon fillet was quite appetising to be honest but I was really frustrated that partner was constantly removing scales from his mouth. Disappointed!
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  • mm
    mmfoodie
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Wonderful place - had a great time. Excellent food, great buzzy atmosphere. swill visit again.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a lovely time
    Snubbles
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    It's a pity we didn't know that if you reserve before 9 pm you need to leave your table in 2 hours Our reservation was for 8 but we had to leave at 10 pm Had we known before we would have booked for 9 pm as the main entertainment only started at 10pm Do that was disappointing
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chavlotte
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Service was very poor, we ordered wine and this was served after starters had been eaten. Food was very tasty and well presented, but the service let them down. Depsite having 2 hours on the table reserved we felt very rushed.
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    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fun, great food
    Nomnom
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Went here on the Evening Standard deal (3 courses and a small glass of wine for £25) and didn't expect much for that price - but it was great! Food was delicious and big portions, service impeccable too. 7.30pm booking so managed to see both sets of the brilliant Cuban band. Great atmosphere too. Cocktails are expensive (£11 up to silly prices for shared ones - £70 for some sharers) but they are powerfully strong. All in all a great night out and I'd definitely return.
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    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good fun at Flori's
    8andrunk
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    If you want a great time as a couple - and you like a bit of a shimmy round the dance floor to fabulous Cuban / south american samba etc with very acceptable food -this is the place !i
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work colleagues dinner
    Emilia
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Food was excellent and all 6 of us were pleased with our choice. The glass of wine that comes with the Evening standards deal is rather half-glass, we found this misleading and were disappointed. It forced us to order another bottle and spend more money. The atmosphere was amazing due to live music , however the girl who served us was far too attentive, pressurizing and it felt like we have no privacy. She also look a bit messy considering she work with the food at restaurant of this caliber. Food and music outstanding however overall experience felt very rushed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lively
    lazerbuiltdavid
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Food was good. Atmosphere was lively with live music. There was a little bit of pressure to bring the food quickly but by being firm with the waiters, we enjoyed a couple of hours eating and listening to music. The service was friendly and helpful. I can imagine it would be great with a party of friends.
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  • Good but they don't let you chill.
    UtterlyBonkers
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Liked the meal and the feel but the table limit timings made you feel under pressure and actually meant we went drinking elsewhere afterward as a result even though the table were left unoccupied afterwards. Go back for the ambience but not for a lazy meal with friends..
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Staff were attentive and friendly. Food was good and arrived quickly. Great cocktails. We went on a Tuesday and watched some salsa lessons from the table. Band was too loud but luckily only played for a few songs then went back to salsa music. Fun environment.
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  • Okay but nothing special.
    Roberto
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    We came back to Floridita to give it a second chance and it remained the same. The food was uninspired, lukewarm and bland. The bands were very good and filled the dance flor but the main cay (2nd band) was not as good as the warm up band. On a positive note, our waiter was very good in that he was attentive but unobtrusive and gave very sound advice on both food and cocktails.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva Floridita!
    MCLondon
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Easy to get to. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere. Good variety of dishes on the menu, however, not really an authentic Cuban menu. The music was great and the biggest attraction (caters for the an international audience interested in dancing to popular Cuban music). Dance floor was a bit small, but a good range/mix of people of all ages. Draws a very relaxed crowd who want to enjoy themselves and not too many show off types. Efficient cloakroom.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic place, great atmosphere
    megh
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Floridita is a great place with a fun atmosphere and excellent live music. The food is very good and they do a great weekend deal for three courses and a mojito for £30. Their cocktails are excellent. I'd highly recommend it.
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    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Night
    Baileywhitnell
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    We got this deal through the Evening Standard which stood at three courses, a glass of wine and the live music. The duo who were on first followed by the band were amazing. Had everyone up dancing and created such a brilliant atmosphere. The food was lovely, for my main I had a really thick cut pork chop with braised apples and skinny fries, this was spot on and a very generous portion for the fixed price menu! Completely beat my expectations. It was a terrific evening and I can't wait to return.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Perfect!
    Lewis
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    The Evening Standard menu offered a versatile menu of great food for good value. Combined with a wonderful, soulful aesthetic and brilliant entertainment I would highly recommend. Additionally, the service was some of the best I've experienced - attentive and highly professional. Will definitely be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wedding Anniversary Celebration
    JPKEssex
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    We attended for a pre theatre meal. The staff were very welcoming when we arrived and showed us to a well appointed table. The waiter introduced himself, Franko from Spain. We ordered three courses from the Evening Standard menu, the courses were served at intervals allowing us space to enjoy the ambiance. In addition we were also provided with a basket of speciality breads to keep us going between courses. The bread was replenished twice. The food was excellent, portions about right and very well presented. The waiter was very attentive throughout, the bill was presented quickly on request which allowed us to make a prompt getaway for our theatre appointment.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    jenmull
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Floridita have a system of staggering booking, so we arrived at 9, but weren't allowed to order food until after 10pm, and it took 30 minutes for us to get a drink, and that was only because we got up and repeatedly kept asking the waiter what the delay was. Although the food was good it was very over priced for what it was. I would never go back.
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  • Poor service, disappointing food
    nubian77
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    I was expecting it to be loud but not to the level where you couldn't even hear the person sitting next to you. do not go there for dinner, the food and service were v poor overall, a disappointing experience I will not be back.
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  • Fabulous service
    Nattinatnats
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Food and atmosphere were fabulous. Our waiter was especially attentive to our needs.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    haberdasher
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Went here on 15 August with 5 friends. Brilliant venue and good service from the waiting staff, though at times they were very busy so a bit difficult to get their attention. Cocktails are superb, but wine by the glass selection limited and expensive. We had the set menu, which was brilliant value and had a good variety to satify everyone. We were all more than full by the end. The live music was incredible and is definately a highlight of the venue with loads of people shaking a foot, no doubt to get rid of some of the pounds put on during the meal. Though music can also be too loud to hold a conversation, so if this is a problem book before 9pm. All in all a fab night out.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, good food!
    Joholahau
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Excellent place with live music, great food, good service and a party ambience! Cocktails are nice, too!
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Outstanding Service and atmosphere
    Bigwood
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    I scheduled a reservation earlier in the day for 7:30pm. The price was displayed online which I felt was good because we knew exactly what we were getting for the price. A three course meal and a mojito for 29 pounds for very reasonable. We arrived at Floridita at 7pm and was greeted upon arrival. The staff gave us the option to sit at the bar until our table was ready. We got a few drinks at the bar and then was seated at our table promptly. The waiter was very respectful and was there whenever we needed something. We will definitely go back to Floridita next time we're in London! Five stars, hands down!!!
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening a the Floradita
    Maxine
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had a very enjoyable evening good food and service and great music. The only small disappointment is that verious charges like dancing were added to the bill without prior knowledge of this. We were happy to pay but would have preferred to be made aware of this at the outset.
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  • girlsnightout
    salsapartygirl
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The evening was excellent. the atmosphere and salsa vibe was incredible. Really enjoyed the party atmosphere and ambience. the service was very attentive without being intrusive. The live band was incredible and the dancing was fantastic.....i didn't know bodies could move that way!!!
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    outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Surprisingly good....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The pre-theatre 3-course menu was surprisingly good, and the mojito was lovely - very refreshing :-). And they thoughtfully provided a chocolate birthday surprise for my daughter, which went down well. The only down-side is that the place is huge and was it was empty at 6pm...so there's no ambience if you go pre-theatre. But it looks like it would be great fun once the crowds arrive and the live music starts! (from 8pm).
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  • Dang1983
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Lovely restaurant , very good foods, very good service
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NIGHT OUT
    PLACETOBE
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    My friends & I went out for a Ladies night. We booked a meal on Friday night & had a lovely table right in front of the dance floor. The night was amazing, the meal was superb & our waiter was second to none. I can't wait to book again. Thank you to all. Aileen & Sidonia
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Dinner is amazing
    Vanebrasil
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    The food is perfect, but is not cheap.... Only mean courses options.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great live music
    Tiggs
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    The food and cocktails were definitely worth having. The chocolate brownie was definitely worth the expanded waistline! The music from the live band was amazing and if you don't have to be up early for work the next day you can get your wiggle on with a bit if salsa! There were only a couple of us but this would be a great place to come with a large group.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    fulhamfoodie
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Meal was average, not the best and quite expensive. So loud that in a large group you cannot have a conversation except for shouting at the person next to you.
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  • Fantastic
    Razzle
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    Excellent service. Attentive without being pushy. Delicious mojitos. Great value set menu. Amazing live music.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Madoneski
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    We visited for husbands birthday last Saturday. The service was very hurried, the table wobbled badly and the waiter had a number of attempts to sort this out. The food was ok but what I really objected to was when we ordered a bottle of wine the waiter kept it at his station and every time we took a sip was there filling up our glasses. Felt like mass catering. So not the relaxed experience we were hoping for.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    The music didn't have the energy I was expecting for a Salsa style and the food wasn't really very Cuban. We ate from a very well priced set menu so the full menu may well be more authentic. For a wednesday night it was fun and the service was really very good. From the point of making my reservation to the bar and table servers.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible service
    DoctorL
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    table booked for 9.30, main arrived at 11.30. complained to manager who said we had only been waiting for an hour. had to show him receipt for drinks we bought at the bar to prove my point! ruined my night. they even tried to charge me a service charge and for side order that never even arrived!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.