Floridita
Floridita

Floridita

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.floriditalondon.com/
  • Phone: 020 7314 4000
  • 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: Sascha Rieb
  • 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
475 reviews since 29 November 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.4
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (275)group bookings (220)romance (156)pre/post theatre (108)fit for foodies (59)outstanding value (49)business meals (24)good vegetarian options (21)outdoor eating (10)brunch (6)sunday lunch (5)child friendly (4)afternoon tea (2)Show More
  • Girls night out
    Portygirls
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    I went to Floridita with some friends who were over from Portugal as we could do both, eat and dance. The food was great, the service very attentive but the band was so loud that we could not talk or hear each other and our table was right by the dance floor which didn't help either, but it was a pleasant night, we had fun and the food was very good.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    Very happy with the service. Feat food and atmosphere!!
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    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic floridita
    Lloyd
    Dined on 21/11/2014
    Had a fantastic night at the floridita with 10 friends celebrating our companies 20th anniversary.from entering we were made to feel very welcome by all the staff that greeted us. We had requested a table away from the main dance floor so that we could talk but from its elevated position at the back of the venue the round table of 10 was perfect and had a great view of the dance floor and band. The music from 9pm when we arrived until our departure at 3 never stopped. Great food, great music, great atmosphere and too much to drink! Hic! Just a fun place to be! Word of warning it gets real hot down there, so jackets off but use the cloakroom. I had my jacket taken from under our eyes while we were all dancing, we moved to a retreat under the stairs towards the end of night and all danced there, but even so one of the jackets was there one minute and gone the next. We told the staff and they did everything they could for us, fortunately I had all cards and phone in my trousers otherwise I might have been reflecting negatively on our visit. However those jealous thieves didn't ruin our night , floridita the whole team were amazing. Thanks to Matt (I think) the assistant manager , who could not do enough for us. Simply amazing! Thank you
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 21/11/2014
    We went there to celebrate a birthday and were really impressed, cool venue, good food and incredibly friendly and efficient service. Staff there were so friendly, quick and professional which really puts Floridita ahead of other venues in the area. Thanks to the staff who made the birthday meal extra nice.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miami without the vice, fun and good value
    jayprich
    Dined on 21/11/2014
    I chose Floridita as a first date because my companion likes to dance and so do I. It's more popular with group parties than romantic couples, the seating is a bit tatty so you won't impress anyone but hey it is excellent value and the tacky glitz and upbeat Lithuanian waiter added to the party mood once the music started 8pm. She had asian style red bream and I had the cod, simple but excellent. As a nod to Cuban cuisine we had black-bean side which goes well with fish - but the menu is not overly themed. Slovenian Sauvignon was very drinkable too. Band music was great with many recognisable classics and lots of mixed ability dancing and quite and age range. One or two very impressive to watch which gets you in the mood. Downstairs bar area was popular and upstairs there is a different establishment with a totally different vibe more typical of a London bar. It just kept getting busier with people still arriving at midnight. Loud music does make it a bit hard to talk but we managed and overall had a great time.
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    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value
    CHET
    Dined on 20/11/2014
    The atmosphere was very lively and the food nice - but the menu is a little limited - however, service & music were great! Overall a very nice evening!
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    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After a delicious meal we danced the night away
    SusieQ
    Dined on 20/11/2014
    Great table just back from the dance floor. Drank Chandon Brut with a delicious meal while listening to the first band and then got up and danced to the second band who were excellent and got everybody on the dance floor.
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    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible food, loud
    Andrea
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Not a place to go for the food. More q nightclub than a restaurant. If ur aim is to dance salsa, fine. Otherwise... Service was terrible, my quesadilla was burned and the rest of the food was barely ok... Plus it was impossible to keep a conversation.
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  • The atmosphere was excellent!!!
    Zodz1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everyone was so helpful especially our host George. The ambience was perfect and the food was different but good. The place is beautiful and I would recommend for dates
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    group bookings, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for entertainment
    Sevinc
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Good food, cocktails and entertainment (including excellent service) made my birthday celebrations memorable.
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    outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • My wife Jo's special evening
    Ohwhatanight
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My daughter, son and I took my wife out for her 50th birthday. Fantastic high end food, lovely drink, very attentive service combined with a funky Cuban band to make a night to remember.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great gig
    table42
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    went for friday night Salsa and live gig. great atmosphere and engaging show. loved it.
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    outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • OK
    LCooney
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The scallops were very good. The steak was cooked well but could have done with more sauce. It was OK just not amazing for the price. The venue is interesting and the staff are very attentive. It is very loud for 7PM dining which was distracting.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Great Vibe! Food arrived b4 drinks!
    MusicLover
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Such good fun! Staff are courteous and polite. Food is great and served in reasonable time. Our food arrived before our drinks even though two different members of staff had approached us to take our drinks order! We were half way through our meal before we even had some water at the table! The room temperature whilst we ate was extremely hot and uncomfortable...they should really sort out some alternative ventilation system...we overheard tables around leaving immediately after their meal because they were uncomfortably hot. Having said that, after you eventually get your drinks (great Mojitos by the way) we loved the salsa band and we were asked to dance by friendly people without any post party expectations. Just amazing friendly fun.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A funny night
    Ciurp
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    Nice place, average food but good service and nice music. You don't go there to eat well but to drink really well and have fun in an amazing atmosphere.
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Joey
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    An evening spent with friends listening to live salsa music and watching some very good dancers. Staff attentive and food tasty.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service - over attentive
    Elloe
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    Whilst the food was of impeccably high quality, the service fell slightly short. All members of staff were polite and helpful, but were over-attentive which bordered on rude at times. It is important to have a waiter on hand at all times for requests, but every 5 minutes is excessive. The apparent lack of tie clips was exacerbated when approaching a table from a clearly incorrect angle. This was the only element that let the restaurant down.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reevesie
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    The venue was lovely, felt like being in a new york bar. The waiters were friendly and attentive. The food was overpriced, nice but not fantastic. The live music was excellent. I would definitely go again but would probably just visit cocktail bar.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Night
    Cecm
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    I went to Floridita Saturday night to celebrate two birthdays (my own and a friend). Great food and service. We loved the music and dancing...We had a lot of fun....it was an excellent birthday dinner!
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    group bookings, special occasions
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  • Fantastic Evening!
    Vascoe
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    I booked a table here at the last minute, due to another venue not being available. We had a fantastic time! The atmosophere was buzzy and fun and you did get the sense of walking into somewhere different and glamorous and not "ageist". Clientele of all ages were having a blast. We will definitely go here again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confusing menu
    MCiccone
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    The menu gives you a choiche of 2 or 3 courses for a set prices, but then there are supplements to be paid for specific selections (e.g. steak) This is not clear at all and very confusing. If you don't choose the set menu, they don't tell you how much is every dish 'a la carte'. (!!?) Moreover, everything is overpriced for the quality/quantity of food you get.
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  • excellent service good food
    nige
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    the only drawback - table for 2 was against the wall to the side and we couldnt see the stage ! No reduced price and no indication that would be be the case . Outstanding service , good food and decent portion sizes - would definitely go again provided we can see at least something of the stage !
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Fun evening out.
    33today
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Lovely evening-good food, good view of the live music and dancing from our table. Attentive waiters.
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and over complicated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    The restaurant has two different menus. Make sure to book the set menu with drinks included. Otherwise is ridiculously overpriced.
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  • fun but loud
    steaklover
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    i read reviews about it being loud and thought that the reviewer was either old or a little boring but it is ridiculously loud when the live music is on. We sat in a booth at the back and really had to shout at each other to be heard. if you are more than 2 people dont expect to have a group conversation! Food and service were good, music was good and great for watching people dance (or have a go yourself) but no good for having a good old catch up with a friend! The place is great though just wish the band wasn't so loud!
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  • Excellent Restaurant
    Floridita
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Overall an excellent restaurant. The ambience is outstanding especially if you like southamerican music and dance. A little bit loud due to the live music but it is part of the entertainment experience. The service is outstanding, extremely corteous and professional staff. The food was good although, in my case, the steak (supposed to be cooked "medium) was a bit overcooked and chewy. However the quality was very good and the restaurant offers a good choice of south american wines. Bottom line I enjoyed having dinner at Floridita Restaurant and I will be happy to return
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Themexican
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    The band was fantastic! Same the food and the drinks. The atmosphere is so lively and you find lots of friendly people!
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  • well done Ivan
    Samnick
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    We have a great night - atmosphere was brilliant, music was amazing and the food was very good for the price point. To top it all off our waiter Ivan was one of the best I have had serve us in any restaurant.
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    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant place, high prices
    Timbo
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I took my girlfriend there for her birthday last weekend, the food was very good, plenty of choice, steak was cooked perfectly and portions were pretty decent. Only went for the starter and the main which were served be a very polite and helpful waitress who looked after us very well all night. Plenty of choice of drinks and cocktails too which. The band were brilliant and easily the highlight of the night with almost everyone getting up for a dance. Only negatives I can think of are the food was out very quickly and felt a bit rushed but the food was still of a high standard. Also it is anything but cheap, 2 mains and 2 glasses of house wine each came to £115 which included a £6 'music charge' for the two of us. Great night but expensive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We felt unwelcomed
    Sunny
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I had a group of reservation of 8. Our waiter did keep in constant talks with us regarding how much time we had at the table. When we wanted to order deserts, we were rudely told by one of the manager that we couldn't order deserts because our time at the table was up. Both waiter and manager were not friendly and we felt like we were annoying them. It's a shame because a friend recommended Floridita to us.
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  • Poor service - felt rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We booked a table for a Saturday evening. After 1.5h a waiter brought us the bill and reminded that we would need to leave our tables soon. 5min later with a bit of wine still left on the table the waiter came back and told us to leave then (though we had over 20 min left). Though waiters try to appear friendly I had the feeling that they tried to rush us all the time so that we emptied the table asap; I did not really feel welcome during my dinner. They’ve got good live music but minimum space for dancing. Though opentable shows £26-40 per person if you order from the menu expect to pay over £70. Overall I would not recommend it for enjoying your dinner in a not very Cuban atmosphere, at least at weekends.
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  • Lovethiseve
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was quite good. The main courses could be more Cuban style
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  • outandabout
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Sent our food back twice for being cold - they warmed the plate and bought it back... Quite hectic and very dark in the eating area - seemed as though everyone was just a number to get through the system very commercial and a little tacky. Would not go back for food but bar area good and dancing fun....
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  • Too much noise for a friends dinner
    Sonia
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I chose Floridita for my birthday and I regret because there was too much noise and the food was cold and not good enough for the price. We were 11 and all of them were not satisfied. We had to shout in order to communicate so I think the place is not good for group reservations where you expect to talk to people. On the other hand, I don't like the policy regarding the payment fee of 20£ per person if more than 12 people because it is too much money paid in advanced and the problem is that people don't know exactly the final number until the day. On top of that, it complicates the payment time to get the money back from people having to ask them for 20£ In cash and to pay the difference to floridita. A mess!!!
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  • Latin
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very enjoyable. Good service and consistent standard of food. The live bands are another highlight of the evening.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool atmosphere and good food.
    nfoote
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Really cool place, very good atmosphere with great food. Went for my wife's birthday, entertainment is great. Service is a little rushed but then they have 2 hour turn around time on tables on Fri/Sat nights.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Floridita
    gooberVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were the first people in the restaurant pre theatre. but it soon got busy though it is huge. The food and service was very good, but rather slow for pre theatre. There was going to be no live music till much later but they said we could return, but we are a bit old for that We would certainly come again. It said it was 100 Wardour St, but. that was a cigar shop it was further down.
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  • Super cool fun!!!!
    cazzy
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Chose this venue for a friends birthday and was not disappointed!! We had a table booked for 9.45pm but due to train delays we were late and Floridita have a rule that they will only hold the table 10mins over your booked time. The waitress was amazing and totally understanding and said if we waited 10mins she would have another table ready for us and she did!! The meal was amazing and considering how busy it was our waitress was checking on us all the time. Fab place for a amazzzzing night out, just try it!!
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  • apalling service, poor food!
    JenKen75
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Upon booking we were told we would only have table for 2 hours, which was fine. One of our party was running late so we informed the Waitress, she said that we had to order our starters within 10 mins as the kitchen would be too busy. We ordered starters which came within 2-3 mins (always concerning) & waitress kept coming over to check if we'd finished. My friend arrived & waitress came straight over & said we had 5 mins before we had to order our main course.Once we had finished main course we were told "you need to leave" & the bill was handed to us with 12.5% servicecharge added! We'd only been at the table 1 1/2 hrs. This restaurant is a conveyor belt where more focus is put on turning covers than food & customer service.
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  • Evening spoilt by 2 sittings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We went for the first sitting and had to vacate our table by 9.30. The bar area we had reserved for post dinner was mobbed by gangs of hen parties and the staff members we had arranged this with had disappeared. Faced with 8 of us standing in a mob in the bar we had to leave at 9.40. Far too busy and disorganised. Too many casual drinkers were let in so those of us who had spent over £ 500 were abandoned to the fray and so we left. Shan't go again!
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