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: 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
500 reviews since 31 October 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.4
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (294)group bookings (238)romance (168)pre/post theatre (122)fit for foodies (67)outstanding value (54)business meals (26)good vegetarian options (22)outdoor eating (9)brunch (6)sunday lunch (5)child friendly (4)afternoon tea (2)disabled access (1)Show More
  • 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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  • 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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    group bookings, special occasions
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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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    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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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.
  • 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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  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I have been to floridita four times before and the food and service was really good but both of these was disappointing.
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  • Fantastic feel good atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We had a very pleasant evening. Completely at ease, dining, drinking and dancing. Would well recommend. Only problem was that we were both ill from the food. I think the chef may have been a bit too eager to get the food out, possibly undercooked.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I booked this place for a birthday dinner and drinks....we were told at the beginning that we had only two hours for the booking. During out meal, we were reminded every 15 mins that we need to leave the table in 2 hours.....a couple of people who came late were told they will not be served because there would not be enough time for them to eat, they were not even served drinks, while they waited for the rest of us to finish our meal - which is highly ridiculous!!...would not recommend this place at all if you want to enjoy your meal without constant reminders to leave.....
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  • Excellent service & atmosphere
    Nickjd
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    Thanks Reka & all for the service and the maître d for giving us the best seat in the house
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another fabulous evening
    charlie
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    great food and service and music never disappoints,,,,,
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food and music
    PaulieVIP
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    i love floridita and go there lot for drinks and to listen to the music and watch the dancing but have never eaten here. booked the top table menu, food was lovely and a very good deal. i eat out a lot and am often critical of the service i receive in the service industry, even more critical as i started my career in the hotel industry. we had a spanish waiter called Fran and we have not had service as charming, as attentive and as good in a long time. if i was opening my own place, i would steal him tomorrow, floriita look after fran!
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • 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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  • nice ambience but overpriced
    eleven
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    couple looking for a nice night out. we booked the set menu (mojito weekends for £29) but we were offered with a different menu, only when asked we've got the right menu. Not much choice of food here, some dishes were ok some not at all (like the breast chicken that was a chicken tight instead). Service was good,you basically get your dedicated waiter. Cocktails and drinks are expensive. Good vibe with the Latin band playing live but not much space to dance when it's busy.
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  • Food so bad and so overpriced
    Mistry23
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Ruined our weekend out, bad food not to mention a very small sea bass costing £64 and badly prepared. Never had bad desserts like the one we had that night, couldn't eat two spoonful of them. The live music was so loud in dinning area, had to lean on someone's ear and shout at top of your voice to be heard. Worst experience while dinning out . Only positive is the waiting staff were good . Went home so disappointed thinking about all the money and time wasted!
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  • Nice Food, big Portions
    JonnySymons77
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Great setting with a fantastic atmosphere right in the heart of Soho. Well managed booking, the restauarant contacted me to make sure the booking was still confirmed. Only thing was the 15% apparently mandatory Service Charge. This perhaps could have been better comunicated before booking. Otherwise great value for a very good amount of food! Over eagerness of the waiting staff was almost off putting as they kept checking on you every few minutes. Drinks orders took longer than you would hope with cocktails arriving quicker than bottles of beer.
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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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night
    Dolc9
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    We went on Friday nigh for the 3 course deal + mojito. Overall we had a good night and we stayed at the bar afterwards for cocktails and watching the band. We just felt a little bit too rushed at the restaurant. We knew we had to leave the table after 2 hours, but still we felt drinks, plates were coming through too quickly. The starters took literaly 5 minutes after ordering, which always makes me wonder ... Everything was pleasant, food was nice, nothing outstanding though. It's just a shame about the 'fast food' feeling, particularly when we were on the early booking and the restaurant was not very busy at all. The bar was great, the cocktails were really good.
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  • Nice restaurant
    Nard
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Service was outstanding as the waiters were very attentive, the restaurant itself is a nice place, the only downside of it is that it is a little noisy so it's hard to hear the people you are dining with
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  • 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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    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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    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.