The way to man's heart may track through his stomach, but the only way out of the stomach is by way of vibrant dancing. Cover both bases with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a Spanish-inspired, three-course dinner and a flamenco-dance show from El Cid in Silver Lake (up to a $36 value). Choose Friday ($30), Saturday ($36), or Sunday ($25). Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (5 p.m. on Sunday), dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Before the restaurant's skilled professional dancers and musicians strut and strum their stuff on stage, tuck into dinner fare such as the chimichurri filet mignon with roasted-garlic whipped potatoes, or camarones (shrimp) sautéed in red-pepper butter with red rice and ratatouille. Vegetarian diners can hang a fang on stuffed peppers cooked in Grand Marnier. There are eight entree selections in all, each of which is served with the soup of the day, a mixed-green salad, and a healthy heaping of zesty flair. Drinks are not included but are available for purchase, and enterprising patrons can take advantage of the B.Y.O. thirst-quencher policy ($15 corkage fee).
El Cid looks like it was decorated by Don Quixote, with armor suits bolted to the wall, acres of red curtains streaming from the ceiling, and Spanish-style wooden doors made from broken pieces of windmill swinging in every frame. Built in 1900 by D. W. Griffith, the director used El Cid to screen his infamous, still-controversial film Birth of a Nation in 1915. Fully converted to a mini-theater in 1950, it quickly became the down low and the hush-hush for stars and starlets. In its 50 years as a full-time restaurant, El Cid has delighted the famous, infamous, and unfamous with its outdoor patio courtyard overflowing with flowers and fountains.
Reservations required. Shows subject to availability.
4212 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90029Get Directions