We went to La Bodeguita de Pico for their advertised Salsa lessons on Saturday nights at 8 pm. When making the reservation, I inquired about the dance lessons and signed the four of us up. They suggested dinner at 7 to be ready for salsa lessons at 8, which was a bit early but we agreed to it for the sake of our salsa lessons.
We arrived to a quiet restaurant with little decor. Our waiter was nice enough and we ordered, confirming our dance lessons at 8. Well, 8 o'clock came and went and we figured they were a little behind because there was no band or anything out yet. The food came and was mediocre.
At 9 pm I asked the hostess, who was rude and not very smart, what happened to our salsa lessons. She shrugged and replied that the teacher "didn't show up." We asked for the manager and she went to get him. 20 minutes later, after asking again to see him, he made his way out. We asked about our salsa lessons. He shrugged and said the teacher "didn't show up...it's not my job to deal with the dancing."
We explained nicely that we had come primarily for the salsa lessons, and he continued to shirk responsibility in spite of the fact that it was one of his staffers who took the dance reservation to begin with. He didn't offer anything to lessen our disappointment. He just repeated "it's not my problem."
By that time, our waiter had long disappeared. We asked the busboy to get him. We finally made his way over 15 minutes later and mumbled something about being sorry but he was very busy. It took another 20 minutes to get our check (full price in spite of their unprofessional conduct at every level). We over payed and left, disappointed with what was supposed to be a special night of fun and dance lessons with friends.
I wish the night had gone differently. There's a dearth of good salsa places in LA. In any case, for better food, better service, nicer staff and reliable salsa, go to El Floridita on Vine, and STAY AWAY FROM LA BODEGUITA DE PICO.
Cons: FALSE ADVERTISING ON WEBSITE