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Cobras & Matadors - Closed

7615 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036


  • Sun-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12am
  • $$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • BYOB
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Steven Arroyo is the Bill Graham of tapas in Los Angeles, the impresario who made the concept of Spanish drinks 'n' snacks as popular as sushi platters after dozens of others had tried and failed. And his dark, buzzy tapas parlors are teeming dens of olive oil and garlic, cured pig, grilled meats and pungent concoctions of seafood and paprika and beans rushed to the table still crackling in unglazed crocks.

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    Friday, February 10, 2012 at 2:14 p.m. by Amy Scattergood

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  • Dine and Dish
    Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 12 a.m. by Michelle Huneven

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