Michael Gotovac Is The Heartbeat Of Dan Tana
On Santa Monica Boulevard is an Italian restaurant by the name of Dan Tana’s. It is situated in the heart of West Hollywood, making it a go-to for many different celebrities to come in and enjoy a meal and even sit at the bar.
Meet Michael Gotovac
For those who have sat at the bar, they have likely met Michael Gotovac - our resident bartender who has been with us for many years. He has had a front row seat to see Dan Tana’s grow into the popular restaurant it has become. It is a legendary hot spot featuring a menu with a little bit of everything for everyone.
Michael Gotovac has actually been with us for 48 of the 50 years we've been open. When he first joined our team, he knew very little English, and now he's the resident storyteller. He has impressed a number of Hollywood's finest with his bartending skills, and was soon featured in Eater, a Los Angeles based blog that is always talking about the hottest restaurants around.
While you'll now only be lucky enough to find Michael here two days a week, he still loves coming in because of the atmosphere we've created together. He remains a student of his craft, while continuously introducing our guests to the classics that were enjoyed back in the 1960s and 1970s.
Michael has become the go-to man at the restaurant. People recognize the lovable Croatian and feel inclined to spill their deepest and darkest secrets to him as he pours them a glass of Chianti or mixes up one of their favorite martinis. He has some incredible stories to share and there are plenty of people who go in just to see him. With memories dating back to 1968 when he first began slinging drinks at Dan Tana’s, it’s always fun to stop by for story time.
Authentic Italian Favorites
People choose to dine with us time and again because we have the Italian favorites that everyone loves. As Michael Gotovac will tell you, we don’t keep up with the fads because we have found it is not what people want when they walk through our doors. We keep our restaurant and our bar open late, which makes us the ideal location after coming in from a concert or show. Sit down and let Michael fix you a cocktail and recommend something off the menu, perhaps the Clams Casino or the Chicken Vesuvius.
We do accept walk-ins, but we recommend that you contact us for reservations to be sure you have a table waiting for you, any day of the week.