435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Closed until 6:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 6:00 PM–Midnight
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  • "Tried and loved the Hamachi Tostada, pig ear, PIGS HEAD, and **pork belly..." (10 tips)
  • "Pork belly sandwich is awesome!" (10 tips)
  • "... tapas places.. But chicken liver toast was great!" (9 tips)
  • Bravo

    If you need a late meal, Animal is open until 2am on weekends. Food is great and they serve "PBR" in a can.-Michael Voltaggio, Top Chef

    Bravo · January 27, 2010
  • Eater

    A newbie by comparison to some Eater 38 members, Jon and Vinny's small and loud porkapalooza delight remains all the rage with the food set. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · December 1, 2010
  • LA Weekly

    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

    LA Weekly · December 29, 2010
  • Bravo

    Take a walk on the tasty side of fun food. Totally relaxed atmosphere and spot on food. Lardo has never been my favorite...ever...but I like it here.-Rick Moonen, Top Chef

    Bravo · December 2, 2010
  • LA Weekly

    Animal is small and loud and powered by seasonal organic produce; has a nice list of manly wines and is unafraid to serve an unadorned bowl of fruit for dessert ... Read more

    LA Weekly · October 5, 2011
  • LogoTV

    “Best restaurant in LA. Period! Very knowledgeable staff will guide your entire meal. I love sitting at the bar, it becomes a communal event with all the other patrons.” – Korbin, Pretty Hurts

    LogoTV · March 15, 2011
  • AskMen

    Jeremy Fox is a renowned vegetarian chef & starting May 17th - May 23rd, he’ll be doing an exclusive prix fixe menu at the Animal for just $70. Now the trick is getting a reservation. Bonne chance. Read more

    AskMen · May 14, 2010
  • Food Network

    Duff Goldman prefers the fresh, local ingredients and the classic American cuisine at Animal on The Best Thing I Ever Ate. We recommend the Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more

    Food Network · August 17, 2011
  • Cecilia S.

    Bacon choco crunch good! Pork belly sandwich must have.

    Cecilia S. · December 27, 2009
  • Geoff O.

    Always always always get the porkbelly sandwich. From there, experiment.

    Geoff O. · April 6, 2010
  • Jamie M.

    foie gras, biscuit & maple sausage gravy = my new favorite food

    Jamie M. · March 27, 2010
  • Andrew S.

    Order anything, you can't go wrong. Foie Gras Moco Loco is one of my all time favorites.

    Andrew S. · December 24, 2011
  • Los Angeles Times

    John Shook and Vinny Dotolo have a pretty good sense of what tastes good, be it melted cheese with chorizo or calves' brains with the French curry vadouvan Read more

    Los Angeles Times · June 6, 2013
  • Ben R.

    share plates. All the food is really good so share it!

    Ben R. · August 5, 2009
  • Jake

    I know everyone else suggested the "Pork Belly Pig" already, but I am verifying it. It is the best I could ever imagine. Bacon x 10. -- I'd fight a gang of twenty for these slider. I'd destroy them.

    Jake · August 7, 2011
  • Rob H.

    If you don't get the $35 foie GRAS burger you ain't shit

    Rob H. · September 19, 2010
  • Alex R.

    order the pig ear, chili, lime and fried egg. totAlly worth $9

    Alex R. · July 10, 2009
  • Travel Channel

    Animal is a carnivore-centric restaurant specializing in all those good bits. Tony Bourdain tried marrow bone, chicken hearts, hamachi tostada, coconut sweetbreads, pig tails and crispy rabbit legs.

    Travel Channel · August 26, 2012
  • Margaret TOTO Jean W.

    Oxtail and pulled pork belly sandwich !

    Margaret TOTO Jean W. · September 10, 2010
  • Daniel C.

    Victor is the best! Get Hamachi tostada Always , pig ears and porkbelly sliders

    Daniel C. · October 26, 2012
  • @JaumePrimero

    meat meat meat! For all you meatlovers!

    @JaumePrimero · August 29, 2011
  • Mohammed

    مايصلح لنا ابد

    Mohammed · October 19, 2013
  • Rob H.

    Off menu item: agedashi tofu... trust me

    Rob H. · September 23, 2013
  • Eric C.

    One of the best dishes: Foie Gras Loco Moco. Yup, they put those two together.

    Eric C. · September 30, 2011
  • Geraldine C.

    Eat your boyfriend's portion of the BBQ pork belly won't regret it!

    Geraldine C. · July 26, 2011
  • Georgia M.

    I have never felt more carnivorous. Get the foie gras biscuit and gravy and the BBQ pork belly if you know what's good for you.

    Georgia M. · March 21, 2011
  • GourmetLive

    For dessert, there’s a chocolate crunch bar topped with crumbles of Nueske bacon that sounds sort of bull-in-a-china-shop, but it actually works.

    GourmetLive · October 21, 2010
  • Kat W.

    Belly Sliders, Crispy Rabbit, Petit Basque are all phenomenal. The acoustics aren't well planned, the room is extremely noisy and makes conversation difficult for any party greater than 4.

    Kat W. · August 13, 2010
  • David B.

    The ribs are to die for and evrthing else is just as good. Read more

    David B. · March 12, 2010
  • Hillary N.

    Melted petit basque and baby broccoli, pancetta, and egg are not to be missed. Order a bunch of apps and share.

    Hillary N. · February 17, 2010
  • melissa s.

    Order the foie gras with a biscuit and maple sausage gravy. My favorite dish in LA

    melissa s. · September 9, 2009
  • Tony X.

    If the Pig Tails are on the menu, get it. But always start off with the chicken liver mousse on toast. End the meal with the veal sweetbreads which they flash fry leaving the inside super creamy.

    Tony X. · October 28, 2013
  • Akiko I.

    Better than "Son of a Gun" (sister restaurant), but not as good as "ink". Very solid foods but I'm kinda bored to see the same items as other tapas places.. But chicken liver toast was great!

    Akiko I. · October 21, 2013
  • Travis S.

    Eat that poutine and feel good.

    Travis S. · August 27, 2013
  • Kazu S.


    Kazu S. · June 12, 2013
  • Monica J.

    Tried and loved the Hamachi Tostada, pig ear, PIGS HEAD, and **pork belly sliders**. Skip the bacon chocolate dessert (did not like!)

    Monica J. · April 24, 2013
  • Gloria C.

    get the pig ear, bone marrow, hamachi tostada, maple sausage gravy, chicken liver toast, pork belly sandwich, foie gras, bacon chocolate crunch bar!!

    Gloria C. · April 22, 2013
  • Brian B.

    Try the Pork Belly Sandwiches (via @Foodspotting)

    Brian B. · February 24, 2013
  • Sean B.

    Small place, but has quickly become the must go to place for chefs when they visit LA; they are doing some crazy things with meat there. The bacon chocolate bar for dessert is great!

    Sean B. · February 4, 2013
  • Dan L.

    Definitely try the Poutine with Oxtail Gravy and cheddar!

    Dan L. · November 20, 2012
  • Salil G.

    Hamachi tostada = game changer

    Salil G. · November 2, 2012
  • Falcon Elizabeth

    Tandoori octopus!! We loved it so much we got two orders!!

    Falcon Elizabeth · July 13, 2012
  • Ben L.

    Pork belly sandwich is awesome!

    Ben L. · March 12, 2012
  • Cynthia S.

    The poutine is food for the gods. The BEST!!

    Cynthia S. · February 6, 2012
  • Gerard F.

    Don't forget to end your dinner with the Tres Leches with Dulce de Leche. I can die now!

    Gerard F. · January 1, 2012
  • Kristin C.

    Sal is the best waiter. He won't "steer" you wrong. The custard dessert is amazing!

    Kristin C. · November 5, 2011
  • rebecca l.

    you want to eat this before you die: foie gras, biscuit & maple sausage gravy

    rebecca l. · August 31, 2011
  • Hiram V.

    poutine with oxtail gravy and cheddar is so unhealthy but so good at the same time Read more

    Hiram V. · July 25, 2011
  • Sarah K.

    Holy crap the fois gras and biscuits dish is RICH and DELICIOUS. Feel like a rock star and order it.

    Sarah K. · March 13, 2011
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    Ratthazart H. · January 7

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