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New American Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
221 Tips and reviews
  • foie gras
  • hamachi tostada
  • pork belly
  • poutine
  • chicken liver toast
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  • Vansi
    Vansi1 week ago
    The pork toro is great.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 25
    There may be no more iconic french fry dish in Los Angeles than the oxtail poutine option at Animal. Read more
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanJuly 23
    Not the place for something light. Be prepared for rich, unctuous dishes. Don't skip dessert - pastry chef is on point.
  • Daniel H.
    Try the bone marrow burger. No joke, it's fantastic.
  • Chloe
    ChloeJune 19
    The loco moco is even better! So flavorful with foie gras
  • Chloe
    ChloeJune 17
    Foie gras biscuit! Such a bomb!
  • Howard
    HowardMay 30
    Get Boner Burger
  • Nate T.
    Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MMay 14
    Hamachi tostada
  • Chloe
    ChloeMay 2
    Truly gorgeous little gem. Have to order foie gras biscuit with gravy if you like foie gras. Dessert with ice cream is delicious too!
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonFebruary 12
    Oh my! What a gem of a place, nice deco, tasty food and great service. Try the "tamago" scramble!
  • Eric
    EricJanuary 17
    Enjoyed our meal. Highlights: chicken liver toast, sweetbreads, hamachi tostda, Brussel sprouts
  • Manuel S.
    Amazing restaurant. Pork ear, Rib eye steak!
  • Jackie Y.
    Jackie YangDecember 31, 2016
    A little bit expensive but good
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 20, 2016
    Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo made their mark in the late aughts with this over the top dish, packing stewed oxtail and cheddar cheese atop french fries in a minimalist space along Fairfax.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraDecember 16, 2016
    This place was everything I could ever dreamed of. The pork belly and the turkey leg were so 🔥
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsNovember 28, 2016
    The sweet breads are not to be missed. If they have a burger special, give that a try as it was incredible. The best plate of the evening had to be the smoked turkey leg with white barbecue sauce.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 19, 2016
    “For all the talk about pig’s ears, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s secret weapon is their amazing produce, which is so very Los Angeles.” - Peter Jon Lindberg Read more
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuSeptember 18, 2016
    Unbelievable. Highlights: liver toast, foie gras maple biscuit (get it), pig ear. The oxtail poutine and bone marrow burger were good but overhyped. Still, all around tasty.
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgAugust 21, 2016
    One of the best meals I've ever had. I love exploring food so this was awesome. The flavors are interesting and surprising.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 18, 2016
    The menu changes frequently here, but the poutine made with oxtail gravy and Cheddar is a mainstay. It's a punch in the face in the best way possible. Read more
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 19, 2016
    Best poutine and oxtail meat ever! I can eat this dish all day everyday if given the opportunity.
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YangMay 16, 2016
    Mongolian sweetbreads, sirloin carpaccio, turkey leg, balsamic pork ribs, poutine
  • Casey
    CaseyMarch 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorites I always order are: chicken liver toast, hamachi tostada, foie gras loco moco, and beef tendon chips. Recently tried the boner burger, it was pretty great.
  • Rahil B.
    Rahil BeraniMarch 8, 2016
    The foie grais, biscuit, and maple sausage gravy is literally the answer to life.
  • Charles T S.
    Charles T SebestaFebruary 22, 2016
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacDecember 9, 2015
    A super hyped restaurant that really lived up to it. Of the 13 dishes we tried standouts include: hamachi tostada, foie gras biscuit, and the sirloin carpaccio.
  • Harry L.
    Harry LacheenDecember 2, 2015
    Massive turkey leg!
  • Melinda J.
    Melinda JacksonNovember 24, 2015
    Expect to spent a lot for a little -- but it's totally worth it
  • Paul S.
    Paul SmithOctober 29, 2015
    Go here!!!! Dinner was amazing!!! Such great flavors. Just be aware there is no sign out front.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxOctober 24, 2015
    I had the chicken liver toast, the crispy pig ear, the bone marrow, oxtail poutine and the foie gras biscuit. All was delicious.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningOctober 24, 2015
    Very loud but it doesn't matter because your mouth will be stuffed with liver, heart, ears and more tasty bits!
  • Gorka S.
    Gorka SadabaOctober 13, 2015
    Great food and portions. Tried the ribs and the turkey leg, both were pretty awesome. The staff was helpful, in special Victor, who suggested us some places to go after
  • Liz .
    Liz 🦎September 29, 2015
    I wish I'd ordered 4 hamachi tostada. They are so good.
  • Mona N.
    Mona NomuraSeptember 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Hamachi tostada. That is all.
  • Charles L.
    Charles LawAugust 22, 2015
    Get all the big meat dishes here. The ribs and beef carpaccio was very good.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PharesJuly 16, 2015
    fantastic. It's a tiny place – and it's very meat-heavy, so expect a hearty meal. They opened a more seafood-centric place called Son of a Gun that's also quite good. (from a friend)
  • Roland
    RolandJune 7, 2015
    The ox tail pouting is a must!
  • Jaime S.
    Jaime ScatenaMay 16, 2015
    Meat lover delight! Soft shell crab is amazing and so is the poutin. The Brussels sprouts are also to die for!!
  • Benjamin G.
    Benjamin GarciaMay 3, 2015
    The Boner Burger is a serious piece of obscenity.
  • Steph S.
    Steph SloanMay 2, 2015
    Pig ears, bone marrow, sweetbreads... You really can't go wrong
  • Phong N.
    Phong NguyenApril 6, 2015
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    One of our 99 Essential Restaurants 2015! Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    The menu is full of combinations that sound discordant (veal tongue w/salmon roe & black mustard?) but you basically can’t go wrong ordering, which is astounding given the range & breadth of the thing Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    If you were to trace our city’s current boom of exciting, highly regarded restaurants garnering national attention, almost all roads would lead back to Animal. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyFebruary 27, 2015
    Animal gives you yet another reason to dine on beef tendon, veal brains, sweetbreads and pig’s ears after 10pm. The meat-centric restaurant is open until midnight on Fri + Sat and 11pm during the week Read more
  • George H.
    George HayesFebruary 14, 2015
    Everything is amazing, especially the poutine!
  • Jen B.
    Jen BergJanuary 18, 2015
    Dine with a group and get ready to go splitsies on chicken liver toast, hamachi tostada, burrata, b-sprouts, sweetbreads, spare ribs and both/any/all foie gras dishes especially the biscuit gravy.
  • Jap-c
    Jap-cDecember 26, 2014
    Try the chicken liver toast!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 24, 2014
    Trendy, loud, and delicious. Bone marrow was a win.
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderNovember 28, 2014
    This is a distinctive restaurant with a very unique meat-heavy menu. A great night out. Definitely one of the must-visit restaurants of LA. They also serve beer in comically small beer glasses.
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 20, 2014
    The most amazing thing ever was the foie & biscuit. Also pork belly sliders are awesome too.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LNovember 9, 2014
    just order everything. Trust me.
  • Héloïse
    HéloïseNovember 8, 2014
    Don't miss the Burrata and Hamachi.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagSeptember 16, 2014
    Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook's noisy meat hall is a must for adventurous carnivores. If the poutine with oxtail gravy is on the menu when you visit, don't hesitate—just order it.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BertoliniSeptember 1, 2014
    Pork ear was the best. Pork ribs and pork belly were meh. Skip the BLT.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Animal as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Abu Aya a.
    Abu Aya aka KDAugust 19, 2014
    Very good eat everything off an animal
  • Jen M.
    Jen MAugust 18, 2014
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 16, 2014
    Distinctive place. Casual setting, great variety of meat. Loved the chicken liver toast, the quail and the crispy duck leg! Definitely worth it. Innovative cooking method mixed with fun ingredients.
  • Gina S.
    Gina SeghiAugust 16, 2014
    Hamachi taco. Just order it! You won't be sorry.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Marcel Vigneron, chef of Modern Global Tasting, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Poutine. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    The first thing you should know about Animal is that it is practically a shrine to bacon, which appears everywhere on the short, seasonal menu, up to and including a chocolate dessert. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    Given the time of year, the seasonal menu may contain any of the following: pig tails, pig ears, veal brains, rabbit legs, bone marrow, lamb neck, sweetbreads, quail, foie gras, and, yes, Spam. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    The owners of this restaurant can get away with charging $35 for a Spam burger. And it’s worth it. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Animal is the kind of restaurant that other chefs dream about, a kitchen that renders its darkest, and happiest, thoughts in smoking, dripping flesh. Read more
  • Tony C.
    Tony CunJuly 13, 2014
    They played Bone Thugz "Crossroads" during dinner. This automatically won me over.
  • Kyxz
    KyxzJune 19, 2014
    I recommend everything ! Love this place !
  • Camille
    CamilleJune 15, 2014
    Eat absofuckinglutely everything
  • Carolyn
    CarolynJune 2, 2014
    Order as much as you can. Everything is delicious. Skip the peaches & gnocchi. Go for the tongue, pigs ears, toast, and Caesar salad.
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FormanMay 25, 2014
    Be adventurous and Animal will reward you!
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffApril 19, 2014
    Absolutely OVERRATED. Nothing special and nothing to worth $100+ per person.
  • Molly T.
    Molly TApril 6, 2014
    I'm a vegetarian and I had a great time.
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMarch 25, 2014
    The tendon chips with pho dipping sauce was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten!
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMarch 25, 2014
    Eat everything, waste nothing. One hell of a culinary experience.
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  • Ray T.
    Ray TingDecember 16, 2013
    Quail, rabbit, and the strawberry/guava pudding dessert are amazing.
  • Dru B.
    Dru BramlettDecember 2, 2013
    Phenomenal service and a solid menu. Choose anything - it'll be delicious!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesNovember 12, 2013
    The hamachi tostada packs a wallop of flavor with slivers of jalapeño, crunchy peanuts, Thai basil and fried onion. For heartier appetites, there’s a Flintstones-size smoked turkey leg.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayOctober 28, 2013
    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.
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 21, 2013
    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!
  • Maguis S.
    Maguis Sosa AOctober 2, 2013
    Kampachi is great ! As well as turkey leg!
  • Nicci C.
    Nicci ClaspellSeptember 26, 2013
    Chicken liver toast, wow wow wow!!
  • Rob H.
    Rob HepplerSeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Off menu item: agedashi tofu... trust me
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChenSeptember 22, 2013
    Uni uni uni uni uni :D
  • Paul J.
    Paul JonSeptember 5, 2013
    i love this place i found it from Read more
  • Adam F.
    Adam FSeptember 2, 2013
  • Travis S.
    Travis SmithAugust 27, 2013
    Eat that poutine and feel good.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BuenaventuraAugust 25, 2013
    I love tendon in my pho but puffed tendon with pho onion dip takes it to a whole other level.
  • LeAnne G.
    YOU NEED to eat here - considering the quality and service - this was one of the MOST reasonably priced meals I have ever eaten in LA! Three Cheers!
  • James G.
    James GuigayomaJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always say yes to the pig ears.
  • Zachary S.
    Zachary SteinbackJune 20, 2013
    If you're an adventurous carnivore there is no better place to get delicious food that will challenge your taste buds and blow your mind. You owe it to yourself to stop in if you're in the area.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 6, 2013
    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
  • Hadeel O.
    Hadeel OmerMay 29, 2013
    Veal tongue, chicken liver toast and bone marrow dishes were sublime!
  • Scott L.
    Scott LaineMay 20, 2013
    Amazing meal. Amazing staff. Be forewarned the staff will do everything to accommodate you but if your allergic to peanuts, your choices will be limited.
  • Keith W.
    Keith WMay 5, 2013
    make a reservation! the marrow bone and pork belly were amazing.
  • Mortgage Capital Associates
    High quality ingredients and an inventive kitchen make for a fantastic experience. You can't go wrong with anything, but the pork belly sandwich is my favorite (at least, this week!).
  • Monica J.
    Monica JainApril 24, 2013
    Tried and loved the Hamachi Tostada, pig ear, PIGS HEAD, and **pork belly sliders**. Skip the bacon chocolate dessert (did not like!)
  • Rael C.
    Rael CastroFebruary 3, 2014
    lugar bem divertido otima comida
  • Ratthazart H.
    Ratthazart HaboonmeJanuary 7, 2014
  • Babí L.
    Babí LimaDecember 18, 2013
    Muito boom,
  • Mohammed Albarrak
    Mohammed AlbarrakOctober 19, 2013
    مايصلح لنا ابد
  • Soner Ü.
    Soner ÜnalAugust 13, 2013
    Sabahin 5 buçuğu ve donut yiyorlar:)
  • Soner Ü.
    Soner ÜnalAugust 13, 2013
    kahvaltı zamanı
  • Jordi M.
    Jordi MuroJuly 31, 2013
    Despres del veganisme i el crudovorisme, a L.A. triomfa la cuina animal. Carta sencera dedicada a carns poc nobles i vísceres. Molt recomenable.
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