435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048, United States
Closed until 6:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 6:00 PM–Midnight
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  • foie gras
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  • 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 Sun · December 27, 2009
  • Geoff O.

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

    Geoff Oki · April 6, 2010
  • Jamie M.

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

    Jamie Morris · March 27, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ben R.

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

    Ben Roche · 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 Heppler · September 19, 2010
  • Alex R.

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

    Alex Rose · 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 Chivardi · October 26, 2012
  • Eric C.

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

    Eric C · September 30, 2011
  • @JaumePrimero

    meat meat meat! For all you meatlovers!

    @JaumePrimero · August 29, 2011
  • Geraldine C.

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

    Geraldine Chung · 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 McKay · March 21, 2011
  • 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 Xerray · October 28, 2013
  • Mohammed Albarrak

    مايصلح لنا ابد

    Mohammed Albarrak · October 19, 2013
  • Rob H.

    Off menu item: agedashi tofu... trust me

    Rob Heppler · September 23, 2013
  • Dan L.

    Definitely try the Poutine with Oxtail Gravy and cheddar!

    Dan Leveille · November 20, 2012
  • 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 Witt · August 13, 2010
  • David B.

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

    David Brotman · 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 Newman · February 17, 2010
  • melissa s.

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

    melissa stetten · September 9, 2009
  • K@te ☤.

    Animal has a big reputation and it is well deserved. Great vibe and food. Make sure to get the Crispy Pigs Ear and the Bone Marrow. The service is always fantastic, warm, and friendly.

    K@te ☤ · December 30, 2014
  • Pocket S.

    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.

    Pocket Sun · August 16, 2014
  • Los Angeles

    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.

    Los Angeles · November 12, 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 Smith · August 27, 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 Jain · 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 Chin · April 22, 2013

    Sticky Toffee Pudding. To. Die. For.

    @SDWIFEY · March 11, 2013
  • Brian B.

    Try the Pork Belly Sandwiches

    Brian Behnke · 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 Besser · February 4, 2013
  • Salil G.

    Hamachi tostada = game changer

    Salil Gulati · November 2, 2012
  • Falcon Elizabeth

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

    Falcon Elizabeth · July 13, 2012
  • Tyler M.

    also, read Chef's Feed and eat everything the Chefs tell you to.

    Tyler Moselle · March 25, 2012
  • Tyler M.

    Eat the baby rabbit spring rolls, the oxtail poutine, & everything that's snout to tail greatness-not found anywhere but NYC, SF, or the travel channel. Ask for wine pairings&save room for desserts.

    Tyler Moselle · March 25, 2012
  • Rael C.

    lugar bem divertido otima comida

    Rael Castro · February 3, 2014
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    Ratthazart Haboonme · January 7, 2014
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    Kazu Shimura · June 12, 2013

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