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New American Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
206 Tips and reviews
  • foie gras
  • hamachi tostada
  • pork belly
  • chicken liver toast
  • poutine
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  • Dylan F.
    Dylan Farella5 days ago
    HOLY SH*T IS THIS PLACE THE BEST RESTAURANT OF ALL TIME? Chicken liver toast and the bone-in ribeye with bone marrow butter. The steak is to die for, and the wine was out of this world.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    “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
    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.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgAugust 21
    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
    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
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Rayshawn W.
    Best poutine and oxtail meat ever! I can eat this dish all day everyday if given the opportunity.
  • Linda Y.
    Mongolian sweetbreads, sirloin carpaccio, turkey leg, balsamic pork ribs, poutine
  • Casey
    CaseyMarch 28
    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.
    The foie grais, biscuit, and maple sausage gravy is literally the answer to life.
  • Charles T S.
  • 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
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