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New American Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
222 Tips and reviews
  • foie gras
  • hamachi tostada
  • pork belly
  • poutine
  • chicken liver toast
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  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanOctober 23
    Great service. Food is good but some dishes were too spicy for me
  • Vansi
    VansiOctober 8
    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!)
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinApril 22, 2013
    get the pig ear, bone marrow, hamachi tostada, maple sausage gravy, chicken liver toast, pork belly sandwich, foie gras, bacon chocolate crunch bar!!
  • Lillycita
    LillycitaMarch 30, 2013
    Miserable, make sure you tell your waiter about peanut allergy- they fry EVERYTHING in it :(
    @SDWIFEYMarch 11, 2013
    Sticky Toffee Pudding. To. Die. For.
  • Calvin T.
    Calvin TingMarch 11, 2013
    Delicious Chicken Liver Toast. For $3, it's practically free relative to your total bill.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BehnkeFebruary 24, 2013
    Try the Chocolate Bacon Bar
  • Brian B.
    Brian BehnkeFebruary 24, 2013
    Try the Duck Breast
  • Brian B.
    Brian BehnkeFebruary 24, 2013
    Try the Duck And Shrimp Spring Rolls
  • Brian B.
    Brian BehnkeFebruary 24, 2013
    Try the Pork Belly Sandwiches
  • Brian B.
    Brian BehnkeFebruary 24, 2013
    Try the crispy pig head
  • Brian B.
    Brian BehnkeFebruary 24, 2013
    Try the Chicken Liver Toast
  • Vlad G.
    Vlad GoldinFebruary 14, 2013
    Bacon crunch bar for dessert is a must!
  • Sean B.
    Sean BesserFebruary 4, 2013
    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!
  • Kiat 明.
    Kiat 明January 26, 2013
    The chicken liver toast (with balsamic shallots) is amazeballs! Must order. To. Die. For.
  • Karolina K.
    Karolina KrzyzanowskaJanuary 25, 2013
    Amazing... Try it all, do not be afraid
  • Cyndi B.
    Cyndi BerzowJanuary 24, 2013
    Animal = Amazing. The rabbit and shrimp spring rolls, the marrow, pork belly sliders, chicken liver toast, all Ridiculously good.We even went with a kosher friend & she found some salad gems. Enjoy!
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth L.January 19, 2013
    Bone marrow, hamachi tostada, shrimp sausage spring rolls (best spring roll ever), grilled quail, tandoori octopus.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GluckmanDecember 2, 2012
    With a name like Animal, you'd expect this restaurant to either have 17 different kinds of meat, or intense, regularly occurring drum solos. Surprisingly, it's the latter.
  • David S.
    David SchafferDecember 2, 2012
    Get a table by the why haven't I been seated yet, i have a reservation?!
  • Gabe R.
    Gabe RoseNovember 22, 2012
    Go for the rabbit spring rolls, ribs, ox tail poutine (essentially gravy fries), and veal brains. You haven't lived until you've tried veal brains.
  • Dan L.
    Dan LeveilleNovember 20, 2012
    Definitely try the Poutine with Oxtail Gravy and cheddar!
  • Jannica R.
    Jannica RobertsonNovember 4, 2012
    Food was on point. Bring a group to try a little bit of everything - approx. 2 plates per person. Great dishes were Pig ears, burata, yellow tail hamachi, putine with oxtail, and pork ribs.
  • Salil G.
    Salil GulatiNovember 2, 2012
    Hamachi tostada = game changer
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™November 2, 2012
    Solid restaurant!! Arguably one of the best in the US. If only they had booze... Enjoy.
  • Lucas M.
    Lucas MacallanOctober 26, 2012
    Victor is the best! Get Hamachi tostada Always , pig ears and porkbelly sliders
  • @HungryEditor B.
    Don't miss the bacon chocolate crunch bar w/ salt & pepper ice cream.
  • @HungryEditor B.
    Call right @ 2pm & you can usually get a reservation for that night.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FriedmanOctober 16, 2012
    Oxtail poutine. Sweet corn agnolotti. Chicken liver toast. Must!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 26, 2012
    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.
  • Falcon Elizabeth
    Falcon ElizabethJuly 13, 2012
    Oh in addition to tandoori octopus, there was this steak (fondue?) dish with truffle sauce which was AMAZING... And the BBQ pork sliders were a must have. This place was SO good!
  • Falcon Elizabeth
    Falcon ElizabethJuly 13, 2012
    Tandoori octopus!! We loved it so much we got two orders!!
  • Maxime A.
    Maxime ArchambaultJuly 8, 2012
    Very Pricey but very good. Meals to share but is you are 3 or more you might have to order more than one dish of the same thing if you want everyone to have a taste. And the house Chardonnay is good.
  • Four Seasons Los Angeles C.
    More upscale experimental dining and great Angus beef burgers.
  • B F.
    B FanJune 30, 2012
    pork belly and marrow bone...yes please.
  • Superb
    SuperbJune 26, 2012
    People might not talk about this one as much, but we love their balsamic pork ribs. Fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
  • Xavier D.
    Xavier DaoJune 24, 2012
    Make your reservation a 2-3 weeks in advance!
  • Dannis L.
    Dannis LeJune 17, 2012
    This is the refined, almost ethereal version of Au Pied de Cochon. Excellent, without making a big fuss about it.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HernandezApril 23, 2012
    Animalhas great food. I mean, probably some of the best food I've had ever, but the service was not the best. We had at least 3 incidents occur in one outing. My friend has had the same experience.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleMarch 25, 2012
    also, read Chef's Feed and eat everything the Chefs tell you to.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleMarch 25, 2012
    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.
  • Richard Z.
    Richard ZMarch 15, 2012
    Oh my goodness the pork belly sliders are the truth. Fois gras maple biscuit will leave you speechless
  • Ben L.
    Ben LiebowitzMarch 12, 2012
    Pork belly sandwich is awesome!
  • Renee L.
    Renee LiebowitzMarch 12, 2012
    It's next to Supreme - no sign
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconFebruary 25, 2012
    Pork belly sandwich ! Yum
  • Cynthia S.
    Cynthia SatoFebruary 6, 2012
    The poutine is food for the gods. The BEST!!
  • Mei L.
    Mei LeongJanuary 23, 2012
    Winning combination of oxtail & poutine, foie gras & biscuits, pork belly sandwich, balsamic ribs, tres leche and bacon chocolate bar!
  • Gerard F.
    Gerard FlorendoJanuary 1, 2012
    Don't forget to end your dinner with the Tres Leches with Dulce de Leche. I can die now!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KDecember 31, 2011
    Pork belly burgers! Yummy yummy.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order anything, you can't go wrong. Foie Gras Moco Loco is one of my all time favorites.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonDecember 15, 2011
    Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar
  • Kristin C.
    Kristin ComisNovember 5, 2011
    Sal is the best waiter. He won't "steer" you wrong. The custard dessert is amazing!
  • Nozomi O.
    Nozomi OkabeOctober 28, 2011
    foie gras + buiscuit + sausage gravy = nuff said
  • talisha q.
    talisha quintaOctober 24, 2011
    try the foie gras loco moco
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 5, 2011
    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
  • Bush A.
    Bush AklehOctober 3, 2011
    My LA Favorite..Gourmet food that always is tasty, creative, fun and a feast. We never pay over $120 for 2 and that includes appetizers, food, beverages and at this place dessert.
  • Eric C.
    Eric CSeptember 30, 2011
    One of the best dishes: Foie Gras Loco Moco. Yup, they put those two together.
  • Brooke M.
    Brooke MedanskySeptember 23, 2011
    Foie biscuit, hamachi tostada, pork ribs and crispy pig ears are all out of control. Everything is amazing and staff is friendly and helpful.
  • Quoc
    QuocSeptember 21, 2011
    BBQ Pork Sandwiches. At least twice.
  • rebecca l.
    rebecca liebAugust 31, 2011
    ordered the pig ear, which i hate, because i knew if i was ever going to like it, it was going to be at animal. spot on. yum!
  • rebecca l.
    rebecca liebAugust 31, 2011
    you want to eat this before you die: foie gras, biscuit & maple sausage gravy
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroAugust 29, 2011
    meat meat meat! For all you meatlovers!
  • Chip B.
    Chip BeamanAugust 28, 2011
    Pork Belly Sliders (best in LA), foie gras, & the ribs are all insanely good. But, I'm tossing in the melted petit basque w/chorizo on grilled bread. A simply wonderful dish, too.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KuhnAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite restaurant in LA... I dream of the oxtail poutine.
  • PlinyThe3rd
    PlinyThe3rdAugust 23, 2011
    Best Thing: Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 17, 2011
    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
  • Michael A.
    Michael AzurinAugust 9, 2011
    Been a minute.
  • J F H.
    J F HawthornAugust 7, 2011
    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.
  • J F H.
    J F HawthornAugust 7, 2011
    There is no signage outside. Just look for black paint on the West side.
  • Geraldine C.
    Geraldine ChungJuly 26, 2011
    Eat your boyfriend's portion of the BBQ pork belly won't regret it!
  • Hiram V.
    Hiram VazquezJuly 25, 2011
    poutine with oxtail gravy and cheddar is so unhealthy but so good at the same time Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 7, 2011
    Still really hard to book a table, so trying going for an early 6 PM or late reservation after 10 PM on a Monday.
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BonneauMay 7, 2011
    Yeah the foui gras lives up to the hype
  • Chrissy y.
    Chrissy yApril 12, 2011
    pork buns, foie gras, hamachi tostada. the end.
  • ECava
    ECavaMarch 27, 2011
    They're knocking it out of the park, overall! Must haves: Hamachi crudo, bone marrow. Also great: cavatelli, pork belly sliders. Just ok: poutine.
  • Georgia M.
    Georgia McKayMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVMarch 15, 2011
    “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
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KlineMarch 13, 2011
    Holy crap the fois gras and biscuits dish is RICH and DELICIOUS. Feel like a rock star and order it.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    Oxtail poutine…oxtail poutine…this little piggy had ears and tails (and we ate them) but most of all, oxtail poutine. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 29, 2010
    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    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
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 1, 2010
    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
  • Kate M.
    Kate MorganNovember 20, 2010
    They even put Bacon in their dessert...
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 21, 2010
    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.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HepplerSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't get the $35 foie GRAS burger you ain't shit
  • Margaret TOTO Jean W.
    Margaret TOTO Jean WSeptember 10, 2010
    Oxtail and pulled pork belly sandwich !
  • Christine
    ChristineSeptember 1, 2010
    Don't miss the poutine in oxtail gravy and cheddar or pig ears dressed in lime, chili, and fried egg at Animal. Read more
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BarrettAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Pig Ear! It will be love at first nibble :p
  • Neil R.
    Neil RososAugust 20, 2010
    Poutine = good
  • Kat W.
    Kat WittAugust 13, 2010
    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.
  • Johanna F.
    Johanna FuentesJuly 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Poutine is a MUST! Try the lamb meatballs, sweetbreads, pork ribs, hamachi...
  • Fred J.
    Fred JoyalJuly 17, 2010
    you must try the foie gras on a maple biscuit. Not a light snack, but amazing!
  • Augustus V.
    Augustus VonDoomJune 28, 2010
    Bomb everything. Just enough to not burst open those Dior jeans. Get: loco moco. Delish!
  • Mona N.
    Mona NomuraJune 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Hamachi tostada and the kale. Just order it.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 14, 2010
    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
  • Danny L.
    Danny LeclairMay 5, 2010
    Ribs, Pork Belly Sliders, Sweetbreads, Soft Shell Crab, Defibrillator! Good to go again!
  • Evan C.
    Evan CunninghamApril 19, 2010
    Mob over with a crew and order everything on the menu.
  • Tony A.
    Tony AdamApril 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the bacon chocolate crunch bar, saw it "The Best Thing I ever ate" Read more
  • Geoff O.
    Geoff OkiApril 6, 2010
    Always always always get the porkbelly sandwich. From there, experiment.
  • Maria E.
    Maria EspinosaMarch 31, 2010
    I would recommend all the small plates. Go with friends and come prepared to eat it family style. It is amazing. Read more
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MorrisMarch 27, 2010
    foie gras, biscuit & maple sausage gravy = my new favorite food
  • Terah G.
    Terah GisoloMarch 20, 2010
    looking forward to checking out animal with meep!
  • Albert L.
    Albert LawrenceMarch 14, 2010
    The pork belly sandwiches won't let you down! Scrumptious!
  • David B.
    David BrotmanMarch 12, 2010
    The ribs are to die for and evrthing else is just as good. Read more
  • Hillary N.
    Hillary NewmanFebruary 17, 2010
    Melted petit basque and baby broccoli, pancetta, and egg are not to be missed. Order a bunch of apps and share.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayFebruary 12, 2010
    Pig ear was my favourite dish. Everything pretty great though.
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MonetaFebruary 8, 2010
    foie gras loco moco. so, so good.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SchmermundJanuary 29, 2010
    great for sharing; order multiple desserts :)
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    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
  • Megan G.
    Megan GomezDecember 28, 2009
    Oh my...didn't know the animal parts I didn't want to try could be so good!!!
  • melissa s.
    melissa stettenSeptember 9, 2009
    Order the foie gras with a biscuit and maple sausage gravy. My favorite dish in LA
  • Ben R.
    Ben RocheAugust 5, 2009
    share plates. All the food is really good so share it!
  • Alex💨 R.
    Alex💨 RoseJuly 10, 2009
    order the pig ear, chili, lime and fried egg. totAlly worth $9
  • 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.
  • Kazu S.
    Kazu ShimuraJune 12, 2013
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