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Hungry Cat

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Central Hollywood, Los Angeles
  • The experts at Eater and LA Weekly recommend this place
    • Eater
    • LA Weekly
  • Jen Pollack B.
    "The Pug Burger is delicious and they have fantastic cocktails."(4 Tips)
    Andrew G.
    "Delicious fresh cocktails and a wonderful lobster roll."(9 Tips)
    Alex's Lemonade
    "Chef David Lentz of Hungry Cat"(3 Tips)
    Molly S.
    "Basil gimlet or Pimlico amazing"(2 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
  • shellfish
  • crab
  • oysters
  • burgers
  • chef david lentz
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  • HMC
    HMCAugust 8
    Fresh and tasty seafood!
  • Cory H.
    Cory HensonNovember 28, 2016
    Get the Uni if they have it.
  • Vee S.
    Vee SethuFebruary 3, 2016
    I had the tempura fish tacos, which were absolutely exquisite! Really fresh and super tasty :)
  • Lu L.
    Lu LAugust 25, 2015
    Love this place!
  • Lu L.
    Lu LAugust 25, 2015
  • May ♍.
    May ♍August 3, 2015
    A great little spot tucked away on Vine. Romantic and is convenient for couples. Their Maine lobster roll and pub burger are classics. Amazing cocktails too, greyhound proper takes my heart
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GaldiJune 24, 2015
    Delicious fresh cocktails and a wonderful lobster roll. The raw bar is open late... Perfect for pre- or post-show meal
  • Robert M.
    Robert MagnessMarch 6, 2015
    Not bad; not worth the $30 for a lobster roll. It was worth trying since it is on my route for work & easier than tracking down the Lobsta Truck. I'll track down the truck more often. Fries are good
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsFebruary 27, 2015
    The peel and eat shrimp are my favorite thing from the raw bar. Highly recommend the mussels as well. Chocolate bread pudding is the dessert to go for.
  • Peter R.
    Peter RauhAugust 20, 2014
    Wonderful fish and raw bar
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    If caviar is your thing, get the golden trout ($40 for an ounce, $20 for a half ounce), hackleback ($54 for an ounce, $27 for a half ounce), white sturgeon ($110 for an ounce, $55 for a half ounce). Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    If oysters are calling, grab a seat at the raw bar for front and center views. Order a plate ($18 for a half dozen, $36 for a dozen) or, better yet, come on Mondays for half-priced oysters. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    If you prize your sanity, try never to bring up the subject of lobster rolls with a New England native. Read more
    Upvoted Nov 9
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Hungry Cat's cocktails are as assured as the langoustines and sea urchin from the raw bar, whose first wild salmon and halibut of the season tends to show up before it makes it anywhere else. Read more
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartMay 18, 2014
    Don't miss the bread pudding! It has a layer of dark chocolate at the base.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 15, 2014
    The Hungry Cat is rotating its soft-shell crab with bacon-wrappers w/ cornbread, squash, cherry tomatoes, and romesco sauce, or maybe crusty crustaceans w/ ramp pasta, maitake ‘shrooms, and pancetta. Read more
  • Amadeu P.
    Amadeu PortoMay 4, 2014
    You'll love the grilled octopus w/ pea tendrils.
  • Dmitry P.
    Tried lobster roll. Fries is overcooked and oily, the bun in lobster sandwich is dry and lobster is mixed with parsley which is a questionable pair. Strictly not recommended
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Just don't order the cat. Everything else is delicious!
  • Jeremy N.
    Jeremy NelsonJanuary 27, 2014
  • Alain d.
    Alain de LeonJanuary 5, 2014
    I like the ambiance, food a little salty, need better ventilation inside. Service was good tho!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KapoulisNovember 30, 2013
    Great place! Highly recommend the skate.
  • Kim Y.
    Kim YuNovember 3, 2013
    Crab cake Benedict and squash soup with stuffed squid are sooooo good. You won't be disappointed.
  • Edgar S.
    Edgar SarmientoSeptember 22, 2013
    Overpriced, weak drinks, and poor service. Won't be back.
  • Rosana
    RosanaSeptember 12, 2013
    Very pricey and the sea bass is just ok and the pug hamburger the blue cheese overpowers the flavor of the meat
  • Nick B.
    Nick BhirombhakdiSeptember 7, 2013
    Fresh seafood, nice, friendly ambience
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesSeptember 6, 2013
    Though the specialty here is seafood, Chef Lenz says the variations on surf and turf are among his favorites, such as the house-made chorizo and braised clams, or scallops and sweetbreads.
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke C.August 20, 2013
    Hungry Cat is my new hidden gem in LA. The BlueCrab was phenomenal and the drinks could be a tad but stiffer. Overall definitely worth trying.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJuly 22, 2013
    It's almost a joke how XL this burger is, which makes it funny that the HQ Niman Ranch beef's also topped with avocado, house-smoked bacon, and Danish bleu cheese. Read more
  • Molly S.
    Molly SchoneveldJuly 13, 2013
    Best lobster roll evah! Basil gimlet or Pimlico amazing
  • Steve K.
    Steve KrohnJuly 12, 2013
    Incredible food and you pay for every tasty morsel.
  • lindsay v.
    lindsay vJune 29, 2013
    raw oysters! $17 for 6 and $32 for a problem to mix and match.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 7, 2013
    The first rule of the kitchen seems to be: Don't mess too much with the fish. That means the Santa Barbara sea urchin isn't a source of intriguing richness, it's a sea urchin. Read more
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinApril 22, 2013
    get the pug burger!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 18, 2013
    Lucky Peach managing editor Rachel Khong: "The pug burger [Ed: yes, "pug," not "pub"] is a California-y tower of thin bun, fat patty, avocado, bacon, red onion, bleu cheese, and more."
  • Josh R.
    Josh RichmondMarch 30, 2013
    Hungry Cat is our goto restaurant. It never disappoints.
  • Stacey K.
    Stacey KleinMarch 24, 2013
    Best drinks in town, made by the best bartender. Ask for Brian.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline On CrackFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Über boozy dessert: housemade butterscotch liqueur made w/ Sailor Jerry rum, butter, sugar.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline On CrackFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Got a food baby after the meal? Order the Ticino Digestivo: cynar, punt e mes, Satsumas, Ango, orange bitters
  • Peter J.
    Peter JacksonDecember 5, 2012
    Menu rotates. Fear not the adventurous choice as it's always surprisingly better than what you expect. Drinks: greyhound, pimlico, anything with chiles.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Amazing! Everything I have here is just awesome.
  • Thuraya
    ThurayaNovember 22, 2012
    Good Lobster Roll and Specials
  • Lia D.
    Lia DatlaNovember 12, 2012
    Hungry Cat's raw bar and deep fried turkey got a cool feature in for a Thanksgiving special
  • Lina B.
    Lina BOctober 30, 2012
    Basically anything you order off the menu is going to be delicious.
  • Minho K.
    Minho KimOctober 27, 2012
    Great place to go before clubbing in Hollywood!
  • Lina B.
    Lina BAugust 10, 2012
    The crab cakes benedict is freaking amazing. Don't forget a greyhound proper or a luke's lemonade
  • Diana A.
    Diana AscherJuly 15, 2012
    Loved it. We ate outside on the patio, shaded and breezy. The mussels were great (with lamb bacon) and the oysters superb. Wait staff is excellent. I'm told the lobster pasta is fantastic.
  • Jen Pollack B.
    Jen Pollack BiancoJune 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pug Burger is delicious and they have fantastic cocktails. The Greyhound is well worth the trip.
  • JNET
    JNETMay 16, 2012
    The cocktails are light, refreshing and deceptively dangerously strong :)
  • Emerald T.
    Emerald TriangleMarch 3, 2012
    Bomb Seafood. Pricey. Great cheese plate. Great wines. Good date spot, right across the street from Arclight
  • Liz P.
    Liz PhilipsNovember 26, 2011
    This place made me a believer in freshly shucked oysters. Mmmmm. Also, amazing cocktails
  • David C.
    David CalhounNovember 19, 2011
    Omg..the mussels are soooo friggin good...the pug Burger. The albacore special was insane.always a great experience here
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GonzalezOctober 30, 2011
    Great. Tiered seafood plate and fresh oragnic drinks
  • Alex's Lemonade
    Alex's LemonadeOctober 5, 2011
    Chef David Lentz of Hungry Cat will be cooking at our L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Event on 11/6! Join us:
  • Bollare
    BollareSeptember 30, 2011
    Mixology drinks at their best! —Alle
  • Grant K.
    Grant KirkwoodMay 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Just get the special. Doesn't matter what it is... it will be delicious. Also the cocktails are excellent. Have one, or five.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    Made with local vegetables and herbs, the Hungry Cat's Holy Mary (vodka, fresh juices from carrot, lemon and ginger, plus rosemary and parsley) is terrific with chef David Lentz's burgers and seafood.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    Made with local vegetables and herbs, the Hungry Cat's Holy Mary (vodka, fresh juices from carrot, lemon and ginger, plus rosemary and parsley) is terrific with chef David Lentz's burgers, seafood and
  • Kat W.
    Kat WittApril 4, 2011
    The meal was fabulous and Patrick's service even better!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 23, 2011
    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info') Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 30, 2010
    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • Lina B.
    Lina BDecember 27, 2010
    the burger was one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. the cocktails are the best the grey hound proper and luke's lemonade are my favorite
    CityTop20.comDecember 16, 2010
    Hungry Cat is a wonderfully convivial atmosphere with great service. The cocktails are very good and the grouper dish is excellent! A modern and dimly lit setting providing a perfect mise en scene.
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Mostly a seafood restaurant that is fast and delicious and has some of the best cocktails in town. -Mark Peel, Top Chef
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    Everything you eat or drink there is so simple but so perfectly thoughtout and delicious. And it's great for a quick bite or special occasion. -Danielle Keene, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RobinsonOctober 9, 2010
    Good cocktails. Happy hour from 12(!) - 6pm. 1/2 price drinks and beers, excluding wine. Generous fries. Sit outside, much better.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    LA was in desperate need of a casual seafood hotspot, and got one in this hip venue. Locals love it for the atmosphere and seriously good fare. But beware - the lobster rolls are said to be addictive!
  • Tian K.
    Tian KitchenJune 27, 2010
    the crab cake benedict is one of the best things on earth!!!!!!!
  • Michelle E.
    Michelle E.June 24, 2010
    Get the proper greyhound.
  • Eric P.
    Eric PurcellApril 8, 2010
    one of the best burgers in town. period.
  • Camille D.
    Camille DriscollMarch 20, 2010
    I take that back it's a piskey wickle.
  • Camille D.
    Camille DriscollMarch 20, 2010
    Ask the bartender for a wickle piskey.. ;)
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 29, 2010
    The peel-and-eat shrimp are great, and the oysters are served simple, as they should be. Drinks are amazing and refreshing. -Alex Eusebio, Top Chef
  • Bunny R.
    Bunny RJanuary 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I absolutely love The Hungry Cat. Cocktails = STELLAR. Food = constantly good. Ambiance = lovely! And new years eve??? Amazing. Fabulous, love it, always go there. It's my local. Even if I'm not local
  • Eric R.
    Eric RaymondDecember 22, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink cocktails. They are the best in LA.
  • Todd K.
    Todd KriegerDecember 6, 2009
    the fall salad is the sh*t
  • Uri B.
    Uri BoglerSeptember 30, 2009
    lobster roll + a cocktail during happy hour. great specials for dinner
  • Vicki S.
    Vicki StepanenkoAugust 20, 2009
    Try the cold corn chowder soup, the burger, king crab leg, and everything else. Cheese plate is very fresh and served with honey comb.
  • Andrey M.
    Andrey MushatenkoAugust 20, 2014
    Пиво хорошее
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