Hungry Cat

1555 Vine St (at Sunset Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM Saturday (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
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  • greyhound
  • oysters
  • shellfish
  • burgers
  • crab
  • mussels
  • happy hour
  • Basil Gimlet
  • wine
  • fancy cocktails
  • bread pudding
  • lemonade
  • off-menu items
  • clams
  • hidden gem
  • salmon
  • outdoor seating
  • sea urchin
  • chorizo
  • wild salmon
  • Bravo

    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

    Bravo · January 29, 2010
  • Epicurious

    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!

    Epicurious · August 23, 2010
  • LA Weekly

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

    LA Weekly · December 30, 2010
  • Bravo

    Mostly a seafood restaurant that is fast and delicious and has some of the best cocktails in town. -Mark Peel, Top Chef

    Bravo · December 2, 2010
  • Bravo

    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

    Bravo · November 12, 2010
  • Los Angeles Times

    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

    Los Angeles Times · June 7, 2013
  • LA Weekly

    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 · March 23, 2011
  • Thrillist

    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

    Thrillist · July 22, 2013
  • Eric P.

    one of the best burgers in town. period.

    Eric Purcell · April 8, 2010
  • Bunny R.

    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

    Bunny R · January 2, 2010
  • Stacey K.

    Best drinks in town, made by the best bartender. Ask for Brian.

    Stacey Klein · March 24, 2013
  • Camille D.

    I take that back it's a piskey wickle.

    Camille Driscoll · March 20, 2010
  • Eric R.

    Drink cocktails. They are the best in LA.

    Eric Raymond · December 22, 2009
  • Todd K.

    the fall salad is the sh*t

    Todd Krieger · December 6, 2009
  • Uri B.

    lobster roll + a cocktail during happy hour. great specials for dinner

    Uri Bogler · September 30, 2009
  • Thrillist

    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

    Thrillist · May 15, 2014
  • Nick B.

    Fresh seafood, nice, friendly ambience

    Nick Bhirombhakdi · September 7, 2013
  • Kevin M.

    Amazing! Everything I have here is just awesome.

    Kevin M · December 4, 2012
  • Bollare

    Mixology drinks at their best! —Alle

    Bollare · September 30, 2011
  • Food & Wine

    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 · April 20, 2011
  • Lina B.

    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

    Lina B · December 27, 2010
  • Tian K.

    the crab cake benedict is one of the best things on earth!!!!!!!

    Tian Kitchen · June 27, 2010
  • Michelle E.

    Get the proper greyhound.

    Michelle E. · June 24, 2010
  • 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

  • Eater

    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."

    Eater · April 18, 2013
  • Josh R.

    Hungry Cat is our goto restaurant. It never disappoints.

    Josh Richmond · March 30, 2013
  • Caroline O.

    Über boozy dessert: housemade butterscotch liqueur made w/ Sailor Jerry rum, butter, sugar.

    Caroline On Crack · February 16, 2013
  • Diana A.

    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.

    Diana Ascher · July 15, 2012
  • David C.

    Omg..the mussels are soooo friggin good...the pug Burger. The albacore special was insane.always a great experience here

    David Calhoun · November 19, 2011
  • Food & Wine

    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

    Food & Wine · April 20, 2011
  • Kat W.

    The meal was fabulous and Patrick's service even better!

    Kat Witt · April 4, 2011

    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. · December 16, 2010
  • Camille D.

    Ask the bartender for a wickle piskey.. ;)

    Camille Driscoll · March 20, 2010
  • Vicki S.

    Try the cold corn chowder soup, the burger, king crab leg, and everything else. Cheese plate is very fresh and served with honey comb.

    Vicki Stepanenko · August 20, 2009
  • Adrian P.

    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.

    Adrian Phillips · 6 days ago
  • Peter R.

    Wonderful fish and raw bar

    Peter Rauh · August 20, 2014
  • Renata K.

    Oysters! Why have 6 when you can have 12!

    Renata Kanclerz · August 8, 2014
  • Tasting Table

    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 · August 5, 2014
  • Tasting Table

    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

    Tasting Table · August 5, 2014
  • LA Weekly

    If you prize your sanity, try never to bring up the subject of lobster rolls with a New England native. Read more

    LA Weekly · August 4, 2014
  • Los Angeles Times

    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

    Los Angeles Times · August 3, 2014
  • Karl H.

    Don't miss the bread pudding! It has a layer of dark chocolate at the base.

    Karl Haley · May 18, 2014
  • Amadeu P.

    You'll love the grilled octopus w/ pea tendrils.

    Amadeu Porto · May 4, 2014
  • DAN C.

    Just don't order the cat. Everything else is delicious!

    DAN COX · March 18, 2014
  • Jeremy N.


    Jeremy Nelson · January 27, 2014
  • Alain d.

    I like the ambiance, food a little salty, need better ventilation inside. Service was good tho!

    Alain de Leon · January 5, 2014
  • Michael K.

    Great place! Highly recommend the skate.

    Michael Kapoulis · November 30, 2013
  • Kim Y.

    Crab cake Benedict and squash soup with stuffed squid are sooooo good. You won't be disappointed.

    Kim Yu · November 3, 2013
  • Edgar S.

    Overpriced, weak drinks, and poor service. Won't be back.

    Edgar Sarmiento · September 22, 2013
  • Andrey M.

    Пиво хорошее

    Andrey Mushatenko · August 20, 2014

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