Next time we are in Santa
Next time we are in Santa Monica, we will definitely return.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Two Paws Up for Hungry Cat!
Friends from home recommended this before we headed to LA. So nice to dine in a neighborhood restaurant and avoid the larger, noisier places on the main strip. Took two teens who could care less about fine dining. Luckily, they have great sandwiches on the menu for dinner, so all were happy. All food is fresh, with locally grown produce. Scallops on pea risotto were delicious. The house made chorizo dish was a bit too salty for our tastes. The waiter was great about it and took it off our bill. All in all, a great dinner and good recommendation from friends.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Really an upbeat atmosphere
Really an upbeat atmosphere and a lot of fun. Excellent food.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Friendly, accommodating staff
Friendly, accommodating staff -- great food and ambiance -- hip and fun
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything was delicious,
Everything was delicious, really a great restaurant. Great service for a busy Friday night.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
The menu is VERY limited but
The menu is VERY limited but if you can find something you like the food is excellent. Look at the menu before you book.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Three of us celebrated our
Three of us celebrated our birthdays with dinner at "The Cat" and loved it!!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
LOVE The Hungry Cat! Fabulous
LOVE The Hungry Cat! Fabulous cocktails, Amazing Oysters, Fresh Fish. A Santa Monica/Palisades gem.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A little pricey, but very
A little pricey, but very good fish and seafood. Really loved the dinner salad.
Not enough reasonably priced wines by the glass.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another wonderful meal at
Another wonderful meal at Hungry Cat. Had a Kumqauitini which was delicious. Slightly disappointed only 3 types of ousters and 1 was kumotos which are pretty common around here- would have liked to see some more obscure ones.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure to visit
Always a pleasure to visit this great restaurant! Could not recommend it enough!
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
No Nonsense Seafood
Nothing fancy, just good seafood. Amazing fried clam roll.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out of the box type of restaurant and innovative menu all of which is homemade and fresh. Good selection of fresh fish and gourmet inspired meals that blend interesting ingredients.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great mothers day... Thank you
Every part of our meal and experience was wonderful.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
great casual dining
This is an excellent casual restaurant on PCH at the north end of Santa Monica. The service is wonderful, and the food is very good, with an emphasis on oysters and fish. Don't go for the view. There is none. Go for a relaxed dining experience. The tables aren't jammed together. It's a little noisy, but quite manageable. We'll go back.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sit at the bar
Best place to enjoy you evening here is to grab a seat at the bar for your meal and spirit. Mussels are amazing and some if the best fries in the southland.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is excellent. The peeled
Food is excellent. The peeled shrimp were seasoned perfectly. The noise level is a problem as it is difficult to have a conversation even though the restuarant was only half filled.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yet another try at PCH & Channel Rd
The Hungry Cat has opened in this location where so many restaurants have failed before. I hope THC is the one that thrives. It may be seafood without seeing the sea (those tiny windows, up high, keeping the PCH noise at bay), but it is delicious. Great waitstaff, charming and attentive. The soft shell crab excellent. Whimsical cocktail list; try the Irish Blond.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the Hungry Cat! And the drinks were amazing...
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was amazing. The ambience was energetic yet serene. Service was top notch.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I came here mainly for the
I came here mainly for the Santa Barbara uni, and was told I ordered the last one they had. Maybe that was why it seemed like the runt of the litter. I've seen pictures on-line of bounteous servings of uni from this restaurant, and mine came nowhere near. That said, it was still tasty, and my fish entrée was wonderful. I would most definitely come back here, but I'm heading to Kushiyu or Kiwami for live uni; their portions were much bigger and just as good.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Didn't expect to like my meal as much as I did. It surprised me. The drinks were fresh and unusual, the blossom tempura was delicious as was the ceviche. And our entree of the Halibut was excellent.
They also have put up insulation since my last visit.. wasn't as noisy!!
Dessert was not so good and the entree portion size was too small to split.
Would definitely go back!!!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great from the food to service except the portly redheaded manager running around sweating and swearing it was unsightly.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Good Seafood
Hungary Cat is lively with inventive sea food presentations. The raw oysters were especially tasty. The staff is friendly, but they can get very busy and then the service is a bit slow. Still worth the wait!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great seafood at the beach
No views but this place has nice decor and great food. Chic inside and wine list
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We keep going back ...
We like to go early for happy hour, sit at the bar, order a Greyhound Proper (yummy gin and grapefruit cocktail) each, share a couple of appetizers with a glass of happy hour white wine, and then a dessert. The appetizers are generous and filling, the happy hour prices discounted, and the food is fabulous. Extend your time by ordering one dish at a time until your party is full. We love it.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good dinner at Hungry
Very good dinner at Hungry Cat- much better than 2 years ago. Food- mussels, tuna, halibut- was delicious.
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Has matured into a wonderful....
I've lived in and around Santa Monica/Palisades/Malibu for over 15 years and have seen several come and go in that location. I think this one is here to stay!
For the price point and effort, I look for three value-added elements; a) exceptional food; b) high-level service; and c) ambiance/entertainment/eye candy. If you have all three, you are for me! The Hungry Cat doesn't disappoint.
The menu is reliable and truly a seafood restaurant; a nice change from the Asian mode that almost all others have trended toward. I love a good Asian/Japanese (I truly do, I speak Japanese and lived in Japan for two years) but The Hungry Cat is a nice antidote.
Go for the specials! Both on the drink menu and food menu. Really!
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Get The Gazpacho
All in all a really great meal. The chef knows his fish...cooked perfectly..The Gazpacho with blue crab is a special treat..it does really taste like summer...The service excellent and the wine choice although a little slim does offer some very good choices. A great casual place with no hype...pretty rare for SoCal......highly recommend getting there around sunset althoughthere is no view the light throught the high windows ( masking the PCH) is really beautiful
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Birthday dinner
I had never been to The Hungry Cat but friends had told me about it. My friend took me for my birthday dinner and the food was out of this world. She had swordfish and I had halibut and both were wonderful. She also started with a watermelon and tomato sald that I tasted and it was great, too.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time...loved it.
Had a great meal on a Thursday afternoon around 7:30. Not crowded when we arrived. Packed when we left. Drinks and apps fantastic. Oysters and Sea Urchin both very fresh (like my name). Recommend the barramundi highly. Chocolate bread pudding one of the best desserts I've had in awhile.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We go everywhere on the Westside,somehow we never made it to "The Hungry Cat". On a whim we went. The service was great, everyone was cheerful and friendly. There was a Dodger game on quietly in the bar (they were winning). The kitchen is glassed in, so you can see the chefs cook, and can they cook! My boyfriend had "Lamb n' Clams" and he couldn't stop raving about it, I had "Singapore Style Soft Shell Crab" and honestly I have never had better soft shell crab, in my life. To follow we shared a rhubarb blackberry crumble, wonderful. The tab was pleasantly surprising and this restaurant is on our "Hit" list!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed out dinner at Hungry Cat - this is the third time we have eaten there and generally the food is great - terrific oyster bar. One dish was over-spiced and too rich for our taste, but others were good including the lobster roll.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We met friends here for a dinner this week and were so pleased with the menu! The salads were outstanding and the seafood yummy! Also the drinks were great! I had a dark and stormy and it was perfect! We will come here often and are lucky to have The Hungry Cat in our neighborhood!
9/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
The seafood is fresh and the
The seafood is fresh and the service is attentive.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
While three of us thought
While three of us thought the food was wonderful, the one of us who had a hamburger (at a seafood restaurant?) thought it and her green salad were too salty.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The portions were generous; the waiter was excellent; we felt like we were dining in a neighborhood restaurant with really great food.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed my dinner at the Hungry Cat. It had a good vibe and the food was great. While it doesn't have a view of the beach, the oceanfront setting is still there. Also, the servers were very accommodating.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm a fan of the cousin restaurants, Tavern etc. and this one is great too... such inventive menu selections and simply outstanding seafood. I love the atmostphere and neighborhood.. Fab!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank you, Hungry Cat!
It's my second visit to The Hungry Cat, and I'm still very impressed with the food and service - I only intend to keep coming back AND bringing as many of my friends and acquaintances here as possible. The view is marvelous and if you can settle for Santa Monica adjacent beach, it couldn't be easier to plan a full day by the water with a lovely meal here either before or after your beach adventure. The charming yet elegant decor totally appeases both the casual and dressier crowd, and I've never sensed hint of raised eyebrows over either. Do yourself a favor and get the heirloom tomato based bloody mary's if you make it there for brunch - they rock! But so does The Hungry Cat red; bottled with grapes from the Santa Ynez valley area.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
disappointed with only 2 oyster
disappointed with only 2 oyster options of a Friday night but other than that the food was amazing as usual. The procuitto wrapped trout was fantastic- already thinnking about when i can come back for that again. There was a big crowd that came in late that was really loud that i wished had been seated in tables by bar- ended up skipping dessert because of them. Certainly no fault of restaurants but that really changed the tone in the main dining area.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took my neighbor here for
Took my neighbor here for her birthday dinner and it was amazing. The next morning I saw her an age was still talking about the clam chowder. Best I have ever had. .. really great. The prosciutto wrapped trout was another crowd favorite.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great blending of flavours
There were more than 1 ingredient on the 4 plates that I tried. Each one had unique and delicious blend of ingredients that went incredibly well together. I particularly liked the spice combination in their vinegrette.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Monday Treat
A friends and I tried out the Santa Monica location on Monday night because of their half off oyster promo.
We had a great experience. The host was very polite and pleasant when we arrived. It was after 9pm so it wasn't every crowded at all. We sat immediately and poured over the menu.
We also brought a bottle of wine. I believe they charged $25 for corkage.
We ordered half a dozen oysters...from New Zealand....the best I've had!
For main dishes we had the halibut and lobster roll. Both were delicious but the lobster roll is a MUST.
We got the bread pudding for desert...it was really good but really heavy.
Overall a fantastic experience. I will be back for sure!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never been there for brunch
Never been there for brunch and it was great. The crab cake benedict was rich and filling. as always, the raw stuff is top quality. It was quiet in there and it looked like brunch hadn't yet caught on. It should, it was a great atmosphere right by the beach as a great seafood house should be. The drinks were also great and so was the service. The clam chowder was also different, more like a clam stew, very tasty on a chilly afternoon.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love love love
Really great food.. It was a special night.. Susan Goin book signing, food was special.
Always fun to go there..
Fish was amazing.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hadn't been to the Hungry Cat in awhile. Ambience changed to more casual. Server was attentive and understood when we wanted to enjoy our drinks and when we wanted the food delivered.
Met friends there and it felt like the neighborhood place. Everyone ordered something different - mostly fish and we all liked what we got. Liked the smaller martini with a side in a beaker. Loved my lobster roll.
We'll be back.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner at the Hungry Cat was wonderful in every aspect. Starting with Manny the manager helping us get settled and choosing wines that our whole table liked to an amazing range of dishes, every one of which our group really, really liked. We had a great time and will definitely come back
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
My first visit, my third Hungry Cat
This was my first time going the Hungry Cat in this location, but I have really enjoyed the Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara and Hollywood. The Santa Monica restaurant is every bit as wonderful, with its selection of fresh fish, shellfish, oysters, and to my delight, uni was in season. I loved it and will be a regular at this location!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM