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The Hungry Cat - Santa Barbara
The Hungry Cat - Santa Barbara

The Hungry Cat - Santa Barbara Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thehungrycat.com/home-1162.php?loc=sb
  • Phone: (805) 884-4701
  • Hours of Operation:

    Serving Lunch and Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday, 12 noon - 10 pm
    Friday 12 noon - 11 pm
    Saturday 11 am - 11 pm
    Sunday 11 am - 10 pm

    Lunch is served until 3 pm
    Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm
    Raw Bar is available throughout the day
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: David Lentz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our recently added Dining Room can be reserved for parties from 6 to 14 people. The perfect size for a small celebration, wine tasting or business lunch.

    We are also available for larger parties with advance notice. This may require a complete restaurant buyout.
  • Private Party Contact: Bob Van der Veer (805) 884-4701

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Anapamu
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is available and we are located 1/2 a block from 2 SB Public Lots. Enter off Chapala Street.
A word from The Hungry Cat - Santa Barbara
Proudly Serving Santa Barbara since 2007!

The Hungry Cat Santa Barbara retains the same focus as the Hollywood and Santa Monica Canyon locations: fresh, high quality fish paired with fresh, locally sourced ingredients from nearby farmer's markets.

Our rotating raw bar showcases Pacific and Atlantic oysters, clams, Santa Barbara sea urchin, raw and marinated fish dishes, crab and lobster.

The Bar at the Hungry Cat specializes in seasonal, market driven cocktails, craft brews and an eclectic wine list made for seafood.

We are open daily serving lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekends.

Happy Hour is available daily from 3pm to 6pm.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "I thought that the food and service were very good but the prices were about 25% too high."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We adore the Hungry Cat and can always count on a great dinner, served hot and professionally."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This restaurant doesn't try to be too cute. Fish and shellfish perfectly prepared, with minimal extra ingredients. Grilled whole fish (orata) was as good as I've ever had. Wife said same about mussels."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Everything was good; the grilled octopus, seafood filled squash blossoms and the whole sea bass. A lot of other interesting menu items to check out next time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I could never recommend this restaurant to anyone. I felt as though they were doing me a favor to wait on us. When we arrived we were directed to a table, not shown a table. Do it yourself style. After waiting at our table at least 20 minutes, for someone to at least offer us a drink, We walked out. They weren't even busy."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We split the asparagus salad appetizer and the seafood tower and it was plenty for two people. The oysters were great, but raw clams weren't as fresh. Don't recommend the apple bignet dessert: it was a glorified donut. The overall scene felt like a bar with a restaurant attached. If you are looking for a high energy environment then give it a try, but if you want a quiet dinner find an alternative."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This is our second visit to The Hungry Cat, and it was just as good as the first visit. We ordered a half dozen raw oysters which were fresh and very good. My husband said his softshell crab sandwich was delicious. My red snapper with a Moroccan flair was cooked perfectly and had a crispy skin. We enjoyed our tasty bourbon cocktails and ended dinner with piping hot apple beignets. The service was spot on, and we love the atmosphere. This time we sat at the bar and watched the dishes being prepared, which was fun. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised and would highly recommend this restaurant for seafood lovers. Great oyster bar. Casual atmosphere but attentive and helpful staff. Or salad and seafood dishes were outstanding. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I don't like sea food and I loved my muscles and lamb entree. The server suggested it as an approachable dish for non seafood people. He was spot on, I would go there again just for that dish!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Fresh Santa Barbara Sea Urchin - to die for! They serve it with these delicious salty crackers - a great pairing. We also had the raw oysters and grilled octopus. I highly recommend all the above!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Crabs and shrimps were frozen fresh and a shelled sea urchin was too skinny. Oysters and clums were fresh. The restaurant foor was messy. Service was OK but the food was too gricy for the freshiness. Disappointed! ( Hungry Dog)"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This place is great on Mondays as they have a half-price special on oysters, which immediately brings down the price of the meal (a concern, since Hungry Cat is quite pricy). The quality, however, remains the same. Our oysters were ridiculously fresh and the selection was admirable. We paired with some beers and a flatbread appetizer which was equally satisfying. I would like to see more beer selection, but look forward to returning on Mondays all the same. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Went for brunch. Kept ordering more and more as it was delectable"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A great place to go for fresh seafood, particularly their shellfish offerings. Had their mixed plate of oysters, clams, crab, shrimp, and lobster and it was outstanding. Wine list is limited and a bit pricey. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Great food but to noisy.The Clams are out of this world. Wine portions were skimpy; should be more considering the price."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • " The raw oysters were delicious. We ordered crab cakes which the waitress said were made from lump crabmeat from the Chesapeake Bay. They were not lump nor were they from the Chesapeake Bay nor were they more than low average in taste. When we commented on them, the waitress said she made a mistake and that they were dungeness crab. The resataurant is very noisy and tables are packed together. The food is expensive for the quality received. Would not eat there again. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food was excellent. It had great sea food and non-sea food options. The draft beer selection was focused and local. Mother loved that the iced tea came in a carafe. We both had a great time."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Hungry Cat is one of my go to places. My experience tonight was negative mostly due to an arrogant waiter. He started out very rude. One person at my table ordered a burger ($20) and asked for no blue cheese. It came out smothered in cheese. My friend asked the waiter if he could send it back. The waiter took the burger and stormed off. He came back and said the kitchen refused to remake the burger and would only offer to put it back on the grill to melt off the cheese. When my friend protested he said, "Well we're not going to just throw it into the trash". My friend decided to not eat he was so upset and the waiter never offered to get him anything else. I've noticed that type of attitude the last few times i've dinned there."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My husband and I loved this place. The raw oysters were fresh and delicious. My trout was perfectly prepared and scrumptious. We were enthralled with their handcrafted bourbon cocktails. The service was prompt, professional and welcoming. We also loved the decor - the woodwork, the chalkboard, the old school ceiling fans - it reminded me of the Blue Jacket in Milwaukee, which must have gotten its inspiration from the Hungry Cat. We plan to come back regularly."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The menu is changed since the last time I was there. Delicious food-- limited choices."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The seafood was tasty but pricey, and the fish portions surprisingly small. We had to ask for bread with the mussels, and it cost extra. The wine was also surprisingly expensive, given the location near the wineries of Santa Barbara. The ambiance was casual, and upbeat, with grunge decor. The service was friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "For the best of the best in "pie" I always go to Olio Pizzaria! It can't be any better...unless your in Italy!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "As usual the food is great. I took a business colleague who had never been there. Certainly didn't disappoint. I had the lobster roll and it was just delicious, homemade pickles were also a nice touch."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I was quite excited about booking a reservation for Valentine's day at what I consider to be one of the best places to eat. I have been to the Hungry Cat in Los Angeles quite a few times and while I know it's not cheap, I have had pretty good experiences every time. Unfortunately, the Valentines day set menu in Santa Barbara was a COMPLETE disaster. I don't know what they are thinking, but the portions were SO TINY that my tiny Japanese wife was still starving. There is absolutely NO excuse to serve such small portions on a set menu. At $75/person it was higher than I wanted but for a memorable meal with the love of my life, it wasn't a huge concern. My 10lb dog could have polished off the 3 dishes I was given in about 5 minutes. Seriously."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I explained to the waiter that I was on a restricted diet. I chose the Diver scallops (squash risotto, roasted brussels, roasted sun chokes). I opted to not have the risotto because I am off carbs. What I received were 4 scallops, 1 brussel sprout (nicely cut in half) and slivers of I don't know what (seriously - a few slivers). I guess it was incorrect of my to assume that by not having the Risotto, they would logically assume I could not eat it and provide more vegetables. What I did have was really yummy, but not to the tune of $32.00. Needless to say, I was one hungry cat. I was not pleased. I really don't know if I would return just because of the inconsiderate choice of the chef."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Love the food and the cocktails at the Hungry Cat. Fun place to sit at the bar and watch the kitchen. Always something new, in both the food and fresh cocktail world. Great cheeses too. Service is good, which is rare in Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner except for one waiter with an unfriendly attitude. He would rather have been somewhere else, I guess, but the others were extremely nice and helpful. It is too bad that one person can put a damper on our evening out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "That is my husbands parting comment. We were sooo dissapointed! This restaurant had so many great reviews, positive comments and a wonderful menu. However the execution and preparation was terrible. We left after finishing our appetizers and went across the street to Milk n Honey for a great finish. We spent too much money on dry seafood. Oysters were excellent. Mussels and crab legs seemed to be cooked prior and served."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We made reservations for Valentines not even thinking about the fact they may have a special menu. I was looking forward to shrimp and a salad. Well, the special menu, while pretty expensive was excellent. We loved it. The dessert, the cheesecake was pretty teeny tiny, probably better for us anyway! I love Hungry Cat..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I had a lovely dinner. The food was fantastic -- oysters and sea urchin to start, followed by diver scallops and a whole grilled fish. First round of drinks too a little long to arrive, but otherwise the service was great and we had a great experience. Dessert was a perfectly-portioned cheese platter."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Very fresh food, innovative recipes, seafood oriented."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Went recently for lunch on a Friday afternoon. The sea trout market salad ($22) was very good, with excellent salad greens and lemony dressing (not too much), but the fish maybe weighed in at 3 oz. Likewise my wife enjoyed a delicious Cobb style salad. What appeared to be four medium shrimp turned out to be two that were butterflied. Both entrees were delicious, but a little scant on the protein. Fortunately, the side of French fries saved the day. Excellent, hot and savory (and only $5 at lunch.) Looking forward to trying more of the menu, perhaps at dinner."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Our third visit here and probably won't return for a while. The service was horrible and not because the restaurant was packed. After our waiter took our order we never saw him again. Not even to see if our food was okay or if we wanted a second glass of wine (which we did). The only other time we saw our waiter was when he brought us our check."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday night and were hoping to sit at the bar but too full so we were sat at a table that was a bit cockeyed and it felt strange to be at a slant. At any rate we will continue our love for AOC but not the hungry cat."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food is good but quite pricey. I had to pay separately for the bread to go with my mussels in broth, a dish that requires bread and is usually served with several pieces of bread. The charge for a cup of coffee was exceptionally high. We will not be returning - there are too many other choices in Santa Barbara that serve high quality food and provide more value."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Excellent service and a perfect meal well explained by our server and nothing disappointed. Will go back often"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Since it opened I have been a regular of this fine establishment. The food is off the rock. And the cocktails? Well I will just say, drink up!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Had such a wonderful night at the Hungry Cat!! DELICIOUS dinner and dessert was out of this world :)"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great dinner! Our server was attentive, fun and knowledgeable. Food was delicious. Two tiered seafood platter was a lot of fun for the table. Market lettuce is one of my favorite salads ever. Enjoyed the scallops and the octopus. Small but eclectic wine list. Great vibe."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Good service and awesome salad. I enjoyed the scallops"
    Dined on 12/29/2013