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The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon
The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon

The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thehungrycat.com
  • Phone: (310) 459-3337
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:30 - 11:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm- 10:00pm

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday 11-3

    Raw Bar:
    Mon - Fri 5-5:30
    Saturday - 3-5:30
    Sunday - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Happy Hour:
    Monday to Friday
    5:00pm to 7:00pm
    1/2 off specialty cocktails, draft beer and $6 House White and House Red Wine
    &
    $8 specialty cocktails (including Bloody Marys), 1/2 off draft beer and $6 House White and House Red Wine
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: David Lentz
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering, please call 310.459.3337 or email tim@thehungrycat.com.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private dining room available. Please send your inquires to Tim Staehling : tim@thehungrycat.com or Manny Castillo at manny@thehungrycat.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Coast Highway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Available!
A word from The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon
The Hungry Cat Santa Monica Canyon, our third location, sits on the PCH with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Chef/owner David Lentz & crew continue to focus on high quality fish paired with the best locally sourced ingredients, often from nearby farmer's markets. The 13 seat raw bar showcases Pacific and Atlantic oysters, Santa Barbara sea urchin, raw and marinated fish dishes, crab and lobster.

The market-inspired bar specializes in seasonal cocktails, craft brews and a wine list geared toward seafood.

The Hungry Cat Santa Monica Canyon is open daily serving dinner.

Valet Parking is available!Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "We enjoyed our meal, as the clams, oysters, mussels and shrimp we ate from the raw bar were very fresh and terrifically seasoned. The only negative was that it took 45 minutes from the time we ordered our shellfish for it to arrive at our table. It was a holiday weekend Saturday night, so maybe they were short staffed. The cocktails were creative and exceptional. The dessert choices were lacking. Our server new the food and menu well. The manager stopped by more than once to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. We will definitely try it again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed our celebration. Although the menu is limited, we each enjoyed our meal. The service was very good but not 5 star. Same for the entire experience. One of our guests absolutely loved it. Definitely worth a try. Like I mentioned, it's a unique/different seafood dinner spot. Check the menu to see if it sounds right for you."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We went for the special Maryland crabs. They were very small. Our server told us they had run out of the bigger (male) crabs by the time we got there for our reservation at 7:15 pm. She said the best time to come would have been 2 pm when they opened. Oh well. It was still a fun experience but we really didn't get much crab meat."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "OMG! Crabs were more than horrific! I am from the Chesapeake Bay and these were the tiniest, spider like crabs I have ever seen but forget that, most of them were bad and really smelled, we had to have them taken off the table. If you cook a dead crab, that is what it smells like. The few that didn't smell were all full of water the crab meat was just plain mush. The only reason I will go back there is because one of the managers, Manny was so gracious to us that I promised I would try other food. They definitely have good service from the hostess and servers to the bus boys, but Hon, forget about the steamed blue crabs! I had made reservations for all three of their crab days and cancelled as soon as I got home. Too bad, so sad."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I have been here several times and was craving a lobster roll. I have always enjoyed the food and had seen the lobster roll. I am a New Englander. I was so disappointed with the lobster roll. The herb aioli was so over powering that you didn't even know that you were eating lobster and the roll was so buttery that it was greasy. I will go back but never again will I get the lobster roll."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Lovely menu and seemingly fresh food destroyed by too much grease. Paid $25.00 for the soft shell crab on menu of Sunday Brunch. frys where greasy, soggy and BAD. Soft Shell Crab could have been incredible but was also greasy and soggy. Come on-Get your grease cleaned up and stop destroying what would have been great! Husband had fried chicken. Sorry but U goofed on that one too!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Awesome service and amazing food! The exterior of the restaurant made me hesitant, but inside was worth it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very good food - and different! we THOROUGHLY ENJOYED"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The Hungry Cat was really a fun, delicious place. The cocktails were creative and so tasty. The menu is not extensive but the selections were varied. My halibut dish was delicious and everyone in our party enjoyed his meal. The wine list is very good. Our service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Service this time wasn't the best I've had here and the white wine was served room temp. I think somebody forgot to put it in the fridge in time or maybe they had run out since it was a holiday. Server couldn't describe the differences with the Oysters they were serving that night but did come back after she spoke to the raw bar chef."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Seafood as if I were back on Nantucket only with a wonderfully California cuisine twist. The pasta with crab was excellent. The fried egg, pancetta, & asparagus salad was gigantic and absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Waiter checked out...I've eaten here a bunch and service is usually much better..."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "My parents are not the youngest people around anymore, but are in great health and vigor. It was a combined birthday dinner. The food was magnificent, the service was attentive but never intrusive. Our table was sheltered from the gales of conversations in the restaurant so that we could hear ourselves and still enjoy the vibrancy in the room. A great evening had by all."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The restaurant was empty yet they sat me and my girlfriend between two tables of 6. Not very romantic. When I requested a table change the manager was very nice and accommodating. Unfortunately the rude server whose section we were supposed to sit in was talking to our new server behind a partition near our new seats and insulted us for moving tables and ordering caviar and champagne. We heard all of his bad mouthing and we're very upset. We were starving and didn't want to say anything in case they spit in our food. Which they could have done regardless. I don't know. The food that came out was decent. Not great. I have been a patron of this restaurant many times and I will not go back because of this rude service. This place won't last."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything was spot on! We were seated us as soon as we came in. The server came right over...friendly yet efficient. There are lots of specialty cocktails and menu items. She was very patient and repeated them at least several times. I had a yummy "kumquatini" which I would have it again. My friend and I split a sampling of 6 oysters. Our husbands shared a salad which they said was great. I had soft shelled crabs with black rice for my main course, which was out of this world! My only complaint was that there was only a choice of 2 (non-liquid) desserts. I would like to see more of a variety to finish off an otherwise stupendous meal. I'm no food critic, but this meal was a home run for me . It was a repeat-worthy experience !"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I was taking out my aunt for her birthday and both she and her friend ordered the crab special. It was delicious but since they are bother over 65 they really struggled with the presentation getting the meat out. If she had known the amount of work she would need to do, she would have ordered something else. She did enjoy the meal overall but that was her comment. She ended up taking most of it home because she did not want to do more in the restaurant setting."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The seafood was delicious - the mussels appetizer was unreal, main courses all unique in taste. Service friendly. Vibe warm. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The service here is always personal and friendly and the food reliably delicious. I highly recommend it for a fancy dinner or casual eating at the bar. Just excellent food, employees and ambience."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent food with unique flavor and ingredient combinations. However, the dessert menu is lacking, with only two items to choose from. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I took my mom here for Mother's Day and the family could not stop raving about how great of a selection it was. The food and service are awesome and it's right across from the beach. We sat on the patio and it was really pleasant. I also came here once before for a regular brunch and it was equally delicious and the service was just as attentive. It's surprisingly never too busy which makes it nice and quiet! Both times I had the blueberry bread with cinnamon butter as an appetizer which is so delicious. We also had the peel and eat shrimp which was great. The crab cake benedict, lobster and pea frittata and pork cheek hash were definite crowd pleasers as well!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Happy 3rd Anniversary to Hungry Cat, Santa Monica Canyon. We really enjoyed the celebration by eating luscious, fresh oysters (1/2 price for the occasion)shrimp, Oyster Po boy and a beautiful grilled asparagus salad. A delicious, delightful meal. Also, warm, wonderful service . "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food, drinks and service was wonderful. However, this place is ON the beach but it has no view. The windows are high up so the place is dark and divey."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We were a little turned off by how loud the restaurant was; my husband and I had to sit next to eachother to hear one another. But, when the food came, we forgot about that as it was so good! It's not in our neighborhood but if we go back, I would order the same thing! Excellent oysters and the "Lamb & Clams" was out of this world."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "our dinner we had was so great! we only ordered one course as we where not that hubgry, my friend had a tuna with rice and i had pappardelle with crab. bought was soo delicious for dessert i ordered the recommandation vy the waitor: bread pudding. it was my first bred pudding and it was so good, very smooth and the liquid chocolate rounded it off just great! def will come back - bext time ill take the lobster ☺️"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "...you make are the ones you make twice. I'm not sure what it says about me that I've been to this place at least four times. I so badly want to like the place. The decor is gorgeous and they have half-price oysters on Monday nights. It's just not there. The food is meh. Even the oysters pale in comparison to (relative) neighbors Water Grill and Blue Plate Oysterette. It's just not worth it. Service is apathetic at best, robotically going through the motions of their job. I swear they needed an oil change halfway through our meal because they took (easily) a half hour break. This was after having to get up and find someone to take a drink order when we first sat down. This is one mistake I won't make again. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "The food was amazing here, but our service was a tad on the slow side."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Overpriced, average food. Portions are very small too. A very crammed dining area."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The Hollywood outpost is much warmer than this one in SM. The restaurant felt large and impersonal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Hungry Cat is what it is...a seafood restaurant that is a step up on the food scale from the other PCH fare (Gladstones, Moonshadows, Dukes). I like that they often have live Santa Barbara uni (although I always seem to get the small one). The Hamachi appetizer is good, and so are most of the salads. You usually can't go wrong with the fish special. The lobster roll wasn't my favorite, but I'm pretty picky when it comes to lobster. I come here often and would recommend it."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "our third time back - food has been consistently excellent - oysters, caviar, local catch, fresh fresh fresh."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Inside it is a seafood place straight from central casting. The decor is maritime blues, the raw bar prominent and the menu the right, (quite short) length. The food was fine, well chosen shellfish and prawns and fine salads. The service equally good, efficient and not pushy. Tricky to reach from the beach, a tunnel under the road, and tricky to leave by cab - it is LA not Santa Monica so different cabs."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "WE had a terrific meal at this place. the service was good, the food was really different and good. The lemonade special from the bar was wonderful! all in all a great place to go."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "patio is too noisy and vey unattractive. should have sat inside"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "On the busy PCH, and quite humble from the outside, The Hungry Cat is a surprisingly ambient and well run restaurant serving great seafood. Service is knowledgeable and casual. Would recommend to friends."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "What I love most about this restaurant - despite great food and service - is that it hasn't succumbed to that horrible habit of playing music so loud that you have to scream to have a conversation. The noise level was pleasant and this restaurant's owners clearly understand that guests who are able to talk to each other will stay longer, have a great time and therefore order more."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Watching Mike shuck oysters is a true pleasure. This is a man at the top of his game. Oysters are pristine and served beautifully. Just felt like discussing the oyster and cocktails in this review. All so good."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Dining experience was delightful, except they did not have uni that day.... Which was the main reason we opted to dine here."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We walked out - we came for the Monday oyster special (@7:45 pm) - 2 of the 3 types of oysters offered - they were out of. . Only large oysters were left, not my taste. The one dinner special was sturgeon (yum) wrapped in bacon YUCK. Every other interesting fish dish was with pork. I wanted fish not pork. Scallops with pork, mussels with pork etc. I realize that the new trend is to put pork in everything from doughnuts to mussels.....so if you want a trendy pork palace this is your place."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Service and food are both tops. Menu is interesting with a wide choice of both small plates and entrees. Seafood is the feature bit the do a great burger too, The cold platter of chilled raw and cooked seafood is amazing. They have Santa Barbara uni that is brought directly to them. Fresh as it can get, Oh, the prices are very fair for the quality they serve."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "loved the open kitchen, the oysters were amazing, the service impecable, very creative meal selections on the menu, very cool vibe, happy people"
    Dined on 2/19/2014