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

The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thehungrycat.com/
  • Phone: 3104593337x
  • 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: 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!

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The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (32)special occasion (19)good for groups (18)romantic (16)hot spot (9)notable wine list (8)scenic view (8)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • cajunfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Yummy! Casual, like the open atmosphere. Very beach decor casual
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless Night
    David
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We like coming into the Hungry Cat for the drinks, the food, the service and the ambiance. Some of the best food you'll ever get your hands on. Amazing raw bar with the best shrimp cocktail we've ever had. The bar does all fresh squeezed juices and interesting riffs on classic cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time delight
    Enjoyfinedining
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Easy to drive right by the valet, but once settled the place was great. Very attentive service, excellent fresh oysters, interesting (although not amazing) custom cocktails, fabulous swordfish, and light banana bread pudding (which I would not typically order but did on the recommendation of the waiter)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasted like Cat Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service started as terrific with flair and character BUT then it disappeared. We don't know if the waiter was sharing another gig at one of the too many establishments on Channel Road but he was GONE. The fried chicken sandwich was HORRIBLE. The chicken was not very good and the bread might have been left over from the one of many restaurants that has been at the same location over the years. The rest of the food was equally poor. Not a very good showing at all.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner Trumps Brunch at Hungry Cat
    MamaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Dinner is the meal to order at HC Santa Monica Canyon. The restaurant was so quiet that there wasn't anyone behind the oyster bar. The oysters we ordered were delicious but someone was brought out of the kitchen to shuck them. Crab cake Benedict was delicious. Our server was very pleasant. Love this place for dinner. For brunch, I'll stick with Tavern.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Outpost
    YumsterVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Outstanding from start to finish! As a long time fan of Hwood location I was confident bringing a colleague here. His comments ranged from "wow the decor here is really cool", to "this is the best uni I've ever had" then "can I get their business card". The newest location is outstanding and we will back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came for the Blue Crabs, much more!
    Tpayne
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great Service, Short walk through the tunnel right to the beach. The Corn, Ribs, Heirloom Salad and the Chicken were great. Very extensive F&B menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great local
    Dmh2530VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Just the best place to be if you live in the Canyon as we do It's the neighborhood place we've always craved
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Erika
    ErikaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Fantastic food, zero thought when seating diners, tried to get out as quickly as possible, unfortunately. worth coming back for the lobster roll alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nantucket on the west coast
    kjlllVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delightful decor w a casual and hip vibe. Starting with the peel and eat shrimp(delicious) and fried green tomato tuna tartar(yum) the food was fit for foodies! Drink menu was clever and wine list was small but wonderful. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy But Loud Cat
    BadgersrockVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After a enduring the worst traffic on PCH we could recall, our mood improved 1000% due to a very enthusiastic and welcoming wait person. We ordered a dozen blue point oysters and two glasses of wine. We received the wrong oysters and 1 glass of wine. Both were eventually rectified and very tasty. The mignonette sauce was too piquant, the red sauce was good though a small dish with freshly grated horseradish would have been good. The salmon accompanied by potato gratin, roasted tomatoes was perfectly cooked. The lobster came on a delicious challah roll accompanied by piping hot French fries. The lobster was perfectly cooked and the dressing was flavorful. A fun but very loud place. The next cat for us will be in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Seafood
    SadiaSato
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is my second time to this restaurant and both time have been excellent. I love the spices that the chef uses. The Softshell crab dish with forbidden rice was the best I've ever had. The Tuna with Morrocan spices was so flavorful! My husband ordered the Lamb and Clams and it was so full of flavor. I really can't wait to come back here. And one more thing... The wait staff was so attentive and so right on on recommending dishes. Thank you for the wonderful service and food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near the beach
    FoodmavenVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    special Maryland crab fest was fun. Food was good but not great,esp the soft shell crab po'boy which was mostly bread and tomatoes, Drinks were great. I have eaten there before, and food was much superior, i guess on a special night you should stick with the specials
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very fresh seafood
    SandyrkVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I have eaten at this restaurant several times. It can be inconsistent, but on this recent visit, the seafood was extremely fresh and well-chosen. A definite step up. Also love the small plates approach on much of the menu, so that a group can share. We were very happy with the overall experience, although the wait staff is inconsistent and doesn't always get the order right.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    rmikeVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We go to Hungry Cat at least 2 times a month on Mondays for 1/2 off oysters. Most of the evenings the food and service are great but on Aug 4th, we had a very disappointing experience. The server was either in your face talking way to much, or no where to be found. He brought bottled water when we just wanted regular tap water, the crackers for the Uni were completely stale, every batch he brought was equally as stale. He forgot to order a cheese plate for the two diners not eating oysters, the oysters were never described as to what they were, the special pasta was not cooked and the crab and sauce were watery. The wait times for drinks and food were almost unbearable. If we weren't there for a celebration we would have left.
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  • We love the Hungry Cat
    FlirtwithFood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Been to Hollywood and Santa Barbara locations and I marvel that the food can be so consistently good at each place. Flavors are vibrant and fresh and always innovative and nuanced in their combinations. Wine choices and cocktails are stellar. We both had the cucumber gimlet -- a perfect choice for a hot summer night and a generous glass. One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks & fun food
    Diners
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Break out of the norm & enjoy Hungry Cat.... A bit pricy but comes with the location. Great to take another couple out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    BoilWaterVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Been here several times in past years and also many times at the Hollywood location. Cocktails, anything that is raw or uncooked is at a much higher level than the Cookes food. Hollywood is so much better and even this place uses to be much better. Probably won't come back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy Cat
    ChiliCheeseFries
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Drawn to Hungry Cat for Monday night half-off oysters, which did not disappoint. All of the food was delicious, but service was very slow. For the price of the menu, I expected more attentive service. The waiter didn't even give us the specials, but maybe he was having an off night. It's also quite noisy. The restaurant is all smooth surfaces and the tables are very close together, so don't expect a quiet candlelit evening. Do expect well-executed, tasty food, from the appetizers to the desserts. They have a varied but concise menu so you're bound to find something you like.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    GraMedina
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our waiter was never around. The food took forever to get to the table. Utensils kept coming much later than the food. Our table was never cleaned. I had to get up and get the manager to come and clean it for us. He never bothered asking how everything was going.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Enjoyed our meal here and had the DINE LA special 3 course meal. Halibut was nicely done with lots of chopped veggies and generous portion. My friends liked the albacore tuna as well. Bread pudding with carmel and peanuts were to die for. Way better than the lemon tart. Slightly slow service but not too bad for a Saturday night. I'd go back for the fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • la week-reular menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    the la week menu sounded good-first course was fine-tuna over cooked on second course-shortbread cookies stale at the end- regular menus looked wonderful-again first course of soup was good-chicken not cooked on second course-maybe second team was on-if so need to be trained better
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  • Great food, service not so sure
    mdrivel
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food is impeccable. We were there for dineLA and the menu was great all the way thru. Service was polite but slow. We called it 'Euripean'. What I question is the waiter leaving the cost of dessert on the bill when it was included in the dineLA cost. The first course was correctly handled. This makes me question whether this was an accident or 'accidentally on purpose'. Perhaps I'm overly suspicious. Worth going but watch your bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for date night
    Luke
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food. Cozy but vibrant atmosphere. Have had two good dates here with my girlfriend.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Slow Raw Bar
    SethVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique seafood spot
    4barrygVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maryland Crabs
    JillersVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crabs at the beach
    Anaveragejoe
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster Roll - no worth getting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 450 reviews are from the The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon reviews archive.
  • Left Hungry Like the CAT
    Sorah
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allan
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Awesome service and amazing food! The exterior of the restaurant made me hesitant, but inside was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative
    biondo
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Very good food - and different! we THOROUGHLY ENJOYED
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FL Lady
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nick7677
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing to Write Home About
    Foodie2Shoes
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    But since you asked... Our waiter seemed a little distracted. The marinated mussels were over seasoned. The tuna tartare was nice, as were the fish tacos and the lobster rolls. But it's ok, we really came for oysters, and they were very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back in New England
    CyclingpsychiatristVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Food; mediocre service
    PorcyVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Waiter checked out...I've eaten here a bunch and service is usually much better...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family dinner
    Othellosdad
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude service and zero ambiance.
    WunDinerManVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
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  • Great find!
    Pammy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.