The Hungry Cat - Hollywood

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1013 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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Join Us For CRAB FEST XIV!
Sunday, July 22, 2018 NOON TO SEVEN
$75 Pre Fixe * Four Courses

HALF PRICED OYSTERS! SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY . . .9PM - CLOSE!

Located in the Sunset & Vine Building in the heart of Hollywood, Chef David Lentz & crew have been serving up quality seafood since 2005. The focus is on high quality fish paired with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, often from nearby farmer's markets. The raw bar showcases Pacific and Atlantic oysters, Santa Barbara sea urchin, raw and marinated fish dishes, crab and lobster.
the hungry cat bar specializes in seasonal, market driven cocktails, craft brews and an eclectic wine list .
the hungry cat is open daily serving lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekends. The Veranda is an amazingly calm respite from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.
the hungry cat - it's a lifestyle!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Join Us For CRAB FEST XIV!
Sunday, July 22, 2018 NOON TO SEVEN
$75 Pre Fixe * Four Courses

HALF PRICED OYSTERS! SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY . . .9PM - CLOSE!

Lunch -Monday thru Friday 12pm-3pm
Happy Hour -Monday thru Friday 3pm-6pm
Dinner -Monday thru Thursday 5pm-10pm,
Friday thru Saturday -5pm to 11pm,
Sunday -4pm-10pm
Brunch Saturday and Sunday -11:00am - 3pm
Midday Menu Saturday -3pm-5pm Sunday 3-4
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Phone number
(323) 462-2155
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Lentz
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Catering
Let The Hungry Cat cater your next party. From small intimate affairs to large scale events, The Hungry Cat covers food, cocktails and wine. Give us a call at 323-462-2155.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sunset
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Parking details
The Sunset and Vine parking lot is located on Morningside Court off of Sunset. the hungry cat validates for the first hour.
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Public transit
We are 1.5 blocks south of the Metro Red Line.
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Entertainment
It's Hollywood. Just look around, there is always something entertaining to see.
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Special events & promotions
HALF PRICED OYSTERS! SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY . . .9PM - CLOSE!

Please visit www.thehungrycat.com for more information.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1013 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We were a party of 4. Two ordered the sea bass which was divine. One ordered the ceviche and it was considered average. I ordered the snow crab salad which was wilted, overly doused with grated cheese that overwhelmed any crab flavor, AND was FULL of crab shell bits. Not one or two, dozens. I ended up not being able to eat it. A restaurant specializing in seafood should serve clean crab. That said, we had a lovely dinner and dessert on the patio and it was quite enjoyable.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

There was a mouse under our table. Although it was retrieved the manager should have taken care of our bill. It wasn't even offered.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I have been coming here since they opened years ago, and I have to say, I'm sad that they closed the Santa Monica location, but I'm glad that Nikki is back at the bar in Hollywood! She creates some of the best handcrafted cocktails I've ever had! Some of the reviews I've read lately had me a bit wary to go, as I've been away for a bit, and many complained about the service. The wait for food and drink is not what you may be used to at other restaurants, but for good reason. Each cocktail is freshly made, citrus is squeezed and herbs are literally picked for your cocktail. If you sit at the bar, you will notice that everything comes out of the kitchen is also individually created, hand crafted and executed perfectly, for you. So, if you are in a rush, don't come here. If you are ready for amazing food and cocktails, come, sit at the bar, maybe even talk to the person next to you as you watch Nikki squeeze three different kinds of citrus into a glass of deliciousness, just for you.

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

I used to love this place but the food and service and drinks have all gone downhill, such a shame because it’s such a Hollywood staple!

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1.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Terrible! Never again. We were 1 of 3 table in the restaurant at Saturday lunch and waited for 45 minutes+ for our entree.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great resturant. It was surprising wonderful ( the other restaurants suranding the place being fast food) .

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Food was delicious. We had the brussels sprouts, ceviche, pork/shrimp dumplings, and grilled sea bass. All was well served and tasted awesome.
Service was lackluster.
Disappointed that this supposed and now-becoming ubiquitous Healthcare Tax or Levy or Surcharge was added to the bill w/o notice. My bad if it's posted on the menu and I just didn't notice it. Notice should be given in advance and opt-out in customer's favor would be appreciated.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Really good food with a server that was enthusiastic and professional. Appetizer, salad, main course, and dessert all sooooo good

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We were really looking forward forward to this meal as we have previously had a good experience here several years ago, but it really didn't live up to expectations. It started off well with excellent oysters and went downhill from there. The crab soup broth was over salted and the sides on the swordfish were too salty to even eat though the fish itself was perfect. The lobster roll was bland but the fries were good. Overall, this restaurant had some high points but given the missteps and poor service it's just not worth it.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Crab fest! Seafood there is amazing. Oysters, lobster, and blue crabs Baltimore style! So much fun.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

crabfest has become tradition with friends. summer isn't complete without it.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We went for the yearly crab fest. First time eating whole blue crabs. So it was a new experience. Food was excellent. Messy, but that was to be expected. The oysters before hand were great, but some crackers and hot sauce would have been nice. I am a southern boy though. The blue crab soup was delicious. My wife love the "street corn".

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The service was great! My fish was overcooked. I still finished the meal because it was starving, but the food was just ok especially for the price. I think the restaurant is known for oysters so that would probably be something to try first. Really cute decor!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Dined there before - one person in my party had the "Dine LA" menu - great value; the only not so pleasant surprise is that the white/rose wine glasses are new and smaller than the red wine ones - we should of ordered a bottle - better value for sure - also ordered the the second round of white wine that came with the same glass plus a little caraffe . . . . surprising.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Went for the dine la before the pantages. Everything was wonderful. The desserts were the only thing not great.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

As always, the Hungry Cat pleased us all with the outstanding food. We were there for Dine L.A. week and had a wonderful three course meal. The sea bass entree was delicious as was the chorizo and clams!! We sat outside, which was cool and quiet- great for catching up with our friends. Our servers were attentive and helpful. We will return!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

We had 2 parties of 5 that were headed to Pantages afterward. We were seated closely and could mingle. Outside patio was great, all in shade. Since it was Dine La week, we mostly had the prix fixe. The appetizer oysters were fresh and briny. My friends loved the ceviche. Most people ordered the sea bass which was the winner. Beautifully cooked and presented. I had the lobster roll. Lobster generous but a little tough. Great fries. Everyone stole some. The deserts were good choices. The lemon curd was outstanding, right combo of sweet and tart. All deserts were big enough to share and none of us finished. Our server got us out in time for the show!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Coming from orange county we enjoyed this quaint, unique little restaurant just a block away from the Pantages theater. The food was delicious and the service great !

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The oysters were amazing! And my margarita was delicious.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Estamos de vacaciones y nos recomendaron comer ahí mariscos

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

可もなく不可も無く って感じでした。

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Such a great spot - their happy hour is an amazing deal! This is a must in Hollywood.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great food. I’ll be back

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Been here many time. Great food as always. Furniture getting a little ‘tired’.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We all thought the food was very delicious! We were a little nervous walking in lol 😆 because the restaurant hadn’t quite opened back up for dinner and they seemed a little discombobulated. But they were very friendly, with quick service as we needed to get to a play at the Pantages theater that evening, it was one of the reasons I choose the restaurant for its close proximity. We were a bit taken aback by the look of things but my daughter and my friends and I enjoyed every morsel we ate! Absolutely no ambience though. Lol 😆

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Wonderful food and the service was very friendly.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We are frequent visitors of Hungry Cat. We usually eat here before going to the movies. They are always delicious and get us out on time. The food and cocktails never fail!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The food was amazing, but the place appeared to be understaffed which resulted in slow service. But we were in no rush and had a good time.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The Hungry Cat has an amazing atmosphere! The server was really friendly, expedient, and attentive. The food looked amazing and tasted even better. I had the soft shell crab as recommended by the server. It was one of my best meals ever. Definitely returning soon. Thanks

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Have been going to the hungry cat for years. As always the food and drinks were phenomenal!

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Delicious raw bar. Some of the worst tableside service I've ever received. Utensils forgotten not once but twice, incredibly long stretches between taking our orders, had to ask for drinks + water repeatedly, plates + glassware not bussed properly if at all, the wrong drinks served to their respective guests, left our card for payment on the table for 20+ minutes, an overall lack of knowledge about the menu...it was very surprising considering the price point. But the true final straw? Two servers began breaking down the seating area around us, loudly and pointedly. I won't be back.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great. I have recommended this restaurant to friends who will be going to the theater in the area. I hope to return in the near future.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Food and drinks were really good. Atmosphere was fine. Unfortunately, location is between tall buildings, opposite a Walgreens entrance. Still, quiet and very pleasant. Food makes it worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Excellent cocktails and fresh seafood- great raw oysters and loved the clams with chorizo.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

the market fish and raw hamachi were both excellent as usual.
late night oysters are a good deal at half price on weeknghts

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Good overall experience. Would go back. Would recommend to others.

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

I had not been into this restaurant for a few years but it has gone 100% downhill across all areas. The service was terrible and the place wasn't even that busy. Our waiter first greeted our table by immediately telling us the 15 items that WEREN'T available but were still on the menu, even one of the specials- mind you it was only 7:30 pm at the time. Then he never came back once to offer us another glass of wine or anything. Not to mention the clams/chorizo we ordered were over salted and tiny, and the lobster roll was dry as a bone. And both were over 25 dollars an entree. It was a total waste of money not to mention the overall experience was completely unsatisfactory. The chef behind the counter and two of the waitstaff were more concerned with some friend of their's at the bar than our table the entire night. Overpriced, terrible food, bad service. I will never be back.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Exceeded our expectations in all regards. The owners should put up a bigger sign, you don’t want to miss this place.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Took my mother, sisters, and girlfriend for Mother’s Day and we had a great time. I made a reservation through open table and even though I was a bit early I was seated immediately! Waiters were so kind and attentive. We were late for the bottomless mimosas but the still made sure we had a fabulous dining experience. The food tho..... it was amazing to say the least we were all beyond satisfied and will definitely be returning and recommending to everyone!

Thank You!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was amazing!!! My taste buds were definitely happy :) the service was also great! The only reason I didn’t rate all 5 stars is because upon booking I stated that it was for a birthday & for the price of the place I expected them to bring my boyfriend a little bday treat or something :/ but overall it was a great experience.

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