The Hungry Cat - Hollywood

4.5
1017 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies




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


Happy Hour Dollar Oysters Tuesday - Friday 3-6

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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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.
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 1017 People Are Saying
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MP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed the dining experience here. Wish it was some light tunes playing but it was nice overall.
The food was sooo good. Loved the sea bass and Brussels sprouts.

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and wait staff were great. Fish is so fresh. A bit pricey but for those special occasions it was worth it. Only suggestion would be to have a bit better wine list. It's limited in labels and taste options.

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G
Los Angeles
234 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Small portions, food was average in quality. Very disappointing

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MK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Interior very tired and the decline to being run down. Fails to inspire confidence in ordering raw seafood

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C
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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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c
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

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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CS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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NE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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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JM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

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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n
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

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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CA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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C
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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CS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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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AO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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TC
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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T
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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R
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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S
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The oysters were amazing! And my margarita was delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Estamos de vacaciones y nos recomendaron comer ahí mariscos

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HA
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

可もなく不可も無く って感じでした。

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I’ll be back

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L
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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H
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

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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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and the service was very friendly.

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SZ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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IA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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T
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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D
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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