The Hungry Cat - Hollywood

4.4
1051 reviews
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Seafood

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, 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 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!
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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Decided to try out The Hungry Cat during DineLA restaurant week. Got the clam chowder as an appetizer which had real clams in the shells. Then had the scallops and risotto which was great. Dessert was apple beignets with caramel and the perfect finish. Definitely recommend this place!

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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for dineLA and they "weren't used to the volume" of people, per our server. There was probably a 15-minute wait when we arrived at 8:30pm on a Saturday. We were at the table for an hour before we had gotten our first course (soup and a salad, not complicated) and an hour after that before we had gotten our entrees. The waiter was fine, I appreciated his frankness with what was going on, but he offered to comp my boyfriend's next drink but didn't offer me anything! One comped drink for a table of two? It seemed pretty absurd to me. We were seated at 8:30pm (we had a reservation) and didn't leave until after 11pm. We had planned to see a movie at 10pm and missed it. Thankfully we hadn't bought our tickets in advance. The food was fine - the clam chowder was excellent - but certainly didn't justify how long we had to wait for everything. We were extremely disappointed.

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FI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Should be called the Hungry Customer. It took a full hour and a half after we sat down just to get our drinks (a virgin pomegranate spritz). Service was unbelievably bad. I asked if they could leave bacon out of the soup right away, and the waitress said no problem. An hour later, she comes back and says they can't. The entire meal took 3 hours to serve. Why? The waitress said they were overwhelmed by Dine LA, but there were no lineups and not even every table was full. Come on. Service disaster. The food was very good when it came. Nice big generous portions of shrimps. Good crab cakes. Barramundi and mushrooms prepared nicely. Outstandingly delicious salad. But by the time it came, it was too late to enjoy it. Perhaps the worst service I have ever had in LA. I guess these things happen sometimes. But it was handled very very poorly and the people who work there should know better. This isn't how you treat new customers. Not any customers. And not in 2019. Bad on you.

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We booked an early seating time for Dinner prior to the show, "Wicked," at 5pm and had plenty of time to enjoy oyster shots, drinks, Shrimp, Scallops and excellent service from their kind staff members. Food was excellent and the outdoor patio was perfect for our evening. Parking was right there on the spot in the building. Loved this place. Love the food. We both loved it.

We are coming back again for our next theater show.

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BR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of their seafood dishes especially The scallops are superb

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j
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

They know their way around seafood and the DineLA menu was nicely put together and a great value.

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VA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Did DineLA here and it was a great value. Our server also let us add on happy hour drinks and apps which was amazing since a lot of places won't let you combine offers. My barramundi was superb and clam chowder great. Meyer lemon parfait was a bit sweet and not the best, but overall good meal!

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h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We expected the restaurant to be a little loud but it was actually pretty quiet. There were a good amount of people at the restaurant, not too crowdy or too empty. The service from the server was great and attentive. They have good drink menus and the food was also good.

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TN
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Best seafood restraunt in town. I went there for my birthday. No cake at the end but the desert that came with the DineLA menu was fantastic.

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NS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We came for dine LA. The service was great. The food was good. They ran out of a few things in the dine la menu. The oysters were really fresh. I would recommend eating here for a casual dinner with friends.

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p
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing meal! So happy we went for the DineLA offering. Not to be missed.
Service was wonderful, as well.

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately the quality has suffered at this fine California seafood restaurant. Will not be returning as a decade long customer.

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JI
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the hungry cat as our local fare.
There are very few restaurants we frequent.
Hope the hungry cat will be with us for a long time.

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love this restaurant. Great service and exceptional takes on seafood and more. Cocktails are top shelf and creative.

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o
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The food used to be outstanding but our meal was very average. The best thing we had was the clam chowder. The lobster pasta was very average and the quality of the lobster (little that there was) was not good. The lobster roll was just okay but the fries that came with it were cold and bad. The service was nice (though they did things like serve soup with no spoon so we had to flag down the staff after waiting for 5 min) but the quality of the food has really fallen especially for the price. It was the day after New Year's so maybe that accounted for the poor quality but the restaurant only had about 4 other tables so perhaps overall their food quality has gone down.

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CG
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great seafood, particularly raw bar. Lovely server (& this was NY eve).

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MK
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

NYE. Something was off that night. Seated 30 minutes late for a reservation at 8:30, part of the order did not arrive, they seemed unaware that they had free parking that evening. Great food always.

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AA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, atmosphere, and service were all outstanding!!! Will definitely come back again!

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S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but the service was painfully slow when we arrived and non-existent when we wanted to leave.

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LG
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I go here often; we’ve spent a few New Year’s eve here as well.

The food is always fresh, particularly the oysters/raw bar selections. It is a creative menu, but not overwhelming. Wonderful glasses by the wine and terrific wine for reasonable prices by the bottle. The staff is outstanding and always willing to help. I have never, ever had a bad meal here.

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GZ
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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F
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a great seafood restaurant with some other meals for landlubbers.

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G
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tucked away off Vine street so it is shaded and quiet. Really good clam chowder and lobster roll. Salads were good also. Could use better wine selections as there is only 3 choices by the glass.

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f
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really imaginative versions of your favorite dishes: clam chowder with clams-in-the-shell included, Barramundi prepared unlike any version I've had before. Service was attentive and considerate. I'd go back in a second. Loved the ambiance. I also saw many people taking meetings and having private conversations without being bothered in any way. Topnotch.

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NG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

every time we come here, it takes so long to get drinks. we usually want two each before we see a movie but we only have time for one because the drinks service is so incredibly slow.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my recently returned form Naval deployment brother and his new wife for a Sunday afternoon lunch. Service atmosphere and food were perfect for reconnecting. We shared raw oysters, crab cake Benedict, market greens with shrimp and the Cobb salad. They serve beautiful French press coffee in the press at the table. Thank you Hungry Cat.

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AH
Greensboro
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends that haven’t seen in 15 years had a wonderful time. The food and service was exceptional. I will be back when I return to Los Angeles in the future.

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b
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and super fast service. It was noisy inside the restaurant but their outdoor patio area was wonderful. It's on Vine Street a block from the Pantages Theatre (and a Red Line station) and we thought it would be noisy outside. But the restaurant is set back in a courtyard so its very quiet outdoors and if the weather is good, I highly recommend sitting outside. Drinks were also good. The lobster rolls were very fresh and the scallops on risotto were also wonderful. We'd go back.

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RN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Wanted a place near the Pantages so I took a chance on The Hungry Cat cause I wanted seafood. Wanted to be seated outside and they would not seat us outside. Sat inside where it was loud with a lot of clamor. The menu choices were not plentiful. We orderer the three appetizers and two entrees. One of the appetizers and one of the entrees were pretty good - the other items were not. Our server provided excellent service. Will not dine there again. Would not recommend.

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AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always tasty and fresh! The Hungry Cat is a long time favorite!

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

There were only 2 fish options (per usual) and I was disappointed with the taste and freshness of the whole fish entree presented (for $38).
It may have been an off night, because I have had better meals at Hungry Cat.

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M
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I've been coming here ever since they first opened and the food has remained consistently good! Our waitress was a bit spacey on this visit and messed up our order but what are you going to do. My only criticism is that they recently updated the menu and the chocolate bread pudding is no longer on it. Super sad as it was almost legendary.

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O
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, service, and everything was great, as always.!

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J
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We've dined at Hungry Cat many times before, but this time service was very slow. We had show to attend at Dolby Theater and came at 5:45. By 7:10 we still haven't had a main course served.
They made us feel better though by serving unlimited free bottled water and taking off 10% from our total bill. Very classy.
Even though they advertise themselves as seafood place, I wish they would add one more beef item ( hangar steak perhaps) besides cheeseburger.

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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
269 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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