The Hungry Cat - Hollywood

4.5
1025 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Californian
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Hours of operation
the hungry cat is the perfect place
to host your private luncheon or
office holiday party!
contact us at info@thehungrycat.com

Monday $1 Oysters 5 - 10
Tuesday - Friday $1 Oysters 5 - 7


Happy Hour -Monday thru Friday 5pm-7pm
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 1025 People Are Saying
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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
1 review
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
29 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
250 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
5 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
8 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
24 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
4 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
10 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
25 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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