The Hungry Cat - Hollywood

4.3
1084 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.
Parking Information: Sunset and Vine Parking located on Morningside Court right off of Sunset. Drive down Vine, quick right on Sunset and very quick right onto Morningside Court. We will validate for one hour!
This is right next to the restaurant, which is on the back walk street.
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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was so so

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AW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. Food and service were great. Everything is freshly prepared and we enjoyed our meal. We will return for sure when back in LA!

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ZG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love!! The food was suburb! We were there for my boyfriend's birthday. We both love seafood so the Happy Hour Oysters were the bomb! I could have eaten 30!

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DT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Portions were so skimpy for the price. $15 for a rather small bowl of clam Chowder: clams ere difficult to find. Small portion of salad in an overly large bowl. Absolutely bizarre dessert: rhubarb and strawberries baked in an iron ramekin, sour cream on top: bitter, over baked, and unsatisfying.

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BT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It was annoying to hear the line cooks talk trash about customers as they sit down

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S
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We dined at The Hungry Cat a few time before relocating to NorCal several years ago. Was visiting the area and in the mood for seafood. We were pleased to be able to secure a reservation on such short notice. When we arrived our first impression was of disappointment due to the lack of diners, the rundown condition of the space and the depressing vibe. The hostess greeted and seated us, however, it became clear that the place was under staffed as it took quite a while for a server to acknowledge and assist us. The menu was limited; however, the food items we selected were good. Based on our overall experience, I'm not sure that we would dine there again.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, prices were reasonable for the fare, services was outstanding. Will go there again.

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R
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a couple times and it’s always good. Six of us met before going to Pantages and we all enjoyed our meals and service was great. I had the special cucumber martini - delicious! Two of us had the special Cod cake. Three people had the scallops and loved them. And one person went for the burger. I added in roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts on the side. Everything was delicious!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The quality and atmosphere have declined since we last ate there. It is still a great place to eat, but it lacks something.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Experience before out show at the Pantages. The hostess was amazing and the food was superb! Would Highly Recommend this to anyone going to see a show or just casually hanging out in Hollywood!

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GB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We are from out of town and had wanted to go to this restaurant for years. It did not disappoint! The food was outstanding. The space is very casual. It's amazing how wonderful food is that comes out of such a small kitchen.

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o
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at the Hungry Cat several times and always have an excellent meal. The clam chowder is delicious! Definitely recommend.

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K
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

My friend and I were seeing a show at the Montalban. My reservation was at 6:30pm which should have allowed ample time to get to the theatre that was just up the street.

After a few minutes of being seated, our server got our drink order and asked if we were seeing a show. We told her yes and that our show was at 8pm. After that, our server was MIA. I had multiple other people check on us that I had to request things from because she was always gone. Whenever anything was requested or offered (refills, another napkin), it never came. Drinks took too long, food took way too long (and honestly disappointing for the price and wait), and my guest had to get up from the table to hunt her down for the check at 7:55pm. Not ideal. I'm one of those former servers who over-tip and are more than understanding when a restaurant is slammed. This was not one of those times. There are so many other restaurants in the surrounding area, don't go to this one.

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LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully fresh and flavorful selection of delectable seafood dishes!

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CL
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Crawfish on point

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I parked a few blocks away to enjoy the walk
Enjoyed a soup with fried bread
I’m more happy for the vaule

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and have been going for years. Excellent cuisine and an relaxed setting. Best and most unique brunch in town.

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M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Slow service, mistaken order, refusal to honor the bottomless mimosa offering only one mimosa...food not served at same time, with one meal coming when others were almost done, and hesitation when we asked for the 10% discount offered to theatre-goers who present their tickets...followed by the waitstaff needing to “get permission from management” to honor what was advertised yet again. Sry disappointed. Will not return nor recommend.

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HF
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice venue with excellent Cioppino. Close to Hollywood venues such as Pantages.

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M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went on Valentines day. Arrived early but was still seated. Tables are a little small. Chowder was great, shellfish was Okay but I have had better. Price was fine. Great service by waiter.

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LS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Once we found the restaurant..its pushed back from the street, we had a great dining experience. The service great and food was delicious and they even serve 1/2 glasses of wine...outstanding

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JW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service with really knowledgeable waitstaff. Love this place.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, but the service was slow and inattentive.

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N
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great find and quality seafood

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

THE FISH DID NOT APPEAR TO BE FRESH AND THEY DID NOT HAVE SEVERAL THINGS THAT WERE ON THE MENU THAT WE WANTED

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hungry Cat is the most consistently highly satisfying restaurant I know in Hollywood. The seafood is extraordinarily fresh and the sides and blend of flavors that go with it are inventive. The oyster shots are refreshing. This is my favorite place before or after the Arc Light or any of the nearby theatres.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to place for dinner before a show at the Pantages. It's just far enough away that it's not crowded like the places in the immediate vicinity, and their seafood and artisanal cocktails are wonderful. Piped in loudish music is a pet peeve of mine, I don't like it here anymore than at any other restaurant. That's why we usually sit outside but it was cold and rainy this night. The branzino was excellent, my partner did not care for the cioppino, the flavor was bland - a rare miss for the Cat. But overall it's still very good and we'll be back.

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MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the $1 oysters and Happy Hour cocktails on Mondays, and everything we’ve ordered from the dinner menu has been outstanding!

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LJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would absolutely recommend the Hungry Cat to any of my friends or family. The service was great. I throughly enjoyed the food. While not over the top or spectacular, the flavors were great and prices were reasonable per LA/Hollywood standards. This is a great option if you are in the area for a show or doing tourist-y things!

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good. The Micheladas were surprisingly very good.

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HK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good, not great. The dineLA specials had potential? But I’ve had better.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Excellent seafood quality and charming, friendly service and ambiance.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
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 on January 19, 2019
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 on January 19, 2019
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 on January 19, 2019
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
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of their seafood dishes especially The scallops are superb

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j
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
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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LC
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I am a big fan of the Hungry Cat and our meals on this visit were excellent as usual.
The ambience of the restaurant is somewhat austere (steel and glass) but the vibe
is good. The staff members are friendly and welcoming.

Our most recent visit was during Restaurant Week, so the place was more crowded and
busy than on a typical weeknight. We were seated right away and given our choice of
a couple of tables. Perhaps because of Restaurant Week, or because we chose a table at
the far edge of the room, it took a while before any waiter(s) noticed us, and once we managed
to order our drinks, there was another long wait before the drinks actually showed up.
(Perhaps the bartender(s) got distracted?) Eventually we managed to order food and
overall we enjoyed our evening.

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VA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 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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