The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica Canyon offers seasonal produce from the Southern California area along with high-quality fish and meat in a fine dining atmosphere. The restaurant�s menu is constantly evolving, which gives diners an artisanal meal every time they come in for brunch, cocktails or dinner.
Start your day at The Hungry Cat with a raw bar of shrimp, oysters, clams, lobster or mussels, before trying the mushroom omelet of Maine lobster roll. Dinner includes grilled whole fish with nori rice, seared octopus and more. The Hungry Cat serves caviar and specialty cocktails along with oyster shooters and fine beer from local craft breweries.
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Seafood, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
Much better front of house and service than in the past. Instead of being treated like trash (as in past visits) the hostess was quite warm and welcoming and our server was also lovely. Somehow that makes the food taste a little better. I hope that restaurant survives because it is a nice place and food can be good.
The worst waiter ever. We waited 45 minutes before he came to take our dinner order. We were so frustrated. We asked for the check and didn't order dinner there. The waiter never apologized and rolled his eyes at us. So rude.
My steak was delicious. My friends burgers were pretty good but various parts of each order had not been followed. Our first waitress was brusque, uninterested in serving us and charmless. The bartender took over eventually but he was busy at the bar. Food took a long time to come out. Basically seemed like very sloppy and poor service. Wish I could give a better review as its a neighborhood joint I would love to love.
This place has really gone downhill. It used to be my go-to place but it's sadly lost it's magic. I was there on a Sat night for 4 hours and there were only 8 tables filled the entire time -- no turnover. They've cut the menu in 1/2 and the staff was MIA most of the time. The Softshell crab BLT was greasy, heavy and disappointing. What happened?
The restaurant was filthy with grease buildup on every table. The waiter advised us against ordering one of the main dishes because it was not fresh. Wine by the glass was €15 for a house cab. So we stuck with water and burgers. Even the burgers were greasy and came with a thick coating of blue cheese, which we didn't order. Frankly even our real black cat would pass on this restaurant.
The food was good and fresh, but our service was really lacking. It took an unusually long time for our waitress to acknowledge us after we sat down, and she was grumpy and just didn't seem happy to be working there.
We went for the special $85 crab feast. The first courses were good, but the steamed crabs were small and the first round they served overcooked. The service was abysmal. Wasn't the server's fault...the restaurant does not have enough staff.
We we're very disappointed in the menu changes as they removed all of the veggie sides, which we loved. Food was OK but pricey. Service was good, noise OK (but we came early). Won't be going back until the menu changes.