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Permanently Closed - The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon

644 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday & Wednesday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm – 11:00pm

Closed Monday & Tuesday

Happy Hour Every Day
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Phone number
(310) 459-3337
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Lentz
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room offers scenic ocean views, a wood burning fireplace and hard wood floors.
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Private party contact
Nikki Cohen General Manager: (866) 943-1728
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For catering, please call 310.459.3337 or email
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Cross street
Pacific Coast Highway
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Parking details
Valet Parking Available!
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Special events & promotions
Private dining room available. Please send your inquires to
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRachel (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

They have the best shrimp in town! And we love their house salad. Always a reliably good meal.

vipSMdiner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

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.

vipCaitlin (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

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.

GemQuester (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

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?

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Munich)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Es war spitze!!!

vipCookE (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

food was, as always, wonderful. Service was truly horrible.

vipJBean (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

The staff was extremely nice and helpful.

vipscout (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2016

I loved my food the last time I ate here and hoped for more of the same, but learned that the menu had changed. Our food was so spicy that my companion gave up on eating hers and wanted nothing else because her throat was burning. Mine was edible but too spicy. There should be a warning on the menu so you can take this into consideration when you order. The champagne was very good though.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

The food was spectacular, as usual! The Pug Burger may be the best hamburger I have ever had--add the fried egg.

We were disappointed they don't have a cheese course available anymore and am hoping it will reappear on the menu soon.

RoseannH (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

We went to Hungry Cat because of reviews we read several years ago; sadly, it's not maintained the quality mentioned in earlier reviews. The first waiter was friendly and fun, though he disappeared to be replaced by a dour, unsmiling woman who seemed in a bad mood, and rushed us along (despite the restaurant being mostly empty on Friday . . . should have given us a clue). Oysters were delicious, and the cocktails very good (the bartender or manager, could not tell which, did stop by to see how we liked a new margarita he was crafting; he was great). Main meals nothing outstanding but decent enough. Desserts, however, were really not good at all. Just overall a shockingly bad restaurant for such an amazing location right on the beach at Santa Monica.