The Hungry Cat

(323) 462-2155 | View Website

1535 N Vine St, Hollywood, CA | Directions   90028

34.098897 -118.326662

Open Hours

Sun.: 11am to 11pm, Mon.: 5:30pm to 11pm, Tue. & Wed.: Noon to 11pm, Thur. & Fri.: Noon to Midnight, Sat.: 11am to Midnight

 
Restaurants, Crab House, Seafood  more

More Cuisine: Hamburgers

Price: $$$

Tags: Brunch, Business Dining, Carry Out, Date Spot, Dine At The Bar, Fine Dining, Group Dining, Happy Hour, Late Night Dining, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Notable Chef, Notable Wine List, Outdoor Dining, Private Parties, Romantic Dining, Special Occasion Dining, Theater District Dining

Payment Methods: MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Hollywood, Central LA

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The Hungry Cat
The Hungry Cat
The Hungry Cat
The Hungry Cat
Menu
Oysters, Littleneck or Cherrystone Clams, 1/2 Lb Peel N' Eat Shrimp, Snow Crab Legs, Maine Lobster, Marinated Mussels, Small, Medium, The Hungry Cat, Golden Trout Roe... more

Reviews for The Hungry Cat

The Hungry Cat
Recommends

When in season, you have to try the soft shell crab sandwich. It's hands down a tasty dish. They also have a great cocktail menu, too.

The Hungry Cat
Recommends

Great seafood in the heart of hollywood. Sit outside and make sure to get the raw oysters. Lobster roll and pug burger are very necessary.

The Hungry Cat
Recommends

One of the best seafood restaurants in LA - inside the Sunset + Vine mall complex. The menu changes all the time, but staples include peel-and-eat shrimp, chorizo and clams, a Maine lobster roll and the pug burger. Great raw bar and fantastic cocktails.

Recommends

Suzanne Goin and David Lentz's forerunner in the seafood and fresh cocktails trend is famous for its raw bar, lobster dishes and, of course, a meaty Pug burger with blue cheese, bacon and avocado.

The Hungry Cat
Recommends

Fashion me a burger from here topped with applewood bacon, a quail egg, and those fries and I am golden. Top it with a spicy cocktail care of a sugar glazed chile and I am ready to meow ...

The Hungry Cat
Recommends

Oysters! They always have a nice selection of oysters. In addition to their raw menu their daily seafood specials are tasty. Fun for brunch or dinner.

The Hungry Cat
Recommends
5.0

Sea urchin from SB, salty oysters, and most delicious seafood. Get your booze on w fresh fruit cocktails. Burger w fried egg is awesome too.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Eases you out of your comfort zone – I went to Hungry Cat with my bf last night. We started off the evening with a tray of assorted oysters. SO GOOD! The flavor of the oysters was exactly what I expected and were served with a great vinegar and cocktail sauce. We were feeling a little adventurous and decided to give the sea urchin a try which turned out to be pretty good. For the price I thought there could have been a little more "meat" to it but it was delicious none the less. I don't see myself ordering the sea urchin on a consistent basis but it could be something fun to order when are guests in town. For our main dishes I ordered the mahi mahi and my bf had the white fish special. Both of our entrees were fantastic! Each bite had wonderful flavor and texture. The mahi mahi is served with this coconut rice. The combination of the sweet and non-sweet flavors really worked well with each other. My bf was hooked on the white fish special with a squash puree and a tarragon butter sauce. We finished up the evening with the tres leches/fig compote cake which was so indulgent but hit the spot perfectly. All in all from the beginning of the evening up until the end we continuously were pleased with the level of service and the cuisine. We'll continue coming here.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Fresh, bright, delicious! – I had the best time watching the chefs hand-craft our salads and raw seafood order... incredibly delicious stuff. I will certainly return.

Recommends
over a year ago

Citysearch Editorial Review – Tucked inside the Sunset + Vine complex across the street from the Arclight, this casual spot is where pre-theater crowds and foodies head for a relaxed dinner (if you get here early enough). Matte black walls and a glass window stretch up to industrial ceiling fixtures, which lend a post-modern vertigo to the intimate space. The centerpiece is a wood and zinc horseshoe bar that wraps around the kitchen and raw bar. Husband and wife chef owners David Lentz (Campanile) and Suzanne Goin (Lucques, A.O.C.) proffer a sophisticated seafood menu inspired by dishes from the Maryland coast. For starters, American sturgeon caviar is accompanied by classic toast points, egg, onion and chive, and Hama Hama oysters are both sweet and briny. Crab cakes are made from a 100-year-old family recipe while entrees include dishes like pan-roasted skate wing.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

I have Crabs!!!! – I love this place. Fresh squeezed drinks, raw bar. outside seating. Very cool hip place. A little pricey but worth it. The Crad legs are my favorite. You will enjoy it all

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Most memorable meal I've had in a while – The menu is small, which is fine because clearly they concentrate and do these few things well. My husband and I shared a very flavorful octopus starter that had a nice spike of spice. Our two entrees were completely different in tone and flavor, but both delicious: an earthy dish of nutty scallops served over smoked ham and beans; and a Southeast Asian-inspired dish of astonishingly juicy seared black cod with melon and green papaya slaw over a bed of coconut rice. Skip dessert. There were only two--a bread pudding that sounded too rich for us so we ordered a lemon parfait. It was an underwhelming lemon curd and cream, and our meal would have been better without it. Still, it was the best meal we've had in a while, better than our experiences at some supposedly top L.A. restaurants. We ate at the bar and the service was just fine. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

The Hungry Cat such a dissappointment! – This place was a disappointment! First off, the place is incredibly loud. This is not a place to go to have a quiet conversation. They blast the music and you are wedged into a tiny little table with your neighbor practically in your lap! We were seated promptly, but waited 20 minutes to be greeted and to order a cocktail. By the time we ordered our food, another 30 minutes, and by the time the food arrived we were over this place! The food was cold and there was a hair in my wife?s chowder. The management at this place leaves little to be desired and the staff appeared to be overwhelmed. There are better places in LA with better service and food!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Overcharged & Underserved – My friends and I have been talking about going to Hungry Cat for over a year, but it wasn't until tonight that we decided to try it instead of going to Magnolia after the gym. Not the best decision, but you live to live, right? Let my living help you live better, Hungry Cat is a part of life you can do without.

We couldn't be seated immediately, because we had no reservations, which is fine.

We got pointed to the 'beer garden' where we sat in the dark and waited to order drinks. A minute after ordering we were moved to our table. 2 out of the 3 drink orders arrived within 15 minutes, but mine was lost and took another 15 to get. The menu is what it is, but I couldn't find anything I'd order on purpose. One salad option, no vegetarian options, and beyond that NO CHANGES to anything. Everything has eggs in it too, by the way. I did what any trooper would do, and ordered the burger. When asked how I would like burger cooked, I said what I meant, "well done, bordering on burnt". The waitress asked if I was hell-bent (direct quote) on that, and since I don't eat raw cow, I am. "The chef might not want to do that", she said.

Instead of saying ?Why?d you ask me how I wanted it cooked then??, I said "If he won't, I'll take the salad with crab." Right then and there, the burger was scratched off and I was getting the crab salad. Little did I know that I'd be a contestant for the most toilet paper used in Hollywood tonight.

Whatever, we should drink something else, right? We order Vodka Tonics hoping a simple two-component drink would come quicker. No luck, and to top it off, they make their own tonic. Guess what, Schweppes has been doing it fine forever, and the homemade tonic sucked. (note: they have no call-alcohol, all proprietary spirits, and they pack the ice in there)

So, a tiny salad with some gamey bait crab, a cheese plate with one eatable selection, a pasta dish, four drinks and a glass of wine later, we're still hungry, not buzzed, and $145 poorer.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Overrated – Food, so-so. Small portions and pricey for what you get. Seafood dish that should have been hot came lukewarm. A comment to the waitress only produced an "Oh, really?" Perfunctory service. The coffee was good. Parking validation for one hour only.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

What a disappointment! – A friend took me here for my birthday. Service...not good. We ordered the special and pork & clam stew. The special was a bass and all I got with my first bite was a VERY fishy smelling and tasting fish. My friend and I immediately sent it back noticing that the table beside us was sending one of their dishes back as well. Never a good sign. Our neighbors also told us that they used to eat here once a week but that things have changed and now the food isn't good and the menu not as creative. To end the evening, I left with a horrible stomach ache. My roomate had eaten there the week before and said her friends left with bad stomach aches too. Mmm.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

The Best Local Oyster Bar that Includes Great Drinks, Food, Service – Husband and I have been coming here for a while as we live down the street - we were delighted to finally have a good restaurant to walk to. They have yet to disappoint. In the 10 or so times we have visited, the drinks were spot on (specials and on menu), service friendly and attentive and the food fresh and interesting. Their late night raw bar and drinks menu have saved me after other inferior meals. a good solid place all around.

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Won for:
Seafood (2008)
Seafood (2006)
Nominations Nominated for:
Seafood (2011)
Burger (2008)
Seafood (2007)
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