The Hungry Cat

1535 N. Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Critics' Pick
Best Of
The Hungry Cat +

Anne Fishbein Maine lobster


  • Mon.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; lunch: Wed.-Fri., noon-3 p.m.; happy hour: Mon.-Tue., 4-6 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Parking Validation
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
Southern California is now down to just one location of the Hungry Cat, and as sad as we are to see the Santa Monica and Santa Barbara outposts close, we’re glad it was the Hollywood Hungry Cat — the original Hungry Cat — that survived. Why? Because it’s still our favorite place to eat in Hollywood proper, the place we most heartily recommend to folks looking for a pre-Pantages birthday dinner, the most welcome escape from the tourist mayhem of the neighborhood. Chef/owner David Lentz has been a pioneer of Pacific-focused seafood (as opposed to the odes to New England that have proliferated in recent years) for more than a decade, serving cold oysters on the half-shell, fresh Santa Barbara uni and modern, creative seafood dishes that sometimes hint at Maine or Massachusetts but more often celebrate the bounty and spirit of the California coast. Rather than classic fish-house fare, your Manila clams are more likely to come with merguez, sofrito and garbanzo beans; your barramundi over freekeh, kabocha squash, pea tendrils, yogurt and pumpkin seed pesto. The bright and airy restaurant tucked away in the center of the block is perfect for a brunch of johnny cakes with smoked trout salad, or as a place to drop by the bar for a lobster roll and a very good cocktail. —B.R. —Besha Rodell

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