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The Hungry Cat

Map & Directions 1535 N. Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • American, California, Seafood
  • Sun 11am-3pm, Sun, Sat 5pm-11:30pm, Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm, Mon-Fri 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
  • Parking Validation


LA Weekly's Description

If you prize your sanity, try never to bring up the subject of lobster rolls with a New England native. If you haven't managed to edge away, you will be apprised how long the lobster must be boiled, how coarsely it must be chopped, and the exact brand of mayonnaise essential to the end result. You will also probably hear a dissertation on the top-loading hot dog bun that will turn your knees to water - I suspect the subject of top-loading buns was the secret to the Celtics' lockdown defense in the playoffs last spring. But when you taste the lobster roll at Hungry Cat, a first-class seafood restaurant near the corner of Sunset and Vine, a buttery, abstracted rendition of the New England beach-shack standard transformed into a split, crisp, rectangular object about the size of a Twinkie, you may be persuaded that the lobster roll is worth the fuss. In Maine, the $20-plus it costs would buy you a lobster the size of a small pony. But we are in Hollywood, where the next acceptable lobster roll may be 2,800 miles away. The Hungry Cat is a civic treasure, a place to drop into for a dozen oysters or a bowl of shrimp, a crab cake or a bowl of chowder, a glass of Picpoul de Pinet or an expertly mixed cucumber cocktail.

Member Reviews

  • claire85 wrote a review for The Hungry Cat
    on 06/09/10

    How have I not recommended this place yet? Smallish joint in an outdoor mallish space at Sunset and Vine. Great raw bar, inventive seafood dishes and specialty cocktails. Their pub burger also gets raves. It's an ever-changing seasonal menu but I've never had anything bad. If they have the lobster roll as a special, get it - West Coasters don't necessarily know this treat but... More >>

  • RiptInPieces wrote a review for The Hungry Cat
    on 05/13/10

    One of the restaurants in Jonathan Golds very first Gold Standards!

  • Dallas32 wrote a review for The Hungry Cat
    on 03/15/09

    Since Hollywood started it's revitalization a few years back, my neighborhood lacked a casual seafood spot. This spot has quickly become a favorite with young couples. You may be tempted to order everything, I'd recommend the oyster chowder and the addictive lobster roll. Price: $$ Tip: Located in the heart of Hollywood, great place to grab a meal and walk over to catch a flick... More >>

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  • Bravo on 01/29/10

    The peel-and-eat shrimp are great, and the oysters are served simple, as they should be. Drinks are amazing and refreshing. -Alex Eusebio, Top Chef

  • Epicurious on 08/23/10

    LA was in desperate need of a casual seafood hotspot, and got one in this hip venue. Locals love it for the atmosphere and seriously good fare. But beware - the lobster rolls are said to be addictive!

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    Mostly a seafood restaurant that is fast and delicious and has some of the best cocktails in town. -Mark Peel, Top Chef

  • Bravo on 11/12/10

    Everything you eat or drink there is so simple but so perfectly thoughtout and delicious. And it's great for a quick bite or special occasion. -Danielle Keene, Top Chef Just Desserts

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