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Animal

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$$$
Central L.A
American, Contemporary, Organic, Wine Bar
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435 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
323 782 9225
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6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Love Animal

Adventurous food and a great addition to the LA food scene. Had a terrific bottle of Pinot noir here as well. Prices are reasonable. It's a great spot with memorable food. Staff is also attentive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Tenpan
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Brooklyn, New York
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Brooklyn, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Adventurous food and a great addition to the LA food scene. Had a terrific bottle of Pinot noir here as well. Prices are reasonable. It's a great spot with memorable food. Staff is also attentive.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Such a friendly atmosphere, very friendly staff, interesting and delicious food. Generally satisfied!

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Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Last night's dinner was terrific. Dinner was casual, leisurely, and straight-out yummy. Service was great, and wine suggestions were good. We had an overall good experience. We ordered the chicken liver toast (yum), the hamachi tostada (AMAZING!), roasted bone marrow (very nice), poutine (it was good), and the BBQ pork belly (lovely). That tostada was so good, I still can... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Traveling from Tucson, we chose Animal for a birthday dinner and were not disappointed. Every course was inventive and delicious. Two of our party especially enjoyed the sweetbreads, veal tongue, veal brain and bone marrow. For the other two of us, there was fabulous oxtail poutine and other more traditional choices - all prepared and plated beautifully. Our server was... More 

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Buffalo, NY
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78 reviews 78 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This restaurant may seem scary to a lot of folks - there's a lot of tail to snout eating here. But if my wife can enjoy pig ear - and ask for more - so can you. Terrific cocktails, a sublime wine list that matches the menu in terms of its adventurousness, and a deft wait staff that make this... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Small and loud and very vibrant. This was not a criticism. It fit with the restaurant. Minimalist decor. The food is for the adventuresome because of the uniqueness of the cuisine. See urchin, pigs ears, poutine with oxtail gravy and cheese(outstanding). Tapas restaurant. The food and presentation was excellent. The flavors were well matched and blended well. This is a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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108 reviews 108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Was there New Years eve, so staffing could have been an issue. This is a foodie restaurant. If you want comfort food, substitutions etc, go someplace else. That being said, I had three dishes, two of which, had the same vinegar sauce. Wife's brussle sprouts were way over cooked and had same vinegar as my dishes. Had the steak special... More 

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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118 reviews 118 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

One of the coolest dining experiences of my life. Loved everything (chicken liver toast, narrow bone, sweetbreads) but especially the pork belly sandwiches with slaw. Fabulous flavor all around. And finished with one of the best tres leches I've had. Salt and pepper ice cream was also amazing! Run to this place!!

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Mill Valley, California
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202 reviews 202 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The food at Animal IS creative, and some of it is very tasty - but, unfortunately, not everything. The Chicken Liver Toast (one piece), Hamachi Tostada, and Veal Brain dishes were very good, while the Roasted Fig dish was mushy and bland. The Grilled Quail was good, but sparse (yes, I know this small bird is mostly bones, but the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Awesome Meal, make sure to get the crispy pigs ear! Great wine selection but no hard alcohol. very small bar.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 435 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: 323 782 9225

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Organic, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?