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Animal

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$$$
Central L.A
American, Organic, Contemporary, Wine Bar
As featured in Best Food in Los Angeles
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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
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 15
    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
I am giving a 5 star review but it could use some improvements

The food was very good. The waiter was very helpful and friendly. However I think he gave me the wrong drink. The hostess acted like she was better than her position and kinda snooty. Everyone else seemed very down to earth. The restaurant was not full, as I understand it often is. There are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
halo36
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Houston, TX
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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132 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Houston, TX
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The food was very good. The waiter was very helpful and friendly. However I think he gave me the wrong drink. The hostess acted like she was better than her position and kinda snooty. Everyone else seemed very down to earth. The restaurant was not full, as I understand it often is. There are no signs or hours on the... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This place does not post a sign outside so you probably would miss it walking by. According to my daughter this was the cool place to eat. We made our reservation and the place was so noisy that we could not hear ourselves think. Very pricey and it is or st least was when we were there a small plates... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
6 helpful votes 6 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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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, Organic, Contemporary, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?