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Animal

435 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
323 782 9225
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Ranked #115 of 8,578 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Organic, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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brisbane
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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Ate here last week and it was amazing! The waiter knew his stuff and guided us on the menu and wine, making some great choices for us. We had the hamachi tosada, white nectarine salad, bone marrow, ribs, pigs ears and two of the desserts. When you go you MUST order the hamachi tosada, bone marrow & pigs ears!! If... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I went here for an anniversary dinner. We were deciding between Animal and Ink, but opted for Animal because it was more casual and I didn't want to get dressed up. We made reservations for 6pm, which is what time they open, so don't bother getting there any earlier or you'll be waiting on the sidewalk. Luckily, there's a pretty... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I've wanted to go for such a long time, and finally got the chance on my last visit to LA. I thought how could they possibly live up to their rep? Absolutely brilliant food, but the wall of sound took it down one notch. We arrived 10 minutes before they opened, snagged a table with no reservation and the place... More

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Toronto, ON
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80 reviews 80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Recently went here with my son and his fiancee for dinner. Reservations were promptly honored and the menus brought with explanations given by a delightful young woman named Vanessa. The menu is eclectic and the intent of the restaurant is to share many of the items amongst the diners. As the name suggests, vegetarians need not apply! Each portion is... More

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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

food was average, price was very high for what you got (we ordered a lamb dish that was supposed to be for 2, for $41, that was tiny & subpar!!!), the service staff was stuck up and not helpful, this place is super overrated, will not be coming back...

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Los Angeles, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This has got to be one of my favorite restaurants! The food, ambiance, and customer service is great. My favorite dish there is the bone marrow. It's sooo yummy, along with all the great food! My fiance and I love coming here for date night. :)

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New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We managed to get a reservation at Animal rather last minute on a Saturday. Having arrived a bit early, the maitre'd gave us a menu to peruse while we waited. We found ourselves looking up words like Uni (sea urchin), Yellowtail collar (the part of the fish right behind the gills), etc. Pig ears, veal tongue, are but a few... More

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Yarrow Point, WA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It was hard to find this restaurant, as there is no sign! Loved that:) The menu is diverse and so unusual. The crispy Pig ears with fried duck egg was wonderful! We were with locals that know the staff quite well, so our service was impeccable. Still dreaming of the Mexican street corn with epazote, Serrano & Parmesan cheese. The... More

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The menu was so exciting! We were there too late to catch the rabbit, which was my first choice on the menu, but the other dishes that our server recommended did not disappoint. I ended up with the hamachi tostada and the beet salad. There were so many other things I look forward to ordering during my next trip. I... More

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Finland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

many of my friends who live in Los Angeles had suggested to try this somewhat "exotic" restaurant so decided to go Animal for dinner. the place is nice and intimate, nice friendly vibe. when looking at the menu, the textual descriptions of the offal on offer such as the veal tongue, brain and pig ears seemed quite appealing. but, out... More

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