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Animal

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$$$
Central L.A
American, Organic, Contemporary, 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, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 41
    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
Not as good as the hype

Yes, we enjoyed each of the five plates we shared (plus one dessert item). The music was a little too loud, but it didn't really interfere with conversation. It did seem tacky to be charged 50 cents for two servings of filtered tap water with a $60 per person meal (without alcohol). I've been to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Alan304
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Cranford, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Cranford, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Yes, we enjoyed each of the five plates we shared (plus one dessert item). The music was a little too loud, but it didn't really interfere with conversation. It did seem tacky to be charged 50 cents for two servings of filtered tap water with a $60 per person meal (without alcohol). I've been to Animal Restaurant once, I don't... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was the first of a 30 restaurant food trip to LA and Vegas. the food here had some hit and miss dishes. Crispy pigs ears was very food, also the special burger, brussels sprouts and the cabbage salad also good. I liked the sweetbreads but my colleagues said a bit oily. The rabbit legs was an unusual dish. I... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Here are the facts: every dish has meat in it, the dishes are all small plates, the chefs will not alter their dishes despite your requests, the restaurant is loud and crowded, the meal will cost at least $100 for two people and yes, they charge you for water. If you are going to complain about any of these things,... More 

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Houston, TX
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129 reviews 129 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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
10 helpful votes 10 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 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
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78 reviews 78 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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: Local cuisine, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?