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The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon

100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 90402
(310) 459-3337
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Ranked #178 of 438 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pacific Coast Highway
Description: The Hungry Cat Santa Monica Canyon, our third location, sits on the PCH with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Chef/owner David Lentz & crew continue to focus on high quality fish paired with the best locally sourced ingredients, often from nearby farmer's markets. The 13 seat raw bar showcases Pacific and Atlantic oysters, Santa Barbara sea urchin, raw and marinated fish dishes, crab and lobster. The market-inspired bar specializes in seasonal cocktails, craft brews and a wine list geared toward seafood. The Hungry Cat Santa Monica Canyon is open daily serving dinner. Valet Parking is available!
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English first
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Went there for Sunday brunch .... The menu was limited and very "different" in terms of the dishes - the food was good but overpriced. The service was fine, but there was no "atmosphere" to speak of. The patio is small, with little or no shade. With the varied choices of brunch around town, I will not be going back.

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Villingili
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Parking is expensive and the place was very quiet and a little boring. I went with friends on Friday night and it wasn't the place to be. The food was good but the ambience didn't help. Wonderful handsome waiter, everything else was ok.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Alert!!! This is not in Santa Barbara! It is in Santa Monica, CA. HUGE difference in location. Trip Advisor please correct ASAP. Fish is superb and dishes inventive. If you want the interesting and delicious seasonal flavors mixed with a unique point of view on food, go here! You're not going to get traditional boring seafood here. And if you're... More

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Oceanside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I had seriously one of my best ever hamburger at this place. Very cool atmosphere, great food. Great bar.

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Santa Monica, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Interesting place that I recently tried for the first time. Friendly atmosphere, staff is really nice and attentive. The menu is kind of small but everything that we tried was pretty good. Will most likely be back in the future.

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Restaurant was unexpectedly quiet on a Saturday night. Menu looks good, staff is friendly. In the end they were unable to find the caviar but the rest of the dishes were good, including the burger. certainly worth considering.

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Santa Monica, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I found the menu somewhat limited in choices. Great dining space and they do have valet parking which is helpful.

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Irvine
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65 reviews 65 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The Hungry Cat is alarming. The exterior is reminiscent of a weathered shack. While the surface guarantees the wandering eye, the preparation and execution will secure your patronage. Bramble On - Plymouth Gin, mint, fresh lemon juice, nectarine. The cocktail is cultivated, methodical, yet wildly reckless. An assortment of cheeses paired with toasted Marcona almonds, local honey and crostini included:... More

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Had wanted to try this for some time, and it was worth the wait. Clam chowder was delicious, brothy, not too thick, tasty, herby, chewy croutons... Clam and lamb was merguez sausage in a rich, spicy broth with loads of succulent clams. Too heavy on the aioli on the crusty bread, but that is the only caveat. Pricey, but worth... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Really liked this place after trying it for the first time! I had heard a lot of good things especially that they have a great happy hour and it is true. The highlight of this restaurant for me is the cocktails. They are soooo good! The food was also very good. I'm not a huge fan of fish so I... More

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