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The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon

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100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 90402 (Pacific Coast Highway)
(310) 459-3337
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Hungry Cat Santa Monica Canyon, our third location, sits on the PCH...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful new menu -- wood fire grilled fish, shellfish, meat, lots of veggies, too.

This oyster bar and high-quality seafood bistro with simple Cape Cod interior is popular amongst the affluent Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, and other westside Los Angeles locals. It has a lively bar as well. Chef recently revised the menu ... not only did the the waitress acknowledged the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
ConduitConsulting
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Santa Monica, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Santa Monica, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This oyster bar and high-quality seafood bistro with simple Cape Cod interior is popular amongst the affluent Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, and other westside Los Angeles locals. It has a lively bar as well. Chef recently revised the menu ... not only did the the waitress acknowledged the difference and mentioned they added a wood-fire grill, but also most of... More 

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Malibu, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I was looking forward to trying this restaurant because I love seafood and it had gotten generally good reviews. It started off with a half hour wait past our reservation time for a table. Unlike other good restaurants where we have had to wait this long with a reservation, there was no offer to buy us a drink or appetizer... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We had just arrived in Santa Monica for a few days and were staying just up the street, and so we came here for supper. The staff were friendly and found us a table during a busy Saturday evening. The seafood was fresh and very good and we ordered several small plates for variety. Our kids had hamburgers which were... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My hotel referred us. So happy we went. Great cozy fish place. Loved the salad and brussel sprouts I'd go back to Santa Barbara just to have them! I live in LA. Bit of a distance. The fish entree was lovely and Arnold Palmers refreshing and very freshly homemade. I couldn't drink that night but the bar drinks looked fantastic... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I liked many things about this restaurant. Good bar space, tasty menu (at least what I had) and a truly California casual feel. BUT, our waiter ruined our experience. He was unhelpful, rude, and clearly did not like serving us. When he threw our appetizer plates down in front of us we asked the manager to give us a new... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Top Contributor
192 reviews 192 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

For a restaurant famed among the foodie crowd, The Hungry Cat is surprisingly funky and down-to-earth. The fish is super-fresh, prepared with surprising ingredients and served up in delicious combinations. The monkfish comes with crispy brussel sprouts, and the menu offers a nice choice of textures and sides. I'm not a raw oyster fan, but my table companions swore by... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

After you have eaten your $30+ entrees and receive your bill at the bottom there will be a 3% surcharge. This is called "Health LA". The restaurant is charging you- the PATRON an extra fee so that they can provide healthcare to their employees. While Im all for everyone having health care I think its a really cheap trick for... More 

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Delicious original menu. We had the scallops and short ribs and both were delicious. Beautifully prepared, fresh ingredients, and flavorful. Really enjoyed our dinner here.

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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you are in the vicinity of Santa Monica, you have to try this restaurant. Simply superb fresh food! This place is a seafood, rawbar and cocktails restaurant. Nice friendly atmosphere with great service. If you like spicy drinks: try the margarita drink done with hot peppers; forgot the name :0( ! Everyone at the table enjoyed their meals (see... More 

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Boulder City, Nevada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wonderful seafood selections. If you don't care for seafood your choices are very limited. Specialty drinks were tastey, but pricey, too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 90402
    (Pacific Coast Highway)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (310) 459-3337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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