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The Hungry Cat - Santa Monica Canyon

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100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica, CA 90402 (Pacific Coast Highway)
(310) 459-3337
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Today
5:30 pm - 10:00 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    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
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
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Santa Monica, California
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  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Visited here after reading the reviews on here and finding it was only along the road from our hotel. What a great choice we made coming here: it was mother's day in the US but we were quickly seated at the bar where the same menu items as at tables could be ordered. We ordered drinks first and a friendly... More 

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New Hampshire
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97 reviews 97 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Went here because of a friend’s recommendation and its proximity to where we were staying. Oysters were great, as was the clams and chorizo entrée. Grilled King Crab leg itself was nice and sweet, but maybe the accompanying buckwheat noodles were a little overpowering. Food very good. Practically full restaurant was noisy.

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Santa Monica, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Extremely disappointing! We were really hoping to enjoy our time at Hungry Cat, given it is so close to home and its decor is relaxing, homey and beautiful. Sadly, Hungry Cat is just awful and lacking on so many levels. The only redeeming thing going for it is an excellent tomato, feta, basil and watermelon salad. Really refreshing and well... More 

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Tel Aviv
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The best and freshes Seafood! My cousin recommended and I tell you this place is awesome! We had Oysters and Fish and just loved it all. Superb cocktails too!!

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Santa Monica, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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230 reviews 230 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica, CA 90402
    (Pacific Coast Highway)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
  • 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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