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Animal Restaurant

435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Closed Now
6:00 am - 11:00 am
6:00 am - 11:00 am
(323) 782-9225DirectionsMap
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  • by  on 12/22/2014

    Service was fantastic but food was wayyyy too heavy for me. And the time between each dish was too long. It was a 2 hours meal for 6 dishes. And absolutely did not feel good afterwards from too much butter and gravy.

  • by  on 09/02/2014

    Great food, good wine. A bit crowded and loud, but otherwise an excellent place for an animal type meal!

  • Finding good restaurants is a ...
    by  on 10/15/2012

    Finding good restaurants is a big hobby of mine and I always ask people their favorite restaurants in LA. In last few weeks, three people randomly recommended me about Animal and I thought I got to check it out. The restaurant opens at 6 p.m. nightly and we made a reservation at 6 p.m. on Sunday. We got there early to find a free street parking (they don't have restaurant parking but do have a valet) and walked around the neighborhood. The neighborhood made me a bit uncomfortable and out of place (there were many street kids hanging out and some homeless guys). The restaurant was hard to find since the restaurant doesn't have any sign; it's just all black in the front. The restaurant is very simple but nice and very small; so reservation is a must. Since this place is a tapas style restaurant, Including desserts, two of us ordered 7 dishes and here is the order of my favorites: 1. pig ear, chili, lime, fried egg This was our favorite of the night! All my friends recommended pig ear and I'm glad that we tried it. I think what makes this dish so delicious is the sauce; the combination between the spiciness of chili and lime was amazing. 2. flat iron, sunchoke hash, truffle parmesan fondue This was the most expensive dish ($28) on their menu but it's so worth it! The steak was so soft and I loved it. This is more like entree size than appetizer. 3. chicken liver toast I heard that foie gras dishes were their signature dishes and I wish I tried them before the foie gras ban. Not as good as foie gras, but this still tasted good. 4. marrow bone, chimichurri, caramelized onions This was my first time eating bone marrow and it wasn't my favorite. Chimichurri was good though. 5. melted petit basque, chorizo, grilled bread I love cheese so I had to try this dish. It was good but not as creative dish as others; nothing was particularly special. 6. huckleberry pavlova, lemon verbena ice cream, toasted meringue It wasn't bad but nothing was special. 7. bacon chocolate crunch bar, s&p ice cream I've tired bacon chocolate at other restaurants before and I normally like it but this one was not good. It was too salty. They sprinkled lots of salts on the plate but bacon already has the saltiness so the extra salts are unnecessary. Also, I thought wine list was over-priced. The cheapest glass of wine was $11 and tasted like $5 bottle of wine from grocery store. Next time, I might bring my own bottle of wine and just pay $20 corkage fee. Overall, it was a good restaurant and I will definitely come back to try other dishes.

  • After eating the Foie Gras and...
    by  on 05/05/2011

    After eating the Foie Gras and Poutine, I found myself pleading with the bartender to let me move in. I offered to wash dishes, pay rent, and even learn how to pair wine - find out if my new address is Animal Restaurant here:

  • Won't be returning
    by  on 07/25/2010

    I'm a food server. Having said that... It's good food, for sure. Fattening, laden with butter, richer-than-Trump rich. Okay. But if I'm going to be served the main course at 10:55 pm on a Sunday evening, 5 minutes before they close the kitchen, I ought to be able to have a glass of wine with said course. Willing to pay the $14 for an average glass of wine, I was denied. Huh?? ""We already called 'last call,'"" I was told, without so much as an apology or even consideration. Yeah, last call for food, I'd been told. I can't have a glass of wine with it? It's not like it's 2AM and the drinks legally have got to be picked up, right? An unfathomable and rookie service mistake. And a deal breaker at these prices. If you can put the food down minutes before closing, you can put a glass of wine down with it. Animal, you're crazy popular--now. Don't believe your own hype and start forgoing proper service. There are too many great restaurants in this town for get-em-out crap like that. Adios.

  • weird but good
    by  on 07/01/2010

    weird but i liked it maybe im weird?

  • Great, Adventurous Dining
    by  on 06/21/2010

    This stark restaurant on Fairfax is easy to miss. However once you're inside you'll be bowled over by the menu. I tend to be a slightly reserved eater but took the advice of the excellent waiter and ordered the pig ear. All I can say is: yum. Serious, serious yum. Each dish we had was flavorful and incredibly well prepared. Paired with the house red wine and followed by the amazing strawberry covered pound cake, this was a dining experience to remember.

  • is it just me or is animal over rated?
    by  on 12/04/2009

    ok so I liked my meal here but think all the hype may be not justified. Just saying!


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