The Hungry Cat Santa Monica

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The third outpost of David Lentz’s seafood shrine is also the first with an ocean view. Those familiar with the Hollywood nook will be surprised at the grand PCH digs: Beneath lofty beamed ceilings sit a raw bar with stools on three sides, a cocktail bar, a covered rear patio, and a dining room that winds through the vaguely nautical space. The focus hasn’t changed: glamorous tiered seafood platters, unfussy fish dishes like chorizo-studded clams and grilled octopus, as well as cocktails spiked with house-made juices. We did spot a few more Indian and Middle Eastern influences here, such as tandoori sauce and fresh naan served with cured arctic char and the charmoula (like a Mediterranean chimichurri) placed atop the whole grilled fish of the day. No brunch service is offered yet, but we look forward to a Bloody Mary as fresh as the ones farther east. » 100 W. Channel Rd. (310-459-3337 or thehungrycat.com). D nightly. Full bar. Seafood   $$$ 

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