For some strange reason, despite a plethora of sushi spots, you don’t find too many raw bars in Los Angeles. Which is incredibly bizarre considering that the city is perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. That said, the following restaurants boast raw bars that will give any other town’s take on the oyster a run for their money.
1 Commes Ca
Known for serving some seriously delicious Gallic gastronomy, Comme Ca’s menu also includes the freshest fruits de la mer in town. Aw, shucks!
2 Hungry Cat
Literally a labor of love, this venture by husband-and-wife team David Lentz and Suzanne Goin features high-low cuisine inspired by Lentz’s childhood, spent cruising the Chesapeake Bay. Hidden within an unremarkable shopping center in the heart of Hollywood, I like to stop by the Hungry Cat and snack on the caviar sampler, before catching a flick at the Arclight Cinema, just down the street.
3 Kendall's Brasserie at the L.A. Music Center
Fans of the LA Phil will be thrilled to dine in this elegant offering from the Patina Group. Famed for its delicate take on French fare, Kendall's Brasserie is the perfect place for diners who like their seafood selection served on ice.
Michael Cimarrusti is L.A.’s culinary answer to John Lennon. Time and time again, this chef turns out nothing but the hits. Oysters do make an appearance on Providence's “Raw and Cold” menu, but it’s the Dungeness crab with watermelon, lime and shiso that made it to the top of our charts.