In The Raw: The Top 5 Raw Bars in Los Angeles

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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!

8479 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 90046 323.782.1104

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.

1535 N. Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90027 323.462.2155

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.

135 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 213.973.7322

4 Providence

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.

5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 323.460.4491

5 Water Grill

Fresh fish fans take note: the Water Grill offers an extensive menu of seafood served on ice. Belly up to the raw bar and sample selections from over 17 different types of oysters and chilled shellfish.

544 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90071

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