Los Angeles, CA

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Destination Bottles
Cave Caloz 2008 Heida-Païen du Lieu Dit Les Bernunes (Valais)
Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur 2004 Perrières Premier Cru (Meursault)
Domaine Fourrier 2007 Vieille Vigne (Gevrey-Chambertin)

Cuisine Description

Animal offers seasonally inspired, meat-centric cuisine with influences from many cultures, but ultimately pivots around what’s in season at the farmer’s market. 

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Wine List Description
The one-page wine list showcases some 20 wines by the glass with a focus on Old-World wines from France, Italy, Alsace, Germany and a small amount from Spain. “Many are small production grower-producers,” says Beverage Director Helen Johannesen. “Some are biodynamic, but all are naturally driven.”
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Riot-Worthy Dish
Wine Enthusiast editors asked America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2013 "which dish would start a riot if it was taken off the menu?" Their riot-worthy dish is…
"The Hamachi tostada, pork belly sandwiches and chicken liver toast are all standout dishes. 'It was the foie gras biscuit with maple sausage gravy,” notes Johannesen, “however, since foie gras has been banned, people have already rioted once.'"

Perfect Pairing
“The flavors at Animal are so diverse that it takes well-made and elegant wine to pair perfectly with our food,” says Johannesen. “A Ligurian Pigato pairs beautifully with the hamachi tostada, whereas a dish like the pig ear, chili lime, fried egg is best consumed with beer. Food-and-wine pairing at Animal is adventurous and guided by the likes of the diner and the seasonality of the food.”

Wine Events
We currently only offer wine seminars to our staff members, but perhaps that could change in the future. If a guest would like to explore food-and-wine pairing at Animal, we will take them on a wonderful trip, pairing different wines, beers- and vermouth-based cocktails with each of their courses.


Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced the third annual issue of America's best wine-centric establishments, and to commemorate the list, WE hosted a rooftop party where we honored this year's recipients and toasted the exploding culture of wine and food.

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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

Move over pork: Duck is the new darling of America’s hottest restaurants, and it scores big with playful wine pairings from Rioja to the Rhône.

Pizza Party

Wine-friendly pizzas offer diners a slice of heaven.

New York's Sommeliers Pour Local

Many of Manhattan’s best restaurants aren’t just about eating local, but drinking local wines, too.

Element of Surprise

Whether menus change daily, weekly or monthly—or cease to be presented to diners at all—eating at these restaurants is nothing less than a thrill.