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The Cannibal (CLOSED)

Restaurants, American Culver City
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
The Cannibal
Photograph: Courtesy The Cannibal

Time Out says

As both a meat-centric restaurant and a butcher/sandwich shop, The Cannibal LA meets all your protein needs, whether you're in the mood for a proscuitto-filled sandwich or a spring lamb with peas and fava beans. On one side, a butcher shop offers shelves filled with local goods and a meat case lined with beautiful cuts of beef, pork and chicken; a selection of cold and hot sandwiches is also available (we're partial to the Italian Combo). The restaurant sits next door, where you can fill up on plates of charcuterie, sausages, burgers and, yes, even the occasional vegetable. 



Address: 8850 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11:30pm; Sun 11am-10:30pm
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Users say (3)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Great atmosphere, excellent food. Cannibal has bench-style seating that fits multiple parties on one stretch of bench, so it’s great for accommodating any size dinner party. Every time we go to Cannibal service has been very friendly & accommodating. Go with a group that doesn’t mind sharing dishes, there’s a lot to try & everything is awesome. Definitely try the burger, the steaks or the charcuterie. 


There's a lot of hype about the Cannibal, especially about their happy hour. It's supposed to be a huge spread that comes free with your drinks. When we went the other day though, all they had was mortadella which tasted quite generic. The drinks during happy hour are definitely a good value, but it would have been nice if they offered their pates or chips as part of the spread. Overall, it's a meat-heavy restaurant that feels like it was taken out of your ubiquitous nose-to-tail restaurant 10 years ago.


Although I haven't yet experienced the full restaurant and waiter service at The Cannibal, I can attest to their sandwich takeout section after visiting the week of the opening.

The good: Everything seems to be made fresh, and the expansive bread selection is mouthwatering. There are lots of unique, artisanal goodies to stare at and analyze as you stand in line. A vertical rack of "Everything Bagel"-spiced soft pretzels sits next to the register glaring customers in the face. Magical.

The not so good: Upon entering Cannibal's takeout deli, there didn't seem to exist a clear ordering process and/or line. After waiting and observing for five to ten minutes, I finally discovered a deli ticket dispenser off to the right that later arrivals noticed before I did. After a fairly lengthy wait just to order, I ended up getting forgotten about due to an employee dropping my order ticket on the ground. Therefore, many who ordered after me received their food first. 

I'm a huge fan of Cuban sandwiches, so I selected the Pigs Head Cuban. Overall, it was a bit lackluster in terms of flavor ... if I'm being totally honest. Also, be warned: the consistency of pigs head is abnormal and may not be what you're expecting. The sandwich is greasy and overpriced, but because I wanted to love this restaurant so much I do have a hard time admitting that.

I'll have to go back and try again now that they've been open awhile!