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Horse’s Mouth Speaks Volumes About Koreatown’s Seafood Scene

Now open in the former Iota Brew space on Western

Horse's Mouth, Koreatown
Horse's Mouth, Koreatown
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The loss of Iota Brew Cafe on Western in Koreatown was felt hard by the locals, many of whom had spent their own long nights over the restaurant’s signature desserts and coffees. Now in its place comes Horse’s Mouth, with hopes to reinvigorate the bustling building.

News of the seafood-focused newcomer first came to light back in June, when word got out that chef Charlie Yusta had taken over and wanted to drop in all manner of oysters and fresh fish. That’s quietly come to fruition over the past couple of weeks, as the restaurant is now in full-on soft open mode — and has earned a fair amount of early praise.

So what exactly can one expect? A raw bar for starters, plus mains like soft shell crab, a lobster roll, and lobster bucatini pasta. Beyond the ocean you'll find beef carpaccio, duck pancakes, a burger, and more. The full menu is below. As for hours, expect evening only for the foreseeable future.

Horse's Mouth
528 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA