Alma
Alma

Alma

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alma-la.com/
  • Phone: 2132441422
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ari Taymor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Olympic
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There are multiple private lots within a short walk of the restaurant. One is directly across the street, while the other is next door.
A word from Alma
Alma is a modern american restaurant located downtown Los Angeles in the vibrant Broadway District. Our food is market driven modern american, inspired by the best from local farmers, ranchers and fisherman.
The setting is urban and welcoming, with an open kitchen, long banquettes and a chef's counter if you prefer being up close to the action.
We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 6pm to 10pm and look forward to having you in.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Alma reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)special occasion (62)notable wine list (34)hot spot (28)neighborhood gem (27)romantic (21)good for groups (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Wonderful evening
    Piero
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I only have praise for Alma - it is a vastly intelligent and disciplined kitchen, I love the set menu concept and thankfully the kitchen understands portion size so I didn't leave bloated, certainly sated. The range of flavor, texture, temperature is impressive and equally fine is the visual composition of the plates. Great exotic wines in the wine pairing. And that noise level is civilized (perhaps the most welcome note of a thoroughly memorable evening).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Unique 9 small course meal
    myeatingexploration
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Presentation and explanation of what unusual foods we are to be eating was well explained by courteous waiters. In one sense it was gimmicky and pretty pricey. Few choices other than the prix fix menu. Foods are interesting, some quite tasty and some bland. The mixture of types of spices and food items was sometimes great and sometimes.....
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge disappointment...
    livinginla
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I am a gourmet, and I have had many 8-10 courses menu in my life. Actually I just had an incredible 10 courses meal at Castagna in Portland the week before. My experience at Alma was the opposite and incredibly disappointing. There are 4 criteria I look for in this type of restaurant: the food, how well each dish relate to each other, the wine pairing and presentation. The food is "gourmet want to be" at best. None of the dishes were interesting, all were bland and so was the wine. It is customary for 8-10 course menu to serve smaller portions obviously, the goal of the Chef is that you should feel “just right”, satisfied but not full. Here the Chef fails again, both my wife and I left hungry with a bill that totaled about $350.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Patty melt pop up
    maripili
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    If your going to have a patty melt should be somewhere which uses the best ingredients and knows a lot about flavor. The Patty melt pop up was a hit in my book. Everything was absolutely delicious!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALMA
    Gianni
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Now I know what everyone is talking about! This place took me by surprize. An unassuming dining area, more like eating in a good friends kitchen than a dining room. And the food needs to be experienced to understand. If you are into bulk eating at low prices, don't even think about going here. This is a place for people who want to enjoy food delicately prepared and beautifully presented in a low key way. The menu is planned allowing you to sit back and enjoy what is brought out and not worry about whether you have made the correct choice or not. Sit at the kitchen counter is you like to watch the action which is a great by the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine dinning experience.
    Yasu360VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    $95 nine course dinner was awesome. It was fusion and noticed the use of lots Japanese ingredients. I liked their style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting, but not quite there!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Was disappointed after the Bon Appetit article said it was the best new restaurant in America 2013. There were some interesting dishes, but often the assembly didn't quite work on the palate. We were expecting more, but maybe our expectations were set too high.
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  • top notch
    SavoryHunter
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Alma's current tasting menu format does it well and allows the chefs vision to shine. A true gem.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Slowe999VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Continually inventive creations with the best localvore products.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally the hot spot...
    Missprissypooh
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Hot spot, not necessesarily in a good way. The food was good, not great or amazing. I do have to say, service was excellent. The concept of this restaurant is kind of like NOMA, everyone is running food and serving. A table does not have a server assigned to it. If you are curious, I say try it. However, I wouldn't go again , or recommmend it.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a perfect night!
    plumdumplings
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very small, simple space. Noise level kept down by 4 to a table limit. 1st time EVER that a chef has come from the kitchen to ask specific questions about anaphylactic food allergies. Well paced dinner - 9 courses in 2.5+ hours. Getting the wine pairing is a MUST! Serving sizes are perfect - small enough to make it through so many courses, but big enough that you'll be full. Dishes ranged from good to outstanding, but all were the best ingredients impeccably prepared. Seamless, invisible service - clean silverware each course, water refills, every wine came prior to its course, friendly, helpful. Really makes the meal special. Pricey but worth it. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie Mecca
    mlpb
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Extremely inventive prix-fixe menu with fabulous presentation. Out of place in such a casual, low-key ambiance and not-yet gentrified area of downtown. Recommend the wine pairings as the 9 dishes are so varied that one wine will not complement them all. It is the foodie mecca the hype claims!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant for foodies
    Winesnob
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food here is outstanding, and this is a great place if you like creative uses of the freshest seasonal ingredients. The servers are very knowledgeable about the food and wine, and are very efficient. All four of us loved the food, and the wine pairings worked quite well. Each portion is relatively small, but with 9 courses all of us were very full when we finished. Overall, I'd say that 5 of the nine courses were exceptional in taste and creativity, and the other four were merely excellent. The only drawbacks are the relatively high noise level and the average seating and decor. I highly recommend this place if you are an open-minded eater looking for a unique food experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a disappointment
    Texascountess
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Sadly, we were not only disappointed with our dinner at Alma, but also hungry at the end. The portions are not more than a bite or two. Sauce was so sparse on some dishes that it was hard to taste it. Only one of the dishes was really memorable. We told them we didn't like lamb (the only meat on the menu) so they substituted 3 small potatoes (granted in a delicious goat cheese sauce, but really!) The worst offense, however, was the wine pairing. Not only were most of the wines dreadful, but they were served almost room temperature, as they put the bottles in ice as we arrived. After the dinner we called Starry Kitchen to see if they had any Singapore crab left. Too bad. We had such high expectations that this would be an unforgettable meal
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  • Gastronomic delight
    LoreleiVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Last Thursday night my daughter , visiting from NYC and a student at a culinary school, and I dined at Alma. The nine course tasting menu lived up to its fine reputation. Outstanding dishes included roe on crispy salmon skin bursting in your mouth with saltiness, sea urchin on a muffin tasting like the sea, a tender roasted cod covered in fried corn silk and a perfect sweet sea scallop balanced with the right amount of acid. A gastronomic treat! The only disappointment was the timing of the meal. Sometimes the waits between each course was as long as 20-30 minutes . We became tired and bored. Hopefully next time I visit , service will improve .
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 2nd times is as charming
    budinskiVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife loved our first meal so much that for my Birthday she decided to take me and our two daughters to celebrate.It had been approximately 6 weeks since we ate at Alma the first time and in that time I think they changed out 7 of the dishes served to us from the first meal with new dishes The rabbit was wonderful ,the black cod from Cape Cod was delicious with various treatment of corn along for the ride, the only let down for us was the deserts were to similar to each other in composition I will go back regularly as the food is just fantastic
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Austinfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I read mixed reviews prior to dinner. Our experience was great but it is pricey. The nine courses were actually 3 snacks as one course, 7 courses with bread plus two desserts. The ambiance was wonderful and the wine pairing unique and exceptional. The staff was helpful and pleasant. Thank you.
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  • Really?!?!?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I'd rather have the $100+ in my pocket had I known what the food was like. These pretentious tasting menus are very '80s. Place was so noisy that we couldn't hear the wait staff's descriptions of each course. Staff was gracious and competent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    ddssVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    An amazing dining experience. Ari Taymor and his crew seem to be able to get at the essence of each ingredient and showcase them seamlessly in compositions that are at the same time completely new but have the feeling of timeless classics. Every course was stellar. This was a meal not to be missed.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Adventure in Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to Alma for her birthday and she loved it. 9 courses of some of the most interesting and creative dishes that I have ever experienced. If you are into taking your palate to the next level, go to Alma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Too heavy on the salt
    Tsunchan1
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Presentation was excellent, but trying too hard to fuse tastes. In the end, to augment the blandness of the flavors it was over salted. Blandness would be fine if we could have taste the excellent ingredients through the salt, even the butter was too salty! Our first dinner at Alma was on the evening when Jonathan Gold gave his excellent review in the LA Times. We throughly enjoyed our dinner then. It is unfortunate that we were disappointed. We had so looked forward to the dinner with our foodie friends from Tokyo.
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  • I only wish it were in SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Creativity abounds at Alma, from the thoughtful selections reflected in the wine list, to each of the savory courses that grace your plate till the absolutely adorable mini smores that punctuated the evening. Is there a better person in the country to care for you over the course of a meal than Andrew? First rate, only wish Alma were in my home town
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A parade of delightful !
    Andrew
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Creativity, whimsy, artistry, deliciousness... this place is a tour de force of culinary innovation. In other words, it was awesome grub! The servers and cooks were wonderful. So good to see people with a shared bond and joy at work! Alma is inspired and inspiring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    eattolive
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The restaurant itself is very hipster, exposed ceilings, undone simplistic look. Staff were attentive and friendly and the overall environment was open and uncluttered. The food was utterly disappointing. While presentation was impeccable, composed delicately and visually stunning, the product was underwhelming. Dishes felt disjointed and haphazard - only 2 standout dishes out of 9 with at least 3 dishes that were severely difficult to enjoy. Wine list was intriguing and eclectic, however the lack of beverages beyond wine and a few select beers (no sodas) was perplexing. Its enough to only offer a tasting menu, and limited alcohol, however non-alcoholic beverages should not be restricted. Overall would not recommend to others
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enchanted Evening
    architectartist
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed a memorable dinner with wine pairings....never a dull moment...one of the favorite meals of our lives! These people are amazingly talented!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Super disappointing
    patnamaste
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was off, extremely over priced. Left much to be desired.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Strong (but too-FAST) Showing
    rag2105VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    There is very little bad to say about the food at Alma. Each part of the 9-course tasting menu is interesting, unique, and prepared to perfection. The wine pairing was also a nice supplement to the meal. They had a dish with frozen duck liver and coffee-flavored oats that will blow your mind -- like nothing you've had before. My biggest complaint has to do with the pacing of the meal. I felt like the dishes were being rushed out a bit -- sometimes the next course would come 10 seconds after finishing the previous one and occasionally we had two different glasses of wine on the table. For $200 per person (tip incl.), I feel like the evening should move a little more slowly. We were in-and-out in less than 2 hours.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Innovation
    budinskiVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Ari Traymor and his staff are making some beautiful food at Alma the 9 course along with snacks and dessert was fantastic My favorite I think was the Sea Bream with sour plum and the Duck Liver with coffee granola and Smoked Maple Cream. My least favorite was the Pigeon only because it is a tough gamey meat that came at the end of the meal after wonderment after wonderment. They use a lot of locally grown produce from Venice Beach as well as their own back patio My wife and I sat at the bar observing the frenetic pace at which the chefs put together this wonderful meal in a fairly small and cramped kitchen space. The staff also include a 15 year old wunderkind from the Valley who exhibited great confidence
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hmmmm
    SamolocalVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    About the oddest ingredient combinations ever, but they mostly work. We sat at the counter and enjoyed watching the kitchen work (they all have tweezers as part of the uniform). Interesting, odd and perfect wine pairings. If you're looking for meat and potatoes, stay away. Our party of three rendered a split verdict: I loved it, other two were ambivalent. The funk location is a kick, but the Spartan room is not very comfortable for a 2 1/2 hour meal that runs $160 a pop before tip with wine pairings. Be sure to hit the bar(s) at the Ace Hotel across the street as part of the experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Overrated, go elsewhere
    Colleen90405
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I expected so much more for a place with such buzz. Tasting menu was adventurous but lacked in flavor and only 1 "wow" dish (the frozen duck liver bites w coffee granola). Service was mix: great staff, very friendly and waiter was very good. But gal delivering good dumps dishes on table, rapidly spurts out a fish description and not at a volume that can be heard, and bolts away before we could get the words out of our mouths "sorry, please repeat?" Or "sorry I don't know what that is." We had to flag others down to please come explain each dish, seemed funny at first but got ridiculous fast. For the price, concept and buzz, Alma failed to even come close. Very disappointed.
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  • One of the better meals in LA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Perfect wine paired with modern, smart delicious dishes. Amazingly creative taste combinations that make other well known LA restaurants' menus feeling dated. Looking forward to coming back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • porciones chicas
    ID1903
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Las porciones son muy chicas aun que son muchos tiempos. Pero son tantos los sabores en tantos platillos que no se alcanzan a apreciar bien. Muy caro para lo q se come.
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  • best restaurant in tge country
    BrysonW
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Spot again again with an amazing menu. Thank you chef. Cant wait to come back
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative
    ssibel
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Don't pay attention to negative reviews! If you are a foodie and you are in search of a creative/exiting restaurant in LA area go to ALMA! Simple and elegant room with very attentive service. Very unique and surprising wine pairing. Frozen duck liver dish was my favorite. My palate was very happy
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpretentious and Delicious
    sdjoy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Unpretentious, modern take on fine dining. This might be the cleanest tasting food I have ever had. Adventurous and delicious nine course meal that doesn't leave you feeling that you over indulged. This might be the only expensive meal that my husband has loved.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fish….raw, every different kind.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    very inventive; great flavors. Could have had more variety
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  • really good
    unique
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Everything we had was awesome and unique. No standard beet salad here!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal
    YumIsNotARealWord
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Don't let the grouchy reviews on Yelp dissuade you - Alma is a beautiful, refined restaurant where Ari Taymor and his team take lots of pride in their work. Do the wine pairing - it's $55 and worth every penny. The frozen duck with coffee granola is sublime
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to the hype
    moofish32
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Although it did get best new restaurant in Bon Appetit magazine, it wasn't so outstanding for the price paid. Good yes, but we actually got the same course and the beginning and end of the meal (despite the server's assurance it was not).
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  • Stellar Food
    BLTAvantsweater
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Amazing food and the Frozen Summer was one of the single best desserts I've ever had.
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