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Alma
Alma

Alma Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alma-la.com
  • Email: almafoodandwine@gmail.com
  • Phone: (213) 244-1422
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Organic, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "I am not a foodie -- only my second Chef's tasting menu experience ever. Was it perfect? Of course not -- there are people involved. Did me and my dining partner love it? Every single second. Our service was efficient, friendly and helpful. But the food. . . truly amazing. And not in an overwrought way. There were delicate, subtle expressions of flavor combinations and some unexpected surprises. But every plate was interesting, fresh and lovingly prepared. I worried after the first couple of plates that it wouldn't be enough food. By the end, we were struggling to finish. But we did. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I went for the 10 course tasting menu with wine parings. Everything was delicious and thoughtful. Every dish was reminiscent of spring, ie fresh herbage, tender peas. Noise level was high for my liking, sometimes difficult to carry on a conversation. Otherwise very positive experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The meal at Alma was fabulous! We had the 9 course meal with wine paring and wouldn't have done it any other way. The wines were exceptional and the staff was super knowledgable."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A clean, flavorful dining experience. Loved sitting at the bar with a view of the kitchen in action. Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Loved how often one of the food prepares would walk a dish over and present it - gave it an extra special touch."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Alma was fabulous; what is truely par excellent here is the attention to detail with each dish and, if you choose, wine pairing. Each "course" comes as a lovely surprise, as you don't know what is next. I absolutely recommend Alma for food, wine, ambience and shared experience."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Innovative cuisine that provokes conversation - loud and energetic vibe."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "It is as good as all of the expert reviews say it is. When a restaurant comes with a lot of hype, it is often hard for me to enjoy the meal because one's natural inclination is to expect too much. I found myself nitpicking about my meal at the French Laundry, which, in retrospect, made the meal less enjoyable -- well that, and the cost. But Alma is about as good as it gets. It probably helps that there is an almost complete lack of pretension to the place, which starts with an artlessly hung, cheaply framed poster of Chez Panisse which greets you by the front door. Yet, it's comforting to see, and an appropriate homage. Go."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had the 9-course tasting. Starters didn't do much for me but the crab dish, lamb and lemon geranium dessert were spectacular. I would have shucked the favas but the octopus was tasty and well-cooked. Ambiance/decor reminds me of sf restaurants but has more floor space and isn't as cramped. So it's very hybrid sf/la in that sense."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Loved this place, it's one of the most original spots to hit LA in years. We had dishes of ingredients I've never seen together before, or could have ever imagined, and they were executed beautifully. I loved the small space (actually, it was a little bigger then I was imagining it would be) and the service was wonderful. We were celebrating my birthday and our waitress made it extra special - we were sharing a wine pairing, but she gave us a few extra glasses. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "In the 10 courses we had there were some great gems of composition. The taste and texture of these bright spots in the constant delivery of a new offering to tempt your taste buds were stellar but some of the offerings in the galaxy of the ten courses were fading stars that disappointed the the diners. It seemed the Chef missed what he was reaching for when the dish was a little ragged or not harmonious in its composition. The wine pairing was also a little disjointed."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The nicest thing I can say is they are trying really hard to do inventive food. Some works. In the end, the customer needs to be right and if the lamb is served almost raw, defer to the customer's wishes on the first request and not the third to have it cooked more. Perhaps my age is not conducive to the loud music, but I find it hard to hear about the food when it is so loud. And if we ask not to be seated in front of the door, then do your best to accomodate us as the guests. Not sorry I tried it but likely will not go back."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We get there at 6:20 for a 6:30 reservation. There are only three tables occupied out of the 20 tables available. We are told by the hostess that we have to wait until exactly 6:30 for our table. First thought, pretentious. I had a feeling from the start that this was going to be a horrible dinner. The $110 per person tasting menu came out so fast as if they were rushing us to eat and get out. The portions were so small that we decided to go to the ace hotel afterwards to drown out the outlay of $350 for a dinner that was barely palatable and so unfriendly and assuming. We've been to many tasting restaurants all over the world and this is the first time that we have felt completely ripped off. Do not go here, save you money."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Dissapointing. Had been really looking forward to the experience. Arrived 10 minutes late as got lost, after apologising we were informed that the table wasnt ready anyway. 45 minutes wait with no drink or service to speak of. On sitting, informed that there was only a 5 course set menu available (we understand the nature of the restaurant is set menu dining, but were told that we could choose between 5 and 8 courses). I believe that this was the case as we did not sit untill 9.30pm and the staff wanted to go home. Service generally good but surprised when we asked if there was any cance of getting a taxi and the lady said "I cant, but I'll see if someone else will". Food somewhat pretentious. Wine superb. What a shame!!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food is good, but nothing made me want to come back for more."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I really love this place! The tasting menus are a really fun experience and always innovative. The beignets are still some of my favorites. Even the rye bread is amazing. I enjoyed everything on this most recent tasting except for the top sirloin. It was so chewy, we just couldn't get through it. Sad, because it tasted good. I wasn't crazy about the wine pairings this time, but my friend really liked them, so it was a 50-50 review. I think Alma is cozy and warm, and the service is friendly. I'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food is fantastic, but to call the decor shabby chic would be over complementary. The location isn't great, some of the plates are chipped, it gets hot and noisy and the chairs aren't comfortable. But the food is what counts and we love it."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "It was a hot night and uncomfortably hot in the restaurant. Service was pretentious and inefficient. Servers seemed out of it or others aggressively delivered comically fussy descriptions of dishes. Portions are small which isn't necessarily a problem, but even when ideas for dishes were inventive, execution was largely mediocre. Soup and beef tasted OK, but were not hot. Bread was good (exactly like I made in college). We're all foodies, so we're not turned off by the exotic or different, but we left completely baffled by the raves we've read. Lemon curd donuts were good but took 15 min to get our coffee, which we had to pour ourselves, and only got 1/4 cup each! Prices are steep too. These 4 people will not go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Gracious service. Very graciously handled our arriving 30 minutes late (the challenges of LA...) Tasty, cool, hip, groovy. One page wine list, but some great selections. Would go back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This place was right on with the food. I prefer going to a restaurant where the chef prepares the best for the guests, rather than choosing from a menu. I love the anticipation of what's next. The portions were small but the five courses were filling. However, if they hadn't included the "snacks" I'm not sure I would have been as satisfied. I was extremely impressed by the craft of making a bite sized portion and the tastes were thoughtful and delicious. Only one snack was slightly underwhelming. I was surprised by the casual nature of the restaurant and its diners. It has an overwhelming hipster vibe. It would have been nice if the servers would have slowed down their introduction of the food and explained more of the components."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The dinner we had at Alma for my birthday was both simple and complex. The 5-course prix fixe was never overbearing, but the flavors were intense and came together well. We had to sit at the counter which normally is not a preference, but the waiter may it seem like a non-issue. Speaking if which, Andrew our waiter was engaging and informative, with great suggestions and a warm presence."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "A lot to be desired. The sturgeon was soft and slippery and the beef was tough. I thought the food would be better. At least you can improve the taste and quality."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Good food... Poor service . Not worthy of the best restaurant from Bon appetite or los angleses magazine."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Go here. Eat here. do whatever it takes to dine here. The food that Ari and his team are putting out are creative, memorable, and unique. The combination of flavors and textures make for some amazing food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This definitely is a "neighborhood gem" in a not so nice section of downtown! The food was creative and delicious and worth the wait for a reservation!!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Minuscule portions. Unmemorable. Not worth the hype."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Attractive, fresh scrubbed hipsters staff the place with a focused non-expression. 2 of the 5 courses were good. One was a soup. A 1 inch cube of sturgeon was paired with a vinegar-y red wine. And there was three 1" x 3" pieces of rare/ raw waigu (sp?) beef that was fairly tasteless paired with a champagne. One in my party asked if her beef could be cooked a little more - our somber server explained the chef does not like to make changes. My co-diner asked -pretty please? The sad server said the chef has a specific vision for the food. They make her another which was more cooked but not more seasoned or tasty. Don't know why appreciation of food has to be a pained, serious pursuit. Sad, spa food."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The menu was very tasty and inventive. Really really enjoyed the course with the uni and carrot puree, the most luscious carrot I've ever eaten. Never had foie gras or duck liver I really enjoyed until that meal. The steak dish was my least favorite (strange because steak is normally my favorite) but my piece was a bit too fatty to be so rare."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was lovely (maybe slightly overrated and over priced, but very nice), the place just "ok", BUT for a restaurant of that level, first we asked for a glass of prosecco, and they'd ran out, but suggested a nice sparkling rosé, but when we got to dessert and coffee, we ordered their pot for two - and they had NO COFFEE left! and just brought the check. Wine and coffee are an easy thing to have plenty of stock, so you never have to run out of these things. NEVER."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Nice northern Cal vibe with a farm to table and flavors that are created from foam and subtle combos. Small place with loud vibe. Attentive staff... Surprise menu so hard to plan for wine pairing, unless they do it for you...and really, a 30$ corkage!? Good experience, but too many other places worthy of time and $."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Wonderful food, efficient wait staff, cozy ambience"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "If you like food that excites and has layers of texture and flavor, this place is a must. There is a 5 course or 9 course tasting menu option. Value- I honestly believe for the price I paid and what I ate I got my moneys worth....especially the wine pairing Food- Exciting, textures, depth....I just can't describe a dish since it always changes! Atmosphere- Dim lighting, clean cut modern tables meets hidden hole in the wall gem (I mean that in the highest regards) Service-All the serves/food runner/chef and cooks were so nice and you really feel them giving you the very best experience Side note: Parking next to the restaurant is $10 cash ONLY."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The food was multi-layered, hinting epitome of luxury without arrogance. Poetry could only describe the full experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I had a great time at Alma. We did the five course tasting menu and both had glasses of wine. Everything we ate was super delicious - tiny english muffins with burrata, uni, and caviar, celery root soup, smoked trout, et al, plus an amazing dessert. The service was great and it was a lovely experience all around. I only wish we had known going in that the portions are really tasting portions (read: small), which didn't leave us hungry, but not full either."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "creative/innovative food without being self-conscious or silly. delicious."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The food here is ridiculous, it's the best restaurant I've ever been to. The staff is quite good. The evening started perfectly, the music was older soul music at a reasonable level, somewhere after 9 the music got more punk rock, and the decibel level increased to intrusive, what started sweet was becoming unpleasant. I asked if they could do something about it, they turned it down, when the tape finished they put on The Clash, better then what was on before, but not really what I think of as dinner music for a $400 meal for the wife's birthday"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "3rd time to Alma, and it steadily gets worse. Don't get me wrong- the service here is extraordinarily good- though the menu format has changed so drastically that it is now set for you. It wasn't until 3/4 through the meal that I went "well, that's really good!" Things feel a bit more pre-fab, and that's not what I'm looking for... I want more cooking from the kitchen and less presentation. I'm gonna wait another 6 months before I give it another shot. Maybe they will work out the kinks? - a bummer, because it was soooo good the first time and so close to my apt!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We dined at Alma Valentines Day weekend and the 8 course degustation was on offer . We are usually not big fans of tasting menus but this was Incredible !!!! Everything was superb - one dish only was the wagyu, slightly chewy meat but the whole menu otherwise Amazing !!! My favorite was frozen duck liver , celery soup and the deserts !!!!! Wow I am booking our next visit already Highly recommend this little gem, service very attentive also!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had the seven-course (plus snacks) $95 Valentines menu. Averaging the hits and misses gave an overall strong performance. Favorites were frozen duck liver and coffee granola, uni and carrot, and bluefin tuna with avocado and celery. Left full but not gross. I would go here over ink but not Trois Mec."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Go for the food not for the ambience, but oh the food......"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our special Valentine's Day dinner at Alma was a culinary parade of sumptuous courses perfectly paired with exquisite wines... The servers were genial, the room warm and the tables around us filled with a diverse array of couples enjoying a romantic night out. The evening was relaxed, comfortable and well-paced... Lovely."
    Dined on 2/13/2014