Alma
Alma

Alma

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alma-la.com/
  • Phone: (213) 244-1422
  • 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
Alma reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)special occasion (52)notable wine list (28)neighborhood gem (26)romantic (26)hot spot (19)late-night find (4)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Nine course journey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Well it was really like 12 or 13 courses counting the "snacks" and extra desserts. Because they change the $95 prix fixe menu constantly, your experience wii be different. We liked almost all of the dishes with the exception of some abalone served on bitter greens and the desserts (beets with ash and sesame - ugh). But the nitrogen frozen duck liver with smoked maple and coffee granola is something I will always crave. The service was seamless and delightful. My friend had the $55 wine pairing which was a great deal considering the flight of seven or eight wines.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alma has no soul.
    Mototron
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is creative but poorly prepared and overall food handling is suspect. My meal alone included a bad oyster, abalone that was nearly too tough to chew and a dry hard piece of game hen. The ambiance is cheap feeling and more in line with a coffee shop. They are very adamant about your prompt reservation time but once you arrive on time, they have you wait 30 minutes at a tiny little counter with a view to the parking lot across the street. Overall very disappointed and would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food As Art
    SriLee
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Delicious and beautiful dishes! No need for heavy additions or sauces. The food is excellent and flavorful because of the fresh and special ingredients and the wonderfully creative combinations and ways it's prepared by the talented Chef. Food is beyond satisfying. Our dining experience became an adventure in eating. Celina, our server was an absolute gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DudeVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Great technique. Well trained kitchen staff, even the ones who looked like they were still in high school. Innovative dishes, but not for those looking for familiar comfort foods. Good mix of textures and temperatures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Fantastic experience--from the brilliantly crafted tasting menu, to the excellent preparation and presentation of each plate, to the excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly wonderful
    GeorgiaGuyVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I had a free evening while in LA on business and decided to give Alma a try after reading about the tasting menu and the chef's commitment to fresh and local. Boy, am I glad I went. Now the setting of the restaurant and even its interior does not scream fine dining. But the food will knock your socks off. I suggest sitting at the chef's bar/table where you can see this young and energetic team in action under the careful, but firm guidance of the chef. It is pure magic, even art with the progression of each course. I was challenged and inspired. And get the wine pairings too for some unusual wines which go perfectly with each course. A restaurant of enormous significance. Enjoy it if you possibly can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MCPAVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    In Miami,I had read their pretty substantial reviews,Bon Appetit 2013! & while in LA decided to go to downtown to check it out.It is a clean Contemporary space,beautifully done,in a relaxed California way.A small army of young cooks move incessantly behind a Counter & we ended up with some Fabulous dishes. Notably,a frozen duck liver dish that was out of this world. I'm not doing it justice here. Later on,a duck breast dish I wanted more of.It was done perfectly,crispy on the outside & just right on the inside. I couldn't resist and actually did ask for more of the carrot sorbet.I'm still thinking about it. We finished with chocolate Covered marshmallows with a touch of sea salt on top that were superb.The service couldn't be better.Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not return to this restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Despite making reservations a month in advance and having to guarantee it with a credit card, and arriving promptly at our scheduled reservation time of 8:30, we were made to wait one hour before being seated. The hostess initially told us our wait would not exceed 20 minutes. The hostess had told us we would receive wine on the house with our dinner, but the waitress said she couldn't allow that as the restaurant wouldn't be able to "cover its margin". So we had to call the owner over, who agreed to honor the hostess's promise that the wine pairing would be on the house. The service was horribly slow (obviously one of the reasons they can't honor reservations) and the food was contrived, unsatisfying and unusually-small portioned.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Astonishing
    Laurence
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I have eaten around the world and there were two moments in the degustation where I was literally brought to tears by the combination of flavors and finesse. I would recommend this to anyone who has eaten at to European Michelin star places. It is a restaurant to be watched!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!
    BiancajaggerVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I went for out anniversary and loved it
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    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best foodie experience!
    Michelle
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Some of the most creative and inventive food I have EVER eaten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying too hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was inventive, and sometimes fails in the spirit of creativity. The oyster and radish ice amouse was striking. The radish ice was brilliant, but it made the pristine oyster almost unpalatable. The ocean was exicized from the crustacean and replaced with the mind numbing ice. The frozen duck liver and coffee granola ended up being too rich. The Burrata, caviar and uni was perfect, and the herbal ice creams were surprisingly delicious. The food is a comes from a deeply creative mind, and that creativity requires space for risk and error. The restaurant as a whole, however, is clearly trying to be too many different things. Decor is tastelessly missmatched, and the atmosphere is stuffy and casual in all in the wrong places.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    Infiction
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This place was a big let down. Was really looking forward to it. We love tasting menus, unfortunately this one was pretentious, heavily over salted, and trying way too hard to live up to their hype.
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  • Needs a New Menu
    DowntownerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The menu needs to change. I've gone at least six times since it opened, and they need to change menu around. It's getting old.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bad experience
    diexGuVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The price of the food was just too expensive for what it was. The restaurant looks like they got everything from IKEA. The place its a garage fixed into a restaurant. I love dining outside and usually very understanding but with this one I don't understand why it has good reviews. Stay away not worth it at all.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sublime Menu
    Melbern
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Alma served a nine-course prix fixe dinner and my husband had the wine pairing. This nondescript casual minimalist restaurant is located downtown on S. Broadway near 9th. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Without preview of a menu each dish was a surprise. The servings were diverse starting with portions of oysters, smoked cod, duck liver, and wagyu carpaccio that melt on the palate. The sauces and accoutrements made outstanding compliments. The desserts were packed with flavor and if you can imagine a menthol marshmallow covered with dark chocolate that walloped on the tongue. This was high end dining without the pomp. Highly recommend if you like Melisse or French Laundry but want to wear comfortable jeans for a 2 hours.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening
    PieroVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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!
    Special Features:
    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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  • 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.
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    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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    fit for foodies
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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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  • 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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