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Alma
Alma

Alma Details

  • 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: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Spot again again with an amazing menu. Thank you chef. Cant wait to come back"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "very inventive; great flavors. Could have had more variety"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Everything we had was awesome and unique. No standard beet salad here!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Amazing food and the Frozen Summer was one of the single best desserts I've ever had."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Just a fantastic meal. We sat at the bar and watched the chefs work, which was great fun. But the food was even better. Local ingredients, experimental techniques, incredible flavour combinations. Just wonderful."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We were so excited to try Alma, especially as it had been rated 2013's best restaurant of America. The food was good, but the palettes of all of the courses seemed to blend together and none of the dishes stood out in any particular way. We were not particularly happy with the service either, as the servers seemed to be both uncomfortable and indifferent. The price and reputation had set a high bar that the restaurant simply failed to meet."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Over the moon great! A 2.5 hour meal that didn't last long enough. Each course a work of culinary art."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our daughter read that this restaurant was deemed one of the best in the country, so we were anxious to try it. Our expectations were high. They only offer a 9-course tasting menu for $100, which is always fun for us....lots of different tastes. The wine list was small, and the selections were unusual. Many of the wines from wineries we had never heard of (Croatia anyone?). We ordered the wine pairing that accompanied the dinner and found the wines to be young and uninspired. It would have been a better choice to purchase a bottle from the menu, or best yet, bring our own wine and pay corkage. The food was a solid 4 on a scale of 1-5; tasty and interesting, but sadly not "wow". Glad to have tried it, but would not rush back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food was overrated and the staff was not friendly at all. Its no wonder they went to a tasting menu. They are bored with making food. First course was the same as last course - with a little sugar added. Neither was appealing. Wine selection was strange to bad. Portions were super small. Flavorless at times. We went to the SLS Bazzar afterwards just to have something interesting. Major disappointment."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Very inventive dishes, most of which worked well (the seaweed stuffed tofu dumpling lacked character and I found the fishskin "wrap" a little too fishy for my own taste. Even though most of the nine courses were bite-sized, by the end of the meal our party felt reasonably sated. I give especially high marks to the sautéed asparagus, which I got as a substitute for the duck slices in beet sauce (I have a strong aversion to beets): the best asparagus I've ever had by far. On balance, it was a memorable experience, but at the price ($95 per) I will be content to dine on the memory of it for a long while."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had great expectations for this new LA restaurant ONLY to be so disappointed...service-although our server was sweet and well versed about the wines, we were without a sip more than with one! The food was beyond a joke...bite size "snacks" were the first course,but remained the theme....We were waiting for a main but it never came...pigeon...and a poor excuse arrived on the bone with nothing to eat! Two pieces of home made "rye" bread were served as the 4th course!!!! After spending $400 we left and went to Noe for hamburgers and a beautiful glass of wine....Now I know why no one we asked knew about Alma...They will now if I have the opportunity to share our "experience.""
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Imaginative, beautiful, and delicious cuisine. I highly recommend the tasting menu with the wine pairing."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed our experience at Alma. The service staff was incredibly attentive and the food was prepared with so much devotion to the perfect bite that it's hard to believe they can pull it off in such a small space. Our tart, salmon skin and trout roe, English muffin with salmon and sweet potato beingnet were great starts. The seafood dishes were clean and flavorful - from the sea bream to the mussels to the outstandingly prepared octopus, we wanted more with every bite! We ordered the pairing and were very pleasantly surprised. I've yet to mention all that we had but trust me when I say that ending with ice cream and an herb meringue that melts in your mouth is not to be missed."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Alma lives up to its reputation. Great room, people food and wine. Ever dish of the tasting menu was a delight to discover. The people who create the experience and the food are amazingly great and humble. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Immediately upon entering we were welcomed with delight. Everyone was accommodating and pleasant. Moments after sitting the food started and continued in perfect succession through the entire dinner. That's just the service, which was the best. They were attentive enough to take care of everything we needed, but gave us the space to enjoy our dinner. Now the food...a whole other level. Everything was incredibly fresh. The chef's had a honed ability to get out of the way of great produce. The preparations enhanced the natural flavors of the product, not masked it. They captured the ability to have flavors explode in your mouth in layers, creating a whole new level of flavor for our senses. Every course ended up being our favorite!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I understand the need to build hype around a restaurant, but a real experience needs to be delivered at some point. We had to make our reservation a month in advance, but the dining room was half empty for the whole service. Clearly there are some talented people involved at Alma, but it feels like they're resting on their laurels. It felt like everyone was very pleased with themselves and that they were doing us a huge favor in bestowing these culinary gifts upon us, many of which were pretty mediocre. 2 of our party went for the wine pairing option. When they asked if a dessert wine was going to be served they were told 'oh, we haven't figured out wines that work yet with the desserts' - huh? Hype -5 Substance - 1."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We went with high expectations, and the food itself absolutely met those expectations. Nevertheless, there is something, hard to put one's finger on, that is not 100% satisfying about the experience. It is slightly clinical. Although all the wait staff was very friendly, there was no warmth, and we therefore feel little urge to go back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Our meal was pretty fantastic. Nine course tasting menu plus several amuse bouches. Each dish was unusual, well-crafted and a treat for the taste buds and the eyes. The chef clearly has a brain and palate that are wired way differently than the rest of us. My husband and i enjoyed every bite and appreciated the unusual combinations of taste and texture. While the location of the restaurant is not the greatest (hello, downtown) and the interior design is on the plain side (food is the star here), I felt welcome and cozy. The servers were all friendly and attentive and explained every dish they brought. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "If you're looking for a inventive, unique, one of a kind multi course culinary experience, this is IT! All of the decision is taken out of your hands as you float from one magnificent small plate to another, each more unique than the last. If you wish the meal can be accompanied with a wine pairing that is perfectly chosen, yet won't overwhelm the shear power of the food flavors. The meal all culminates with desserts you've never imagined. This the kind of next level experience only found in New York or Paris. The wait staff is extremely kind and knowledgable about the food and preparation, so you can learn as you enjoy. At one point each evening an Assitant chef will serve the table which gives a unique connection to the kitchen!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The cooks were ninjas - silently and so damn fantastic"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Everything we tried was remarkable and unique, but I can't say enough about the Chef's Frozen Duck Liver with Coffee Granola. It was fantastic. If you are a foodie and you want something out of the box, then Alma is a must on your list."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The dining room felt fancy but not snooty. Temperature and noise level were comfortable. Service was very polite and attentive, wine (we each ordered the pairing) came out just long enough before the next course that we had time to taste it before the food arrived. We never waited too long for the next course, but never felt rushed. Our waiter clearly knew the menu and wine list well, answering questions and geeking out about wine with us. We felt the dishes with animal protein were weaker than those focused on fresh produce, and bouncing from the simplicity of the pea dish to the conceptual duck liver made it hard to pinpoint the chef's style, but that's a really nitpicky criticism. Overall, well worth the splurge."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food looked beautiful (ala John Sedlar) but the flavors were not present. Some items had the flavor of salt water. No AC is ridiculous for a restaraunt of this alleged stature. The decor and look of the dining room is dismal. The dog sleeping in the pen at the back door is a "different" touch. The wine poor, by the glass, is very skimpy. The cost of the food is way out of line ($97 per person). I have dined all over the world, in many ego driven restaurants, and almost all of them delivered. This is my first experience where I felt the chef was telling me (loudly), "I am so great that you just have to stand the 80 degree room, the dismal decor, and the high prices". It does not come close to the hype. Happy hour at Mortons is better!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "This is one of the finest restaurants in LA, each of the food combinations on the 9-course price fixe menu was creative, beautifully presented and a taste sensation. The restaurant is reminiscent of French Laundry in Napa, but without the annoying preciousness of French Laundry. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and unpretentious. My only criticism is the excessive noise level, and the music was turned up a bit too high."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Alma is doing it all right. The quality of the food, service and overall attention to detail, are the reasons to go downtown and seek out this otherwise nondescript storefront place. Reminds me of the first version of Saison in San Francisco, or Le Pigeon in Portland - so great things are in store. Congrats to the Alma team, and thanks for the magic."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Fantasic Food. The dinner was a 9 course meal. Each course was a gem. We are looking forward to our next dinner there."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The place has built up quite a buzz, so having to reserve 30 days out and have an expectation does color this review quite a bit. First for the positive the food is pretty brilliant. I can see why he is being lauded as he is. The problem I had with the experience is the lack of pace for the evening in service. The menu is a set menu for everyone and for some reason instead of having some seatings there is still a scattering of reservations which causes the kitchen to be prepping I would think a huge array of the 9 plus courses all at the same time. I noticed most people were sitting without any food in front of them as the courses once you got them were a few bites each. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "the lack of a/c was frustrating when paying $95/pp. Make the finances work. New, expensive, whatever is not an excuse. i'll be the exception who was not thrilled with the food. it's always a risk with any tasting menu. there was lack of texture throughout the dishes imo. the strongest flavor came from smoke in a few of the dishes. the food was good, and some was interesting, but disappointing for the price. that said, the starter beignet and closing donut were both fantastic."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was quite inventive and delicious, but seriously, each was the size of an amuse bouche and we left hungry. Also, the wait staff are not well trained or managed. Plates are put down with no explanation offered, and when prompted the explanation begs the question whether they have any idea what they are serving. As my friend was trying to decide what wine to order he asked our main waiter what the courses consisted of, as there was no menu for the food at all. A natural question, right? The response was, "Oh its hard to generalize...I could check what they all are and get back to you..." It was not hard to generalize. It was all sea food, no red meat of any kind, so a white or light bodied red would be the obvious accompaniement. Boo"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was good, but not spectacular. The service was great in many ways, but prickly on occasion. And no air conditioning. The fish and fowl dishes had an unpleasant grill taste."
    Dined on 5/3/2014