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About Alma at The Standard, Hollywood
Seasonal, sustainable, and very, very delicious, James Beard finalist Ari Taymor’s Alma is now in residence right here at The Standard, Hollywood. Foodies' food critic Jonathan Gold calls Taymor's food "better than ever," and the L.A. Times named Alma at The Standard's brunch the city's best.
Come and get it.
Beginning May 8th, Alma at The Standard will be serving Sunday brunch from 11a to 3p. Walk-ins are welcome. Open Table reservations are encouraged. The menu will feature market ingredients with a cocktail program, natural wine list and market juices.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Californian, Tapas / Small Plates, Farm-to-table
Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri-Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday 11 am - 3 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is $8 for our dining customers
Los Angeles Metro
Route: 2 Downtown LA - Pacific Palisades Via
Stop: Sunset / Sweetzer (#16343)
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Alma at The Standard, Hollywood Ratings and Reviews
Alma was impossible to get in to once they won Restaurant of the Year and after a period of silence, they are at The Standard (and have been quietly for a couple of years). The menu has lots of super interesting and delicious sounding choices - we tried 6 different things and took recommendations from our wonderful server. It was fabulous and I would highly recommend it - they just need to get the word out that they are there!!!
We arrived way too early for the cool crowd, perfect time to sit as the sun set and catch up with friends. Cocktails are superb and the chickpea sticks and onion puffs are great drinking snacks. Server was a nice normal person, so helpful, left his Sunset Strip ego at the door. We will be back!
Our waiter was very attentive and apologized for how long our meal took. While they advise ordering to share, I think it is really covering up the fact that they are severely understaffed to manage the restaurant. They only had 5 tables when I was there on a Sunday night and it took me over two hours to get my main dish. My fellow diners were not happy nor impressed with the food. The wait staff kindly offered us a round of cocktails and dessert which was appreciated but it was overpriced for the small portions and wait time.
At first site it was a winner! The hotel and restaurant has been restored to it's former glory. What a treat to go back in time and into the future all at the same time! The menu choices were unique and modern. We had never experienced this level of gourmet cooking and truly enjoyed the service and the dinner. Thank you Sam for helping us make our dinner, wine and dessert choices! This is a wonderful gen in the middle of all the busy busy! Oh! Breakfast was Awesome as well! You knocked it out of the ball park! Thank you!
A very big disappointment, especially since we have dined at Alma when it was DTLA. The portions were the smallest I've had an any restaurant and the prices were ridiculous. Some dishes tasted great, but honestly we each only had about the size of a tablespoon to eat. The 3 people who ate the Octopus said it was hard and there were only a few pieces. We all liked the decor and the atmosphere. I truly hope they get the dinner menu worked out. It's too nice of a spot.
So sad. This place was great when it was downtown. No wonder why it was empty at 8pm on a Friday. Extremely over salted (and I love salt). Everything came out all at once... and we were the only people eating there. Literally. Shouldn't have been too hard to time better. At least the cocktails were fun.
Nothing "Standard" Here.
Although it's located in the Standard Hotel, this restaurant is clearly above the ordinary. I went twice in one week (something I never do back home in NYC) , with two different groups, and each time everyone was thoroughly impressed. Every dish we tried made us happy. Perhaps the chickpea fritter was the closest to a disappointment, but even that was actually pretty good. The cabbage salad sounded like it would be bland, but it was a surprise hit. And the dry-aged New York steak was nothing I expected. It was not a chunk of sizzling meat sitting by itself on a plate; instead, it was a true chef-crafted treat. Not a lot of meat, I have to say, but the entire concoction was delicious.
The chocolate dessert also easily exceeded our expectations.
In NYC a restaurant like this would be packed. Both times I went it was less than half full. I guess I don't understand the LA food scene. This spot is a gem.
Nice service, excellent in fact, but food was not great. Appetizers too fried and salty, main dishes too creative and not satisfying. Later that evening I had to get a club sandwich to feel less hungry! Would definitely have a drink there again but not a fine dining date
I expect that a chef is competent enough to time food preparation so that the entrees come at at approximately the same time. This was NOR the case with Alma and they were proud of serving the food as it was ready......in no particular order. Two of us finished our entrees before the 3rd person was served, and everyone finishing before the 4th person was served their entree. And then the vegetable arrived at the table. Dessert was served in the same ridiculous pattern....three people finished their dessert before the 4th dessert was served. The food was good, but not good enough to put up with laziness by the kitchen in timing their cooking.
Although we made a reservation for 930p at Alma at the Standard, where I was a guest, as offered through the open table site, we arrived and were told we needed to order within 5 minutes because the kitchen closed. We were also given the alternative by the server to order off of the room service menu at the pool if we preferred. Thanks. Service felt cold and annoyed- our group later speculated that because the restaurant was almost empty for a Thursday night, perhaps the waiter wanted to leave earlier. Dinner was about $500 for 5 guests, and we when we asked to see a dessert menu, we were given a few options before the waiter checked with the kitchen to see if they could still send it out. It turns out, they couldn't, so we were told we could not order any dessert.
The kicker was when the server included 20% gratuity to our check for a party of 5, he also did not mention this when he dropped off the bill, so we nearly added a tip on top of that. I've never seen a gratuity included for a party of 5, and I've also never tipped below 20% even if the service is less than acceptable. Needless to say, my group and I found this to be slightly insulting and more a reflection of the servers confidance in how he had treated us.
Food IS good, although not as good as I remember the DTLA outpost, and certainly not good enough to hold up against a lot of other good restaurants in LA which make you feel welcome and appreciated as a guest.
Alma appears to have lost their way, I'm afraid. I went to the original downtown location twice when they were first open years ago, and it was revelatory...almost ultra-Japanese in its subtlety and artfulness. Everything was SO nuanced...if something was in a dashi it had a reason for being there and it worked together, and there was never an unbalanced note to be found.
Not so the other night. The six little chickpea sticks were nice, as was the aoli they came with, but the brussels sprouts were intensely boring and over garlicky - it just came off like overly bitter sprouts drowned in mayo.
The duck was a major disappointment. The anise in the sauce was OVERPOWERING, the fat had barely rendered , and the meat was oversmoked (and Jesus, I add Liquid Smoke to most things, so I am a FAN of smoke). The effect was squoonchy, SALTY, licorice-smoked duck that had little real duck flavor.
The octopus was also disappointing. It came with a dark chocolate sauce that seemed oddly out of place, and it had an odd texture. Don't get me wrong - I love octopus and get it regularly (Osteria Mozza and Saxon and Parole in NYC are my current faves now that Shibuya in Vegas has closed), but this wasn't grand.
So we ended up leaving 90% of our entrees on our plate. And we came hungry.
Anyway, it feels like Alma is trying to figure out what to do with themselves. If it's going to be a gastropub suitable for a hotel kitchen, get someone with a high-end gastropub palate to figure out how to balance flavors so that everything doesn't feel like someone with a burned tongue is seasoning everything. If it's going to be more molecular (as it seemed to be at the start), do the same and purify the vision of everything so that there is a clear point of view. Right now it just feels clumsy and a bit hapless. Sorry folks - I was SO excited to be dining there again.
I was really disappointed with Alma. I had read about it and was very excited to give it a try. I had the salmon and my friend had the beef. Both were incredibly salty. The waiter didn't return for about 30 minutes at which time we just wanted to leave and not send it back. The service was quite slow, and when my friend was coming back from the bathroom, the hostess rudely asked, "Can I help you?" and looked him up and down as though she disapproved of his outfit. Yikes. I won't be back.
I honestly don't understand the negative reviews about this place. We came for Sunday Brunch and will be back for dinner. Yeah, the decor is a little low end for the quality of the food, but, I had no problem with it. For those who criticized the small amounts of food, portion sizes actually vary. The Cinnamon roll was accurately described as the size of a small child's head. On the other hand the smoked salmon dish was more modestly portioned, but supremely tasty, and honestly, plenty of food. Service was genuinely friendly and excellent. The food is very, very inventive. I'm going to go back just for the (baked) pancake. Amazing. I haven't been knocked out by a restaurant for while, so it's a pleasure to recommend Alma as highly as I can.
The food itself was spectacular. I was really surprised after reading the menu and not really finding anything that sounded marvelous but everything was superb!
The only downside for us was the service. We were there on Christmas day, so I realized that it was going to be busy and hectic but the restaurant was only about a third full. Our waiter was very laxidasical and seemed not at all disturbed when we repeatedly had to remind him of things we had ordered that he had failed to bring. We finally gave up and left without dessert because he couldn't get his act together enough to deliver it.
The food is so good I wanted to come back the next night and the night after. The simple, memorable, don't want-it-to-end taste of the meal was sublime. We had frozen fois gras, warmed smoked salmon, NY steak and little gem salad. Each dish delivered. A glowing review always means you'll go with the highest expectations, for which I apologize because it's always hard for a restaurant to live up it or the diner to experience the same way. We loved Alma downtown and do find The Standard space to diminish the overall experience which might explain the easy to get reservations. But, I suggest that if you want the finest meal, ignore the space and give yourself the treat. We will be back. Often.
Serving sizes are small, if individuals chose not to share plates the kitchen doesn't accommodate by putting all dishes out at once. Some people get theirs while everyone else watches them eat. Didn't really like the place, don't see why it is so highly rated.
This was our second trip to Alma for brunch and the food was awesome both times. I highly recommend the brisket with grits and the kimchee scramble. The cinnamon bun was outrageous and the coffee was great. I liked the patty melt, but not as much as the other two entrees. Great setting. Easy valet parking. Service was great as was the ambience.
I really hope I don't come off as being a cheapskate, because I love unloading my wallet on quality cuisine. But the portion size of these dishes were so extremely petite that, after three delicious courses, me and my date wanted to go to McDonalds because we were still hungry. I appreciated the laid back atmosphere, except that the waiter didn't know a single thing about the menu. He just pointed to all the most expensive stuff and said it's really good, but couldn't describe them. I waited tables before, at a few of the most exhalted restaurants in south Florida, and that $35 New York Strip was pretty much 4-6 ounces of meat, in little cubes around a huge, mostly empty plate. The Forge in Miami Beach would charge $35 for 10 ounces of the same type of strip. So my review is this...If you really got it like that, you don't drink wine and you don't care to know what's in the dish, then by all means its a great place to eat.
The coffee shop setting is so out of alignment with the astronomical prices, precious menu and mediocre food that it was hard not to feel disgruntled throughout dinner. We had two "snacks" and two appetizers ("firsts"), a soda and a glass of wine and the cost was $80. Luckily we avoided the main courses.
With all four dishes the intense saltiness overwhelmed all other flavors. We didn't finish anything.
There was only one other couple in the place between 7:30 and 9:30. We patrons were outnumbered by the kitchen and wait staff. That seems appropriate given the food quality and the out of whack prices. There are so many other great choices at or below this price level in the area.
Hip spot on the Sunset Strip, in what looks like the converted hotel coffee house. Very inventive menu, nicely presented, but the only dish that was delicious was the octopus -- very tender. Small portions, as the waitress warned us/ Wine list very expensive.
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