Alimento

4.5
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854 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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About

Alimento is a creative and soulful Italian restaurant from chef and owner Zach Pollack. Located in L.A.'s historic Silver Lake neighborhood on a bustling corridor of shops and restaurants adjacent to the famous reservoir, the food at Alimento draws inspiration from Italy's regional traditions while not adhering too strictly to them. Carefully sourced ingredients from local artisans and growers feature prominently among the menu's selection of small plates, pastas, and large platters designed for sharing. The food is complemented by an eclectic wine list showcasing lesser-known varietals and hard-to-find wines from small producers (many of which are organic and/or biodynamic), and by a rotating selection of microbrews from the U.S. and Italy.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(323) 928-2888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Zach Pollack
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Effie Street
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Parking details
$5 cash per car
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.3
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J
Tampa
74 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food! Acqua pazza, scallop crudo and crispy polenta with baccala and salmon roe were favorites. Also puffy masa with prosciutto and truffle butter. Hmmmm!

MZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food. Wonderful service. A jewel of a restaurant - one of my favorites in LA.

c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in all of Los Angeles. Consistently amazing food, subtle rustic profiles and a great wine list to boot. The perfect place to remember what going out to eat is all about: community.

KH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice little spot in Silver Lake! Delicious chop salad, good pastas but not exceptional. Lovely intimate spot, just know it’s noisy.

AQ
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tortellini is to die for. Worth making a trip just for that

HT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful brunch here over the weekend. Papas bravas, eggs benedict, apple torte with zabaglione and donut holes, all very well done, and uniquely done. Will definitely come back!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alimento is one of my favorite more high end restaurants in Los Angeles. The food is great, as is the service, and I love that it has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant while also a place for special occasions!

I frequently recommend Alimento to friends and coworkers, and will keep coming back myself.

j
Central Coast
60 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My wife and I drive forty miles to have dinner at Alimento as often as possible. The food is consistently outstanding and prepared to our liking with subtle changes. Every time we order the Orata, as there is nothing like it and the way it is prepared moist with such an unctuous smokey flavor. All of the pastas are prepared properly and also outstanding. This visit we had the Lumache with duck sausage and we usually begin our meal with the radicchio caesar. Always a treat and always a friendly welcoming from Heather and the staff.

AH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single thing we ordered was downright delicious. Even on the second day of service, Alimento is already nailing brunch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

e
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My only objection was they want you to order all of your dinner at once, then they'll bring it out accordingly.

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus, radicchio Caesar and ornate were outstanding. Food is consistently great as is service. Inside can be noisy. Best to get an outside table.

F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delectable dining though the din was a bit much by the time we wrapped up.
Every dish in the 7 items ordered was stellar. The crouton with chicken liver and mortared is a sensual crowd pleaser and served all 4 of us nicely. One of our favorites this time was the Aqua Pazza (or something like that - lovely shrimp, large scallops and clams in a tomato saffron sauce/broth with a saffron aioli toast.....divine. The pastas are always perfection. We had duck merguez sausage pasta and ratiatorre with pork sugo. Cornmeal upside down cake with citrus and a dollop of tangy cream was a great finish to a much enjoyed shared meal. Go!

DS
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

I used to think this place had the absolute best food. But it has gotten to the point that the food might not be worth all the hassle of their approach to table service. As I've put in other reviews, they seem not to have a very equitable understanding of what the kitchen does, what staff does well, and what clients should feel comfortable asking for. This last visit, we asked for the breadcrumbs on the side. The server said that sounded good, but she'd have to ask. Then she came back and said the option we were being provided was a ground chickpea on the dish, not breadcrumbs on the side. But I eat breadcrumbs. I love breadcrumbs. It's my loser partner who doesn't eat gluten. Why can't we have the dish and I put some breadcrumbs on mine? Nope. That's not an option. Just as last time when I couldn't have extra peppers for my white bean soup. Just a few? I'll pay. Nope. Not an option. And when we wanted to place our order we were told we had to place the entire order. But we didn't know how how hungry we'd be. Nope. You have to place the entire meal at once or they won't take the order. We over ordered. They made more money. Hmmm, seems fishy? It is. I asked the server what she thought of a dish. She had never tried it. What? The restaurant didn't allow their staff to try their dishes while being trained? They keep insisting they suggest everyone share. But that's not possible with dietary restrictions while also following their crazy rules. It's a shame that some of the dishes are perhaps my favorite in LA: the Brussel Sprouts, the white bean soup, the caesar, all incredible senses of texture and tastes. But I'm tired of yelling for two hours to be heard by my guests because this place can't put noise dampeners around the room. And the "rules" for eating here are, well, tiring. It's great food; but slowly not becoming worth it. I used to run a restaurant consulting company. This place needs a whole top-down, "culture," revamp, in my personal opinion.

Alimento
Responded on April 27, 2019

Mr. Shorter, thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. It is very clear that we did not uphold our standards of service & for that I truly apologize. I will be speaking to our staff about how/where we failed. I also want you to know that these modifications are possible & it's unacceptable we couldn't accommodate. If you would have us, I would love to host you & a guest back to show you the kind of service we strive for- including complimentary bubbly & apps! heather@alimetola.co m

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was fantastic. A nice neighborhood spot..

LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Too loud could use dampening

DS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Very inspired.

SM
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great scenery. Good food. Staff 5 stars!
Lacks dairy free alternatives
Would absolutely recommend

T
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very fine in all respects, perhaps ordered one main dish too many. Waiter mysteriously disappeared about half-way through the dinner, never saw him again, a woman we'd not previously seen just sort of took over. Odd. Keen to return.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it so much went twice in a week

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

RM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ok, so I am a chef/restaurant owner myself and was trying to find a great spot for dinner in LA, something that was creative, forward thinking, not stuffy, no attitude with the skill set, discipline and drive to push boundaries. This place crushed it! Everything was spot on perfect and all the flavors kept on developing throughout the meal. There was three of us so we went 3 “small” plates, 3 “medium” plates, and three “pasta”. The amount was perfect. The Chicken Liver Crostone! So smooth, perfectly done with quince Mostarda, was so well done. Scallop crudo with yuzu Kosho delicate and spectacular, braised greens bruschetta with Parmesan broth was peasant food that died and went to heaven, so simple so amazingly soul warming, Ricotta dumpling with lamb consumee perfect, wish I could eat this after a day of skiing! And the pasta..the gnoc with oxtail again soul warming, so good! The Agnolloti, ricotta, spring peas and mint..total perfection and there signature Tortellini in Brodo with Parmesan Beurre was explosive and delicious! Honestly one of the best meals in a long long time! Nice work chef and the entire staff, service was perfect, polite, knowledgeable and simple, a perfect combination. So your self a favor and book a table and another a couple weeks out, menu is big enough you will count the days till you can go back and try everything you missed the first round!

b
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I love the Tortellini Contradicto I order it every time I come it is similar to a Soup Dumpling but so much better the coating of cream makes it a great dish We also had scallop crudo,pork meatballs,shrimp and clams,and a few others we were stuffed Great meal as always

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you!!!! Glad to hear you enjoyed everything :)

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in West Hollywood and we initially thought going to Alimento was a little to far away.
It was not.
When I initially looked at the menu, I was mildly confused as what to order.
Once we made a decision
The Food was absolutely delicious
The Service was fast and flawless
The Restaurant is small, but has a nice indoor/ outdoor ambience
Loved the area
Loved Alimento
Would definitely go back soon.

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you, Joe, for all the kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us... Hope to see you again soon!

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DT
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is always solid. New wine list is great. If there’s a downside it’s the noise level (if you’re over 50).

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for the love and support!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Always consistent and delicious!

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you so much for the love and support!

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M
New England
50 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were warmly greeted when we arrived for our reservation. Each of the three dishes we had was some of the best food we have had anywhere. The pork belly was outstanding, and the whole orata was better than any of the same fish I had on multiple occasions in Sicily. A true neighborhood gem with excellent service. Highly recommended.

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Woah! Mary, thank you for the kind words! We hope to have you back again soon :)

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GM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very imaginative and delicious menu. We’ve been twice lately and we’re delighted both times.

Second time the service was initially a tad unfriendly, but they warmed up. We’re in our late 60’s - a little noisy.

We’d return in a heartbeat!

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for the support, Gillian, and as for the feedback, I will surely be passing along to our staff so we can be that much better! Hope to have you back soon!

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JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This was my 3rd time at Alimento. First two were amazing. This time, the server only stopped by our table to take the order + leave the check. The spaghetti with crab was fishy and salty, you could hardly taste the crab. The ricotta dumpling in consume was amazing as always.

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Hi, Joe! Thank you for your feedback, and I am sorry that your experience was anything less than wonderful. It is clear we missed the mark, and again, I am truly sorry. We can only get better with feedback like this, and I will make sure to communicate to our staff where the opportunities for improvement are. We would obviously love to have you and your guest back for complementary bubbly, and to have the kind of service we strive for! heather@alimentola.co m

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AN
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Alex was incredible! Everything we had to eat was phenomenal. Bravo to the chef.

JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had read about Alimento, so when I was in the L.A. area, wanted to visit. 4 of us from various areas met, and we had a wonderful meal. Everything exceeded expectations!

t
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place.

OT
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very adorable venue with great service and good food, love the amount of variety on the menu.

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you, Jess!!!!! Hope to have you back again!

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

One is the type of service we got was not the best been to other places less expensive and better service. Secondly you are been rushed they seat you down and tell you have 1:30 min to eat cause table is booked at nine and we made reservations for 7:30 also the way you order it has to be all at once you can’t order anything as we go. And third as it was approaching nine aclock they took the menus away and said we are getting closer to nine aclock so we will need the table. Food was good I can’t say anything bad about it but service and time thing. Aaa bad I never been to a place with a time schedule that you need to be out by certain time.

OG
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love our favorites on the menu - we dine here 3-4 times a year. Friendly, convivial staff. Never disappointed.

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for the love and support! Hope to have you back soon! :)

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MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this neighborhood restaurant. The food is delicious and the wine list is outstanding!

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you, Meg! Hope to see you soon!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Great food and excellent ambiance

j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food in an cozy, intimate, neighborhood location.

Alimento
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you, Jesse! Hope to have you back again.

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible grilled Orato! Chopped salad, tortellini, and ribs were excellent! Service was attentive and prompt, wine recommendation was right on, choc pudding was divine! Would come back in a heartbeat!

JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spelt pasta was especially tasty. The wine list was great too.

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