Alimento was one of Silver Lake’s first destination restaurants, and now it’s one of the best restaurants in the city.

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About Alimento

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.

1710 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Effie Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 928-2888

Website:
http://www.alimentola.com/

Executive Chef:
Zach Pollack

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Alimento Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (38)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Creative Cuisine (28)
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Good for a Date (24)
Special Occasion (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Authentic (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Cozy (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Casual (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Fun (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Romantic (10)
Seasonal (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Tapas (6)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Business Meals (4)
People Watching (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

We liked the place a lot. The service excellent - our server was really helpful

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined 7 days ago

The food was great, small portions but great nonetheless. Service however was horrible, our waitress had a very disdain attitude towards our entire party.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food. Super loud. Charging for water was a bummer

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I had a surprising experience here. We dined here from out of town on family recommendation. My husband enjoyed his meal, saying it was pretty good, but not great (soup, salad and pasta). There was only one thing on the menu they would serve me because they would not accommodate my gluten and dairy free diet that I stick to due to food sensitivities. They would not leave the anchovies (which I regretably don't like) out of the salad, so that omitted that option too. Nor would they just make me a plain side salad or anything. Since there was one option I could eat, I was not upset about that. What was offputting was that the server treated me like I was a pain in the butt for asking for modifications and she acted like a snob the whole time . (The manager was much kinder but she could not offer anything different). Well I guess business is so good that they don't have to worry about their customer service. I have traveled all over the country and world, eating in Michelen star to third world shack restaurants and this is one of the only times I've had a place not make minor adjustments for food sensitivities or allergies or been able to select a vegetable dish off the menu that didn't require modification. We just got back from 3 weeks in Italy and it wasn't difficult there in any of the regions we visited. If you don't have any dietary restrictions, you'll probably like the food here.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Pasta is a definite must here. Had the Lamb and the Orato as well, both of which were exceptional. Didn't love the Baccala or the Spelt as much.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Love Love Love this restaurant, wonderful food, casual atmosphere, sit outside if you can!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

They tried to get us in and out as quickly as possible...felt rushed

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Alimento's menu choices are definitely very unique in name, in ingredients and in flavor. These are probably the newest and most pleasing flavors I've had in a long time. So the food is definitely worth going to this place for.
The service is at best indifferent. The ladies that work here lack warmth and I got the impression that no one really cares if customers come back or not.
The ambience: my sister had commented before our dinner that she had read this place was noisy. It's true. The bench seating is also a little uncomfortable.
The food, again, is great, the other things not so much.

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Fairly creative food, but not that creative, and food and rather average wine were not justifying the price. Liz was very nice and attentive - thanks!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I was looking forward to a special dinner at Alimento since the restaurant is consistently top-rated. The positive: very good service. And, proceeds from water sales go to Silver Lake conservancy, a nice touch. My friend and I split several small plates and each had a pasta dish. I found everything rather aggressively seasoned to the point of tipping the flavors in the wrong direction. The chopped salad had what I was told was either banana peppers or pepperoncini in it. I liked the kick, but maybe a little would have gone further. We had a white bean soup, pork meatballs, and the pasta selections were a Dungeness crab spaghetti and a pasta with clams. The crab dish, to me, was bland. The clam dish was bitter due to too much garlic. A more subtle hand would have helped every single dish, frankly. Dessert was a lovely strawberry custard, light and refreshing. Overall, I was disappointed with the food, but it was the excessive noise level in the dining room that was untenable. Place was packed, so I'm guessing my opinion is in the minority.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was great, but service was extremely slow, despite the restaurant not even being that full. Entree took an hour to come out... and both did not come at the same time. Very loud inside. And servers did not check up on us after our order was taken. Food was very delicious but not worth the horrendous experience. Also the resturant allowed no allterations to the menus to accommodate my nut and shellfish alergy, with a extremely limited menu selection this was absurd

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really enjoyed my experience there with my boyfriend. It was quite noisy, however, and felt a little cramped. The food was delicious and the drinks were also delicious.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

quaint neighborhood gem in Silver Lake. pleasantly surprised! pasta was exceptional. will be back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Alimento came highly recommended as a neighborhood restaurant gem. The food and wine were excellent and the staff accommodating. I would highly recommend this wonderful place to family and friends in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

great food, AMAZING service, very cute but casual environment. I took my boyfriend there for his birthday dinner and he was blown away but how delicious the food was, it was also very affordable—we had 2 plates and one entree split + each a glass of wine!

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Cozy, Healthy, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Very nice place in a cute little commercial district in Silver Lake. The food was great and the staff very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing. Delicious. Inventive. Friendly. Unpretentious. Great Service. Will go back again. And again. And again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Wow! What took me so long to eat this incredible food. Every single dish was elevated and thought out. Superb! Not a dish did we have that didn't make us sigh with such pleasure. We will be back very very soon..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Must go, it is totally worth making the trip. The environment, the food, the service, the vibe are just way above my standards.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Fun, Quick Bite, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We so look forward to coming to eat here… The staff is so friendly and the food is so consistently fantastic can hardly wait till the next time we come thanks so much!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Absolutely delicious food! A lovely evening, as always.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love this place. The pasta dishes are way to go and my husband and I love their chopped salad.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were late to our reservation and they did a great job at acoomodsting us. The hostess was super helpful and sweet and the manager that evening checked in with us a few times during our meal. They're employees we're very attentive and we enjoyed every single plate we had. We would 100% recommend this spot!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Amazing as always

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Favorite restaurant in LA. Zach's food is amazingly clean, authentic and delicious. A must go.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Alimento consistently serves excellent food. The dishes are very distinct in their take on Italian food. The servers were very helpful and friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The service was okay the food, either over salted or bland and who wants to be forced to pay for their water or be guilted into paying for an extra tip to the kitchen staff? Should we have tipped 40 percent over our dinner? We won't be back,

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 (London)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Amazing food and outstanding service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

The food as always was superb! But...it would have been nice while making a reservation if they had asked if we wanted inside or out. Inside is terribly noisy and hard to have a conversation without shouting, and outside was already booked. Second, there was one waitress that was terribly snooty. Who needs attitude when you're paying a hefty sum of $ to eat at Alimento. When we asked to order the squid pasta we had seen on the online menu, she informed us it was no longer on their menu, she seemed bothered that we mentioned they should change their online menu. Pure snobbery! I didn't get her name. Luckily a very nice waitress took care of us (she had long blonde hair)! Lastly, there was both a wine and an after dinner liqueur we asked for and they were out of. Seems like keeping items stocked, and updating menus is a bit of an issue you guys should resolve. That said, the food is still super awesome! Thanks...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Alimento is an LA favorite!! We come here frequently and have never had a meal that wasn't great. Other day we consumed Calabrian ribs( the best), liver crostone, a great chopped salad, several pastas including always delish spelt, and a grilled orata. Interesting wine list, some reasonable options. Good desserts as well, tho usually too full to partake.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

It's not what it use to be.. I came here a year ago and the dinner was amazing. Last night the experience was awful. We didn't even see our server after once she took our order again for over and the food was not good . Honest but true and I won't be coming back. First bad review I have ever had to write but since no one came to check on the food quality and wait this had to be posted

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

food was good to great depending on the dishes. The octopus was outstanding. Hostess was rude tho and got us off on the wrong foot. Waitress made up for her though.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

overall food was ok, very small plates and overpriced. They charge for tap water and don't disclose that.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My boyfriend and I had dinner at Alimento on what must have been the hottest day of the summer, and unfortunately the AC in the restaurant was not working. We probably should have just left, as it was hovering around 100º inside the restaurant, but we were really excited to try it so we stayed, but I had to keep my menu to use as a fan during the duration of dinner. They were out of the bottle of Rose we wanted, they would not make a substitution on a salad, and overall just felt very disappointed in the experience. Will not return, unfortunately, as I was really looking forward to dining here.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Just a great restaurant. I feel so fortunate to have it in Silver Lake. But, after 30 years in the neighborhood, I guess it's time. Ding on ambiance is only because there were rolling blackouts in the 'hood that day and their a/c wasn't working very well. Not their fault, of course, but they probably should have let people know as they walked in.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

good solid dining experience but one of our party was vegan and due to the format to share plates this was a challenge. personally, i don't like the family style serving format. it's fine as an option but not as a requirement. the luxury of dining out is everyone gets what they want without compromise.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 28, 2017

All dishes are creative and generous. The service is flawless and attentive. I won't spoil the experience with too many specifics. Welcome addition to Silver Lake dining scene.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Food was incredible and creative. Whole orata (a fish) on a bed of pureed chickpeas and salad. Polenta with baccala (dried/salted codfish) in a "Montavan" tomato sauce. Mmmm. But it was VERY noisy, and they wouldn't serve (free) tap water. They insisted we pay for their filtered water.

Yes, paying for water (still or gas) is a European custom--but not so far in America. I hope it doesn't take hold here...

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Alimento has the best handmade pasta in the city in my opinion. They are constantly changing too!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

They charged us $1.50 per person for water without telling us. Either way, there should be no charge for water.

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