Alimento

4.6
781 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner with your partner this Valentine's Day at Alimento! We will be offering a 4-course prix fixe menu with truffles and so much sparkling rose!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

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

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We had 2 pasta dishes that were phenomenal. We also ordered some appetizers that were great as well (Chicken Liver Chicken Liver Chicken Liver).

My girlfriend did find a piece of string/wine in our ricotta dumpling that we had them take back. We were loving the meal til then but I do have to knock them on that.

Other than that it’s a great little spot with excellent staff and a great wine selection. I would come back here again.

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JG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had quite an amazing meal. The pasta was one-of-a-kind, and of course house made, and the duck dish, served in a gorgeous metal pot, was wonderful.

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CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, pricing and vibe

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the best restaurants in the city. Keeps getting better and better!!

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J
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The cooking here is exceptional with bold flavors across the board. Unfortunately - I really can't stand all natural wine lists. Personally I do not like the wines as is the case here where we tried 6 different ones by the glass / bottle. I also do not appreciate someone forcing their philosophy on me. Please offer some choice...

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J
Tampa
68 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive cuisine! Loved it!

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B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Alimento any time we are in Los Angeles and it never disappoints. The wilted lettuce crostini is one of my favorite dishes in the world and the pasta are always perfect. The server recognized us after about 8 months! I can’t say enough positive things about this place.

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LR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I go back it impresses. Great pastas and everything else.

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J
Tampa
69 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful gastronomic experience!

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S
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Everything was delicious. Service was great.

It was hard to carry on a conversation though, as it can get very loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I emailed them on Jan 1 after a less than great New Years dinner and am yet to hear back. The food was hit and miss. It was a four course meal and one of my entrees was so bizarre, they just dropped it off without an instruction with how to eat it. I barely touched it and a server removed it without asking if it was okay or I’d like anything else. Very quickly the auto grat’ed (20%) bill was dropped, presumably because there was a giant clump of people at the bar for the next seating. I understand NYE is stressful but to not care about the food or service, put an auto grat and then not reply to a polite email is not ok, especially for the price.

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LO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my best friend here for her birthday. She loves Italian food and this place had good reviews...I see why! It was absolutely delicious! We shared everything so we could taste more and the plates were moderately sized so you could. If you don't like salty or flavorful food then you won't like it because some dishes are a bit heavy on sodium and acidity...but the flavors are so rich and yummy. My FAV was a fusilli pasta with jalapeno, I had never tasted anything like it. Worth the drive to Silver Lake. Place is small and intimate so wouldn't recommend for large groups.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is beyond belief, it leaves my mouth singing each time I eat there. Dishes are so flavorful and inventive. The services are spot on - servers are knowledgeable and attentive and everyone is very warm and friendly, I feel so welcome there. The ambiance is casual with a lovely vibe. It can sometimes get noisy during peak dining hours and the experience is worthwhile regardless. This is easily one of the best restaurants in LA.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A go to favorite and always delicious and friendly.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in the city.

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j
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Alimento never disappoints. The food is always delicious. Our favorite is the tortellini and the chopped salad. The wine flights (when offered) are thoughtful and complementary of the meal. One request--I wish they would wrap the service charges into the bill vs. charging separately for filtered water, server tip, kitchen staff tip. It's a lot to figure out especially when you're out to dinner with friends.

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KK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

the tortellini in brodo is the best thing I've ever put in my mouth.

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l
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the creative dishes. have been here at least 5 times and have always introduced it to new friends.

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l
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great in every way as usual. Thank you alimento for being my favorite!

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DT
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Alimento every 3 or 4 weeks and it is consistently excellent. While many other restaurants will have an “off” night for one reason or another, that has never occurred at Alimento in the 3 or so years that we’ve frequented the place.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the food; however, the desserts were not so good. I wish in the future to have more choices.

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Original, interesting and truly delicious food! I’ll definitely be back to try the rest of the menu.

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food was disappointing. Every dish was way too salty. Flavors were just one note : salty. My pasta was mediocre at best. Even desert was salty. The ambiance was basic. Service was good though

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was pretty good, though a bit pretentious. Had booked a table for 8 pm but had to wait a half hour. Was offered a mixed salad as compensation, though drinks while waiting would have been a more elegant gestures.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alimento is consistently excellent. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, the food is great and the atmosphere is neighborhood cozy. The noise level inside is high so I always try to get a table on the patio which is great.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Pate, Octopus, Crudo, Lamb. Outside is quieter.

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MU
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and was very attentive

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JE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is delicious and consistently good. The staff is great. Overall a wonderful experience for any occasion.

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f
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I brought her parents to Alimento for her mom's birthday. The restaurant was easy to find (nice big glowing A) with a cheap and convenient valet outside. The atmosphere was intimate but energetic. We ordered the meatballs, grilled bread, and four pasta dishes - which was just enough for the four of us! The wine selection was unique and very well-crafted to pair with the food. The servers were friendly and checked in often - but were not rushy in any way. My only complaint is that it was incredibly loud in there (some absorption would be nice), even for LA standards. All in all, I really loved this restaurant and would be back again. I would recommend the pastas and most certainly the wine list.

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MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner for two was nice, the staff was nice, and the food and drinks were very good. $125 good? No.

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D
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent, as usual. The only drawback is the noise level inside, VERY loud.

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AV
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is good and tasty but too much lemon and the portions are small the appetizers are fantastic specially Caesar salad

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R
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

15 minute wait even with reservation, then were seated at a table that had been open that whole time. Wine by the glass that we ordered was a bit off, found sharp pieces of something white in our pasta. The food wasn't terrible, but it wasn't wonderful, either — certainly not good enough to justify the noise and cramped seating at these prices.

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MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best food in Los Angeles. I’ve eaten at Bestia and as good as that is, this is better.

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unbelievable. The best Italian cuisine I’ve experiences in Los Angeles.

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DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our food at Alimento! The service was great! Particularly loved the chopped salad my boyfriend said it was the best salad he’s ever had! Delicious oxtail and crab too!

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The broccoli, burrata toast, radicchio Cesar and, Gnoc were all great dishes. Octopus was only Ok and my friend did not love his crab spaghetti. Pacing of food was too slow. They tell you all dishes should be shared but this isn’t a tapas restaurant or true family style so this seems like a cop out by the kitchen so they don’t have to time delivery of dishes. My friend is pescatarian and told the waitress that he did not eat meat but at one point one meat pasta dish came out alone and he had to sit there and watch me eat with nothing for him to eat. Not a smart way for the kitchen to run. Sharing dishes should not mean waiting 15 minutes or more after finishing a dish before the next dish comes out either. This happened between small plates and pastas. I want to go back for the food but not sure with the poor service of the kitchen. Restaurant was only 3/4 full also so the kitchen was not overwhelmed.

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SW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and preparation. Alimento puts a lot of care into their service and it shows.

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