Alimento

4.6
797 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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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 3

It is very ridiculous to have a policy where you charge 25 dollars a person for changing a reservation. It is something unheard of for any restaurant experience.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

delicious food and great service! crowded due to the holiday, but we were well accommodated.

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AD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The greeter at the door was approachable, nice, respectful and attentive which started the experience GREAT. The server was helpful, extremely nice and knew the menu, that was about all that I would say good about the place. The food was alright, decinitely not worth the price and quantity was not good.

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R
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was amazing. And our waitress was lovely.
The hostess was a bit rude. Even though we made a reservation for 8pm, the table wasn't ready and we had to wait outside in the cold for 25 minutes. A table became available at 8.05 but was given to a couple who hadn't even booked, we think that they must have been famous or something

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DO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations. Food, ambiance, service, etc. was perfect!

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CH
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cute neighborhood restaurant. Small menu and they were out of a few items on the menu when we dined there.

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M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting family in the area from Toronto. Whole experience was great from start to finish. $5 Valet was a nice surprise to start. The wine list was varied but not ostentatious.
The food was the real star of the show. Get the scallop crudo if it’s on the menu- it was absolutely unreal. I enjoyed seeing the open kitchen while dining as well.

Great place for groups to order a bunch of items and share. Will be going back when we return to the area.

Thanks Alimento!

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O
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and attentive staff.

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

Each item on the menu needed an explanation. It seemed designed to be confusing or at least contrived. Many dishes were delicious and some were just ok. We left feeling overwhelmed by salt and parched for a day and that soured the whole experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Apparently opentable overbooked so 3 of us had to awkwardly sit at the bar

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had some very good dishes and some that were just okay. The pasta with clams dish was extremely salty. The Radicchio Caesar was very good as was the Orata fish dish. The pasta with tomato sauce was very cheesy and not enough al dente. We did enjoy all of the desserts.

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BW
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food ... but LOUSY wine. Specifically, the WHITE WINES BY THE GLASS fail, with oddities like a bubbly (!) draft Gruner, an almost bubbly Arneis, an orange-y Malvais and lightweights like pinot blanc. I feel like they were picked by a beer drinker who doesn't love wine. Not looking for a pinot grigio, but something like a kerner, vermentino and many others would have been better than the above.
I will go back for the food, but will look at the bottles or more likely bring our own wine.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great, as always. Our waitress was outstanding.

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HJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great small plates. Delicious food. Friendly excellent service. Reasonable.

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SN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The fusilli was amazing, and the bread was a nice addition to the meal.

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WA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
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 on January 13, 2019
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 on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
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
48 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
69 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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A
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and manager handled a situation very well!

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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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OT
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
41 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
12 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
36 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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