Alimento

4.6
838 reviews
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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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Too loud could use dampening

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

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

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T
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved it so much went twice in a week

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

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b
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
38 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
48 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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t
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place.

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J
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

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.

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OG
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Great food and excellent ambiance

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CN
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is by far the best restaurant in silver lake right now.

Service is top notch and the food is inventive, tasty, and well executed consistently.

Alimento
Responded on March 10, 2019

Oh, wow! Thank you for the love and support. We will keep workin' at it!

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food is eclectic and overpriced. Not much quantity for the money! Service was very nice. But overall value not so good.

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PT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Everything was delicious, but we were guided to order too much food.

Alimento
Responded on March 10, 2019

Thank you for the feedback, Phillip! We will do our best to work on this, and we hope to see you again!

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Z
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Exceptionally good service. Food was very good and the overall experience was great.

Alimento
Responded on March 10, 2019

You're wonderful, and thank you for the wonderful words! Hope to see you again sometime!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Have to wait way past reservation time both times I’ve been.

Alimento
Responded on March 10, 2019

Truly thank you for this note. We will work on this issue in hopes of providing a smoother dining experience! Hope to see you again sometime!

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NC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner!

Alimento
Responded on March 10, 2019

THANK YOU!!!!! Glad you enjoyed :)

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Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Personable staff, very balanced attentive evening- food both creative and visually stunning and equally delicious...

Alimento
Responded on March 1, 2019

WOW! Thank you! I am so pleased you enjoyed everything :)

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HJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The eggplant and escolar is incredible. As were the meatballs But I kept wanting more from every other dish. I believe they can get things up to that level

Alimento
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! As always, I will be sharing this feedback with our chef. Thank you!

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JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were joined by some friends for dinner at Alimento. The food was delicious and came feirly quickly. Our waiter was young, but knowledgeable about all the items we asked about on the menu. Lot's of questions with regards to the names of the dishes listed on the menu (we had to google a lot before our waiter showed up.) Our favorite dishes were the Scallop Crudo, the Octopus, the Chicken Milanese Sandwich and the Agnolotti pasta. The plates were small, but between the 4 of us we ordered 7 dishes and by the time we finished we were all comfortably full. I sat next to the second inner door of the restaurant that leads to the front patio and it was a bit drafty as it was a cold night. I would recommend a table away from the front of the restaurant if its cool out. That being said, I would definitely eat at Alimento again.

Alimento
Responded on February 28, 2019

Hi, John! Thank you for the feeback, and we look forward to hosting you again sometime!

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HH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing service was amazing only thing was we got seated at 15 mins after our resy and saw a lot of other ppl get seated first

Alimento
Responded on March 1, 2019

Hello, Hugo! First, thank you for your feedback- we can only get better from here... We do sit complete parties based on the specified reservation type (patio or dining room) and time (chronological order). Having said that, I apologize if we missed the mark and I will definitely be sharing this feedback with all of our team members. I do hope we can host you again sometime!

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad dish here. Incredible, always. Beautiful food and lovely service.

Alimento
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you so much for the love and support!!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is great but service is very rushed. We were in and out in 45 min. Felt very rushed

Alimento
Responded on March 1, 2019

Hi hi! We will be working with all of our team members on this feedback. Thank you!

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B
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. Ambiance is noisy and there are so many rules at this place. When we sat down they said they needed the table back in two hours. Two hours later they never said anything since they took so long to finish service. Water is $1.50 for unlimited sparkling or still water. If you don't drink water they don't charge you.
Place is very noisy and we sat on the benches along the wall which are very uncomfortable.
When the check came there is a line for gratuity for the server as well as the kitchen staff. I just split the tip 50/50.

Alimento
Responded on March 1, 2019

Hi, hi! We do participate in the Silverlake Conservancy 'WaterWorks' program in which we donate our water sales, and we feel our kitchen family participates in service just as much as our service staff so we wanted to give our guests the opportunity to appreciate them as well (though never expected). As far as the benches and noise level, I do appreciate you taking the time to process feedback with us; it did not go unnoticed, and we will definitely try to work on this :)

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DO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, as always. Service always attentive and pleasant - great suggestions.

Alimento
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you so much, Doreen! We appreciate your support!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
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.

Alimento
Responded on February 21, 2019

Hello! Yes, it is true that we have a $25 per person cancellation fee for parties of 5 or more only, though that fee is waived when the reservation is cancelled 24 hours in advance. If you have been incorrectly charged and have cancelled outside of this time frame, please call (323) 928-288 and we will correct immediately! Thank you for the feedback.

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JE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day dinner

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