1155 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003834.092414 -118.338618
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Hollywood
Fresh ingredients, friendly staff, great music! – I've been going to Ammo for years and had become a fanatic about their turkey meatloaf. It's yummy comfort food at its best! However on my most recent visit to Ammo, I was informed by our waitress that they were no longer serving the meatloaf at dinner! I didn't know what to order! After taking a look at the menu though, I realized that there were a ton of delicious sounding options.
So I ventured out of my comfort zone and ordered the heirloom tomato salad and the braised pork shoulder. The tomatoes were delicious and perfectly in-season. I'd heard that Ammo is know for their seasonal and local ingredients, and this was proof of that. The server told us that the tomatoes are grown just down the street in Ammo's garden! The burrata cheese served with the tomatoes was out of this world delicious. The braised pork was so tender that it practically melted in my mouth!
My date had ordered the baby lettuces salad that had an amazingly light yogurt and tahini dressing. She followed that up with the tasmanian sea trout...the previous reviewer is right....it's money!
The wine list is quite large, with a lot of wines that I was not familiar with. So we asked the waitress for a recommendation...we explained that we'd probably only get a glass each so she brought out a half bottle of chablis which was delicious.
After such an amazing meal, we couldn't leave without dessert even though we had a show to get to. So we ordered the bittersweet chocolate torte. It was dark and rich with the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
All in all, our experience was very good. The staff was all very friendly and unpretentious...I must have asked a million questions about the food and wine and she answered them all patiently. The music is great too....the playlists are all put together by the manager, a friendly Austrian guy, who excitedly told us all about one of the songs we asked about.
I can't wait to go back to try the hanger steak:)
excellent all around... – great food, excellent service, fantastic wine, cozy setting.
we'll be going back really soon!!
Try the sea trout, tis money!
GREAT FOOD, fun and pleasant atmosphere – Went to Ammo after reading the review in the LA times a few weeks ago. We had high expectations and the restaurant definitely delivered! we started out with cocktails that were delicious. the cantaloupe martini with basil and pepper is to die for! the restaurant was busy and the sound track was great, music not too loud either (which is rare). the feeling in the room was high energy and fun, people obviously having a good time and enjoying themselves. we ordered 3 courses, appetizers to start then we shared an AMAZING lobster risotto special then entrees for everyone. the staters were great, light and full of flavor. We loved that the chef actually knows how to season food with just the right amount of salt. good size potion too... not too big so you can eat a starter and an entree (even share a middle course) and not leave feeling too full, just happily satisfied. the middle course of the special risotto was great, not too heavy and full of lobster flavor, also had zuchini and heirloom tomatoes, as well as plenty of chunks of lobster. For entrees we had the halibut, duck and tasmanian sea trout. Everything was absolutely delicious. loved the sauce on the halibut and my friend loved her sea trout with pea shoots and bacon. the duck too was nicely cooked and the bulgher with peaches and kumquats had just the right amount of zing to it. we shared a peach tart for desert and it too was wonderful. we left feeling great and pleasently full. the place is not cheap, but definitely worth the money for such good food and such a nice time. I cant wait to go back again!
bad food , horrible service – we had read a nice review by irene virbila in the times 2 weeks ago so we went with great expectations with dear friends who really enjoy the food scene
It was a horrible experience ( except for the general manager who is a very nice man)
Food: bland , in general under or overcooked , pseudo french bistro organic fare . Let me explain
apetizers: not cheap at $ 15-17, haricots verts undercooked barely blanched , almost no seasoning and the calamari that came with it chewy
tuna tartare tiny portion with some avocado on top ( the whole lacked some sauce or seasoning that would enhance it
main courses $27-29: halibut overcooked ( tough)
Duck sitting on what was supposed to be bulgur with peaches and kumkats actually overcooked so the duck was sitting on a sweet malmalade with a texture of oatmeal
We did not order desert because of came next ( behavior of the server)
Service: actually the server was quite nasty with us ( young short haired brunette)
When we sat, she brought tap water not fresh no ice and we never got a refill
She mentioned the specials from behind the little wall that separates the table from the passage to the kitchen , we never saw her again and she never inquired about our food until the end of the meal
The clou of the evening: we wanted to split the bill with our friends and there was a little error on the split
So when we nicely asked her to correct , she began her attitude and when we told her that we have been enduring this behavior from the beginning she lashed at us and left. Thats where the manager came graciously and tried to fix things but we had had enough and got out of the restaurant on the doubble
I think that the food critics working for the LA times get recognized and are served a different meal than the common mortal. we have learned our lesson maybe the hard way .
Disapointment – My friend and I tried this restaurant on a Friday night, we had high hopes, as it looked adorable from the outside. I ordered a pomogranite martini..pretty good, my friends pear martini was awful. We started with the tuna tartar it was just ok, kind of tasteless, and the crab appetizer, again just ok. I ordered the lasagna, it was AWFUL. My friend and I ended up leaving and scrambling to get another reservation somewhere else. We will not be back. Im not the only one who feels like this Im sure, as the restaurant was pretty empty.Oh and the bill for appetizers and drinks..$80.00
great look, bad food, poor service – Ammo has a great look, understated, elegant and simple. I was also very impressed with the flat bread that came to the table. From there it went downhill. The server was short with us and was not seen after the food was served. The lasagna entree for $18 was appetizer portion and the only flavor came from the fact it was burnt. I won't go back.
Worst restaurant ever. tastless and owner is rude and incosiderate! – BOUGHT TWO 70 DOLLAR BOTTLES OOF WINE. ONE OF WHICH WAS A CELLARS 2004 WHICH WAS DENOTED ON THE WINE LIST AS A 2002 VINTAGE. tHEY SOLD US THE WRONG BOTTLE OF WINE ( A 2004 FOR THE PRICE OF THE 2002). SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. BARTENDER WAS THE RUDEST EVER! VERY UNKIND AND THE OWNER WHO WAS SITTING AT THE BAR NEXT TO US WAS LOUD RUDE AND COLD HEARTED. DO NOT EAT HERE EVER EVEN IF IT IS FOR FREE!!!!
The quality of food doesn't match the price tag. – I went to Ammo with a girlfriend of mine yeasterday, and I have to say that it was rather diappointing for the hefty price tag. I ordered the wild bass braised in the wood oven with baby artichokes, teardrop tomatoes, cannellini beans, preserved lemon, Castelveltrano olives, white wine and fresh herbs. It sounds really good, doesn't it? But the taste didn't match up to the glitzy list of ingredients. The dish came in a small black skillet, with the bass sitting in a kind of stew of ingredients that just didn't seem to stand out or even compliment each other in any way. The hot skillet only served to overcook the fish about 7 minutes into the meal. The dish was bland and uninteresting, but still cost me $28 plus tax and tip. With drinks and dessert, the bill came out to be $70.
I have to say though, they have the most amazing olive oil I ever tasted. It almost tastes infused with fruit. The maitre d' was kind enough to provide the name and contact info of the olive oil vendor, but other than that one act of kindness, we were stuck with a surly waitress the whole night who couldn't even remember to tell us about the specials that night.
For the price, I would recommend a different restaurant, because this one is definitely not worth it.
Quaint scene but a pass on food – Took my date here for dinner and was disappointed by the food. Used to be better but not sure the current chef quite knows appeals to my palate. Another experience for brunch wasn't much better as the food was bland and prices were too high. I like the cozyness of the place, so I'll probably try it again sometime, but for the short term, it's a pass.
A Special Place! – Ammo is wonderful. The food is great. The drinks are great. It's just a great place to eat. One time I had a steak special there, it was a filet stuffed with cheese and it was tasty. This place is a bit on the pricey side but well worth it. One time I noticed that the chef was doing a food pairing for a couple. That looked fantastic! I bet they knew the chef.
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