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205 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90004

Welcome to Olivia Restaurant


Olivia Vegetarian Restaurant

Olivia Vegetarian Restaurant is dedicated to creating an outstanding and creative vegetarian dining experience. We create flavor-sophisticated food using thoughtfully chosen ingredients from the earth.

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In the Press

About Chef Mario

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Chef Mario Alberto’s global style of cooking boasts an amalgamation of cultures and flavors. Alberto’s inspiration comes from his travels through the Latin
America, the Amazon, Europe, as well as the minimalist approach of Japanese cooking. His keen
eye for the peak seasonality of ingredients from local Farmer’s Markets, comes from a high-minded
focus on sustainability and an eco-conscious philosophy.

Mario Alberto’s interest in art, photography, and design, led him to pursue a degree in film and
screenwriting. However, it would be the experience of spending countless hours as a child in the
kitchen with his mother, preparing traditional Mexican cuisine for Holidays and events, that would
eventually serve as the touchstone in influencing his culinary career.

A wealth of collaborations with James Beard Award Nominated Chefs follow suit. He served on the
Opening Team of Gjelina in Venice, CA, alongside Chef Travis Lett. This led to a partnership with
Chef Ricardo Zarate, this time as Chef Partner, opening their highly esteemed Peruvian Restaurant
Mo-Chica inside the Mercado de la Paloma in DTLA. Alberto then opened New American Gastro
Pub Lazy Ox Canteen with Chef Josef Centeno, which ultimately went on to win Best New
Restaurant by LA Magazine.

Chef Alberto’s first solo venture, Chimu, an upscale fast casual Peruvian Soul Food concept in
DTLA’s Grand Central Market garnished critical praise from the LA Times and NY Post, with LA
Weekly’s Jonathan Gold describing it as “Peruvian recipes with modern techniques and fine

After Chimu, Alberto partnered with Michelin Starred and James Beard Award Nominees Chef
Jeremy Fox and Charlie Parker, at Freddy Smalls, before becoming Executive Chef of Laurel
Hardware and Ysabel in West Hollywood, which featured an eclectic menu of global influences, also
receiving critical acclaim.

Recently, he served as Executive Chef of Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, creating Vegan Menus
and broadening his culinary skills, ultimately creating a landscape of unique talent and versatility.


“You sometimes think you can spot the roots of one of his dishes, but then the sensation vanishes, and you are left with a preparation that is basically just his.”

Jonathan Gold


We are now accepting reservations! Space is limited, but we do welcome walk-ins. If you cannot find your preferred time, please join our online waitlist via Yelp or give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate.

Contact Us

Phone: (213) 277-1723

For Large Party Inquiries, please email

Address: 205 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90004

Hours: Wed-Sun: 5PM - 10PM