Ammo at the Hammer

Ammo at the Hammer — Come for the art, stay for the organic food and Soju cocktails

By Carole Dixon

In keeping with the recent LA fashion of world-class museums offering food to match the masterpieces they showcase, Ammo has arrived at The Hammer Museum—in the space of the former Wolfgang Puck Café—making for a new Westside destination dining spot. The beloved LaBrea eatery brought along favorite staples dishes such as Alexander’s brown rice, with veggies, red onion, jalapeño and chicken or organic tofu. The to-go counter, serving freshly made muffins and Intelligentsia coffee, also offers table side wait service, both inside the stark dining room with floor to ceiling glass windows and out on the sprawling patio. Another surprise is the handcrafted cocktails by Miya Luce, who mixes up a chamomile margarita infused with soju, tea, lemon, and salt. Other soju libations include a spicy Bloody Mary, a French 75, and a green apple cider hot toddy. One thing is certain: It will be hard to leave this sunny courtyard to go back inside and view paintings when there is farm fresh food and handcrafted cocktails this good to be consumed.

the crowd

Artsy singles of all ages mingle in and out, holding museum brochures. Groups of young tourists and locals sip cocktails and tea.

... on the side

at your service
The knowledgeable wait staff never seems frazzled, even when the long narrow room is filling up.

eye for design
A complete revamp by Los Angeles design collective Commune features grey concrete flooring, steel accents, stark white walls, and hot pink office style chairs. Three flat screen televisions hang on the walls, competing with the windows and courtyard seating view.

A medium-level buzz floats throw the indoor dining room.


Tue–Fri noon–7 PM; Sat–Sun noon–5 PM
Closed Monday

price range

$4 (scone) to $17 (orecchiette)