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Posted by James Phimister on 08/14/2005
I've visited Alta three times, and two times it was out of this world, once very good. Bring several friends and be prepared to try a lot of different foods - and think 3-4 orders per person. Share, don't hoard, and try things you think you might not want to (E.g. the brussels sprouts are surprisingly good). Also don't hestitate to ask the staff what is good - they have the best perspective. The service is good, and thankfully unpretentious. The main, ground flloor dining room is my favorite - but sitting above overlooking the dining room is also fine. Just avoid the 2nd floor rooms at the front of the restaurant. You are removed from the waitstaff, so the service is worse, and removed from the hubbub, so you will feel a bit isolated.
Posted by anonymouse on 07/25/2005
The menu is so impressive, you can't wait to try the food. Once it arrives you're not disappointed. The portions are perfect, the tastes are perfectly combined and the atmosphere is comfortable. The bar and it's drinks are something to talk about too!
Posted by Anonymous from Westport CT on 06/15/2005
We ate here in October 2004 and yes,the portions are small, but therein lies the secret ingredient to this restaurant. You can try 5-10 different things and still have room for dessert. Everything we ate was excellent and we did not leave hungry or poor. The only recommendation I would make would be to come with friends. We ate for about 3 hours and it was truely a unique and affordable experience.
Posted by Tina on 06/13/2005
I recently ate at Alta on Friday June10 2005 and it was exceptional all around. The bartenders are helpful with a wine selection an willing to let you take your wine from the bar to the table. There wasn't a wait, and the atmosphere was beautiful, there is even a private back room that is more intaimate in the back of the resturant (you have to walk threw the kitchen to get there). The food was great, and it was even nicer that it didn't come out all at once, besides that's the joy of Tapas. I would eat there again, just maybe with a different date..
Posted by diningout on 05/23/2005
The decor is wonderful... well thought-out color, lighting, tiling choices- impressive when coming off the street into a tiny unassuming store front - upstairs balcony for 'couples only' looked romantic and airy- too bad we were placed in the little room in the back (passed through the kitchen) and shared a room with another table of loud annoying people... Anyway, food looks fun and stylized... took pictures of a miniature baked potato (3/4 inch x 2 inches) before splitting it 3 ways...all plates are square for space-efficiency but we found ourselves rearranging our plates, water glasses, wine glasses, beer bottles, etc. everytime the waiter brought something new or when we needed to pass food around (a brain teaser at some times!) Dessert was blahhh - like bad pudding masquerading as creme brulee and a 'brioche bikini' which was sparse nutella on toasted whole wheat bread with the crusts cut off- none of us finished eating them. So, the place looks great, service was unenthusiastic, food is pretty, and we're still hungry.
Posted by Lickin the Chops on 05/14/2005
We went to Alta on a Saturday night, it was pretty busy, not crazed, but the service would lead you to believe it was their first Saturday night. We felt rushed and uncomfortable with the less than cheerful server we had. She had no opinion on the menu, even the more adventurous choices, and seemed a little annoyed we were asking anyway. When the food got to us it was fine, I'm not sure where your reviewers who rated this restaurant in the past have eaten but the food was fair at best. The langostines were a not so great, so small, here's the thing charge me more ($15) but give me something that has some meat, we got two near empty shells. The fried goat cheese was fair, the grilled octopus is not recommended and the tuna tartare ok. The fois gras was awesome, but small, and the duck breat was less than awe inspiring. The chocolate risotto for dessert was poor, and we didn't really eat it. The wine was good, but not cold, as the server told us when she brought it and told us to wait a few minutes till it chills. All in all, I'm confused with previous ratings, the place is cool, but that's about it. The food was not very good and the bill came to $250 for four of us.
Posted by foodie chick on 01/26/2005
I've been going to Alta since the beginning and have to say it's one of my top favs in the city. The food is imaginative, delicious and dependable time after time. The service is friendly and knowledgable, the owners are around, the decor is elegant and cozy. It's an ideal place for a romantic evening or a friendly chat in that it feels like a home...a dream home.