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Posted by Full Tour on 09/16/2004
The staff was very professional, easily taking on the extra person in our party...the sangria is WELL worth the wait--this isn't some mix out of a jug! The tuna tartare was my favorite, the ribs were awesome, and the lemon tart was great as well, though my lemon curd is better I think :) We even got a quick tour of the upstairs area, including the kitchen, which ran like a well-oiled machine and the chef was very friendly...wish I could have stayed back there with him! I thought the portions were fine, but I eat small meals throughout the day, and tend not to gorge at any meal!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/27/2004
went here with a friend for dinner and was very impressed--really cute space with a mediterranean feel. lots of vegetarian AND meat options on the menu (unusual for a tapas restaurant) and the portion sizes are perfect. the sangria tastes like it was made with real wine. staff was very friendly and it's just overall a great place to take a date or to get together with a big group of friends!
Posted by fat chick on 04/05/2004
We found this place by mistakeas we meant to go somewhere in the neighborhood and stumbled upon Alta. We were so delighted with the place that we are definitely going to become regulars. Since the night we ate and made merry we've learned that Alta has a rep for unbelievable wine and fabulous small plate food, but the first thing we tried were some incredible Belgian beers! We think they are overlooked by most and warrant more enjoyment as they compliment the food just as well as the wine. We've since returned and sat in the nook just off the kitchen and loved meeting the chef and his talented staff. The wait staff was friendly, but not overly so and we look forward to more carmelized cauliflower and clams. ( That was our fave item, too many more delicious items to mention!!)
Posted by anonymous on 03/28/2004
It is so nice to have a new & lovely, where you don't get reamed, great wine list, superior-quality food for every single member of the group, well lit, good tuned, nice service, cool (& cute) chef to say hello to whilst passing through the kitchen to get to your well-appointed, nicely set table; with a well-informed, unpretentious staff that are knowledgeable, amenable, & for God's sake- well groomed; where the food is delicious, juicy, interesting, ever-changing, & for God's sake- well priced. Why is this so difficult for others to do while this place just moves along so seemingly effortlessly? Don't alta a thing!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/17/2004
Nicely remodeled space with a cool sleek bar. Sangria is the best I've had -- it's actually made with a decent wine instead of the normal jug variety. Unfortunately, the food is less impressive -- in taste and portion size (although portion size is always an issue with tapas, so it's not a function of this particular kitchen).
Posted by Anonymous on 10/30/2003
We dropped by late evening to see what had replaced L-Ray - the place had been gutted, looked like a really expensive renovation - tres cool - but the real standout was the bar menu. Excellent, inventive, beautifully presented Modern Spanish cooking in large-tapas size portions. The caramelised cauliflower with clams, chorizo and raisins was a weird sounding but delicious choice - as was the sobrasada and "New Jersey tomato" (which exit?) Will definitely be back - I really hope this place has more luck than all the previous ventures at this address!