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Posted by Chris on 08/31/2008
Four of us came here one evening to try the tapas. we shared everything and had nine plates plus four desserts. each dish was absolutely exquisite! we had the cheese plate - a variety of Spanish cheeses - all excellent with a vast variety of tastes and textures. scallops were super tender and flavorful. quail was succulent and tasty. beet salad amazing. shrimp/avocado scrumptious. but the desserts blew us away. the donut trio redefined the word donut: delicate, soft, and filled delights. the panna cotta made us want to cry... it was a tasting adventure and we thanked the chef profusely after! Service was excellent, exuberant and delivered with a sense of humor. We'll be back.
Posted by Robbie on 08/19/2008
So my girlfriend told me we should go out to dinner more often. I guess Alta was the first stop on our tour (phase). This place was very nice. We were seated upstairs, which was quiet but gave us a nice view of the rest of the restaurant.Their cocktail menu was impressive, and they didn't hold back on the alcohol. The service was fine - took our drink order immediately, and followed up shortly after. We ordered the tuna tartare (dude), pork empenadas, brussel sprouts (i don't even like these, but dude), broccoli rabe and sea scallops (which were so unexpectedly big and juicy). Everything was pretty effing outstanding, and the portions were much bigger than expected. We'll definitely be back...seemed like a great place for groups or a date or birfdays or whatever.
Posted by Alodie on 08/08/2008
My husband and I went to Alta for a dinner last Friday. We ordered about 7-8 dishes and they were all delicious! My personal favorites were sea scallops, mussels and duck confeit. The atmosphere was cozy and romantic the waitress was very attentive and the food kept coming without any delay. I'm definitely coming back here again.
Posted by Caroline on 06/17/2008
Located on a beautiful, quiet section of 10th street, this place is easy to miss as it is tucked into a quaint brownstone. Thinking the restaurant would be small and cozy as well, I was surprised to walk into a lofty space bordered with tables that spanned two floors. The dark wood and beamed ceiling made me think of a Spanish winery, and the notable wine selection seemed to reflect the atmosphere. The tapas were OK - the ones that the waitress recommended were good (especially the famous crispy brussel sprout dish), but the ones we chose were, ehh, so-so. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu, and despite the other posts, I thought the service was fine. A slew of waiters and waitresses brought out the tapas as they were ready, which is typical for this style of eating. Overall it was a nice, quiet, romantic place to go for ambiance - but ask for recommendations on the food.
Posted by Kim on 06/16/2008
The food was pretty good! The brussel sprouts and spaghetti were outstanding. We ordered two sets of brussel sprouts and I already plan to go back for more. The rest of the items we were pretty good, but not outstanding - lamb meatballs, shrimp wrapped in chorizo, scallops edged towards very good, pulled pork empanadas,... There was a good selection and our waiter was helpful on making suggestions on some of the best items, even offering that one of the items we were considering was "okay". We took his advice and ordered something else. I appreciated the honest tip. He wasn't particularly friendly, but did his job well. I tried the red sangria it was pretty mediocre. They did have a pretty good selection of wines by the glass as well. As I said, I will go back for those brussel sprouts!
Posted by LEX Foodie on 06/04/2008
The food at this place is definitely better than most of tapas places I been to. I like the bacon-wrapped dates and crispy brussels sprouts. The only drawback is the service. The waiter could have been a little bit more friendlier.
Posted by Figure[_]Babe on 05/12/2008
I took my mom here for mothers day. I have to say that my mom is extremely picky about food bur she loved this place but I was not too crazy about the service. The Food Fried Goat Cheese Excellent Philadelphia Truffle If you are a cream cheese lover Pinxtos Cubano Good Lamb Meatballs Excellent Crispy Brussels Sprouts Very good but a little too greasy at bottom Empanadas Very Good The Service I had to park the car so my mom was seated first. The waiter asked me to order as soon as I sat down. For me that showed he was not too observant. I did not even look at the menu yet. I ordered Tea no spoon or anything to stir. No refills on the water, they missed one of our orders. I spilled tea on the menu but was not given another one when it was time to order second round of tapas. To me it is little stuff like that which makes the dinner more special. I still provided a 20% tip anyway because I am nice like that but the waiter we had needed to be a bit attentive.