ALFA bar & dining room
ALFA bar & dining room

ALFA bar & dining room

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://alfarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (315) 445-1976
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Sunday 4pm - 8pm. Tuesday - Thursday: 4pm - 9pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4pm-10pm

    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30pm - 2pm

    Sunday brunch 11am - 2 pm

    Closed on Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Vegetarian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tecumseh Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from ALFA bar & dining room
ALFA seeks out the freshest seasonal ingredients, many of which come from local producers. Our menu changes often as we find new things to offer. We are an entirely scratch kitchen, and we are especially proud of our vegetarian selections... We have a great kid's menu also ... Join us for Sunday Brunch... Enjoy our roaring fireplace on these chilly days! We have plenty of space for private dining also.....

See pictures of our food and like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Alfasyracuse
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
ALFA bar & dining room reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (27)notable wine list (19)good for groups (18)special occasion (16)great for outdoor dining (11)great for brunch (10)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (6)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Picky
    Horace
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The atmosphere was lovely and the service great. The food is good but pricey for what I ordered. $18 for far farfalle with chunks of butternut squash without any other side included is excessive. Being a vegetarian it was the best choice. Not great value.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!!
    Candy
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Although I had a little trouble finding Alfa, it was worth the search! Food was outstanding, from the soup to the homemade ice cream. Although someone forgot our salads, we had more than enough food. I can't wait to return for brunch! Love the variety in appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    BandD
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We'd been meaning to try Alfa since it opened. We were delighted with our experience and will definitely go again...and spread the good word to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unfortunate Outing
    Syrafoodie
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    My daughter loves brunch at ALFA, and due to my schedule, we haven't been able to get there for a while. They have changed over from summer to winter service, which is fine for me in terms of ambience. We arrived and were asked to wait by a hostess, who never returned from the dining room to seat us. Eventually another group came in behind us and were pressing to be seated, and one of the waitstaff (who recognized me as a regular patron) took us to a table. Our server was harried and inexperienced and had to be hailed for almost every request. I do not know where the problem lay, kitchen or on the floor, but service (while pleasant) was unpleasantly slow and disorganized. This is not the usual way in this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alfa Bar & Restaurant
    funfatdaddy
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent food! Loved the fire pit! Wonderful dining experience! Will be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Syracuse Mom
    Syracusemom
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We tried Alfa bar when we came to Syracuse U. for parents weekend. The atmosphere was cozy on a cold night (we sat in the room with the fire pit). The service was excellent. Most importantly, the food was outstanding. My son and I had the beef tenderloin, which was incredibly tender. My husband and son started with oysters, which they said were very fresh. We all loved the truffles for desert. We would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find near Syracuse Univ
    markVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    One of the few places we could make a reservation on Parent's Weekend. Should have been packed, though, based on the quality of food and the service. Simply wonderful. Perfect for dinner, lunch, or brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    MaryJulia
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Food was great, service was excellent! Will return! Like the idea that the menu is based on what is available locally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You must try it
    Richert
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Four of us had brunch at ALFA. It was our third visit there for brunch. The brunch menu has a number of unique offerings and everything we've tried has been excellent. Try the house-made artisanal ketchups on your breakfast potatoes. The service has always been top notch. On previous visits, which were during the summer, we had been seated in a sunny, porch-like area. On this visit, with the cooler weather, we were seated in the main dining room which had a charming fireplace that added to the warm ambiance. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a classy affair
    AliceS
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is our fourth time coming to Alfa, and it certainly will not be our last. The ambiance at night with their roaring fire pit is top notch, as is their food and service. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food - inadequate service
    ShrinkVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've been regulars at Alfa's and enjoy the food. Saturday night went with friends. The short ribs were yummy. Everyone liked their meal. The service was off. Very long waits for appetizers and main dish and minimal attention from our waitress.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    One of the best fine dining restaurants in the Syracuse area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Syrafoodie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I love having ALFA in the neighborhood. The food quality is consistently high. I came with a friend, and we both also remarked that our teen children love to come for brunch!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Menu And Wine!
    restfam
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I were surprised that a nine hole golf course restaurant hidden away in a neighborhood would have such a fantastic menu and wine list! Alfa only uses fresh ingredients, so the menu changes every day. There are no specials, but there is no need! The wine list is 10 pages front and back filled with anything from New York state wines to California, but specializing in French wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing first time visit
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    ALFA was recommended to us by friends so we tried it on a Saturday evening. There is no atmosphere in the small dining room we ate in. Bare brown walls, bare windows. Food was okay. Requested med rare lamb ribs half were medium and half med rare. odd corn concoction on top of them. Seasonal vegetables were nicely done, but the rectangular plate the food was served on was packed and things kept sliding off it onto the table. Other meal- swordfish tacos- should have been an appetizer. Two small strips of fish in each taco. Waitress warned us that it was a light meal, but this was lighter than envisioned for $18.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food....Mediocre Service
    Syrguy68
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food at ALFA was great. Flavorful and cooked exactly as ordered. The service was mediocre with my group waiting 20 minutes for the server to come back to take our meal order while our drinks were being made. We chose to sit outside due to the noise level of patrons are the bar area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Fresh!
    KathyHVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We were very pleased with our dinner; it was the best duck breast and halibut we've ever had. The ingredients were fresh; combinations were innovative; service was attentive. Will definitely return here again. We've heard that the Sunday brunch is excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food and ambience. The next best thing to food and service was no loud music playing. Definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alpha Restaurant
    finedine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was both visually delightful and quite delicious! The outdoor atmosphere was comfortable, pleasant and somewhat elegant. The hostess let us know we were free to let them know if we were bothered by the tiki torches after she lit them. None of us noticed them. Two things need improvement: (1) The round table where we were seated originally was much too wobbly and not addressed politely by our waitress. When asked if the table was sturdy enough she said rudely "you tell me". We requested to be moved which our waitress helped with but was not gracious. (2) Gentle background music would have been a nice addition.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 130 reviews are from the ALFA bar & dining room reviews archive.
  • So glad we went there
    Xeno
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food was fantastic , service great. selection between vegetarian and meat lovers farm to table light, fresh and satisfying courses. Especially outstanding was the faux escargot for an appetizer. I had the lamb tenderloin which was outstanding. Very nice wine list. Would recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had a great time food was good service was also good would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sad
    OnceAWeek
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservations. We were not greeted warmly but felt like we were a bit of an inconvenience. The first think we noticed is the restaurant smells moldy and sour. We were taken to our table and I immediately noticed some of our dishes were dirty and there were a couple of flies that we ended up having to put out of their misery. Our waitress was average at best. The breadbasket was so dusty and greasy I assume it was left over from the Saratoga Steakhouse days. We ordered an appetizer, entrée and desert. The appetizer and entrée were both a horrible disappointment. The signature home-made ketchup was like watered down ketchup mixed with A-1 steak sauce. The one thing we did enjoy was the desert and coffee.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FRESH , LOCAL & DELICIOUS !
    SaluteVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Alexia never disappoints ! Fresh roasted fig salad with smoked blue cheese. Such a great combination. Grilled Halibut ... impossibly fresh and tasty. Mark always makes us feel special and quietly but efficiently makes sure all is going smoothly throughout the restaurant. Sarah is so knowledgeable ... we have come to appreciate wines that we may have never thought to try. Just a satisfying experience all around !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crista
    Crista
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We loved our anniversary dinner at Alfa so much that we came back te next night with the kids! Kids? Yes they love kids. Best kids menu ever too filled with real food and dessert was homemade and a real show stopper! Do try the soup sampler. It's not to be missed. The duck burger is amazing too. Honestly everything is a win on their menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a Hit or Miss!
    Buzzfeed
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We have been to Alfa several times. We enjoy dining outside. Great menu and good wine. This experience was a miss! It started with poor drinks from the bar. My husband Mojito was not make correctly. The sugar was still crystallized at the bottom of his glass. My friends pomegranate Cosmo was lacking taste. We decided to order only what came in a bottle! Flatbread pizza and calamari was excellent. The lamb chop and whole grain pasta was also very good. Dessert was disappointing and not 2 out of 6 could enjoy a Baileys, as the bar ran out. Our server did not check on us and we often had to wave him down. Overall, an OK experience. Haven't given up on this place yet. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good night at Alfa for me.
    love2ski
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Sorry to have had a disappointing experience when I was looking forward to a pleasant one. The waiter was disinterested. Service was poor. He never asked how things were. My escargots were overcooked and the greens on my fig salad had seen a better day. Never asked if we needed more bread or anything else. He was quite a dour fellow. When we were finished with dessert , I had to approach the waiter (who sat at the bar) with my credit card to ask that the bill be tallied. My son had a shrimp cocktail and a hamburger entree. He seem pleased with his meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wish the service was better
    diningcouple
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    There were great expectations for this establishment based on its renown chef. However, things have changed since l'Adour. The first time that I went , on a Thursday, the food and service was very good. This past Monday, the server could not have been worse. You know it is bad when one patron asks- "Are you going to offer us desert?". There is so much potential here. It's a shame to see it wasted. Consolation prize: great French-heavy wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    GoodSpirits
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    You'd never know that one of Syracuse's most creative restaurants is located in a golf course. The food is amazing. Try the four soup sampler as a starter. Not only did everything arrive at the same time for our party of five, but it was all served at the proper temperatures. Check out their incredible list of wines, aperitifs and spirits as well. One of the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wholesome and Delicious
    B30F
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Remarkably flavorful food made from fresh, local ingredients. You could watch the chef get herbs for your dish from the restaurant's herb garden just outside the dining room window -- can't get much fresher than that! Certainly some of the best food in Central New York.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful sunday brunch
    Eya1956
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Love Alpha! Food was delicious, presentation lovely, and wait service attentive and efficient. I will look forward to many more visits to a fabulous neighborhood find!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stbnkdn
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Excellent food and service! We love bringing out of town friends for this wonderful dining experience!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food is better every time we come. Everyone in my group enjoyed their meals. I chose to eat in the bar to relax. It was crowded but the service was VERY slow, even allowing for that. We got drinks and then no food order (for a hungry crew) for too long. I brought friends from out of town so that was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dessert (and dinner too)
    LetsDoIt
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were at the half iron man in Syracuse and decided to eat here because they had a kids menu. we ate inside because we had three large tables but if we had less people it would have been very nice to sit outside. Everyone there was nice, friendly and just plain awesome. The food was great. the pizza app was delicious. my husband wanted plain chicken with pasta because he was racing even that tasted really good. the desserts were the best. I have never had such delicious ice cream and truffles before. I wish we lived near this restaurant. I would vacation up there just to go to dinner here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting take on traditional
    HarpLady
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Fresh ingredients from a wonderful, creative chef. Not the same old, same old. Loved it and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice way to end the week
    wwcrossett
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Friday night show be defined by a very well constructed vodka martini followed by a nice meal. Alpha meant all the requirements including fresh chef made deserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alfa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Excellent restaurant on all counts! Would recommend for special occasion dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sat. night dinner for 4
    jhski81
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food and service was very good.Nice GF options. It was pricey for what you got,our tab was just over $200.00 for 4 with tax, tip, 5 drinks and 1 dessert,2 soups. 3 meals were Salmon and 1 lamb burger with fries and slaw. Salads were not included and were $10-12 if ordered with your meal! A bit steep!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Sweeney
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This restaurant is a neighborhood gem as well as an excellent local restaurant. Our food has been terrific. Great wait staff. It's quiet. You are not rushed and not left unattended. The menus are carefully put together and have a broad range of cost. Parking is excellent. We give it 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Destination Restaurant
    JeffsterVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I made reservations three months prior, we had a large group and it was a very special occasion. I actually called the owner to confirm twice and to reserve a private room. When we checked in the receptionist had no idea that we had a private room. They scrambled to set the room up which was not a big deal. I asked the receptionist to please have the owner come over to talk to me. The owner was there but did not have the courtesy to come over and speak to me. I did take offense to that and would never go back nor recommend this establishment because of that. The food was good, some dishes came late and cold. The service was extremely spotty. They did comp us dessert and a drink. Nice touch but too little too late.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the desserts
    Artmom8
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    A group of us gals had a lovely, leisurely dinner here with excellent food selections. I had pre-requested they have the "Floating Island" on theri dessert menu and they did! It was fantastic! The bread was fresh and delicious, salads were crisp and all the entres were tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.