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1420 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
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$31 to $50
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Alta CA Details
Hours of Operation:
SAT & SUN: 5PM-2AM
Please note, we serve a limited menu from 3PM-5PM and from 10:30PM-1AM.
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Van Ness and Fell
Muni lines: F, J, K, L, M, N, 6, 71
Star Park (lot) at 101 Hayes Street and Liberty Park (lot) at 116 Hayes Street (Both open 24 hrs)
A word from Alta CA
A neighborhood restaurant and gathering place.
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Vibrant neighborhood bar and
restaurant with good food at fair prices. Clever design of an almost industrial space. Friendly service."
Dined on 3/5/2014
Food was good, Service excellent.
We got there at noon and it was empty, when we left it was packed, so I recommend going earlier rather than later. I had the burger. It was a little small and messy, but delicious. The potato chips were definitely home made but not as yummy as most home made chips I've had. My lunch mates had the pork trotter and pastrami sandwich. I wish I had gone for the trotter, the whole thing just looked perfect, my friend loved it. I'm not a big fan of brussell sprouts but even they looked good. The slow egg on top was perfectly cooked. Alta seems most lauded for the beef tendons which did not disappoint. I only wish he had gone after work instead for lunch, as I am quite certain their cocktails are delicious too."
Dined on 2/27/2014
This is my 3rd time eating at Alta
CA. The 1st 2 were lunch and I thought they were so so. A friend of mine insists that the dinner menu was better, all I can say it was larger but not more interesting. The beef tendon puff are tasty, but they do stick between your teeth. I did have them twice as I liked them so much, but a 4505 Chicharone is puffy and melts nicely. The Deviled Eggs have been constant and very nice. This I have ordered 3 times. Excellent Pomegranate Margaritas. The burgers are good, but many places have burgers so if you want a burger please do try theirs it is one of the better one. Then the mains - Pork Shoulder and Beef something neither a reason to come back. There were no vegetable or side on the menu."
Dined on 2/28/2014
You will need a reservation. You
will go once or twice and you may exhaust your favorite selections, unless they periodically change the menu. Worth a visit periodically. Close to some work locations to meet a friend after work."
Dined on 2/28/2014
On entering the restaurant the
overall design especially the free-standing liquor storage was visually impressive and unpretentious. I was there for lunch and it was only lightly to moderately busy and, therefore, the atmosphere was comfortable. Although I prefer not be perched on a stool, the stool was made comfortable with a foot rest. The menu was very different but easily accessible. We ordered the beef tendon puffs, the chick pea and oxtail fritters, the pastrami sandwich, the soft chocolate ice cream with caramel and the chocolate chip cookies. The eating experience felt low key and welcomed and the offerings unusual with subtle excitement."
Dined on 2/19/2014
Can it live up to the hype post
opening buzz? Well, we finally got our lunch reservation for President's Day. We were a party of three and tried a variety of items on the menu. Food was tasty — good balance of flavors and texture. Drinks (non-alchol), food and desert total average around $30 per person. Good value for the quality of food and service."
Dined on 2/17/2014
The venue is lovely. The food can
be great or OK. The soup and salad were really good. The burger too salty. . .maybe all the thick cut bacon and cheese?"
Dined on 2/16/2014
I live near here and have been
wanting to drop in since before the doors opened. I must admit I was more than a bit unimpressed. The person serving our table could not have been nicer but I would be surprised if he had more than a few hours total waiting experience under his belt -- ever. He was very green and nervous. In contrast, I ate at the good but less trendy Canela Bistro the next night and the difference in flowing, easy service could not have been more stark. The food was fine at Alta but nothing really to write home about. My friend had the porridge (which Michael Bauer liked) and we all agreed it was just okay. My smoked trout bialys were just okay. They need to tighten the food and raise the bar on staffing."
Dined on 2/12/2014
Fun, energetic and disciplined
food prep, great wine list and very approachable staff. Loved the Burger, Trotter Salad, Seared Squid, Mushroom Porage and the Gently Smoked Trout."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Very imaginative dishes with
superb flavors but without the fussiness or weird combinations so prevalent today. Worth a detour, maybe even a detour"
Dined on 2/14/2014
First time at Alta and a little
disappointing given the pedigree of the owners. Food was good but not great. Had about 6 dishes and there wasn't one that wowed us. Like the room, casual crowd and a good upgrade to that neighborhood. Service was okay and if you order cocktails be prepared to wait and wait some more. No reason to go back unless you live within walking distance. No dish that I said I want to come back for this."
Dined on 2/13/2014
Alta CA is a Daniel Patterson
resto, he of COI, and PLUM fame -- and he is quite the hot chef of the moment. I generally dislike tasting menus, preferring the best ingredients, well prepared, and any unexpected taste or flare is incidental. That's just what I got at Alta! Very good food and VERY professional service. Super lively room with a crowd that, I admit, did not seem like it was full of locals. Maybe there was a convetion of New Yorkers or Angelinos in town? Anyhow... it was fantastic. The cocktail list was especially great. I reccommend this place -- it's like slipping into a huge, swank private party that's hidden in plain sight!"
Dined on 2/8/2014
Loved it. A total taste sensation.
Started w the seared squid w greens, avocado, grapefruit, and almonds, which was a great combination of tastes and textures. Paired with an excellent Morey Aligote. For the main, had the pork trotter, which was a hearty dish of delicious tastes and textures. For dessert, I had the Chocolate ice cream with chili and lime, and it, too, was fantastic. My server was outstanding - articulate, attentive, helpful, and passionate about the menu. Finally, I thought the atmosphere was great, with the wine and spirits wall, the bar, and the lighting particularly well done. Will definitely visit again. Just make sure to book early, as it seems the prime slots go quickly."
Dined on 2/4/2014
I highly recommend it! The food
was very good! Service was perfect, friendly, and warm. I will definitely go back and I encourage others to check it out."
Dined on 2/1/2014
It's wonderful to find a
neighborhood gem that delivers on all counts: outstanding food, service, ambiance and value. Will be returning here many times in the future!"
Dined on 2/1/2014
Lots of great energy entering,
being greeted and such, but then felt a bit on our own. Service was very friendly but haphazard & duck confit was tough. The deviled eggs were really nice however. Overall an interesting menu that works for me but I will be limited on who to bring due to the menu being somewhat unapproachable. It's not as far as some, but unless you are a foodie it will be kind of hard. Alta is a nice space in a section of Market that was formerly not where you wnated to be. I'll go back and I'll try other food and hope that my next time improves as I like the staff, location and design...just need some consistency in service."
Dined on 1/31/2014
I loved this place! A great
addition to the neighborhood."
Dined on 1/30/2014
We had a wonderful evening at Alta
CA. We ordered quite a few of the items on the menu and got a broad range of tastes and experiences. Several of the dishes were exquisite, entertaining and tasty. A couple were just poorly prepared and no excuses could have overcome the problems with those dishes, for example, the unchewable, uncuttable "duck confit". I hope that Alta CA improves over time and starts to change their menu up a bit so that we can try new things in subsequent visits. I think I would go back for another experiment here."
Dined on 1/28/2014
Such great service, ambiance, and
menu. Would come back!"
Dined on 1/27/2014
Most everything was excellent. The
menu descriptions did not do justice to the amazing food and unique combinations of ingredients. The flavors and use of fresh ingredients made the dishes stand out. We really appreciated all the house made items, pastrami, blood orange marmalade in ricotta toasts, shaved sun choke chips,the porridge . Yum!!! Just remembered the soft serve ice cream with toppings . You gotta do it."
Dined on 1/26/2014
Wonderful spot for lunch. The menu
is small but tempting. I finally decided on the hen of the woods mushroom entree. It was like a risotto without the rice - cracked wheat porridge with mushrooms, turnips and salsa verde. Delicious! I'd like to try the black cod and hamburger on future visits. For dessert, I chose among several soft serve ice cream w/toppings. I had the vanilla with honey and rolled oats - a terrific end to a lovely lunch. The server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the decor is very attractive. I highly recommend Alta CA!"
Dined on 1/22/2014
The food and service were
excellent at our dinner. Oysters with a creative mandarin and bay leaf mignonette were not perfect only because of a bit too much black pepper. Rye toast with ricotta and blood oranges and arugula was shockingly delicious. The hen of the woods mushroom porridge with baby turnips disappeared from our shared plate disappointingly quickly. The only "meh" aspects of the meal were the mixed drinks, which sounded promising but were not perfectly balanced, and the ice cream, which was fine but didn't live up to the fantastic dinner. I can't wait to come back and eat at the bar on a weeknight on the way home from work. Oh, and don't believe the Yelp reviews; the service was gracious, knowledgeable, and professional."
Dined on 1/20/2014
The food was tasty but this was
one of those places where you left hungry and wondering how the bill ended up so high. It's a nice place inside, with plenty of bar space and good atmosphere, but for us, the poor service and high prices were too much. The ice cream desert was especially disappointing, we had the mexican, which was just generic chocolate soft serve plus some cinnamon sprinkled on top. Boring."
Dined on 1/16/2014
It was difficult to put together a
balanced meal at Alta. All the food was delicious, but we struggled to find a balance of tastes. Would love to have some vegetable sides added to the menu and a better explanation of how to pair appetizers."
Dined on 12/27/2013
The open kitchen ambiance,
interesting wine list, and creative, delicious food is truly worth a visit to Alta CA. But, don't bring a hankering for bread. The only option is ordering onion bialys, which are small and quickly harden. We've always said the quality (and presence) of the table bread say much about a restaurant, so Alta CA could clearly improve on this measure."
Dined on 1/3/2014
Had a really fun time at Alta CA!
Host Patrick very accommodating and server Brent was great! We ended up sitting at the bar and eating a good portion of the menu. All very good and very reasonable. Highlights were the pig trotter, deviled eggs and the ice cream! Burger tasty, but I only had a small bite. DP did a great job with the space. Simple, warm, urban, it totally fits the neighborhood. Staff really polished for being so new. Love to come back late night! Kinda sketchy outside at night, but...."
Dined on 1/13/2014
Alta CA was an amazing surprise!
Who knew Market Street could have such a great place for lunch? The food was excellent (Confit Chicken had an amazing smokey flavor), the service even better and the atomosphere energetic and fun. Just across the street from the new Twitter HQ @10th & Market Streets, it is our new neighborhood gem! I can't wait to try it for dinner."
Dined on 1/10/2014
First, the food was outstanding,
and that alone gives me hope this place will blossom into one of SF's great new restaurants. However, as with any new establishment, service, staffing, and work-flow need improvements. Specifically, the wait at the bar is excessive, and the bartenders did not handle their business with particular grace. Second, too many waiters/servers were were unable to address patrons' needs in a timely fashion. Back to the positives, ie the high quality, innovative, and well-portioned food served in timely fashion. The chickpea and oxtail fritters were sublime; the bialy incredible and smoky; and the wine/beer/booze list comprehensive. And, a new player in the SF burger scene. This place has great potential."
Dined on 1/8/2014
I would maybe go back in a year,
but wouldn't run back. Food was good. Nothing was bad but none of the dishes were anything I must go back and have again. The host does a great job. The managerial looking people (1 guy, 1 girl) do a lot of walking around and looking around but they're not actually absorbing. They are just looking important. If they were really in tune of what was happening they would have stopped by our table several times because service was lacking. . Everyone we came in contact with was really friendly and that counts for something! Service was slow. The cocktails need an overhaul. The Mr. Ed is amateur and more of a dessert menu drink. Don't waste your money on it. It's a coffee flavored snow cone and nothing more."
Dined on 1/8/2014
Just opened up across the street
from me and I was excited to try a new spot that looked really nice inside. Not only was the ambience lovely (great for a date or just bringing friends/Mom) but the savory entrees were prepared so creatively like the Hen of the Wood Mushroom with Cracked Wheat Porridge and Baby Turnip. Don't pass up the soft serve ice cream dessert for being overly simple compared to the entrees as I almost did but am glad I tried it too as it was just the perfect finisher after everything else."
Dined on 1/5/2014
Definitely a great gem in the
neighborhood. Got several plates including the olives, chickory salad, cod, chicken, hen mushroom, and cocktails for a table of 3 and it was ALL delicious. It was slow (Boxing day) when we went in, so not sure why the cocktails took awhile to hand craft. We got our first plate before our drinks and ordered them in advance, but it was worth the wait."
Dined on 12/26/2013
It's a beautifully redone resto.
Food for price is ok. Serving sized small. Service was uneven. Overly attentive at ordr and then forgotten at the end. Need dairy free desserts or at least not only ice cream. Good cocktails."
Dined on 12/23/2013
We have dined at Coi before and
wanted to see what this new casual place by the same chef was like. It's a work in progress. Some basics of service are missing. They need to refill the minuscule water glasses more often. A trip to the ladies room through the heart of the kitchen is interesting and one gets to meet the dishwashers as well, but one wonders how the SF Health Department ever allowed this patron invasion. Some of the dishes work and some don't. We sent one back and they took it off our bill, which we appreciated. I probably would have given Alta a higher rating if my expectations weren't so high, but my current expectations are that this place will improve and that the next time I will be able to give Alta a higher rating."
Dined on 12/21/2013
The food was interesting although
did not match the description. The service was horrible. We tried five dishes and most were good. The bialys were probably the best in terms of executions. The squid salad was interesting if not what we were expecting with the cold squid. The smoked fish was delicious but the portion was tiny for 16 dollars. The pork trotter was ruined by too much acid. The service was bad. Both servers didn't seem to know the menu. They never asked about the meal. They were rude in their comments and seemed very distracted. The food wasn't coursed the way we asked."
Dined on 12/11/2013
The food is eclectic--small
dishes. Our favourites were the tendon puffs (think pork cracklings!) and the cocktails."
Dined on 12/10/2013
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