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Altura Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alturarestaurant.com
  • Email: info@alturarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (206) 402-6749
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nathan Lockwood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: BROADWAY E & ROY ST
  • Public Transit: Stops for bus lines 9, 49 and 60 within one block.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Three pay lots within one block
A word from Altura
Altura Restaurant brings the seasonal emphasis of Italian cooking to the bounty of the Northwest with artisan technique. Guests enjoy the elegance of the freshest ingredients, simply prepared and perfectly presented. Chef Lockwood crafts his weekly-changing menu to celebrate the best, most seasonal products available, highlighting Northwest produce and foraged items where appropriate, as well as specialty Italian ingredients.

Similarly, the 80-bottle wine list strives to combine highlights from the Northwest with Old World selections from small producers in a range of styles. Wine Director Guy Kugel has hand-selected each label, and will pair wine flights, glasses, or bottles to suit the desires of each guest.

Altura encourages its guests to dine in the Italian style by providing a tasting menu coursed dinner format, whereby the guest chooses selections from three, four, or five course sections, or opt for our 7-course Chef's Tasting Menu.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Altura presents an intensity of local flavor, preparation and a fun menu that really opens up the uniqueness of the individual components to each dish. We both chose the 5-course meal with paired wines. I have to say from the salumi and fois gras appetizers to the final amuse-bouche, our eyes and palates were very happy. The staff were very approachable and friendly. While some may balk at the cost of a meal at Altura, we found it to be an awesome adventure and are already planning when we can introduces some friends to the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The service is excellent! Watching the chefs doing their work is impeccable. They really put a lot of effort and seriousness into making each dish. We tried the five course menu and love all of it. Next time we'll do the tasting menu as some other customers were and their dishes look amazing. Of course you need to be adventurous in such case."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I visited Altura with 3 vegetarians who also had various food allergies. The evening was the most fantastic meal creation and dining experience of our lives. Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We prefer restaurants which create the tastiest meal, made with quality ingredients, and served graciously, efficiently and unobtrusively. Then there are places such as Altura, looking to show the chef's prowess, give diners a thrill and the servers a stage, including a certain amount of silliness, such as complimentary rhubarb juice with our cocktails and servers hovering over every bite of the other amuses bouches we didn't order. Assured the chef would cook my pork perfectly, even though I said not rare, please, it came perfectly crusted on the outside, bloody on the inside--cold asparagus and fava beans on the side. My wife liked her pasta better, but her cannoli fillling was the consistency and flavor of something from the supermarket."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Altura is a classic Seattle hot spot. Service is friendly, welcoming, and professional. The scene of diners and chefs is diverse and engaging. The menu is fashion-forward; I found only a few dishes I might want. However, my entree (risi e bisi) and dessert (bourbon caramel semifreddo) were to die for: fresh, well-conceived, wonderful flavors. My appetizer (asparagus nettle soup) was less successful -- kind of a clashing hodgepodge of tastes, none very appealing. Two complimentary amuses, generously offered at the start, were ... forgettable. Prices are high; I paid $95 (with tip) for the above plus a gin & tonic. I wish these good folks well, but at this point there is better value for one's money elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "All of the dishes from the opening to the dessert were presented with fresh insights. The Meyer's Lemon Cannoli were a wonderful fresh way to serve it. The salmon with all its flavors made the serving all the more intriguing. The entire meal was superb."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 4 diners at the dining counter. Counter seating for more than 3 can make conversation difficult. I wanted to give my dining companions a chance to see a kitchen in action and the view did not disappoint. Food: Had the tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was executed to a high level and was very consistent. The meal had no real low points with several high points. Best dishes for me were the tartare, iberico pork, and seafood pasta. Wine pairings were well matched, my only gripe was wanting more pours for the cost of the pairing. Food value was great though. Service Generally friendly, one moment of waiter smugness unfortunately"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Altura was a wonderful experience. The chef were nice, staff was knowledgeable and our overall experience was terrific."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Consistently great food / service - we go about once a month - special occasion or not."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Pretentious cuisine that's not even that good. Small portions, over-the-top presentation and overall lacking."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "While on the high end side, it was worth every penny for the casually sophisticated experience. The Rhubarb taster with the tiny custard, expertly prepared. When the waiter said there was orange in the topping and I am highly allergic, he removed it. Most restaurants, that would have been the end of it, but our waiter came back within minutes with one with no orange. We were almost late for The Lion King at the Paramount and missed one course, which they refunded. Be prepared for an evening of delicious food in a casually well thought out environment. Can't wait to return and this time include the wine pairing with dinner."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Wow - what a great restaurant. We ordered the chef's tasting menu (pricey) but enjoyable. The server was pleasant and knowledgeable about the food and wine. There were a number of dishes, but they were spaced out nicely. I was expecting more traditional Italian dishes but there was only one pasta dish and it was one of my favorites as was a small one bite mussel that was served smoking under a glass. Some of the dishes were just small bites and others were small plates. Either way it was all tasty. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant because it was a James Beard nominee. My dining companion and I had the tasting menu - the food was great, but I won't order it again. It was too much food and while the food was great, I can't remember what I had. I think if I'd had the 3-course menu I would be able to describe it better."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Nice food, great ambience but too pricy for overall experience."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We dined with a friend from NYC and were not disappointed. We had dined here always choosing the 3 course option, but this time chose the tasting menu. There were 12 different courses, though it is described on the menu to have the equivalent of 4 courses. The Chopped Beet Carpaccio was especially memorable with farm egg, pickled turnip, bone marrow and parmesan. Another highlight was the grilled octopus and abalone with wild watercress, preserved lemon and spring onion. The True Wagyu New York Steak came prior to the three small but intensely good dessert portions. None of us had a feeling that is was too much food because the portions were all small but substantial enough to enjoy the amazing flavors of each dish."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Eclectic outstanding food. Desserts were special. The Asparagus soup was excellent but quite sparse. Parking remains a problem."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is an excellent place....the food is creative and perfectly cooked. It's expensive but worth it. I was a solo diner and appreciated their seating me at a table as I requested."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This is a very small restaurant with very big ideas! Everything our party ordered (we shared) was exquisitely prepared by the chef/owner working behind the kitchen bar not 10' away. Every dish was a flavor explosion, thoughtfully prepared and presented. The wait staff were attentive without being over present. We will definitely return and we are already referring visiting out-of-towners looking for great food to Altura. It is one of the best in Seattle! (But avoid the single banquet seat in the rear, it's rather uncomfortable.)"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The restaurant was nice, the food was good, the wine list very nice, the service very good, however not extraordinary for the prices they charge, a little bit overpriced."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The best food I've had in Seattle, and a top 5 meal. That's it."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I have been wanting to eat here for soooo long! Finally got a reservation for my birthday dinner last night. The place is darling, not at all pretentious, as some hot spots can be. The service was impeccable without being annoyingly solicitous. And the food was so inventive, beautifully presented and delicious. Two thumbs up! And if I had more than two, they would be up as well!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We have been frequenting Altura from the first month of opening and have been wowed by the experience that Chef Nathan provides to his guests. That is why my husband and I selected Altura to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We treated ourselves to the tasting menu and wine pairing and can report that it surpassed any meal that we have had the privilege to taste including our many outings to The Herb Farm. Chef Nathan, Chef Extraordinaire. I do not know how he can top this, but I am certain that he will."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "You can have it good or fast, which one do you want? Honestly this is amazing food, but honestly they need to improve the service we were patient but had one course in the first 2 hours. Finished the bottle of wine I had ordered for dinner. Maybe someone dropped the ball. The Nettle soup was complex, amazing, and who knew you could make the most memorable thing I have put in my mouth for 3 nights of dining in Seattle out of Nettles? Had the 5 course meal and it did not disappoint. The balsamic on the dessert could have been good but honestly the flavors didn't work all that great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Altura always manages to present a creative and delicious meal without any of the pretense found at many other high end dining establishments. The atmosphere is always relaxed and casually elegant. The food is always amazing and it's a treat to watch and interact with the chefs who always make it look so easy."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our experience at Altura was phenomenal--from the very attentive service to the magnificently-presented cuisine. We commented several times the following day that we hadn't had a dining experience like that in a long time. We had the special ribeye steak for two. It was done perfectly and was the most tender steak I've ever had. Highly recommended for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We haven't experienced Altura outside of the special occasion evening, however I am certain we will be back. Tried some things not found on all menus and really enjoyed the environment. Enjoyed every minute of our experience and even got lucky enough for front row parking in a rain down pour!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I went there for my b-day. The food, presentation and service was very good. I'm not the type that likes a lot of detailed explanation of where every wine was from and whether or not it has a sweet yet nutty oak flavor and such, but the attention to detail is there if you appreciate that kind of stuff. Almost as much as I like the food I liked watching the cooks prepare the meals on the dining counter. You can see the level of detail that goes into the preparation partly because you are 2' away staring at them and partly because the high-quality is the norm not the exception. Overall great food with a focus on presentation and flavor and not on quantity. Prices are high, but for the right occasion worth it."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. We dine at Altura once every three months. Always a great experience and the food makes this one of the top restaurants in Seattle."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Second time here. Loved it even more. Fantastic food and amazing service. It is hard to get in to because it is small. But always worth the wait!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I’ve reviewed Altura in the past, commenting that it’s outstanding in every way and one of the top restaurants in the world (yes, seriously). In this review, I’d like to add that I was quite impressed to see how well they handled a group of 12-14, most of whom were enjoying the tasting menu (which I highly recommend). Hosting a dinner? This is the place! For couples, the counter is theater. You can watch the entire Altura team, led by chef Nathan Lockwood, as they work their gastronomical magic. While unique, the food is delightful and approachable, not pretentious. Romantic? Absolutely! Not as a dark corner, candlelit, cliché, but as an opportunity to connect with another’s soul across a feast for the senses."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "After spending nearly $200 for a three course meal for two and having to endure screaming patrons from far away tables, I left hungry. My pappardella course consisted of a single noodle - laughable! The wait between courses was interminable. Obsessively fussing over how food is presented using tweezers to plate it does not make you a gourmet restaurant. Get over yourself!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We went to celebrate both mine and my husband's birthdays and it was our first time. We were initially seated at a table but after a few minutes we asked to move to the bar. The food is outstanding. We took 5 courses each and every dish was extraordinary. The portions are not huge but when we got to the deserts we were stuffed. We also shared a wine parring which was nice of them to accommodate but watch out- even for 2 people that was A LOT of wine- we appreciated getting a great return on what we paid for. Place is not noisy so we were able to have a nice conversation. The bar is the highlight- seeing how they make the dishes was amazing and the chefs were so nice-made our evening even more special. Highly recommended. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was my third trip to Altura and I continued to be delighted and impressed. Each course was excellent, perfectly cooked and really thoughtfully built on the plate to give the highest visual and flavor impact. Cool attention to detail and additional touches. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and professional-- probably one of the best trained in Seattle. The wine list is thoughtfully chosen and has a great collection of interesting and delicious selections to pair with chef's style and the flavor profiles he seems to go for. I look forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Although we were seated under the draft from a blower, our server quickly arranged to turn it down or off. The tables are quite close making private conversations difficult. The food was exquisite and the portions were adequate. All together a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Every little detail=perfect. Really outstanding food & service!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We had a lovely time, the food was over-the-top spectacular. So many new flavors we had never experienced and the food was presented impeccably and delightfully. The seating was pretty crowded and loud, tables are a little wide for intimate conversation. But staff was very friendly and versatile. Thanks for a romantic night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When I want to experience food that is sublime, I go to Alturas. Wonderful care and artistry, right down to portions and wine pairings that leave you feeling great instead of too stuffed."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Local vibe 5* international cuisine. The menu was fresh, locally sourced and very well put together. The tastes of the organic delicacies, together with either presentation, service and ambience were well worth the visit. Do the wine pairing!!! Simply amazing."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Service was fantastic. Food was so-so. My steak was burnt and portions were small and a bit overpriced."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I went here on a whim with my husband - we had seen that Altura was rated 5 stars on OpenTable, which immediately made us wonder "why haven't we heard of this place?!" We used OpenTable to make a reservation for 15 minutes after finding the 5 star rating. We miraculously found excellent parking right in front of the restaurant, and were greeted pleasantly upon entering. The hostess also took our coats to hang up for us, which is always a nice touch. The meal was phenomenal! Very tasty, highly recommended. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 1/21/2014