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Altura Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "My experience at Altura was fabulous. It started with the warm welcome and a delicate small 2 ounce glass filled with a rhubarb drink that cleansed your palate. From there, we had a spring salad mix with flowers that were delicious. The bread that was drizzled in olive oil and baked with truffles in parchment paper was so good, every bite you ate was better than the previous.Next, we had sliced frozen sorrel and cherries in lime juice that was out of this world The gnocchi was perfect and not over cooked We had salmon for our entre dish It was seasoned and cooked to perfection We had a glass of rose to accompany our meal We had a chocolate drink with a small scoop of gelato in it. The dining experience at Altura was "Magnificent"!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A must dining experience in the Seattle area. Highly recommended for your list of popular places in the Seattle area to eat at."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Second time at Altura and it did not disappoint. Great meal presentation, taste and service. The Melon Soup was especially wonderful and the Chocolate Cremeux was outstanding. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "First time to experience a chef's tasting menu and it was amazing! Kudos to the whole team at Altura!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had the Chef's Tasting Menu, and it was incredible. There must have been 12 courses, and each was a fabulous tasting experience with wonderful flavors and textures. Very creative and innovative. Husband and I agreed that Chef Lockwood is a genius. The wine suggested by the Sommelier was spot on as well. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time w family. Easy, felt special."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We loved it and thank you for making it so special. Our daughter and husband are coming to Seattle in August and we recomended it to them. Thank you again! Harlan & Jane Maita Kelly from Goose & Gander in Napa told us about you"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Came here for special dinner. Indulged in the tasting menu. This was one of the most interesting, complex and well executed dinners we have had in Seattle - and we have been to most restaurants in town. That a place so spectacular is on the end of Broadway is rather amazing. Wait staff was awesome and very knowledgeable without being all puffed up. Every course was beautiful and delicious. If you want to be blown away - right here in town - go here. You will not find better."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It's not very often that I leave a restaurant and hug the staff. Everyone was so great, and the food was fantastic. Awesome spot for a first date!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Needed to ask for bread service (and it does not appear that bread service requires separate ordering), utensil service not timely, and we needed to refill our own wine glasses during the course of the dinner. We've been to Altura a few times, and the service this time was noticeably sub-par. Finally, the almond cake desert was a bit dry for an almond cake, and the $15 surcharge (presumably for the drizzle of 25-yr aged Balsamic) was not worth it. On a positive note, the entrees were (like prior visits) very, very good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The foods were fresh, well prepared, good presentation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Outstanding all the way around. Some of the best food in Seattle. James, the waitperson, and Forrest, the sommelier, were polished and knowledgeable without being at all stiff."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great seating at the counter watching the chefs create their dishes and plating magic. Every course was well-conceived both in artistic presentation and great depth of flavors. Service was very attentive and the dining pace was pleasantly leisurely. Altura made for a memorable 38th wedding anniversary meal for us."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Altura has quickly become one of the very best dining experiences around. The food is always exciting and demands attention. Cheff Nathan is a creative soul, making magic with fresh ingredients."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This was my fifth visit to Altura, and each meal each time has been truly remarkable. The quality, inventive and delicious flavor compositions, freshness, presentation and sheer delight of the taste of the dishes that come out of the open, well-orchestrated Altura kitchen makes this one of the very top restaurants in my extensive dining experience in Seattle. Everyone I bring here says, "This is amazing! How come I didn't know this was here?" Warm wishes for continuing success to Altura and its well-integrated staff: I'll be back again and again."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Altura is one of the BEST if not the best restaurant in Seattle. We have enjoyed several delicious meals here and will continue returning. It is consistently excellent, innovative and a restaurant to go to just because you want to enjoy a fabulous dinner or have a special occasion to celebrate. Altura is in our neighborhood which is very convenient but it is definitely worth the drive to experience a delicious and memorable meal. We love to sit at the counter and watch the chef and staff prepare each course. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary at Altura. A delightful evening and a delicious meal! Thank you, Altura."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here on our anniversary as we know it's pricey but the food and service is excellent. With so many great dining choices in Seattle, it takes an exceptional level of attention to details to rise above the rest. Altura was amazing in both food and service. Chef Nathan's gnocchi with lamb, beef and iberico ragu was so delicious, I could have eaten just that and been happy. The spot prawn crudo pleased the eye as well as the tastebuds, being exquisitely presented as if in a food magazine. There was not a single misstep in our dining experience. The food and service feels like fine dining but this restaurant is casual enough that Seattleites who deem "dressing up" a distateful chore, will feel welcome."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I had such a memorable experience the first time I had the pleasure of eating at Altura I chose it as my last supper in Seattle before we move to the bay area. At my first visit I was so in love with the fish dish I had I asked the server about the recipe. Chef Nathan came over himself and gave me a very detailed description of how to prepare the dish. It is always risky returning to a restaurant that you have previously idealized, but I was just as impressed and satisfied as the first time. Everything from the opening complimentary drink and amuse with large shavings of black truffle on top to the incredible range of menu items that you can customize to your taste. Service is excellent and the open kitchen concept is eye candy."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great setting, authentic feel, impeccable service, amazingly fresh and imaginative menu. XXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOXXXXXXOOOOOOOO"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've been hearing a lot of good things about Altura from my friends so we decided to try for our anniversary dinner. I requested to have a table for 2 although that isn't always guaranteed as small partys are seated at the kitchen bar. They had tables available so we were able to sit at a table. The food was delicious and the wine pairings were perfect. We did the 3 course dinner as we had a late lunch. We were very full with the 3 course menu. We would have loved to have tried the 12 course chef's tasting menu though. Overall experience and service was great."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is a must-visit restaurant in Seattle if you're into food. We went with the 5 course menu and the flavors were creative and delicious. My one gripe is that one of my pasta dishes had a tiny portion (3 very small raviolis) but the other pasta dish I ordered was substantive. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This small but comfortable restaurant has a great feel. We felt very comfortable. Jamye was our server. She was attentitive and patient with us as we asked questions of the menu items. Each dish was presented beautifully. The flavors were wonderful! Allow time to relax and enjoy the food and the evening. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I took my wife to Altura for her birthday. The food was wonderful and the service was great. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "While the price is a bit steep, the quality of the food is exceptional, as is the atmosphere and service. I'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Absolutely fantastic meal. Memorable. We sat at the bar at the open kitchen and highly recommend this. Watching Nathan Lockwood and his team was like being witness to a beautiful symphony. Food delicious and stunning. Beverage pairings impeccable. Outstanding! And yes, Nathan, Madrona and Arbutus are one and the same."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had heard all the buzz, finally got a reservation and wow. Loved sitting at the bar and taking in the kitchen in action. Definitely save for a special occasion (ie $$$). But worth the price, and worth the wait."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Watching the chefs prepare the food was an experience. Then came the dining portion. Absolutely great! Every morsel was delicious The service was impeccable Sit at the counter it will enhance your experience"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "From the service to the food, everything at Altura was top notch. The dishes were fresh and very delicious. The service was prompt and everything was well taken care of. Great restaurant all around!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Altura and it was our anniversary. The table was right next to the hostess stand which accounts for the noise level. The food was top notch and the wine pairings superb. We found the kitchen to be creative and very professional. A terrific Seattle restaurant that combined Italian cuisine (phenomenal gnocchi) with a French flair, throwing in a local spot prawn crudo. We left trying to figure out how we could get the bill down so we could come more often."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Don't know what else to say other than it was simply amazing."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner but felt it was over priced. The dish that really made us feel this way was the Steak special entry, which we paid extra money for. My husband and I shared the dish, and each one of us got two bites of steak. For my appetizer, I got 3 shrimps only. For $250 dinner, I would expect more....unfortunately, I do not see myself go back to this restaurant. Also - I mentioned over the phone that we are celebrating my husband birthday, and nothing special was done for this occasion. Not even a candle on the dessert."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food and service were superb! We each did the 5 course tasting menu and all ordered different items and then shared. In essence, we each tried 15 wonderful dishes. They were all fantastic and delectable!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Altura is a special occasion restaurant given its price point and rich food, but the middle of your dinner, you'll wish you could justify eating at Altura once a week. The food is amazing -- artful combination of flavors, perfectly cooked and presented. The wine pairings are excellent and enhance the overall experience. They offer an extensive chef's tasting menu for that extra special culinary experience, but I love that you can also put together any combination of dishes in 3 or 5 courses. This is especially great for groups willing to share so you can taste more of the menu. I highly recommend sitting at the counter to interact with the chefs as you eat -- very fun. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I was expecting tasty food; I was surprised by the beautiful presentation. The wine pairing was tremendous. The full experience takes some time, which is perfect for a special occasion. Three course option would be fine for an everyday, less special event. High expectations were exceeded."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Chef Nathan Lockwood serves up a changing menu with amazing ingredients, beautifully plated and delicious food with a very homey aspect to it. We've been here 4 times and each time; the flavors, the food, the service, everything has been consistent. We love this place and recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Give yourself 3-4 hrs to enjoy the experience. We did 5 courses and the wine pairings with another couple. The wine pairings are a must. They are perfectly matched with each course and likely not wines you would normally have. I did two appetizers instead of dessert. Overall an amazing meal. A great way to catch up with friends/family. I was more than sated. Expect to spend $150-$200 each for a 5 course with pairings. Definitely a dining experience. If you don't live close by consider taking a taxi or car2go as parking can be challenging on the weekends. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "It was my first time to try this restaurant. Though the weather was terrible on that day, everything aspect inside the restaurant was wonderful. Especially the menu composition, execution, presentation, quality of service were impeccable. I will definitely go back again. It's not a budget restaurant, but hey, every good things have their price for a reason, right? Highly recommended for all the serious foodies."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I had dinner with the most amazing girl and we have amazing food….."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Once again, Altura impresses with the elegant/eclectic decor draped on exceptional food. Our meal, full of flavors in season, was absolutely sublime. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Expect a 3 hour encore of pampered service and exceptional food!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Ordered the 5 course with wine pairings. Everything was absolutely spot on. The food, the wine, the service. Couldn't have asked for a better experience."
    Dined on 4/26/2014