Altura
Altura

Altura

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alturarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2064026749x
  • 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 applies the focus of ingredient-driven Italian cooking to the natural bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Our chefs work tirelessly each day to highlight the most exciting seasonal products.

Chef Nathan Lockwood's tasting menu is at the heart of the Altura approach to dining. With a focus on wild foraged products, pristine Puget Sound seafood and locally raised heirloom meats and vegetables, our tasting menu exemplifies who we are. Expect to spend two to three hours enjoying ten to fifteen courses of our most inspired dishes.

For a less structured approach, diners are welcome to design their own experience by choosing three or more courses from our traditional menu. Our Sommelier, Ryan Schroeder, is always on hand to design a unique flight of paired wines or help you find the perfect bottle to highlight your experience.

We invite you to join us on Capitol Hill to celebrate seasonal cuisine, exceptional wine and gracious service.
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Altura reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (109)special occasion (108)romantic (63)notable wine list (61)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (18)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Romantic Gem in Capitol Hill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a great meal, everything was perfect including the service and the wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a special trip!
    jmwein
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Three remarkable courses: foie gras lightly sautéed with huckleberries and much more; tiny pasta pockets with white truffles fresh and shaved copiously at the table; thick elk steak with bone in, all this plus a good amuse-bouche and very good bread. All this topped with a bottle of Amarone not on the wine list. Couldn't ask for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Extremely good service. It's unbelievable, the serving staff, the chefs. All of it was amazing
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It
    TimBVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I celebrated out anniversary at Altura. The food and service was great and the staff even brought a little surprise dessert for us. I highly recommend Altura.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the reputation
    Arthur
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Rather than go for the chef's tasting menu, a group of 5 of us decided to do the 3 course option and just order all the items on the menu. We're glad we did as we were stuffed at the end and incredibly satisfied with our meal. Everything was masterfully crafted and a few were beyond description. Service (5/5) - The service as expected here is impeccable. From the hostess who sat us immediately as we arrived to the server who made sure all our needs were met right away. She was also incredibly knowledgeable about the menu. Even the hostess helped deliver dishes which I've never seen in other restaurants but it seems that everyone chips in to make sure things are done quickly and with class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience
    Foodie85
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I had the sole as an entrée. The "potato crust" was outstanding and quite different from others. And the melted leeks were delicious. All of the tastes worked together and separately. A great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Remedy is simple--turn the music level down Need to offer non-alcoholic wine plus NA beer (more than one selection)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Believe the hype
    KickMKVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We made your reservation for Altura a month in advance, to guarantee that we'd be able to come here on our wedding anniversary. We were a bit early for our reservation, but the hostess seated us promptly -- at the bar. We requested to be resat, since it was a special occasion and we didn't want to sit side-by-side. The hostess seemed a bit nonplussed at first, but accommodated us. That was the only service blip in an otherwise stellar evening. We were particularly impressed by the sommelier. Food is outstanding. We did the three course with wine pairing, and each match was perfection. Big thumbs up to the chicory salad. And for the entree: My husband got the steak, which he said was wonderful, and I got a chicken special -- also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    pde57
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The Duck Prosciutto & Duck Bologna (fabulous); Spicy Grilled Octopus (very tough, typical of Octopus; the seasoning was not impressive...spicy chili, not over the top). Pappardelle and Gnocchi, were very good, fresh, and satiating. Lopez Goat, disappointing, returned plate to kitchen b/c the shoulder portion was too tough to eat. Potato Crusted Petrole Sole, very good, nicely presented although only two tiny pieces of clam and no recognizable crab. We were disappointed, would have appreciated maybe a complementary dessert based on the return of the Lopez Goat?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I look forward to returning; both the food and service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    VERY SLOW COURSING!! Stunning meal, all around. service, food, atmosphere. But 2.5 hours for 3 courses is a bit much. I'll still go back, and wait that long again, but fyi for the BOH reference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good food
    granikVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We sat at the kitchen counter. It was fun to watch the kitchen. The three course menu was good overall. Most dishes to choose from were pasta dishes. I personally don't like pasta very much. The filet was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mellington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    all the food was excellent 3 courses on full tasting menu were SUBERB- meaning I will remember them in my foodie history of amazing taste moments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    One of our best dining experiences ever from start to finish. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of two best Italian Restaurants
    JohnC
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Without doubt Altura and Spinasse encompass the best fine Italian dining in Seattle. Altura clearly stands out above almost all other restaurants in the quality of the food, presentation, freshness of ingredients and service in Seattle. In particular the service is way beyond the nearly uniformly dismal service that is the standard in most Seattle fine dining restaurants. Having been to Piedmont several times, I can attest to this restaurant being very consistent with what one might fine in Alba.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Know Before You Go
    LynRon
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had questions about the menu and tried calling the morning of our dinner reservation. They don't open until 5 PM so my call went to voice mail. My questions had to wait until we were seated. The menu offers three courses for $67 or a tasting menu for $137 which seems best suited for a party of 4 or more. The choices change daily so that's why I suggest you look at their online menu and phone ahead to make sure it is current. I opted for the three course meal and my wife, never a big eater, just had an entree a la carte. Presentation and taste of all things served was excellent. I shared a bite of my gnocchi with my wife. She proclaimed it the best she ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Seattle
    dfryVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had the Chef's Tasting Menu with beverage pairings, and it was fabulous. Very innovative, delicious, beautiful, and absolutely fantastic. Service was perfect all 'round as well. It is our favorite restaurant in Seattle.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Anniversary Dinner...
    DoubleU
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had a wonderful time dining at Altura for our anniversary dinner, and the entire experience surpassed our expectations. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    amazing food, attentive service, knowledgeable wait staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Modern Italian fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was great to watch the chefs prepare dishes and see the meticulous effort they had for each plate. Their handling of the ingredients really shined through, especially in their pastas. I found their entree plates a bit lacking in execution though. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome tasting menu
    Advfoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went here for their 10-course tasting menu. Every bite was exquisite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite!
    Diverboston
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We sat at the bar and we got to enjoy the party that they have at the kitchen. It's a real pleasure to see the details the guy who assembles the final dish puts into it. The service was impeccable. The food was exquisite. We will be coming back. Definitely. Why not enjoy the simple pleasures in life?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful
    JelaniAVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    In my opinion Altura remains the most consistently excellent fine dining restaurant in Seattle. From start to finish every dish was interesting and perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent surprise
    Andy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I reserved a spot for two here after reading and hearing great reviews, and was definitely not disappointed. The kitchen is open for viewing and provides a great sense of transparency. The wine pairings were fantastic as well as the food. The staff, although busy, was very open to conversation and explaining the preparation and ingredients of each dish. Overall, this has become my new favorite restaurant in Seattle. I would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed Birthday Milestone
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was well presented, flavors delicious (gnocchi was outstanding), the servers were very knowledgeable about the wine, and the service impeccable. That said, it is very small, noisy overall and our table for 2 was uncomfortably close to the table next to us right at the front entrance. We had the three course meal with wine parings. The wine pairings are $41 pp and I would have expected full glasses of wine (5oz) for a three course meal for that price. However they were tastings (maybe 3oz). Not sure if they were considered premium wines as I did not see the wine list. Overall, it was not really the ambiance I wanted for the occasion and left disappointed despite the top notch food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Michelin Guide Worthy Food
    foodlessinseattle
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food: I've had tasting menus around the country, from the top Michelin restaurants in NYC to top restaurants in Vegas and LA. While I ordered off the a la carte menu at Altura, I can say, without a doubt, the quality of food I had was on par or above many of the highly revered restaurants I've eaten at. Each course (appetizer, pasta, and entree) was absolutely delicious. The flavors were simple and bold and each component was prepared perfectly and complimented each other. The food was fresh, in season, and prepared immaculately. The only thing I can knock about the meal was that I didn't find the dessert to be very memorable (I found the cannoli bland, unexciting, and didn't finish much over half of it). Service: Pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fnatstic food!
    lovetodineVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love the food and the ambiance! It's a great place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is a smaller place, but they serve very good food and wine. Service is excellent and the ambiance is nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing romantic dinner spot!
    Foodie4lyfe
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went here to celebrate our anniversary, and couldn't have picked a better place. Everything was romantic, intimate, and perfect. The service was impeccable, seamless, unintrusive and timed precisely. I don't think either of us had an empty glass all night, or a wait between courses. And the food was divine! We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food complicated, service was off
    Newel
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food is froo froo, but it does taste darn good! The service was off. We had a reservation but had to wait for 15 minutes to be seated. We also didn't get our first course until an hour after we sat down and the paired wines were poured a half hour before we got the food! We did the 3 course tasting menu with wine pairings (comes to about 100$ per person). I wish they had a la carte options, forced tasting menus are really stuffy. Two of our party got desserts instead of a pasta course leading to awkwardness when the pastas came out for two of us, but the other two were left with empty plates. We were starving at that point since it was 9:30 and we had only had apps so far. We wolfed down the pastas to get on with dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion Gem
    JaneGo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great service and wonderful food. You must choose from either a three course meal or a more extensive prix fixe menu. They both had wine pairing options. Small, intimate space. Nice for a fancy dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond expectation
    FooDang
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My Buddies and I went to Seattle for our Bromantic getaway, looking for a culinary experience and Altura very certainly delivered! It was everything and then some! Food was beyond words. We ordered the Tasting Menu with the wine/beer pairing and there was not a morsel on a plate or sip left in a glass!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    cr0903
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went to Altura celebrating my wife's birthday. We did the tasting menu and had a wonderful experience. The food was amazing, service was fantastic, and they gave a nice little birthday twist to one of our desserts. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Fantastic food - great appetizers and entrees. I was not impressed with the dessert I ate - Chocolate cake.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super duper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Pretty much all things awesome. Sitting at the bar watching all the food get made was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lemontart
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was great, but there were not enough servers serving tables. The place is small and packed. We waited more than 15 mins till the server came to say hi to us. He did not ask us for drinks or even take an order for drinks. When the 1st plate was brought, the server did not prepare any silverware for us. We were seated at counter. All the chefs cooking in front us were not friendly or anything. They did not care even we were wondering where our server was... There was definitely unbalance between food quality and service/hospitality. They definitely need an additional server for sure.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    MdsdinesoutVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    What can I say except extraordinary. The pasta was exceptional
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    iluvfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is one of my new favorite restaurants in Seattle. The food was absolutely delicious. The burrata with heirloom tomatoes was unlike any I've had before, the steak was better than any steakhouse I've had in Seattle (e.g. John Howie, Daniel's, Capital Grille, etc.) and the risotto with prawns melted in your mouth. On top of great tasting food, the service was first class. Our servers were attentive, but not intrusive. Worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration Dinner
    jfraz91
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here after hearing great things from friends and to celebrate my boyfriend's promotion. When we first sat down they were sure to congratulate him which was a very nice touch. The service was impeccable and the food was so delicious! We have the chef's tasting menu, which took over 3 hours. the food was timed very well and at the end I couldn't believe we had been there for so long because the service and experience was so enjoyable. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Tasting menu is amazing!
    Looking4food
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were looking to enjoy a tasting menu full of variety and Altura did not disappoint. The open kitchen style is great and the service is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.