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Alta

4.6
4.6
778 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Alta occupies a beautiful 19th century townhouse in the heart of Greenwich Village. Our main dining area has a soaring 27-foot ceiling, and dates back to the early part of the century. There is a warm welcoming feeling as soon as you step through the doors. In the winter, we have two wood burning fireplaces to keep you warm. In the summer, the doors are open and you feel as if you could be close to the Mediterranean.

We are a small plate restaurant, and in our food you can discover the influence of all the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, which we consider to be a wonderful flavor palate. The small plates allow you to experience more of these flavors.

Larry Baldwin is our chef at Alta. Gifted with a discerning and creative approach to tastes and textures, he carefully selects all the ingredients to compose a menu full of delicious surprises.

Please note that Alta accepts only cash and American Express.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 505-7777

  • Payment options

    AMEX

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Larry Baldwin

  • Private party facilities

    We have two private dining rooms which can seat up to 25 and 35 guests respectively. The Mezzanine and Main Dining Room can accommodate anything from passed hors d'oeuvres and drinks for up to 100 guests to a full sit down dinner for up to 100 guests. The entire restaurant may also be booked for events up to 200 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Janet Nelson: (212) 505-7777

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Cross street

    Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

  • Parking details

    Parking lots and garages nearby.

  • Public transit

    A,B,C,D,E,F and M to West 4th Street (Exit from north of station, walk 3 blocks north on 6th Avenue and turn right on West 10 St.)<br />B,D,F,M and L to 14th Street. (Exit onto 14th Street, walk 4 blocks south on 6th Avenue, and turn left on West 10th St.)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 778 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. R

    Rachel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    I’ve been to Alta numerous times and have always enjoyed both the food and the ambiance. Although the ambiance is top notch, I was less than impressed with the sea bass on the menu. It was quite fishy in flavor and therefore not very enjoyable. The service I would say was okay as there were a few times where I was searching for my server during my meal.
  2. S

    Stratus

    Boise

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tapas restaurant in NYC. In fact, one of the best restaurants in NYC. Deserves many many accolades. Total gem.
  3. WR

    WhereRMyGlasses

    New England

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Reviewed on June 11, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    A gem. Not a weak link in a chain of delicious and varied dishes. Excellent service by waiter who was interested but not intrusive. A bit noisy downstairs but convivial atmosphere.
  4. NA

    NicholasA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. Very much looking forward to returning again soon.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was great- the burrata, bass, and fried goat cheese were all highlights- but everything we ordered (pescatarian) was so enjoyable. The chocolate lava cake was also excellent. Service was ok- we ordered espressos when we sat down and repeatedly asked about them for half an hour before they finally came. Our server could have been more forthcoming about this info instead of having us check in every time she walked by. My martini was drinkable but not very cold despite my heavy shake request. Overall would recommend because if the ambiance and food, however set your drink expectations in advance.
  6. M

    Moshi123

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food!!! Very farm to table. Highly recommend
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  8. S

    Stonepony

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2018

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    I should have known when it started off badly. I saw that my reservation was cancelled via email. When I called the restaurant, a rude host told me I didn't call him back. This was within an hour, while I was in business meetings. During the meal one of our guests wasn't feeling well, and when we asked the waitress for a cup of tea, she replied that the coffee machine was broken. All we wanted was a cup of hot water. We asked if she could get it from the kitchen, to which she replied "Oh, I can't go into the kitchen." Later, our check was unceremoniously dropped onto our table.
  9. N

    Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alta is an amazing little restaurant tucked away in the West Village area. The food, service and atmosphere are all spot on. This easily can be defined as one of my favorite New York spots -- I will definitely be back!
  10. JP

    JasonP

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Service was incredibly slow. Took 10-15 minutes before a server came over to take our drink order. The paella took over an hour to be delivered to our table. The server acknowledged the delays and comped us the paella but we had a late reservation (9:30pm) and were starving by the time the food arrived so our experience was pretty negative.
  11. DE

    DECK6

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time there did not disappoint. The fried goat cheese and octopus a la plancha are exceptional.
  12. MJ

    MJcoke

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Waitress was in a big rush to get us out of there. She gave us the check when: 1). We were still working on our drinks and FOOD; 2). We did not ask for a check.
  13. J

    James

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The butterscotch dessert was a little bland and tasteless but other than that, all things were amazing
  14. AN

    ArunN

    Naples

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    From the very best tapas in town to some mediocre stuff! The new paella dish shouldn't be called paella as it's nothing like it!
  15. EH

    EllenH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alta is a fabulous hidden gem in Greenwich Village, just off 6th Avenue. Tapas plates are perfect for 2 people to split, are inventive, and delicious!!! And, the interior of the restaurant is awesome!!
  16. R

    Rehana

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot say enough nice things about this place. The atmosphere is quintessential NYC. The food was divine. Each dish was perfectly prepared. The service was excellent in spite of it being super crowded. I can’t wait to go back.
  17. CG

    CassieG

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The moment you step inside Alta you feel as though you’re somewhere magical. We had the fried hen mushrooms (incredible), the mussels (delicious but should come with crostini), tomato salad (refreshing), and the angolotti (tastes like fall). Our sever was helpful in giving detailed and honest recommendation. My only problem was we waited over 30+ min for our dessert. We thought for sure we’d get it complimentary being how long it took but no.
  18. WV

    WillemV

    Exclusive

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    extraordinary Tapas gem near the NYU campus. Excellent spread of food, everything is the best version I have ever had of that food. Especially the Brussels sprouts. The more the merrier, so you can try everything!
  19. A

    Anon

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food, wait can be long so make sure to have a reservation. Also, they only take cash so be prepared for that. Paella, gnocchi, yemen spiced chicken wings, and braised short rib were all delicious.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We went for a birthday dinner. The ambience was terrific. The pricing wasn’t too bad. The quality of food was great - liked that we could share all the plates, which essentially made the experience like a tasting menu. One should order ~2 plates per person. The only complaint that I have was that our waitress was definitely on something - which made the night a bit entertaining but the service slow.
  21. GS

    GeorgeS

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect meal in every way. Our server made excellent suggestions about the food and wine. Can’t wait to return.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Birthday celebration
  23. j

    jennifern

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A very happy spot to have drinks and small bites and catch up with a friend.
  24. N

    Notquitegourmand

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had dinner with out of town guests, and we all had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the setting is just lovely. I've been before and will definitely be going again. Alta is a gem.
  25. DN

    DateNightYummy

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Not allergy friendly. They basically told us we were out of luck. Apparently everything is made ahead of times and they can’t make any modifications. Also, cash and Amex only.
  26. JS

    JessicaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my experience here very much! The food was incredible. We ordered the mussels, scallops, mushroom flatbread and the polenta. Everything was delicious. The waitress was so experienced with the menu! My friend was doing the Whole 30 and asked her what she could eat and she gave her an entire run-down of the menu, and knew exactly what had dairy and all that! I was impressed. The food is a bit pricey, but definitely worth it.
  27. RD

    RobertD

    New York Area

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Alta - it has a fabulous bar and multiple dining rooms - great atmosphere and service. The small plates were incredible the scallops, the lamb, the salads and dips. This is a very cool and interesting restaurant.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with six girlfriends and we all loved the food, ambiance and service. Will definitely go back again.
  29. TV

    TedV

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I eat dinner there every Sunday night. Everything is too perfect.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a top favourite place to dine in west village
  31. JG

    JojoG

    Jacksonville

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Mediterranean tapas place in Greenwich village so close to us. Highly recommend!! Neighborhood gem for sure. Our waiter Bennisomo (sp) was delightful
  32. BB

    BrookeB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Thought Alta was super overrated. Nothing really stood out - Service, food, decor. Was unimpressed.
  33. DR

    DumarR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2018

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Not the best service, but the ambiance and food made up for it.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Outstanding food but the noise level is WAY too high for a restaurant of this caliber. Some of the diners have truly no shame with their yelling and laughing.
  35. DE

    DECK6

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. Great ambiance. This is a gem of a restaurant.
  36. SD

    SophiaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu was extraordinary. Interesting dishes. Great for our large group. There's something for everyone.
  37. A

    Aw0806

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2018

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Waiters should know what food has been served and what’s not intead of asking customers constantly....
  38. AH

    AHHHHHH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice restaurant with decent service and food. the ambiance is great.
  39. PJ

    ParagJ

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The place do not accept Visa or Mastercard and we had a client meeting where the check came upwards of 250$ and they didnt accept visa or mastercard. The food was delicious but quantity was less than a appetizer's quantity. Would recommend however very small quantity.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good variety of share plates. Quite a lot of seafood and vegetarian items on the menu as well. Because they're share plate style, we typically ordered 1 or 2 dishes at a time and they use runners to get them to your table quickly once they're ready. Most dishes seem to be setup for 2 people. The bass, octopus and empanadas were particularly good. Sat upstairs which is really a ring area around the main dining room. Tables up there are mostly 2 and 4 tops that seem to be used more for couples, but main floor had a couple of big tables as well that had families or groups at them and all seemed to enjoy.

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Alta is rated 4.6 stars by 778 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking lots and garages nearby.

  • Public transit

    A,B,C,D,E,F and M to West 4th Street (Exit from north of station, walk 3 blocks north on 6th Avenue and turn right on West 10 St.)B,D,F,M and L to 14th Street. (Exit onto 14th Street, walk 4 blocks south on 6th Avenue, and turn left on West 10th St.)

  • Payment options

    AMEX

  • Executive chef

    Larry Baldwin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 505-7777

  • Private party facilities

    We have two private dining rooms which can seat up to 25 and 35 guests respectively. The Mezzanine and Main Dining Room can accommodate anything from passed hors d'oeuvres and drinks for up to 100 guests to a full sit down dinner for up to 100 guests. The entire restaurant may also be booked for events up to 200 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Janet Nelson: (212) 505-7777

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