Alta

4.6
722 reviews
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$50 and over
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Mediterranean
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Monday : 5:30pm to 9:45pm
Tuesday - Thursday : 5:30pm to 10:15PM
Friday - Saturday : 5:00pm to 11:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 505-7777
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Payment options
AMEX
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Larry Baldwin
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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.
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Private party contact
Janet Nelson: (212) 505-7777
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
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Parking details
Parking lots and garages nearby.
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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.)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 722 People Are Saying
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JL
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very efficient service. Excellent food and a great atmosphere. Our steady go-to whenever we visit NYC.

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New York Area
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing!!! A bit pricey but worth the cost! Definitely coming back again.

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Seattle
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Will be back.

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L
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Alta never disappoints. They have the yummiest (and strongest) red sangria ever. Every dish made to perfection. My favorites are the scallops and the foie gras. I can’t stop thinking about the beet infused pasta that came with the short ribs. Yum.
A nice place to unwind and hang with friends. One day with enough friends we want to try the Whole Enchilada. Highly recommend!!

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JJ
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Tapas. Good price. Love to sit at the bar and have a glass of wine with dinner.

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TL
Atlantic Canada
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were first seated on the main floor. It was very loud and difficult to carry on a conversation. Staff were very accommodating and moved us to a quieter location. We were pleased as we were assigned a new server who was much more friendly than the first. Our second server was phenomenal. We took many of his recommendations and loved them all! Short ribs, Brussel sprouts, carrots, lamb meat balls and agnolotti were some of our favourites.

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E
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After suggesting that my son take me to Alta for Mother's Day, he requested a return visit for his birthday. Considering that he's a discriminating diner, that was a tribute to the restaurant. The menus were personalized with Happy Birthday. The food was extraordinary once again, as was the service. We ordered six small plates so that we could experience variety, and each was a unique treat. We were able to order two dishes at a time so we could assess our appetites and next choices. Our only frustration was that we couldn't eat more because there are so many tempting and creative options.

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C
New York Area
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space and while our food was good, if a wasn’t outstanding to justify the price point. My cocktail was also very poorly made, but red sangria was great. Glad I checked it out but probably won’t be back for dinner.

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OT
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

good food; servers have a snobby attitude. They put us upstairs even tho we reserved a month ago.

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NY
New York Area
1.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 5

Here's the trouble with Alta. It's a beautiful space, you don't feel like you're in NY....but,
the prices for what is brought to your table....in a word? RIDICULOUS. I'll repeat that:
RIDICULOUS. For $26 they can absolutely, ABSOLUTELY, afford to give you TWICE.....TWICE
the skirt steak (which is already a very, very cheap cut of steak, n'est-ce pas?) and twice
the number of grilled shrimp, lamb meatballs, et al.
But in the name of profit maximization and proof of a miserly, penny-wise, pound foolish restaurant, don't bet on getting anywhere near what you're being charged.
It's shameful and it's unnecessary.....but, that's what they do. And they get away with it
every night!!!

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M
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

There was a mouse running around. We got a picture of him and showed our waiter...he kept running around the tables. We kept being served as if nothing was happening.

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EM
New England
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Positively delicious and memorable food, but we were so bummed by the incredibly loud party next to us when we had specifically requested, and were told we would have, a quiet table. An absolutely wonderful meal was literally ruined because we could not hear one another speak. Terribly disappointing.

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TB
Atlanta
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was great but it is really loud!

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LR
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic restaurant, set in a quaint atmosphere. The food is served tapas style, with lots of delicious options to choose from. The staff is very attentive. Get the Philadelphia Surprise!

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special place. With delicious food and drink. Just a lovely meal

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AO
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Highly recommend the carrots, Philadelphia Surprise, wild shrimp and Candy Bar dessert. Overall though, everything is super delicious and the service was solid. The building is a bit of a rabbit warren but the downstairs is gorgeous.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary. Amazing! Food delicious. Ambiance perfect. Service on point.

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b
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my birthday here last week and it exceeded my expectations! Service was friendly and professional. The food was amazing and the ambiance was cozy. I'll definitely be back.

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n
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful meal. Glad we were upstairs to avoid loud main level

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and space

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Miami
2.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Too much noise
Coffee very bad
Service OK
dinner very good

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C
Atlanta
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little tricky to find with no sign from the street, but once we found it it was amazing. Highly recommend this for foodies, date nights, and special occasions. Huge variety of dishes for a tapas place. The ambiance is reminiscent of inside an old Spanish ship or something along those lines. The food we had was all very good, especially the goat cheese balls and Brussels sprouts. All in all it was worth the trip and we would visit again.

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h
4.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

not that kind staff
salty and not that special dishes
noisy atmosphere..
I don't recommend this restaurant

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SA
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One word: AWESOME!

It was a nearly perfect experience. Great location, fantastic food, good service. Tapas and small plates allow everyone to order different items and share it. It is the ideal business dinner versus a typical cardiac-inducing steakhouse.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of this world service and cuisine! I highly recommend the octopus, the burrata, and chicken wings! However, everything we ordered was delicious. Each bite was mind blowing-I was taken back by the quality of food and service. They wrote happy birthday with my boyfriends name on the menu and brought our dessert with a candle! Extremely impressed and would definitely come back. Perfect for celebrations, special occasions, and for a romantic dinner.

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LC
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The initial table our server showed us to was tiny and wedged into an uncomfortable spot. It would have been impossible for us to sit there and be able to move our arms...not exaggerating. So we ate at the bar, everything we ordered was delicious. Skirt steak, mushrooms, Crudo (although was a tad warm) and ricotta gnocchi. Excellent Wine list and our server at the bar was awesome. Annoying that they'd try to seat us at a crappy table - they shouldn't even have a table like that (small room with a 10 top and several 2 tops lining the small room) but we made a good decision to sit at bar and the food and wine was incredible

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D
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable! And the food and wine were excellent! I can’t wait to return!

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Denver
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we have been here and I’m sure we will return. Everything was delicious and service very good but it’s the kind of place that food comes out as it’s ready, as well as drink orders, so expect to dine casually. This is not the place to go if you are in a rush or extremely hungry. There is plenty of food if you order enough dishes but some dishes are hard to share so best to either go with people you are very comfortable with or have each person order their own dishes. The only drawback is the bill! VERY EXPENSIVE! Expect to pay $100+ per person with alcohol.

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Charlotte
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service

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FD
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very expensive for small dishes. Some excellent, some mediocre

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OT
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Alta and so did my date. Definitely recommend.

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M
New York Area
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food and great service. i would highly recommend this restaurant

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NB
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Alta made for a special evening. We were warmly greeted and given a table in a cozy, quiet room, just right for our group (3 people who wanted to have a relaxed conversation). We ordered 7 dishes and truly couldn't think of one we'd have been willing to skip. The bar looked like a great spot for dinner and drink, and I'm keeping that in mind for next time.

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OV
New York Area
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alta is SO wonderful from the ambience to the wine, to the food, to the service. It has been awhile since I was there and am so happy to return to this place because it is a hidden jewel in the West Village. I can't wait to return and bring my friends and share Alta joy.

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MT
3.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This was my second time at Alta and unfortunately it wasn’t a great experience. The pacing was off in the service. In fact, we canceled two dishes as it had been more than 30 minutes before we got the last course. The drinks are overpriced and seriously watered down. The overall value wasn’t great. The ambiance is nice and the tasting meal options are good, but other than the fried goat cheese nothing else stood out as being worthwhile. Also, the service started out badly, but as we were obviously getting less happy, it did get a bit better. One other thing is that Alta became way too noisy. The restaurant wasn’t even full and the din was just too much.

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London
1.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant is nice but we were in a section with one other table that was quiet, cramped and unatmospheric. Our server was surly and unpleasant. Our food arrived before our wine, and we received 12 plates within an hour - certainly efficient, but really rushed and no time to enjoy the wine. We also left hungry and currently have a pizza on the way...portions were crazy small and really overpriced. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this place and I certainly wouldn’t waste time going back. So many other places in NYC! I now see other similar reviews about the service, price and atmosphere and I’m so disappointed I took our friends there!

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RB
New Orleans
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent food but grossly over priced for tiny portions

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OT
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. The food comes out quick and the service is very attentive. They have an excellent sense of humor! The place is a hidden gem. Perfect for a date or a celebratory dinner

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MC
New York Area
1.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Usually love this restaurant but our meal and the service was incredibly disappointing. The waitress was surly and overworked. She barely checked in on us, spaced out our plates very awkwardly, and she didn't ask about allergies at all. Certain dishes were good, and others were mediocre. It's usually a restaurant I like to go to, but probably wont be coming back.

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ST
Cincinnati
4.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice night with my daughter. Tapas were all excellent. Very dark. Be careful of the stairs.

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