Alta

4.6
776 reviews
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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
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1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food!!! Very farm to table. Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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N
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

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DE
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

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.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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!

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EH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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WV
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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GS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Birthday celebration

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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NQ
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RD
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a top favourite place to dine in west village

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JG
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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DR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

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.

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DE
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SD
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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PJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My most visited restaurant in NYC. There's something about this place which makes me keep coming back. My go to spot to take visitors. It's got a very nice charm and food is always outstanding.

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a surprise birthday at Alta and I've never experienced better customer service in my life. They were SO accommodating, kind, and made the surprise birthday experience work out smoothly and effortlessly. I brought in a cake from an outside vendor and dropped it off during the day while the restaurant was closed, gave them a call, and they immediately came down to grab the cake and had it ready in perfect timing. They also printed out special menus with the birthday persons name. Seriously SO impressed with the management and staff of this restaurant!

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h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was generally excellent, although the Forest Hen was a tad salty. But the server was a little abrupt. And refused to let us order a dish for take-out! The first time that has happened to us.

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