Alta Strada- DC

4.5
600 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Alta Strada serves authentic, Italian food in the vibrant neighborhood of Mount Vernon Triangle in the heart of Washington, DC. James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow has made this restaurant his residence, where he rebooted the entire menu to appeal to the neighborhood and the city.

We have expanded our outdoor patio and covered all of the tables with tents and have installed heaters. Safety is our number one priority as we go above and beyond on the protocols laid out by the city, the CDC and WHO.
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  • Daily Happy Hour is Back! (4-6pm)

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM

    Enjoy a DAILY happy hour from 4 - 6pm featuring $7 cocktails, beer and wine, plus specials on favorite apps such as Mimi's meatballs, arancini, crispy chicken wings and more!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 600 people are saying
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vipFastRide
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was average.

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JoeD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. We sat outside far away from the door and the wait staff still kept on top of everything. The complimentary tiramisu for my fiancees birthday was a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

First date!!! Big day!!!!

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astrodem
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portions were big, but everything was very tasty! Service was generally pretty fast.

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AliciaW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ordered off of the 3 course restaurant week menu. The portions were huge and very delicious. Our mixed drinks were also tasty. The restaurant was quiet and intimate. The service was good, although we weren't asked until late if we wanted second drinks. My husband's plate was extremely hot, but the food again was delicious.

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AndrewC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

My experience started off horrible. Arrived on time to my reservation for the front desk attendant to say the ac inside the building is out and I can sit you outside but you have to be done eating before 8:30pm! Are you kidding me? My reservation was for 7:45pm. I was going to leave when the manager on duty overheard the conversation and fixed the problem. The food was good. The server wasn’t attentive enough for her to only a few tables outside.

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Bsexy48
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good and the service was okay. My party made reservations to eat at a table indoors but their air conditioning was not work so we ate outside.

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gregorio202
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was excellent and we received our food fast and hot.

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vipKM20
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I visited during restaurant week, and everything was amazing! Friendly and prompt service, generous portion sizes, tasty food. Highly recommend!

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vipJordan
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great deal for restaurant week! The food was incredible and the staff was very friendly. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great experience! Absolutely love the food.

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SiSi
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing! Spicy Caesar salad is very good. The meatball appetizer is good as well. The rigatoni bolognese is. 10/10. Great and fresh Italian food.

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KC1212
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing restaurant with great outdoor seating!

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Karlae
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, attentive staff … but too loud. Manager was willing to reduce radio volume when asked.

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Izzy
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The salads were fresh and delicious! All of the pasta dishes we had we’re amazing! The baked ziti was incredible! Definitely would eat here again!

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vipSamphan
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was trash

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CarlaC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Host and servers were very attentive.

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AyplesAndBanaynays
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A little pricey, but very tasty! Chicken parm was delicious.

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LynB
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!!

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SusanP
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is consistently great!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a lovely space, excellent vibes, and extremely caring staff. I have Celiac disease which can make eating Italian food difficult but I always felt very supported. I will be going back!

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CadillacDeville
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I took my SO out for father's day dinner and it was 3/5. He had a pizza while I had a chicken parmesan and a few drinks. The sizes were proportionate if not more, worth the value. However my broccoli was way overdone and a Long Island iced tea was too strong the first time and then the second one was too watery. Unfortunately our waitress did not check up on us periodically.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Relaxed atmosphere and food was great. Portions are moderately large.

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Britt
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

It was happy hour and the server seemed weirded out that we didn’t want food and only drinks. The restaurant wasn’t crowded and he never came back to the table. Still tipped really well but pretty confused.

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vipetiam
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant surprise. Will certainly try to go back.

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SusanP
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants! We celebrated Mother’s Day and our son’s Grad School graduation!

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RobDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I am used to good Italian food and it looks like it COULD have been good, only everything was burnt to a crisp. The chicken parm was burned badly and the broccoli sides were charred and burnt badly. I should have sent it back and asked for a new one not burnt to a crisp. Pretty strange. The only reason I would go back would be to try the same plate (I like parm) and see if it tastes good unburned up.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! The ambiance was nice and serene. Me and my family enjoyed the Atmosphere

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natasham
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Get the Caccio e pepe and definitely the garlic bread. I'd skip the drinks, nothing special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent good and service!

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KiaraH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service staff was super friendly. I had the Bianca pizza it was amazing. I wish they had some more pasta options on the menu though.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really solid dining experience. Very quick service, quiet but social atmosphere, and great food. Started off with meatballs and garlic bread that were fantastic. Entrees were chicken Parmesan and baked ziti, also good. Desert was splendid, cannolis and chocolate cake. Highly recommend!

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vipalexe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - had the dessert and pizza. Would recommend going! Pizza is Neapolitan style - good amount of cheese and sauce.

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PaulB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice outdoor seating on a beautiful afternoon. Our starters (meatballs and arugula salad) were tasty. I was very disappointed by the clam pasta dish. I was picturing spaghetti vongole, which I’ve had there before. This was something else. Pink crabmeat in a red pepper sauce with breadcrumbs on top. Odd taste and texture combo, IMHO! Fortunately my husband was willing to share his delicious margarita pizza. They did kindly remove the pasta dish from the bill.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alta strada always delivers quality pasta dishes, TRY THE SHRIMP SCAMPI APPETIZER! its divine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just okay. The food was mediocre (I remember it being better). It’s far from my house and not worth the travel but might be fine if you live in the same neighborhood.

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Mike
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really need to allow cork fee again. The wine list is limited This the only restaurant I frequent that says “no because of covid” which needs to be adjusted as only one I know of who hasn’t allowed back.

Bring back corkage fee!!

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DonnaS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was perfect. The drinks were good and the food was fresh and well seasoned. I understand why but I wish the were a few more menu items- calamari, francaise, spaghetti sides. But loved it and will return.

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vipTBfordinner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined outside which worked very well...very attentive staff and helpful with our selections...very safe experience and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice outdoor ambiance. Unfortunately no more happy hour available, however.

FAQs

Alta Strada- DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 629-4662.

Alta Strada- DC is rated 4.5 stars by 600 OpenTable diners.

Alta Strada- DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/altastradadc/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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