Alta Strada- DC

4.5
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$30 and under
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Italian

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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. With sections of the menu that include a Mozzarella Bar, Antipasti, Pastas, Main Courses and Desserts designed by Pastry Chef Alex Levin, there is something special for everyone.

Come for date night, with the family or hang out at the bar. We cannot wait to cook for you!

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Specials

Complimentary Appetizer

Book your reservation from 5–6pm daily and receive a free appetizer with purchase of an entree. Limit one per table. This special cannot be redeemed with happy hour, bottomless brunch or other coupons.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 4, 2019

Ends: October 5, 2118

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:00PM

Bottomless Brunch

$29 unlimited food or drink/$39 unlimited food & drink. 2-hour limit.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 12, 2019

Ends: September 13, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:30AM-3:00PM
Sat 10:30AM-3:00PM

HAPPY HOUR EVERYDAY OF THE WEEK (only at the bar)

Specialty cocktails, beer, wine and great food. It's a no brainer!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 16, 2019

Ends: March 17, 2118

Availability: Mon-Sat 4:00PM-7:00PM

Sunday Funday

1/2 off all bottles of wine!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 9, 2018

Ends: November 10, 2117

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-10:00PM

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What 500 People Are Saying
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OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with attentive and helpful service. Very comfortable atmosphere but not fancy. Though not a huge menu, it is plenty varied to satisfy everyone with a good wine list. Prices are about as expected for DC. Definitely would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, excellent service, and the food was even better. Definitely recommend.

DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very delicious and great value! Wonderful wine and wide array of options!

N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch food, drinks, and service was great! The one part about the bill that we did not understand was that they add a 3% charge on the bill for some reason that is NOT the gratuity but do not explain reasoning behind it.

C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great neighborhood spot with amazing service and tasty food. This is a real go-to place.

H
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Accommodated our large party .

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch and fun and friendly staff

a
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome bottomless brunch! Everything was great!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great food at a very competitive price for DC brunch.
Unfortunately, the service was sub-par, with long waits between ordering dishes. Often the table had finished the dishes ordered and were left waiting for the server to return for new orders.

LM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a large group bottomless food & drink brunch. The meal was an excellent value, the food was delicious, and the drinks were strong and had a great variety of options. The ambiance of the restaurant was great, and would recommend for big or small brunch parties. Definitely will return!

JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Got to come to Alta Strada on a Valentines special menu. While this place is usually known for their home style Italian, when they decide to pull out the stops on a classy date night menu with beef tartare and Ny Steak they really shined! Every part of the meal was delicious from complementary champagne to tiramisu. The only thing we would have wished for was a little more attentive service but who doesn't like a little more time with their special someone.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in this past month for the Valentine’s Day special. Food was great, server was very attentive. The lobster ravioli was delicious, as well as the steak. Would highly reccomend.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I came here with my boyfriend for our anniversary and the beginning of dinner was sub-par. I put a note in my reservation that I wanted a nice table and got sat in a dark and tight space. I asked to change tables but the manager said they were unavailable. This was fine, but when the food got to our table I was underwhelmed. Definitely not worth $19. It was good, but not great. Service was good though. Probably won’t be coming back.

c
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Overall a very good experience but with a few quibbles: our server was a bit intrusive, repeatedly came over to "check" on us when we were in the middle of the meal, he wasn't really offering anything and it got overly repetitive. My entree was not as described: I ordered shrimp piccata which on the menu made no mention of chili oil. I had asked the server several questions about dishes letting him know I could not do anything spicy but the shrimp was spicy, The waiter should have known that. A manager did come over when I said I could not eat the dish and graciously and quickly replaced it, also sending over a free dessert. That was handled perfectly but it should not have happened. The menu should be clear and the waiter should have known.

LH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The PEI mussels in wine sauce were outstanding as usual, as was the shrimp piccata entree, a first for me. My husband went for the sausage rigatoni, the usual for him that he claims is delicious. The staff was very helpful in turning down the really loud music (probably turned up for the Friday evening happy hour crowd at the bar).

E
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent.

TE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tried it for the first time as a result of restaurant week. Had the brunch but had to pay extra for the full brunch. However the food was excellent especially the Brussels sprouts and French toast sticks! Yum!

JF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service by our waiter, who brought out a free piece of cake when he heard it was my birthday.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed dinner, we were visiting from out of town, discovered Alta Strada searching for DC Italian restaurants, and loved the place - great casual vibe and delicious food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went during restaurant week and luckily the restaurant was not crowded. Although my guest had already been seated when I arrived, they could not locate my OpenTable reservation, finally offered to find a table only to realize they had already seated my guest. This was no big deal, but it should not have happened. The service was friendly and good but the sever could have contributed more to our experience. The manager did ask around to see if people were enjoying their meals which was unexpected and nice. The food was quite good and the portions were appropriate. We would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. One thing - my cacio e Pepe was a little spicy. Would’ve liked if some one let me know.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The wait staff was extremely friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this restaurant.

O
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was very good except for Brussels sprouts which were way too salty. Wine was just ok - Chianti overpriced for the quality. Service was good - not intrusive. Have been here several times, and still like it very much

JA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first visit during restaurant week. We enjoyed a great meal. Service was excellent. We’ll be back!

AK
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal job by the entire staff and the food was amazing

EW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our server wasn't exactly warm, and the food was just okay for the price point.

MA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food orders had to be put in multiple times, entree ordered without meat still came out with meat on it. The bottomless brunch ended prior to the 2 hour limit. Unwilling to split check.

CH
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific classic Bolognese. That’s my test for good Italian.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice environment and service, but small portions and not a large selection available.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant, outwardly unpretentious but featuring skilled cooking, notable in vegetables and pastas (cacio & pepe in particular). If we lived here we’d be regulars

S
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful home made foods and great service. We really enjoyed the food, wine and full menu

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Seemed like there was only 1 waiter so everything took a long time. Got our order wrong. Charged us incorrectly.

RB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

The fried calamari was average which was disappointing based on previews reviews.
The chicken parmigiana was average and came accompanied with broccoli whiich was dr

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Altra Strada has become one of our "go to" spots. Great Italian "comfort food"!!! Always a consistent and welcoming experience. Management is always attentive and interacts with the customers to make it a great dining experience!

CG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It the greatest food, service was only ok. Tried to charge 26.00 for some plain penne

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here to celebrate my wife’s birthday. This year selecting a place was a little harder due to her switching to eating vegetarian. The menu had something for everyone that attended. The pizza which we selected for the last go round was absolutely delicious.

The staff was very attentive and the bottomless mimosas were just what everyone wanted. I would definitely be going back one evening for dinner.

KA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, especially the food!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

rolled truffle lasagna was amazing

SD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Save room for dessert! Bomboli is worth the extra time at the gym. Food was excellent and wait staff was friendly, though a little wishy washy on making recommendations.

RS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food. The garlic bread, eggplant Parmesan and pear tart are to die for

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