Alta Strada- DC

4.6
577 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 577 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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etiam
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SusanP
Atlanta
1 review
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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alexe
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.

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vipDebbiedoesdctoo
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I get that covid times suck but the service was remarkably slow. My second time at this restaurant and so far two strikes.

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juliec
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best penne with vodka sauce around! And their gluten free pasta is outstanding as well!

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JenL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food, but the service seemed somewhat rushed. It may be because of the pandemic, but more than once we had to ask our server for more time eating and drinking.

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vipRyan
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Do not recommend. Food was particularly greasy and not well seasoned. Bianca pizza we ordered didn’t have any rosemary, just cheese.

We were comped a dessert, which was greatly appreciated, but were not consulted and were presented a dish to which we were allergic. Not so great an experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great!
The food was not great. I could name better Italian restaurants in DC, but this worked for the occasion. The food wasn't horrible; there is just better in the area.

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ClaraJ
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the environment and service. Will definitely come back.

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vipBridgetB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Alta Strada's outdoor dining set up is really well done. My boyfriend and I enjoyed our experience during Winter Restaurant week very much. We split a bottle of the house red, which was delicious. The cauliflower in brown butter and breadcrumbs appetizer was outstanding and worth going back for. Our main courses were large portions, not a given during restaurant week so much appreciated by us, and both the penne alla vodka and baked ziti were very delicious. The tiramisu I had for dessert was absolutely divine, and so big I brought half home! My boyfriend enjoyed his chocolate cake with caramel sauce, and despite calling it "very rich" he finished the entire portion. We were plenty warm with the heaters going, I took off my winter coat and sat there in just my sweater, jeans, and sneakers. The servers were attentive, the three courses didn't come out too quickly, and we had a lovely time.

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SophiaG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we've been here- it can get a bit pricey but it's well worth it! The food is always delicious, the staff is kind and great at anticipating the guests' needs. I'll definitely have to start ordering takeout from here as well (especially the pizzas! Life changing!). Thank you!

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HeavensGirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was our first, but it certainly won't be our last. Thank you to the host who accommodated us after being late for our reservation. The waiter/servers were all courteous and anticipated our needs well. The contactless menu was definitely a plus. Service was timely and no lapses in being served. Ambiance was very nice. Noise level was moderate but respectful. The chocolate cake was my favorite food from the whole meal!! I can't wait to try it again!

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DawgX
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Complimentary Bread would be nice. Would like to return and try it again

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service and excellent food!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was careful with food preparation due to my food allergy. Very attentive on how they prepared my food and let me know what I could/could not have. My meal was delicious and safe for me. Everyone was friendly and practicing safety protocols. Already recommended to family and friends!

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jgold24
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good prices, great service, nice outdoor seating area with heat lamps. Definitely recommend!

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vipTemiF
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious, we had a pizza, crab pasta and ziti all well prepared, for dessert we had the cannoli, it was super good.

The hostess very attentive, my husband drop some pasta sauce on his shirt and she gave him something to clean it.

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dclli
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Chicken pam was lack of flavor other than the taste of sauce. Cannoli was very plain, I wonder if the chef even tasted the cannoli, it was oily, dry and not even sweet. I think it was the worst dessert I have ever gotten in a restaurant.

The service was very good, I will give it a five star for the service.

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vipAnnB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! What lovely wait staff and the food was unbelievable. My hubby and I shared the meatballs and also Brussel sprout apps (paired with Prosecco and a vodka martini). The sprouts are perfectly crispy and the meatballs are airy yet substantial. Oh, and that red sauce with burrata - we destroyed it. Perhaps so much so as the main entrees were also very hefty! The rigatoni bolognese is masterful and the hint of Rosemary made them divine. The short ribs could feed all the Flintstones! Suffice it to say we have a lot of leftovers. It paired well with the Tuscan which was reasonably priced.

The staff - super attentive without being annoying. Hard to balance outdoors in the era of Covid. As we were almost leaving, I let it slip (when asked if we’d been here before) that we were out celebrating my bday. Within 2 seconds, they brought us out a delicious tiramisu and more Prosecco. A wonderful way to end the meal.

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mctm77
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff was amazing. I look forward to trying it again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday! Thank you ... you guys are doing awesome during COVID times

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vipPhil
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was okay. Service was awesome. Brunch menu needs sprucing up.

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cavv
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and atmosphere! Wish the patio was larger and more comfortable

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vipMonicaT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There was a guest who kept coughing and it was very disturbing. We asked to move further away and the staff was wonderful in helping to coordinate.

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akaul1
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great drinks that came in a timely manner. Outdoor seating was very nice. Food was excellent

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vipDianne
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outdoor seating is great. They set up tents, so it's okay even if it was raining when we went.

FAQs

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

Alta Strada- DC is rated 4.6 stars by 577 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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