Alta Strada

4.6
383 reviews
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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. 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

new bottomless food and drink brunch

Join us for our new brunch menu: $39 unlimited food and drink / $29 unlimited food - 2 hour limit.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 24, 2019

Ends: May 25, 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

What 383 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Alta Strada's kitchen delivers excellent Italian comfort food. The entree prices are competitive, however the appetizer prices are on par with Michelin rated restaurant prices. During our visit the server was not attentive and did not well answer our simple menu questions, including incorrectly describing the house red wine. Given the abundance of Italian restaurants in DC we are unlikely to return.

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VR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for Mother's day. Arrived very early, staff was very accommodating.

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MH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this gem near our bnb and was so happy we did.excellant from beginning to end.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day dinner w my kids!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location for classic italian food. The price is reasonable, the staff is profession and attentive, and the ambience is comfortable. This is not the place I would go for avante garde, rather, it is the place I will go every time for classic spaghetti, succulent bolognese, and mouth-watering crunchy pizza. All paired with an easy to drink glass of house wine. This place is truly where I go to relax when I want the classics that keep me coming back!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant through open table while on vacation in DC. Casual enough for the kids but nice enough for the adults.

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DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I thought it was fine but the for the same price points there are better restaurants in DC. Perhaps it was what I had - the pizza - that affected my views. My friends who had the branzino really enjoyed their meals. My pizza was just OK.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Good food. Staff moderately friendly but made us feel rushed.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. We had a fresh ricotta crostini as an appetizer and the fettuccine with mushrooms in a cream sauce and the linguine with clams special. I particularly liked the linguine because it was not swimming in sauce. There was just enough for flavor; it was the perfect balance and had some nice, subtle heat from the calabrian paste. I also liked the semi-open kitchen set up. Service was very good. Restaurant was loud but not unexpected for 8 pm on a Saturday night. I would definitely recommend to friends and would go back.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful attention to all our needs. We came in as 2 parties of 4 and they easily accommodated us with kindness and dessert.

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was slow. The restaurant wasn’t that packed but it took a long time to get our food.

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O
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside (late March) and it was very pleasant. Food was exceptional and wine was perfect. Waiter was solicitous without being intrusive. Highly recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friendly service. Great brunch.

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JK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Portions were on the smaller side. Service was excellent.

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BT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and hospitality

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch. What more do you need!

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PJ
Boise
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a marvelous and unexpected dining experience. I happen to live only two blocks away, but had never entertained the thought of eating here. Well, I’m very glad I did. I found the entire experience to be quite engaging and relatively inexpensive. The food was generous and tasty. I did not even need to use salt or pepper, which is somewhat unlike me. I look forward to coming back. Soon and often.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fresh take on food and desserts.
Wait staff attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was DELICIOUS!!!

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PK
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our meal was excellent. We had a great variety of food; the pork chop, rolled lasagna, chicken parm. and wild mushroom fettuccine. Everything was fabulous and the entire staff was very attentive. Would highly recommend eating here and will be returning the next time we are in DC.

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite “go to place” where food is always excellent and so is the service. Some of the best pizza in the city.
Menu always has something new.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 3

The waitress kept pressuring us to order faster to the point it got annoying.

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CL
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food didn’t have much flavor, service was good overall but food could have been better for the price

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S
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best servings of egg plant parmesan I have ever had in any restaurant. The pasts was very good and the desert was delicious. Very nice restaurant and great service.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal wth great service and 1/2 price wine bottles on Sunday

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CC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was bland.

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TC
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Everyone was so friendly!

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CS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional. Menu is somewhat limited but that's ok, food was excellent. Would highly recommend!

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JB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great Italian brunch! The prosciutto di palma, the drinks, the pasta were excellent. The service was wonderful, our server gave excellent advice, was personable and had perfect timing. She didn't hover but she was there when you needed her. Parking is a challenge in that area but I'll go again.

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C
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Our server was knowledgeable about the items and what was available when we arrived. Food was delicious and good for the price. However, the large tv was a little off putting. Especially when it was playing UFC. A bit hard to enjoy a nice date in the dining room with that on the screen.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We showed up without a reservation around 6:00PM and were told by the host that the next availability for 3 people would be at 8:15. I went online and was able to book a reservation for 6:30.

We ordered an appetizer before our main course that was never served. I asked the server about it and he brought it to the table once we were halfway done with our entrees.

My wife’s Bolognese pasta was blend and short of average. She asked for some grated cheese and it was not brought to the table until she was almost done with her dish.

We were disappointed with this restaurant. The prices and location would have led one to believe in a much better experience.

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BL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly & knowledge server, more than one person was checking on our table, bringing our food & clearing our table, our group of four really enjoyed our food, several things were delicious!

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SJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dinner in cozy spot where it was easy to hear conversation with friends
Service was excellent and we look forward to coming back.

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My family and I had a great time at Alta Strada! We were there for brunch and had many different items on the menu, and were please with the majority of them. There was a bit of disappointment with the limited brunch menu, would have loved to be able to order some of their dinner classics. The customer service was second to none, the servers were so kind and attentive, always checking on how we were doing. Would definitely recommend.

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MD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a meal with friends! We eggplant parm and the pasta dishes were amazing.

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely loved our dinner - had our favorite Server, Sean, who always makes us feel welcome, provided excellent insight in choosing items from the menu as well as help selecting wines; his service is impeccable. We also had the pleasure of meeting the head chef, Michael Schlow- what an amazing experience. This place needs to be on your list of favorite places to dine every week. The meatballs are outstanding and worthy of a trip even just for these and a glass of wine.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything good, but the bread and mussels appetizer were especially delicious!

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SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great attentive service and hospitality. We shared a Caesar salad, tasty lasagna and an excellent pizza. We went relatively early, @6:30, and were seated immediately. Would definitely recommend.

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JW
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed trying one of Tom Sietsema’s casual restaurants and thought the food was very good and the wine list was excellent.
Enjoyed his chicken parm with a super Tuscan. Ideal pairing!

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