Alta Strada

4.5
303 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Alta Strada is a neighborhood Italian restaurant a few blocks from Chinatown and the Walter E Washington Convention.
Whether nibbling on small plates at the bar or patio, sipping an espresso, or having a meal in the open dining room, Alta Strada will always be approachable and accessible to anyone and everyone. Michael Schlow brings Italian to DC with a true smile and the genuine desire to take care of you while you’re “in our house”, Alta Strada will focus on the foods of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and the Amalfi coast, while attempting to fill the much needed gap in Italian restaurants in America. Simply put, Alta Strada will be the place where you’ll find a perfectly made bowl of pasta, crispy thin pizza, gorgeous and abundant antipasti, and fantastic wines, all at a reasonable price, in a setting that could be found on a stylish via in Milan or Rome.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-3:00pm
Happy Hour:
Everyday from 4:00-6:30pm
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 629-4662
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Schlow
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
K Street, NW between 4th and 5th Street
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Public transit
Just a few blocks from both the Green/Yellow (Mt. Vernon Sq./Convention Center & Gallery Place/Chinatown) and Red lines (Gallery Place/Chinatown) of the Metro.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Alta Strada is available for Private Events with menus to fit any occasion. For more information including menus and availability please contact us today.

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What 303 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service, but too expensive.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2018

I sat outside with my group and it was lovely. The only issue is being forgotten. Our server did not check in on us frequently thus we had a 2.5 he dinner...on a Tuesday night. Otherwise everything was lovely.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Small menu but very well executed. Restaurant week is a fixed price menu with a few items missing from the regular menu, but everything we had was well worth it! Fettuccini with mushrooms and truffle oil was outstanding. Salmon was great as well. Loved the octopus appetizer.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Brought a friend here for dinner, as it's one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants - she tried the funghi / mushroom pizza that I ordered and said it might be the best pizza she's ever had in her life. She's still talking about it two days later! Definitely a great place and if you haven't been, you're missing out. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu but some favorites include... the funghi pizza, the fettuccini with mushrooms, and whatever special / seasonal pasta is on the menu -- they're always trying something new and it's always fantastic.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Brought my family for brunch and had a great experience. Excellent pasta and Italian dishes, strong brunch items like breakfast pizza and French toast, surprisingly tasty kale salad. Fun drinks and a knowledgeable bartender. First-rate service.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This restaurant was really empty for brunch which wasn't especially fun.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great service and great food! We ordered both seasonal and classic Italian foods and were beyond impressed. Service blew us away as well

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This was my second visit, and my second disappointment. Both times, the place was sweltering. They had fans going, but they did little to make in comfortable. Service was ok, but benign. The food was lackluster, especially for the price. Don't see myself going back,

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The salad dressing and the main course were very salty.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Despite a Post review that noise levels were "astonishingly low," the blaring music and the amplified bar chatter made it very unpleasant. The food was acceptable, but not worth the drive. Not recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We had no place to go for lunch so I went to Yelp to see what was around. Alta Strada turned out to be absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Have been going there for a few years. Started with Ben (@ the Bar-5*) and just had Lorena (for 2nd time-5*) a real sweetheart. Very accommodating for people and food selections....PASTA'S are divine as well as the PIZZA. Will always come back. ((Thanks Matt-GM-5*).

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Shouldn't have to wait 45 min after reservation time to be seated, with no apology.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Food and service were great. The desserts (gelato and cheesecake) were delicious.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Awful food, poor service - avoid at all costs. (and it WILL cost you!)

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

A small gem of a restaurant near the convention center. My wife and I had a wonderful experience. The wait staff and management worked together as a team to ensure customers are taken care of well.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Server Natasha was super helpful! Great food, great service!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

What a great find! Went for a date and it was a great experience, very good service and outstanding food. Will certainly be back.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Had a great time as always. Food and drinks were great, service was solid but could have been a bit more attentive. Look forward to my next visit!

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I had been to Alta Strada when they first opened and loved it! Couldn't wait to go back, but very disappointed - not nearly as good this time

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Could not judge noise level, as it was not very full. Food was great and service extremely friendly without being overbearing.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Wifey and I went out looking for an Italian place last second without a reservation on a Saturday night and found AS. We loved it! The menu isn’t too extensive but both dishes we had were very good and reasonably portioned. By that I mean not extra large helpings, but enough to fill you. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice Italian meal while in DC.

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2.0Dined on April 24, 2018

My boyfriend and I decided to go to Alta Strada to celebrate my 30th birthday and I can honestly say it was a mistake. When we arrived, the place was completely empty - literally not a single other person there besides the staff. Weird, but we checked in and were brought to a table. It was obvious they didn't know/care we were there to celebrate, but we brushed it off. Overall the service was just weird and somewhat rude. Weird because instead of explaining the menu, our server spent the entire time explaining what dishes could/couldn't accommodate food allergies. Nice to know except neither of us have food allergies and the server never bothered to ask. It was so weird that when the kitchen put prosciutto on a dish we had ordered, he literally ran over to apologize and offered to make a new one. Rude because for all the apologizing he did, he made it pretty obvious that he was trying to rush us out. He came by 5 times in the span of 5 mins to get us to order. It was so awkward that we even told him we weren't in a hurry. I'd understand if they needed the table, but since the restaurant was still pretty empty, it just felt rude and unnecessary. By this point we were regretting picking this restaurant, but we hoped that the food would be good enough to make up for the service. We asked for some bread, but what they brought was stale, like it had been left out. We ordered two appetizers - the crispy meatballs and bruschetta - which were both pretty good though a bit over priced. For entrees, my boyfriend ordered the fettuccine and I got the agnolotti. While the portion sizes were decent, both were too heavy and the ingredients felt like they were fighting each other. The biggest problem for me was that my dish was served lukewarm with a giant portion of cold creme fraiche so all you tasted was cold pasta. A lot of this I'd excuse if they were busy, and maybe our experience was just a fluke, but regardless, it's pretty safe to say we won't be returning.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

The food at Alta Strada, as usual, was superb. The pizza is the best there is. Service was a little off and a little slow, which is not the norm.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food, not great service. We had to ask for additional items twice... so much it became a bit of a joke at our table.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Fresh, authentic pasta. Both my and my boyfriend's pastas were delicious, perfectly al dente, and tasted homemade. Light and flavorful sauces. Portions on the smaller side for the price, but I will definitely be coming back!

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Food quality was very good. The kitchen had an extra main cooked and gave to us on the house. Service initially was good but got slower as the meal went on. It took 40 minutes to receive 4 coffees and 1 desert. After some prompting, we received the same. We asked if this was normal and they did take the coffees off the bill but the experience left us disappointed.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Cherry blossom sorbet cocktail was amazing, food was meh, and the waiter spilled my water all over my table. Overall my friend and I had a fine brunch but it's definitely not a place I'd go out of my way to go to.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great classic Italian
Good outside seating, good pasta

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wonderful place for brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Crispy chicken sandwich was delicious and our server was excellent. A little too much dressing on the salad was the only thing that could have improved.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food at Alta Strada was great. Our issues were to do with the service. Our waitress was nice, but the staff overall seemed really disorganized. We waited 20 minutes for drinks, yet saw the hostess and another server standing around during the time. At one point, a manager came to our table to check on everything and we ordered another drink. He said he'd take care of it right away, but after 15 minutes of waiting, we had to our our waitress about it. It took another 5-10 minutes before it arrived. This restaurant has a lot of potential, but they need some help with service and organization.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We did bottomless brunch here and it was a lot of fun, the food was great, but the waiter was rude

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Service has been sub-par both visits to this establishment. Food is very good which is why we returned the second time.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great food. Overpriced. You can get an equally good bowl of pasta around the corner for 25% less.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter brunch, which was a Prix Fixe menu. The food was good, but the service was a little slow and the bottomless mimosas were overpriced for how long the wait was for refills.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had a great Easter Brunch at Alta Strada. Portions were huge and food was delicious. Had plenty of leftovers for meals the next day. Great service also.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were looking for an Italian restaurant close to the convention center and Alta Strada met our casual dress requirements. We were pleasantly surprised by the delicious appetizers, dinner, drinks, and desserts. We had a cozy table and excellent service. We'd would recommend Alta Strada to friends and go back in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I accidentally reserved at the wrong branch which I didn't know they had another location. But they seated my party anyways. love the food and service.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The pizza was a bit soggy, but tasty.

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