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Alta Strada

252 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date (15)
  • Casual (14)
  • Cozy (10)
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm
Monday-Friday from 11:30-3pm
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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Cross street
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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Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, 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 252 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was amazing, and service was impeccable. The level of noise was perfect for a good business conversation. Definitely will do again!

LoriFromDC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Brought my mother-in-law for Saturday brunch for part of her birthday weekend - she was visiting from NJ. While I have been to Alta Strada many times before, this was our first time for brunch. Absolutely loved it!! My MIL rarely gives compliments and she raved about the meal. Some of our table favorites included the Ricotta Parfait (eaten as appetizer and for dessert), Eggplant Parm Appetizer (spicy with crunchy topping - omg!), Frittata with mushrooms, and Hazelnut S’mores dessert. So full could barely touch the lovely Baby Organic Kale Salad with Caesar dressing and grilled chicken. Out of the ordinary food without being pretentious. Service was impeccable- kudos to Steve Uhr who seamlessly ensured service was A++. Highly recommend Alta Strada in D.C.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great brunch! Loved the everything bagel pizza!

Arman (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

One of the best pasta I've ever had! Their tagliatelle bolognese is a must-try.

vipLiindaB (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

It was an alright evening.. nothing special

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Loud but great food and service

vipRalph (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The service was terrific! Manager was very helpful working with our gift certificate! Everything we ordered was quite good. We had a great time, and will return.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Terrific. Tagliatelle Bolognese and Little Stevie's pizza were standouts. Excellent overall.

viproxygurlie02 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Service started out good but then server seemed to lose interest and didn’t come to ask how food was or if we needed anything else. The restaurant wasn’t very busy so not sure why it was hard to get their attention. Food was good overall and recommend prosciutto app.

vipSTEVEA (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Because our Sunday dinner group hadn't been to Alta Strada in a while and because we enjoyed it the couple times we had been there in the past, we decided to return. Our overall rating of "good" is just that, and it connotes a bit of a disappointment compared to previous visits.

- Food: we took advantage of the Restaurant Week menu -- four courses for $35. Not a bad deal. The food, though good, was not particularly memorable; well, the brown butter pistachio cake was memorable for the wrong reasons: small, dry, tasteless. And in a town turning out great pizza, Alta Strada's pizza isn't quite keeping pace.
- Ambiance: though one can appreciate Alta Strada's dimly lit, cement floor dining room for its minimalism, it only accentuated the chill and gloominess of a rainy evening.
- Service: you know how one element can inordinately affect the overall dining experience, well...Our server was friendly -- when he was around. The pace of the evening -- whether attributable to the kitchen or our server or a combination of the two -- was incredibly slow, resulting in long stretches between courses and an almost two and half hours-long dinner -- way too long for casual dining.

Despite a somewhat disappointing evening, we recommend others try Alta Strada. And we'll likely go back, though we won't be running back any time soon.

vipArlgirl (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Who knew? Tucked away on K street is this amazing Italian restaurant. Everything was so fresh and good. We had been to Sfolina and I had almost the exact mushroom tagliatelle and just as good. Pizzas were amazing- watching them made and put into the oven with a nice char...taste was awesome. We will return!

vipbarrydrucker012153 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Extraordinary! We had the special restaurant week meal. Portions were huge and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. There is no doubt we will go back!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This is our absolute favorite date night spot

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Second time around. First visit was to the location in the Mosaic District in Merrifield, Va. Hit this on restaurant week and we got a lot of food for the $35 price. All was delicious and plenty of leftovers for the doggie bag. I would go again.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We went to Alta Strada because we had purchased a gift certificate at a fundraiser 3 months ago. When we arrived we presented the certificate and we were told that it must be at least 3 years old. Finally the manager said he would accept it but he was not nice at all about it. We had recently purchased the certificate so we assumed it was new.
Our waiter never smiled and was rude the whole time. The food was decent but the service was so bad that we couldn't get past it. It took the 2 of us 2 1/2 hours to get all of our food. DC has so many great restaurants I can't imagine why anyone would go to this one.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Pizza was only okay and not really Neapolitan. Good friendly service and cozy atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We went for restaurant week and it was the best. The server was outstanding, so friendly and helpful. We loved the menu - everything we ordered was super delicious. Did not have the homemade pasta but will go back to try. Would definitely return again even when it's not restaurant week.

vipWitty (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

We went here during Restaurant Week, based on several reviews. It was a disappointment. The food is just average bar food. And that makes it a bit too pricey for what it is. And, to top it off, the bread was stale.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Good service and atmosphere. The food was good and tasty but we all thought our various dishes were over salted which detracted from the richness of the other flavors.

Maggie (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Was recommended as a Sunday Brunch place in the Post, but did not serve typical brunch items and was disappointed in the spot billed as the place for brunch.