Alta Strada- DC

4.7
559 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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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 559 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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juliec
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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vipJenL
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
6 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
14 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.

CJ
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
7 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
1 review
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!

HG
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
1 review
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
7 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
6 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

MT
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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Dianne
Washington DC
7 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.

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Misty
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to Alta Strada a few times a year and was glad to swing by and find they had just rolled out their fall menu this weekend. The new roasted cauliflower was delicious! My husband had the classic chicken parm which he loved and we tried the bombolini and chocolate cake, which were indeed both moist and decadent desserts. The garlic bread unfortunately was a bit of a miss, kinda dry and not a lot of flavor, although the tomato basil dipping sauce was good! Anyway, another enjoyable visit. The pizzas and pastas are always great comfort food as well and I like their outdoor seating these days.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food!

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DanielD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue for weekend brunch or lunch the southern-exposed outdoor seating is very comfortable. Numerous menu items are all appealing.

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vipRachelL
Key West
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Server seemed like he didn't want to be working, made it uncomfortable to ask for certain items/ questions. He just gave off the vibe that he did not want to be there. Food was phenomenal though.

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vippandc
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This is not quite fast food--the setting will remind of that, but the food is a bit above what you'd get at fast food Italian. Is it good? Well, it's fast. We enjoyed it. But would I go back? Probably not. The menu is pretty generic, the arugula salad was only OK, but the garlic bread was good. The salmon was too salty but on a great plate of roasted veg. You won't go wrong here, but also, you may not love it.

MK
vipMadeleineK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was fine - not as good as I remembered it from the last time we were there- but so overpriced! That put a damper on everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, we had the eggplant parm and Ricotta ravioli. Great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance!

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AmandaF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Socially Distanced Labor Day brunch for our little Quaranteam this weekend at Alta Strada. The seating was outdoor and well separated, the servers were very safe and great about their masks and gloves, and we felt very comfortable eating there in current times. We also LOVED all the dishes we got. We all live in the neighborhood and frequently would come for large brunches in the past while they did unlimited food and drink, so we were excited to come when bottomless drinks returned (no unlimited food yet for obv. reasons) and to try the new economical Brunch menu (one food item req per order for the unlimited drinks). Everyone was thrilled with their dishes, we will be back soon!

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vipBigplate
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The restaurant's patio is very well done--together with other patios on the street, it makes one feel like you are sitting in Europe. The staff is very diligent about its Covid preparations. All of the food we had was very good--the pitcher of mango margaritas, the shrimp appetizer, and the chocolate cake stood out.

JJ
JaredJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lots of bug bites sitting outside. Solid food. Nice staff.

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WhitneyK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for restaurant week and all of the food was very good! Outside patio tables were well spaced. Will definitely go back.

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Aron
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bolognese I've had locally and abroad. Delicious, authentic, quality Italian dishes. The Tiramisu is a must as well!

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vipMorgan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here 4 times and carried out a few other times - I’ve had an amazing meal every time! The staff is attentive and kind and the food is always fresh and hot (even when you carry out). I would highly recommend Alta Strada for any occasion or everyday dining!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice employees; attentive to our wine needs, very professional throughout. Great place!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Mediocre pasta. Could have made it better at home myself. Not worth $40 with a drink.

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vipRachelL
Key West
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 and had the best time! Restaurant week portions were huge and our server was very attentive. Everything was so flavorful! You can tell they were making each dish to order instead of bulking up due to restaurant week. We will definitely be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Honestly the food was overrated and expensive. Wasn’t bad, but wasn’t impressed either.

FAQs

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

Alta Strada- DC is rated 4.7 stars by 559 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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