Alta Strada- DC

4.6
635 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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Experiences

  • Restaurant Week

    $40.00 per person

    Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2022

    Winter Restaurant Week is back at Alta Strada with a special 3-course menu by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow. Start with your choice of traditional antipasti like Mimi's Meatballs, Shrimp Scampi Bruschetta, and Truffle Salad. For your second course, choose from housemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and Italian entrées, then finish off with sweet treats like Tiramisu, Cannoli, and Bomboloni by Pastry Chef Alex Levin. Our Restaurant Week menu is available for dine-in, pickup and delivery. Plus, this year, if you dine 3+ times with us for Restaurant Week, you will receive a $40 gift card. Join us at Alta Strada or mix and match at our other locations, NAMA Sushi Bar and TICO DC.

Offers

  • 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 635 people are saying
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AshleyG
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and friendly servers all
Night long !!!

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JoeB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Baked Ziti with Sunday gravy (meat sauce) was terrific. Spicy moderate heat, nicely covered in mozzarella cheese then melted in there brick oven.
The tiramisu is made every day in house by the chef. It was delicious!

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NoahM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alta Strada was recommended to us by friends, and it was the perfect place for a dinner date! It was quiet and decorated nicely. The menu is priced fairly for the large portion of food the entrees are. We got the ziti and spaghetti cacio e pepe and both were delicious, especially the ziti. The staff was very friendly and welcoming, and the bathrooms were clean. Thanks for a wonderful experience!

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Shay
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late for our reservation on NYE and the kitchen was closing. They still sat us, made us feel welcome and went above and beyond to ensure we had a fantastic experience. This was our first time at this restaurant and we have nothing but great things to say about every person we encountered. We will be back!

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LoriP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

After reading various reviews, I was hopeful. Someone went on about the tagliatelle bolognese. That was pretty tasteless. The chicken parm was good. Garlic bread was awesome. Penne aka vodka just tasted like plain red sauce with a bit of spice to it.. The sign said “wine bar” but they had only one terrible Chardonnay at $15 per glass. I guess that’s DC prices but I would hope for something decent tasting for that price. Service was ok, but rushed a bit. Overall, ok experience if you know what to order.

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Mike
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Would recommend to family looking for Italian with kids!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Alta Strada, along with its sister restaurant, Nama, do this great thing where they will seat you at 830 or 9 (as they have reservations until 9) and then rush you for your whole meal. My friend and I had an 815 reservation, got there at 810 and ordered appetizers right away. The server came by approximately every 10 minutes if not more frequently to inform us the kitchen was closing. We ordered around 845, and got our food at 9. We were then visited every 6 minutes by the server trying to take our plates, which we had barely started on. They eventually got us out of there at 930. I would recommend only allowing reservations when you actually want people dining.

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ErinH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent, good. Will come back

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TaylorM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. My glass of water was refilled before it was halfway empty. The server was helpful and friendly. Definitely recommend!

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AdrianB
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service. A true standout in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool little spot very good food service and ambiance overall would go back there again!

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GF29
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were very good. We had the meatballs and mushroom crostini to start following by a Caesar salad and branzino. All had great flavor. Cocktails were solid.

Like the open kitchen concept and restaurant has great ambiance.

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BobbyL
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been there since before pandemic. Always was a favorite . The menu has changed some and yet everything we had from appetizers to dessert was still delicious. We brought friends and they said they for sure will go back again.

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vipRobertB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ordered the Eggplant Parm entree and it was partly bitter and undercooked. Please take off menu if you can't cook it properly. No amount of sauce and cheese can disguise the taste. Ordered a side of only toasted bread and menu item garlic bread was delivered. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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MichelleG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, comfortable ambiance, attentive service, & overall good experience!

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Katy
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was divine, drinks were Delicious. Occasionally felt like the server forgot about us but good server.

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SuzIngram
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delightful! From the garlic bread to dessert- pleasantly surprised with their different takes in Italian food.

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Lesley
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dinner was ok, nothing special and not worth the $$ we paid.

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AinaraMC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious, the staff (Patricia) was great.

MS
vipMollyS
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice family owned restaurant. The salads and pasta were delicious.

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ScottK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent value, clean, neat, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

I guess this is a local favorite, but as someone new who moved here, it wasn’t anything special. The food was subpar. And the service was minimal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service very happy

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Hamilton
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Serving staff was attentive and polite. The wait for the food was not long, and it was at the right temperature. The food was extremely delicious and filling. If you prefer small portions, you could have leftovers, but I finished mine and was very satisfied. Overall, excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with fantastic service.

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SASDiner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic food and friendly staff - highly recommended!

SA
SASDiner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great and helpful staff. Authentic food.

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TAGTEXAS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great garlic bread

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was impeccable, friendly service staff and great house made dessert selections. Recommend the Blood-Orange Gelato

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The food was delicious, our waitress was amazingly attentive, and the ambiance was perfect. Kid friendly to boot. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!

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fpan80
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone in my party was very pleased with their dishes. Authentic Italian quality. Great service. A little loud with street noise at times but not an issue. Would definitely go back

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JohnnyB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was last night with my wife and two friends, We had a really good time, the food was amazing, the service incredible they are very nice people, I recommend this restaurant 100% for me 10 stars. Congratulations all them.

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vipFastRide
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining and service as always.

JD
JoeD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. We sat outside far away from the door and the wait staff still kept on top of everything. The complimentary tiramisu for my fiancees birthday was a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

First date!!! Big day!!!!

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astrodem
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portions were big, but everything was very tasty! Service was generally pretty fast.

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AliciaW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ordered off of the 3 course restaurant week menu. The portions were huge and very delicious. Our mixed drinks were also tasty. The restaurant was quiet and intimate. The service was good, although we weren't asked until late if we wanted second drinks. My husband's plate was extremely hot, but the food again was delicious.

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 635 OpenTable diners.

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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