Alta Strada- DC

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$30 and under
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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

Bottomless Brunch

$29 unlimited food or drink/$39 unlimited food & drink. 2-hour limit.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 12, 2019

Ends: September 13, 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 432 People Are Saying
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HC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing! The waiter had great banter and the food was delicious

J
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with a friend last weekend. Such a nice ambiance, service and greeting. The chef came over personally to introduce himself, and then sent dessert over on the house. Will definitely be back! When so many restaurants offer mediocre service, this stands out!!!

LF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents really enjoyed this meal! We sat outside, which was lovely. Do yourself a favor and order the garlic bread...delicious! The manager and all staff were very attentive. Great time at Alta Strada!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! This is one of our go to spots in the neighborhood. You can always count on delicious food and wonderful service.

DD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very picky Italian family here and Alta Strada will be our go-to place whenever we’re in DC! Absolutely LOVED the pizza, meatballs and dare I say, sauce as good as mine. Wonderful waitstaff and yummy cheesecake! Next time, tiramisu! Thank you for a lovely dinner!!

PJ
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was my second visit and I like this place as a local, neighborhood restaurant with decent dishes, good portions and also has a very good happy hour.

On this visit I had the chicken parm and it was looked like a catchers mitt, it was that big, but you needed to order a side of pasta and I've never had chicken parm that didn't come with pasta.

My guest had the swordfish and it looked quite good and my guest said it was quite good as well.

The wine, by the bottle, was pretty much the same as by the glass so we had it by the glass and it was just ok and it was a $50 bottle.

It did get noisy as the night went on, which is a bit unusual for this area.

Again, if you are from this neighborhood, it's a good place to go with a decent happy hour, but it's not fine dining and that's ok too.

g
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant changed chefs a few months ago and they altered the menu. The new menu is excellent, many choices for both appetizers and mains. Every dish we ordered was done perfectly, including the vegetables. We were able to sit outside on a beautiful evening and the service could not have been better. WE ordered each course separately and they had no issues with us doing so. When we asked the waiter if there was a new chef given the changes in the menu, he said yes, a couple of months ago. The chef then came out to speak to us about the changes and he was very pleasant. We will definitely be returning.

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

My friends and I were looking for a small place to grab some quick food and ended up leaving upset. The service was horrible, and they tricked us into buying their bottled tap water and also asked us to buy an alcoholic drink at least 5 times. I felt as if they were just trying to get as much money as they could. Also, for the quality of food, it was way overpriced.

Q
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Very good service and staff! The food was not that great, especially for the price. Not too flavorful and had an issue with my food being burnt the first time it came out. The ambiance was nice! Maybe good to go in for a drink.

L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was fine - honestly nothing special. Service was fine, atmosphere was fine. Everything about it is "fine," just nothing special and a bit overpriced for what it is.

B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at Alta Strada. We come here almost every time we sleep over in DC. Great pizza!!

LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food
Great service

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Alta Strada ended up having a bottomless brunch option and the service and food were exceptional. There was no wait for food and drinks and the whole place has a great ambiance. highly recommend!

G
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week portions seemed a little small. Food was excellent.

CN
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

I was sincerely disappointed with my dining experience at Alta Strada. My sister and I chose Alta Strada amongst many other Italian restaurants based on the recommendation of it as a good, home-style food restaurant, and surveyed the menu ahead of time.

My dismay upon receiving a single piece of bread for the bruschetta appetizer was only the beginning. As I then watched the entrees come out, I realized that all Alta Strada had done for restaurant week was to shrink their portions, thus cheating their customers of a pleasurable, twice in year occasion to dine well on a budget.

I recently had the great fortune to go to Italy in May, and I can say for sure that Alta Strada has completely missed the mark when it comes to offering a family-style, trattoria Italian experience. The food was salty, and the value was limited given the extremely small portions. I will not frequent this restaurant again.

TL
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was a little slow....I think two additional servers would have helped.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Worth it

O
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to AS several times and is consistently excellent all around.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Buona la pizza. Ogni ingrediente aggiunto alla base Margherita costa 2 dollari. Una pizza condita a dovere diventa preziosa.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and value, good service, not too crowded. I'll definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was just ok. Pizza was very salty & crust was burnt.

RV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Alta Strada, brunch was amazing. We did the all you can eat and drink, our food arrived quickly, and they made sure our drinks were full the entire brunch. Our server was lovely and checked in often. We were finished at the 2 hour mark, but were not kicked out of our table like some brunch places we were able to finish our conversations and hang out-- nice change from most 2 hour brunch spots! Will definitely be going back!

JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant! Food was fantastic as was the service. Our waiter, Devin, was wonderful! We had a great dinner to end our trip to DC on. Definitely recommend and will come back again on future visits to DC.

JW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Chicken Parm, perfect Branzino and the tender Calamari!!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the unlimited brunch here. Only $40 for bottomless drinks and unlimited food for two hours, so it’s a great value. Classic Italian food was delicious- make sure to get the french toast sticks too! The brunch pizza and fried mozzarella were also our favorites. Would definitely come back for the great service and food!

JA
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great, however the portions were small and they charged $12 for a bottle of Pellegrino’s water.

N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The bread was good, but could have been warm. The meatballs were really good. Our pasta dish and pizza were also very good. The waiter and bartender were very friendly. However, the busgirl seemed annoyed to be there and our plates that were on the table for us were dirty, so we asked for new ones. The booth cushions were also very hard.

O
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 4 friends couldn't have been more pleased with the delicious, fresh and well-prepared food and drinks. We have been here a couple times previously and have consistently had a great meal. Recommend Alta Strada for just about any occasion.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitstaff was very attentive to our food requests. Pasta Bolognese was excellent. Chicken Parm cutlet was cooked perfectly. Spaghetti and meatballs was also very good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find —- Sunday, bottles of wine are 1/2 off ... So, I went :) The Sausage, Brocolli, Tomato pasta dish had layers of flovor—so savory, excellent ingredients. Offers gluten-free. Their gelato is a must-have!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food...decent service...must be the near kept secret because not a lot of people were there. This will be my go too!

D
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

The food and service were great but the AC wasn’t working and it was hot as F@@@ in there. Too hot to finish the meal. Horrible.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite “new” spot. Amazing food and excellent service. My glass was never empty and the server was very attentive.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was nice. The food was yummy and the drinks were great!

JK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our 2 children (8&11) with us. They were so accommodating and we really felt like our opinions mattered. The food was fantastic (probably the best we had in DC). Kids loved their meals too. I would absolutely recommend.

DD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and great drinks! The rolled lasagna was really good with the Pesto and Artichoke sauce. Everything came out piping hot, and the dessert was to die for! Another great meal at Alta Strada

PM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable meal and the service was outstanding. There was a great choice of food and wine with a background of conversations. The atmosphere was vibrant and we were very well taken care of.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was phenomenal. Definitely recommend the lamb. Staff is so knowledgeable and helpful. They strike that perfect balance of quality without being pretentious about it.

d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food, wine and service are always great. Music is always too loud and the air conditioning is too minimal.

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