Alta

4.6
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$50 and over
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Mediterranean

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Alta occupies a beautiful 19th century townhouse in the heart of Greenwich Village. Our main dining area has a soaring 27-foot ceiling, and dates back to the early part of the century. There is a warm welcoming feeling as soon as you step through the doors. In the winter, we have two wood burning fireplaces to keep you warm. In the summer, the doors are open and you feel as if you could be close to the Mediterranean.

We are a small plate restaurant, and in our food you can discover the influence of all the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, which we consider to be a wonderful flavor palate. The small plates allow you to experience more of these flavors.

Larry Baldwin is our chef at Alta. Gifted with a discerning and creative approach to tastes and textures, he carefully selects all the ingredients to compose a menu full of delicious surprises.

Please note that Alta accepts only cash and American Express.
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.5
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4.3
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vipWhereRMyGlasses
New England
18 reviews
Reviewed on June 11, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

A gem. Not a weak link in a chain of delicious and varied dishes. Excellent service by waiter who was interested but not intrusive.
A bit noisy downstairs but convivial atmosphere.

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NicholasA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Very much looking forward to returning again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great- the burrata, bass, and fried goat cheese were all highlights- but everything we ordered (pescatarian) was so enjoyable. The chocolate lava cake was also excellent. Service was ok- we ordered espressos when we sat down and repeatedly asked about them for half an hour before they finally came. Our server could have been more forthcoming about this info instead of having us check in every time she walked by. My martini was drinkable but not very cold despite my heavy shake request. Overall would recommend because if the ambiance and food, however set your drink expectations in advance.

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CatherineF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food!!! Very farm to table. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipStonepony
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I should have known when it started off badly. I saw that my reservation was cancelled via email. When I called the restaurant, a rude host told me I didn't call him back. This was within an hour, while I was in business meetings. During the meal one of our guests wasn't feeling well, and when we asked the waitress for a cup of tea, she replied that the coffee machine was broken. All we wanted was a cup of hot water. We asked if she could get it from the kitchen, to which she replied "Oh, I can't go into the kitchen." Later, our check was unceremoniously dropped onto our table.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alta is an amazing little restaurant tucked away in the West Village area. The food, service and atmosphere are all spot on. This easily can be defined as one of my favorite New York spots -- I will definitely be back!

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JasonP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was incredibly slow. Took 10-15 minutes before a server came over to take our drink order. The paella took over an hour to be delivered to our table. The server acknowledged the delays and comped us the paella but we had a late reservation (9:30pm) and were starving by the time the food arrived so our experience was pretty negative.

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DECK6
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there did not disappoint. The fried goat cheese and octopus a la plancha are exceptional.

MJ
MJcoke
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Waitress was in a big rush to get us out of there. She gave us the check when: 1). We were still working on our drinks and FOOD; 2). We did not ask for a check.

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James
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The butterscotch dessert was a little bland and tasteless but other than that, all things were amazing

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vipArunN
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience5

From the very best tapas in town to some mediocre stuff! The new paella dish shouldn't be called paella as it's nothing like it!

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EllenH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alta is a fabulous hidden gem in Greenwich Village, just off 6th Avenue. Tapas plates are perfect for 2 people to split, are inventive, and delicious!!! And, the interior of the restaurant is awesome!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough nice things about this place. The atmosphere is quintessential NYC. The food was divine. Each dish was perfectly prepared. The service was excellent in spite of it being super crowded. I can’t wait to go back.

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vipCassieM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The moment you step inside Alta you feel as though you’re somewhere magical. We had the fried hen mushrooms (incredible), the mussels (delicious but should come with crostini), tomato salad (refreshing), and the angolotti (tastes like fall). Our sever was helpful in giving detailed and honest recommendation. My only problem was we waited over 30+ min for our dessert. We thought for sure we’d get it complimentary being how long it took but no.

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WillemV
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

extraordinary Tapas gem near the NYU campus. Excellent spread of food, everything is the best version I have ever had of that food. Especially the Brussels sprouts. The more the merrier, so you can try everything!

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Anon
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food, wait can be long so make sure to have a reservation. Also, they only take cash so be prepared for that. Paella, gnocchi, yemen spiced chicken wings, and braised short rib were all delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We went for a birthday dinner. The ambience was terrific. The pricing wasn’t too bad. The quality of food was great - liked that we could share all the plates, which essentially made the experience like a tasting menu. One should order ~2 plates per person.

The only complaint that I have was that our waitress was definitely on something - which made the night a bit entertaining but the service slow.

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vipGeorgeS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect meal in every way. Our server made excellent suggestions about the food and wine. Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Birthday celebration

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jennifern
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very happy spot to have drinks and small bites and catch up with a friend.

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vipNotQuiteGourmand
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner with out of town guests, and we all had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the setting is just lovely. I've been before and will definitely be going again. Alta is a gem.

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vipDateNightMeh
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Not allergy friendly. They basically told us we were out of luck. Apparently everything is made ahead of times and they can’t make any modifications. Also, cash and Amex only.

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JessicaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my experience here very much! The food was incredible. We ordered the mussels, scallops, mushroom flatbread and the polenta. Everything was delicious. The waitress was so experienced with the menu! My friend was doing the Whole 30 and asked her what she could eat and she gave her an entire run-down of the menu, and knew exactly what had dairy and all that! I was impressed. The food is a bit pricey, but definitely worth it.

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vipRobertD
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Alta - it has a fabulous bar and multiple dining rooms - great atmosphere and service. The small plates were incredible the scallops, the lamb, the salads and dips. This is a very cool and interesting restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with six girlfriends and we all loved the food, ambiance and service. Will definitely go back again.

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vipTedV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat dinner there every Sunday night. Everything is too perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a top favourite place to dine in west village

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vipJojoG
Jacksonville
21 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Mediterranean tapas place in Greenwich village so close to us. Highly recommend!! Neighborhood gem for sure. Our waiter Bennisomo (sp) was delightful

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vipBrookeB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Thought Alta was super overrated. Nothing really stood out - Service, food, decor. Was unimpressed.

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DumarR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Not the best service, but the ambiance and food made up for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Outstanding food but the noise level is WAY too high for a restaurant of this caliber. Some of the diners have truly no shame with their yelling and laughing.

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DECK6
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Great ambiance. This is a gem of a restaurant.

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SophiaD
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was extraordinary. Interesting dishes. Great for our large group. There's something for everyone.

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AudreyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Waiters should know what food has been served and what’s not intead of asking customers constantly....

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AHHHHHH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice restaurant with decent service and food. the ambiance is great.

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ParagJ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The place do not accept Visa or Mastercard and we had a client meeting where the check came upwards of 250$ and they didnt accept visa or mastercard.

The food was delicious but quantity was less than a appetizer's quantity.

Would recommend however very small quantity.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good variety of share plates. Quite a lot of seafood and vegetarian items on the menu as well. Because they're share plate style, we typically ordered 1 or 2 dishes at a time and they use runners to get them to your table quickly once they're ready. Most dishes seem to be setup for 2 people. The bass, octopus and empanadas were particularly good.

Sat upstairs which is really a ring area around the main dining room. Tables up there are mostly 2 and 4 tops that seem to be used more for couples, but main floor had a couple of big tables as well that had families or groups at them and all seemed to enjoy.

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vipMehul
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My most visited restaurant in NYC. There's something about this place which makes me keep coming back. My go to spot to take visitors. It's got a very nice charm and food is always outstanding.

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LeylaS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a surprise birthday at Alta and I've never experienced better customer service in my life. They were SO accommodating, kind, and made the surprise birthday experience work out smoothly and effortlessly. I brought in a cake from an outside vendor and dropped it off during the day while the restaurant was closed, gave them a call, and they immediately came down to grab the cake and had it ready in perfect timing. They also printed out special menus with the birthday persons name. Seriously SO impressed with the management and staff of this restaurant!

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Alta is rated 4.6 stars by 778 OpenTable diners.