Altaeats

4.7
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$31 to $50
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American
Tucked away on the Altadena/Pasadena border,
Chef Paul Ragan brings a feast of flavors to the dinner table.

Altaeats features a cozy yet comfortable dining room as well as a private tasting menu table in the "Chef's Office" which can be reserved for up to 6 "close" friends with 24 hour notice.

We assign our tables as we get the reservations with all of our guests in mind so we can not guarantee specific tables.

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Fri - Sat 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 9:30PM

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WR
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Such a weird experience. The storefront is dark and unmarked, like an abandoned private detective office from the 1950's. Inside, fairly lively but no colors unless you like industrial green. Our greeter pointed us to our table. Service started out fine, but $3 for bread and butter. How European. A group of six was next to us, and most had ordered the rack of lamb, and their plates were clean. Easy choice! Our starters eventually came. No worries. We can be European, take our time and "dine" instead of "eat". But then the entrees arrived. Something that was not Rack of Lamb was placed in front of me, by the greeter. "We were out of the Rack so we're substituting with Lamb Porterhouse", I was told. "Your waitress should have told you". Well, no one did tell me, or give me the opportunity to ask more or change my mind. (And they never made the change on the blackboard). Since she made it sound like a better deal, I accepted, also because I knew my husband would wait for me to get my food and we did not wish to keep waiting. The "Lamb Porterhouse" was just ok. Not very tender, as if they had known far enough in advance they would be serving it, they might have prepared it differently. The couscous and butternut squash were also dry and nothing special. My husband enjoyed his $19 burger as much as he enjoys most burgers, ie nothing special.
As I was eating my meal, I was wondering if we should continue in the European spirit and not leave a tip. But then the greeter returned, and offered to comp my meal. Saved themselves a star.

FD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The was seasoned well and not at all over salted. The warm olive tapenade was matched to crisp toasted baguette.The scallops were exquisite.

t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Altaeats is wonderful. I love their rotating menu and their vegetables are delicious. I think they have the best burger in LA- it is waygu beef and they are always changing it up. The only restaurant for foodie americanish/fusion food that I would compare it to around here is Union, but Altaeats has better value.

r
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful server.

c
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We dined at Altaeats this past Saturday night. We've eaten there easily a half dozen times, taken friends and always enjoyed our meal there. This time the though the kitchen had an off night. Maybe I should have know it wasn't going to go well when the good bottle of wine I brought was corked.... We split an appetizer (bacon wrapped dates, yummy as usual) and a salad, also delish. We ordered the rack of lamb & ribeye. Neither had any flavor - it was as if the kitchen forgot to season anything, including the sides. While both were cooked to an acceptable level of doneness, the steak had an odd consistency & no flavor. None. The mashed potatoes almost seemed like they were made from reconstituted potatoes. It had gotten busy, so we were pretty much through what we were going to eat before the service person stopped by to ask how the meal was - she could tell immediately from our look & amount of food still on the plates we hadn't enjoyed it. To their credit they immediately took both entrees off the tab, (which we didn't ask for). Even if they hadn't, we'll go back again, this is a neighborhood gem so hopefully this was a 1-off experience.

o
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to AltaEats twice and both times I'm hoping for a chance to come back soon. The food was fantistic. Our waiter, Connie took excellent care of us. If you can find it (part of the charm) go to AltaEats!

SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and unrushed. I liked that it is refined (not slick) and neighborhoodie at the same time.
The grits served with the pork loin were garlicky (loved it) though the loin was a little overdone for my taste. Strip steak was flavorful and was clearly prepared with care but the cut was a bit tough.
The space is inviting and the food personal; I look forward to my next visit.

DD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This a a great local, hidden treat for low key time eating top quality food. Staff and owners are wonderful.

J
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Always excellent food and mediocre service. Server did not know how to open a wine bottle and chewed up the cork.

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you can find the restaurant (the building is unmarked), you will find that the food was worth the search.

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J
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come regularly to enjoy the excellent small menu of a unique place.

MI
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Kind of like a noisy Diner. The appetizers were delicious and worth the cost. The entrees were also tasty, but there wasn't a lot of food. You leave kind of hungry. It is in an unmarked storefront in Alta Dena. The dining area is not terribly inviting. The service was exemplary and the young lady who served us was helpful, kind, and gave us excellent suggestions. We are on the border weather to go back again. There is another French style restaurant, Entre nous in Pasadena that is more expensive, but has a nicer atmosphere. And you don't leave hungry! We will probably go there instead.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hands-down our favorite place. The atmosphere is welcoming and inclusive, the service is always great, and the food is nothing short of amazing. If you want a special treat, call and ask for Chef’s Office. It’s Chef Paul’s version of omakase, and it’s absolutely worth it!!! I can’t wait to go back!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner. Server Athena was great, menu did not disappoint.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food. Great service. Thank you for making the evening very special; it was a birthday celebration and it felt like it couldn’t have been better.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to Altaeats several times now, but this time was unique as it was a double-date with a long time friend and her husband and a new person in my life. None of them had been before and I was really hoping to impress them with a good time. By the end of the night, everyone was very happy.

We started with some bacon wrapped dates and skin-on red potatoes, both of which were excellent. We also got one of the mystery bottles of red wine, which turned out to be a lovely Pinot noir that was dry and went perfectly with dinner. For our main courses, we had the duck breast, the fish (which was barramundi today) and the lamb chops, all of which were very well prepared and full of flavor. Finally, we finished with a tasty apple tart for dessert. The cream was abit sweet but the tart itself was perfectly flaky and delicious.

The service at Altaeats is always outstanding and this time was no exception. Our server was very courteous and attentive. While I can’t say I was particularly wowed by anything this evening, but it was a very solid dining experience, and I will definitely be back again.

AK
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Worth the wait for the food! Absolutely delicious and everyone in our party of 8 was over the top thrilled with their meal. Going back this weekend!

LA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food and service!!

H
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fresh and innovative. We’ve always loved this intimate little gem. Highly recommend!

DR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each dish was well prepared with quality ingredients and good plating. Especially good were the quinoa salad and the duck breast.

OT
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Kudos to the chef for the creative delicious dishes! My 2 favorite dishes ordered that evening were the chickpeas and calamari appetizer and quinoa and kale salad. Will definitely be back!

MT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and people were friendly - there’s no doubt this is the best restaurant in the area!

JO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My second visit and I was less satisfied this time. I like the intimate ambience. The chef kindly accommodated a request for a side that was available for specials but not on the menu. Our food was delicious and healthy but the portions were too small. Even though I added a side vegetable, I was hungry after I finished. This is quite unusual for me. I don't like restaurants that over-feed people, but I was disappointed in the menu options, the size and value of the food, and the dessert service was quite slow.

MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner and great service. Great place to go out with friends

C
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was great. Service was absolutely horrible. We went to altaeats for an early Father’s Day brunch and to celebrate my mother’s birthday. It took us 40 minutes to receive our food, which might be understandable if the restaurant was crowded but at the time we were there the restaurant was only a third full. When we received our food, the eggs were on the wrong plates, the biscuits were burnt, and we were missing our side of potatoes. They did offer to replace the biscuits after I pointed it out, but my dad does not like to inconvenience people and respectfully declined. They also gave us a gift card for the wait time, which I think is great customer service, but based on our most recent experience I don’t plan on returning to use it. There are much better restaurants out there with much better food and service.

H
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh ingredients! Delicious recipes. Intimate and trendy in an artistic neighborhood kind of way. We loved the specials. Beef Wellington and a Salmon dish on grilled beets with roast potatoes. Hate to rave too much because I want to always get a table there. 😜

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance ... will always go back!

VL
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent crabcake appetizer, roasted cauliflower, scallops, lamb, chocolate dessert

JE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Colleen (C$) is wonderful!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently amazing and highly recommended! So thankful this place has remained part of the community! Keep up the great work !

JC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Altaeats is a neighborhood gem that you shouldn't miss. Non-descript on the outside; small, cozy, and delightful on the inside. I had the flat iron pork with fried plantains on a bed of black beans and it was arguably the best pork dish I've ever had. It was cooked to perfection and wonderfully juicy.

A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

There is no parking and it’s in very busy street (a cars drive by really fast) so I had a hard time finding a good parking spot. Other than that the food was great( B plus)
And trendy inside. The clean restroom is always good! We will go back again

v
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch was wonderful. Everything on the menu is exceptional! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great meal!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Really want to like this place but the dishes are hit or miss each time I’ve visited. Mother’s Day brunch was disappointing and the empty tables seem to reflect the problems.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Wow. The quality of service and the breadth and depth of the dining experience has fallen, considerably, I think since they acquired their license to sell beer and wine. It's not that the food is terrible, but it's pretty mediocre and certainly not worth the price of which it once was worthy. Sad days in Altadena. The dinner was okay, but I can go to Wisteria, in Sierra Madre, and know that the experience will be consistently a good one, and will be half to a third the price. This used to be an exceptional dining experience, but that's what happens. If you're interested in spending this much money, go to Union - still worth every penny!

RG
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb and pork dishes were fabulous. Best plantains ever!!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time to have brunch at Altaeats, we loved all aspects of the brunch from the mimosas to the main course (the chicken and biscuits are to die for)!

Altaeats is now on our go to brunch/dinner list!

JB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The staff is so kind, even opening up the door where they keep their purses, to show us where a special tasting menu event takes place. The food was great and the wine recommendation was perfect. To top it off, we met the chef next door serendipitously afterward - unassuming, consummately kind, and a master host.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & great food.

CY
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service! This restaurant never disappoints. Our favorite neighborhood secret! First-time diners.....FYI - There are no markings on outside of restaurant and when blinds are pulled, it looks like a vacant building. Trust me, this is one of the very best restaurants in Pasadena. Go and enjoy!