Altaeats

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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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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!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always excellent!!

GC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is our neighborhood gem. We come as often as possible, spend almost every special family occasion here as well as casual weekend brunches. The menu is ever changing and the creativity and freshness of the food is top notch. I would recommend AltaEats to anyone.

DO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and food.

C
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This little gem of a restaurant was quite cozy. The food was very good although the portions were extremely tiny for the price. Therefore I will not be returning here. I can pay the same amount for a high end restaurant and get more!

B
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This little known, out of the way place in the very northern part of Pasadena is a gem. Great food, good wines, very solicitous service. A noise level that allows for conversation. Casual. It's the complete package.

LR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Valentine's Day dinner, reservations made weeks in advance. When we arrived, hostess seated others (that arrived after we did) before us. We were then told that the only table available was right next to the front door (literally inches from the door), or sitting at what they termed the "counter," which was a narrow shelf-like spot in the back adjacent to the kitchen. We were given no other option. Hostess was unsympathetic. Since we had no interest in constant blasts from the cold, outside air, or having people waiting for a table standing over us as we ate, we reluctantly opted for the "counter." That was a mistake. Cramped, loud (from the kitchen), uncomfortable. The entire evening was pretty much ruined for us. It might have been different if we were walk-ins, but I don't expect to be relegated to the worst seat in the house if I have a reservation. Seriously, if I'm paying $250+ for dinner, I'd like to sit be comfortable while I eat it. I really wanted to like this place, but we are totally turned off by the experience. Can't see any reason to go back, even though the food was fine.

CD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! We seem to meet some interesting other diners every time we eat here and the servers are fun too!

i
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant dining room with neutral decor allowing for a nice focus on the food and companions. Excellent service- I was offered a taste of two wines when I did not select an option straight off. Very flavorful kale quinoa salad (heavy on the quinoa) despite the fact that the kale was more like a condiment on top of the quinoa. The skirt steak and shredded lamb were both nicely seasoned and balanced with the right touch of an accompaniment. Nice wine selection but on the pricier side (glasses start at $12). You also have a choice of flat or sparkling in-house water which is always appreciated. I would definitely return.

JE
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a very nice experience at Altaeats. While there is no signage from the street and the actual decor is minimalistic the food and service were very good. Overall a very nice night out.

J
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a regular though not frequent guest at Altaeats. I love the small and interesting menu, the excellent wine list and the atmosphere of a special small place run by a particular chef. I always have good food here.

NB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem - best date night. Exquisite food. Great service. Always returning

D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to have dinner at Altaeats and as always everyone loves the food, drink, staff, and restaurant as a whole.

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