Altaeats

4.6
392 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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

Great service & great food.

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CY
Los Angeles
82 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!

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

Food and service is always excellent!!

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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.

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

Great staff and food.

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C
Los Angeles
11 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!

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B
Western NC
1 review
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.

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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.

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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!

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i
Los Angeles
17 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.

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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.

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J
Los Angeles
15 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.

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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

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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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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Already a long-time dinner customer, now a brunch believer. Stellar from start to finish.

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G
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food home made style , and everything was delicious , for sure It will be my favorite Restaurant

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DR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Impressive, though modest menu: delicious courses, with quality ingredients artfully presented, and a relaxed atmosphere, like a neighborhood bistro. We’ll go again!

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MH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

incredible food, with a casual upscale vibe. they never disappoint!

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a
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and pleasant atmosphere. We ate early with only 3 other coples in the restaurant, so the noise level was perfect.

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BA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the Chef’s Office. It’s a 5 course tasting menu with pairings for $100 per person. It’s a ridiculous deal.

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant! Excellent food! Excellent service!

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JE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Altaeats is a blast, and all of the servers (Hannah, Allie, etc.) are fantastic!

Make sure to also attend the Thursday tastings at Altadena beverage nextdoor. And, if you pick up a bottle of wine at Altadena beverage, you can get free corkage at Altaeats.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch! Going back again and again

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WB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding. Some elsewhere have commented on the small size of the room and close arrangement of tables. While I can see that diners sitting in the center section of the room might feel cramped and experience a lack of privacy, we were against the wall and perfectly comfortable. The only negative was trying to get a reservation on a Wed., when they’re closed, for the following night. I left two voice messages but never received a call back. Open Table showed no tables for 3 for the time we wanted, so I took one for an earlier time. On a third try to reach them an our before our Open Table time, someone answered and told us we could come later, at our preferred time. When we arrived, there were at least four tables to choose from. So my gripe is with Open Table for not providing an accurate picture of table availability and with the restaurant for not returning phone messages.

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RK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and so happy to have this place in my neighborhood!

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JE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hannah is awesome!

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

2 of our dinners were delicious, the shared special was uninspired. The portions were very small and sides delivered well before entries... so a mashed potato course all on it's own was odd. Desserts were lovely. (Though the eggnog was dreadful) Would have been nice to have been offered wine while we waited for our party! $$$$!

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D
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An excellent find, that is hard to notice. It is a very small, quaint restaurant, with excellent food. There is a basic menu, which doesn't separate appetizers/small plates from the main meals, although it changes about 2/3 of the way down the left side. Then many of the main meals are prepared as explained on the board as specials. Tables are arranged as several long tables that can be broken up into smaller seating groups. The main Chef/Owner and the staff are very informal but friendly. It is actually hard to find as there is no name on the outside, and lighting is low, so you are not sure if you are in the right place until you get inside. This appears to be a neighborhood restaurant mostly known by the locals, and its small size is probably meant to keep it that way, but it provides a unique experience, with fresh food prepared in just the right amount of seasonings and sides.

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e
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a good sign when you want to order everything on the menu. Classic neighborhood restaurant that is discreet from the street but known to foodies. Worth the drive to those a bit farther away. Make sure you check out the liquor store 2 doors down owned and operated by restaurant.

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JG
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of 5 (which turned into a party of 6) had a wonderful time at AltaEats for brunch. Wines are reasonably priced and at one point we opted for the "Mystery Wine" which was a lot of fun. Our server was fun and gracious and put up with our continued merriment. We enjoyed several dishes off the brunch menu and shared some of the toasts to start. The proprietor also runs the liquor store two doors down and we had fun taking turns to check out his unusual offerings (and yes, we walked away with several bottles to take home). Parking can be a challenge so be patient and bone up on your parallel parking skills!

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ND
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Alta Eats continues to shine as a wonderful restaurant serving fresh and delicious plates in Alta Dena. We both had fish (a scallop special and the grilled salmon) that were both delicious along with the wonderful olive appetizer. The server immediately recognized my friend, who had not been in the better part of a year, and was quite gracious. For the Pasadena/Alta Dena area, this is a place to keep on your short list.

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CF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Chef owned operated place where the servers obviously are well versed in ingredients and preparation of the spectacular food .
Nothing so crazy over the top to be dominant over anything else , but a clever orchestra of textures and flavors , enough to convince you this food is not of this earth , or perhaps was prepared by Angels ..

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DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is calm and quiet. The staff is friendly, upbeat and knowledgeable. The food is terrific. It is a little pricy, but absolutely worth it. I only wish I could afford to eat there every night.

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CA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is well prepared and the wait staff is very friendly. Place is a little hard to find despite being on major street, but that might be intentional.

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