Alter

4.6
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411 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Alter is a casual, chef-driven, American restaurant located in Miami’s up-and-coming Wynwood neighborhood led by Chef Bradley Kilgore. Our dining room is reserved for guests participating in our 5 or 7 course tasting menus, or our full Chef’s experience.

The seasonal cuisine is focused on locally sourced ingredients from Florida, highlighting the States rich seafood offering, tropical fruits, vegetables and meats.

Alter’s beverage program includes an uncompromising wine selection that span from top well known producers to small artisanal growers from around the world.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.5
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3.9
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Lauren
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Miami restaurant. And we had the good luck to had the chef come out and explain one of the dishes. What an extra treat.

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KarenS
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It was an interesting experience. I wouldn’t go back. Spent $150 per person and left hungry. The food is art, and the service is amazing.

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vipLeonaL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True foodie experience. Intimate with an elevated attention to detail.

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Kimmy
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alter is a favorite restaurant of mine. Love the complexity of the dishes and the amazing flavor. Always leaves me wanting to make my next reservation!

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marcd
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wish the transition between courses was a bit quicker. 15-30 min delays killed the transition.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Amazing food! We’ll go back for the next season

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very unique tasting menu. Worth a try!

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vipPickyL
Denver
76 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Don't empty out your wallet at this restaurant. It exudes hipster vibe and is trying to be "tres Brooklyn" but the chef needs a lesson in careful use of ingredients and subtlety. His food gives umami a bad name. Essentially every dish needed to have a few discordant ingredients removed. There were many "cheffy" techniques at work but always at the same time. We read the menu with our cell phones because it was so dark-- we were not the only ones and then ate the 5 course tasting menu with suggested additions while listening to some godawful conversations around us. Tables too close. First 2 cold courses were tolerable and almost interesting. We then had the chef's special egg dish which promised egg, scallops, truffles, and caviar-- perhaps a good brunch but not as prepared and perhaps truffles and caviar should never be paired. A poached egg, covered with a custard vaguely tasting of scallop with a layer of duxelles which could be tasted, and a very strong taste of 2,4-dithiapentane although we were assured there was locally made olive oil and truffles involved they certainly were minor ingredients and overwhelmed by the commercial synthetic "truffle" oil flavoring.It was topped with a bit of caviar. It was served with a house-made soft brioche bread with onions on top and an "umami" butter with secret ingredients which were likely some variation of canned anchovies and parmesan. Natural sweet butter is so delicious and has its own "umami"-- this just destroyed the butter. The next course was overcooked tile fish with many more additional ingredients that fought with each other, followed by "peking duck" which was a 1/4 duck breast which seemed to have been prepared sous vide and then smoked because it was rare. The 5 spice powder which has never before been seen on a Peking duck, apparently allowed it to have that name. Dessert was attractive but tasteless and topped off with a gourmandise of chocolate-avocado (veggie chic and dreadful)

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Matt
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiting staff were extremely attentive and made me feel like a VIP from the moment I walked through the door, and I never felt ‘rushed’ through the tasting menu. The food was delicious, the only slight personal preference was that the duck was a bit chewy for me. The lighting was a bit dark but again, probably my advancing age.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, even better service. Highly recommend it for a very unique experience in Miami

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geugca
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most memorable meals, I can still taste the soft egg and their umami butter. The food was AMAZING, the service was superb, the sommelier was very educated, and the ambiance was relaxed and unpretentious. I can't wait to celebrate another special occasion at Alter.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal was so incredibly thoughtful and romantic. The experience was heightened because the staff was so attentive, detailed, educated, and personally involved.

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vipAliceL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal alays blows us away. The food is absolutely phenomenal and the service is seamless, casual, familiar, whilst demonstrating the utmost sense of professionalism.

JM
vipJonathanM
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

One of the worst food experience in my life...... expensive, and simply bad food

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vipBettinaG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice dinner. A bit on the expansive side, especially since only the tasting menus were available, min. 90 USD each. That should be pointed out at the side !

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HansH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great culinary experience Waitstaff very tuned with food and preparation methods. I can highly recommend this restaurant

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vipIslandMomma
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alter reliably offers beautifully displayed dishes with complex flavors and texture. The tasting menu has changed, allowing for fantastic new looks and tastes, but the old special dishes, such as the memorable ‘soft egg’ are still available. Our wait staff was attentive, knowledgable, friendly, responsive, and flexible. All in all, a fantastic evening. Our guests from San Francisco lamented that they had to come to Miami to have this great a meal.

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veronicac
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Honestly I get tasting menus. But this place was a big rip off. Food portions were ridiculously small for the price you pay. Make your portions a bit bigger and than you can call or dinner

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vipMike
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cuisine and service!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing vibe, loved the specials!

SL
vipSamanthaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the US! Staff is always welcoming and knowledgeable, food terrific every time. Highly recommend for a unique, delicious, and unpretentious experience.

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vipjjryan
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and wine pairings. So happy to find this place.

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vipMatt
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant experience to date. Made my 30th birthday the most memorable. Thank you!

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vip2dineout
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointing 7 course meal. Grouper and lamb ragout were very good chowder was good. Crude tasty but not unique or memorable. Disliked dessert and maitake (mushroom) dish. Service slow. Hard to u derstand food descriptions. Food artfully presented ted but dishes were more attractive visually than they tasted. A disappointment. Craft cocktail was a hit and miss. Kyu in Wynwood far superior in every regard. Can't recommend I'm afraid. Overrated. Can't compete with other chef dinners like Catbird Seat in Nashville or Campfire in Carlsbad CA

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Outstanding menu. We’ll definitely go back

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vipDerek
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute home-run! I have never had such a fun and delicious tasting menu experience. The service was impeccable and friendly, the food was approachable and amazing, and there was no pretense - i cant stress enough how relaxed and enjoyable the meal was! Will absolutely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Alter based on a recommendation by a chef. He said if there was only one restaurant he could go to in Miami - Alter would be it. After reading so many positive reviews we booked Alter for our final dinner of our honeymoon trip.

The experience as a whole was the absolute best dining experience we could have imagined. They went above and beyond making us feel special for our honeymoon and the service throughout was impeccable.

Alter offers different tasting menus and we selected the 5 course menu which was incredibly presented and utterly delicious. Our waiter also recommended their signature egg and bread dish which was mind blowing - do yourself a favour and order this dish.

Now this is not an inexpensive restaurant and portions are small. However the flavours of each dish and the presentation and the entire experience are so memorable that it is more than worth the price.

Alter is now our #1 recommendation in Miami. Spoil yourself and give your tastebuds a treat and make a reservation ASAP at Alter

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vipDiane
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a celebration. Fun for all! Will go again.

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vipOsobucco
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food quality itself was excellent. The wine was good. However the entire experience was incredibly rushed! We did the seven course tasting menu with wine pairing. The moment we put our fork down and finished one course somebody was taking away the plate and immediately bringing the next one. Same thing with the wine since it was being matched to the course. At one point in time we each had three glasses of wine on the table with different wines because we could not drink them fast enough and keep up with the food pace. Not the kind of experience you would get at other fine dining tasting menu restaurants around the world.

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T123
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Great service horrible food I’ve been to many chef restaurants and the flavor here was just disgusting

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KristineFlook
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food Atmosphere Experience-Mari the server was over and above exceptional and her commitment to making my 20th anniversary dinner outstanding. Mari excellent detail to the ingredients and preparation of the food and the explanation we thoroughly enjoyed.

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vipPauleB
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A truly amazing dining experience. The concept of the chef’s menu adds an element of mystery and adventure to dining at Alter. This renders it unique in a class of cuisine where the food is already deconstructed and bizarre. In the case of Alter, the experience is not grotesque but rather fantastical. I loved the desert, but unfortunately I cannot recall what it was called. A natural fruit sorbet of some sort with passion fruit pearls. The only drawback out of 8 courses served was the grouper. A naturally flaky-textured meat that has a certain sweetness and freshness, was rendered mealy and rubbery by the sous-vide cooking technique— which upon first bite greeted you with a dead fish aroma. I hated it as it piled on insult to injury by being overly salted and drowned in a textureless, incongruent mix of foam and beschamel-like goup. To make up for this was the most perfectly balanced pork belly. Fortunately, this wiped all the bad memories away. Well almost. I would definitely recommend this place and go back once the menu is updated. We ate nearly everything they had with the eight course chefs menu.

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IgnacioP
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great chef work, a surprise for Miami standards. The wine list can be better.

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vipnavjab
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Pricey dinner, but delicious and surprisingly filling

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vipDC1timer
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food lived up to the hype and service was friendly and excellent!

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niki
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The plate presentation was on point. The desserts were delicious.
However, the rest was not worth the price.

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StevenS
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding restaurant with very innovative cuisine.

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DessertEveryday
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely phenomenal. We were incredibly impressed and we cannot wait to return. My husband and I said it is our favorite restaurant in Miami.

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vipClara
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered Miami Spice. It was extra delicious. The service is outstanding

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vipEpicurean
Miami
61 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pretentious food for chef followers who want to try “innovative” cuisine though dishes do not work. They are palatable, rapidly forgettable and grudgingly portioned.

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Alter is rated 4.6 stars by 411 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.