Alter

4.7
351 reviews
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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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EC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food, service, wine, everything. Went for a birthday, had an amazing dinner and experience.

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Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Refreshing and inventive! The dishes are almost to pretty to eat!!

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OS
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, but service was really outstanding. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and in our table was waiting a card hand dedicated and signed by all the restaurant personnel together with two champagne glasses. Highly recommended for special occasions.

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MJ
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

My first impression walking into Alter was disappointing because upon arrival there was no receptionist or seating host/hostess to greet us at the door and check our reservation. We just stood there for a couple of minutes before finally one of the servers acknowledged us and seated us.
Still, I did not allow that to cloud my judgement of the food. We opted for the full “chef’s experience” tasting menu and started our journey.
The food LOOKED absolutely beautiful presentation-wise. All the dishes were decorated exquisitely and plated perfectly. However, every single course was lacking taste-wise. The first course was a chowder with some sort of cheese and liquified asparagus. It was bland and served at room temperature. The scallops in the second course tasted and smelled very fishy, definitely not fresh. The third course was a liquified chicken liver in a mini pie-crust served with side sauces; unfortunately extremely unappetizing both in smell and flavor. The next course was chewy bread and over-salted butter with a liquified egg soup. There were WAY too many courses presenting the same liquified texture. Every other course that followed was extremely over-salted to the point that it was inedible. Although the dishes were an attempt at innovation, the flavor combinations and profiles did not complement one another. The lamb meat under the lasagna dish was so over-seasoned, it was gag-inducing. I cannot say that there was a dish I actually enjoyed. Many people around us agreed and dishes were sent back full of food. The servers never once asked if we enjoyed any of the dishes they served. I expected much more from a restaurant with Brad Kilgore’s name on it. I have dined at numerous Michelin-starred restaurants and even recently visited Kilgore’s Ama-kase at Kaiido which was magnificent. It is truly sad to see Alter has been neglected. I urge whoever is in charge to sit down and try the food that they are serving to guests.

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FW
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food and the Service was fantastic. The ambiance is very casual. Nothing fancy, which I actually prefer. It is a bit pricey, but the experience is well worth it. Most of our guest had the 7 Course Menu and one had the Chef's Gastronomic experience. We were all very impressed. Well worth trying this hidden gem.

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IH
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice dishes specially when doing the drink pairings. Recommend the bread butter and egg.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful. The only complaint, if any, was the food preparation and dinner did not match the atmosphere. The dinner was high level, very expensive. The vibe is more dive bar/diner. They play rock and roll fairly loudly, there are no table cloths, the waiters wear jeans. I tend to expect a certain level to go along with the prices they charge. I have been to several Michelin Star restaurants in the Chicago area, and in terms of decorum, this just doesn’t match up. The prices are the same though. I just felt like this restaurant needed to be in a different location, and made to be more elegant for the prices. Numerous people came into the restaurant, only to get up and leave when they saw the prices and the fact that it is a tasting menu. The area just doesn’t seem to attract the normal clientele that would pay over $600 for a dinner for two. All that being said, the food and service were superb.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and terrific food. Wait staff super knowledgeable and clearly passionate. Will return any time I’m in Miami!

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MS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals of my life. Excellent modernist tastings menu, but with great respect for the natural flavor of the ingredients. As others have suggested, we added the soft egg and the butter, both of which were outstanding. Very cool art-industrial vibe to the decor. Strongly recommend.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was over salty. Service was marginal

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, phenomenal, speechless. Go here.

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c
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. New and different
Try the egg!

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TF
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Miguel our server was phenomenal!! Incredible dining experience for foodies!

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r
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service is always amazing. Keep it up Brad....

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around perfect.

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PC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fantastic food - creative flavors and combinations. The chef was very accommodating to allergies at our table and the wait staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and really pleasant and professional.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The tables are too close to each other. Ambience is spoiled from being distracted due to being so close and witnessing the bad table manners and hearing the conversation of the annoying couple seated next to you.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place.10/10

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GM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Creative but complex preparations and so many ingredients and sauces I couldn’t keep track. Obviously a talented chef but trying too hard.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. Terrible.
Do not waste your time and money on this restaurant. It took us 2 hours to get through 2.5 courses, and we had yet to taste any distinct flavors or crunch anything. The first three courses were literally mush with no flavor. Everyone at the table was literally miserable and we debated getting up and leaving. When we told the server and manager at the end of the meal that we were disappointed and miserable, they told us we should have said something earlier. Next time we will. We felt a bit trapped because they was nothing else on the menu besides what we ordered and it was all lifeless. We have had a lot of tasting menu experiences around the world and in large cities and everyone of them was head and shoulders above alter. Do not go unless the menu is drastically changed from the March 2019 cold pumpkin and taziki soup (no texture, barely there terrible flavor), beef tartare (no texture, no flavor), soft egg(no texture, no flavor), $8 bread (we ordered extra just to try and find some texture), long noodles (first time we had to chew in 2 hours), barramundi (fine, not great) stuffed quail (there was a slight hint of sausage flavor), and some sort of mushy dessert with random flavors smeared on the plate. We are upset that we wasters our last night in Miami, our time and our money on this place. It was $200 a head with the wine we chose. We left hungry and grossed out, so we went to Melinda’s for some crunchy nachos (with texture). Consider yourself warned.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place ! We got 5 course meal !

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Very disappointed in our dining experience. This was the most underwhelming tasting menu I’ve ever had.

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Pretentious, confusing and horribly unsatisfying combination of flavors. Beef tartare looked like cat food and only moderately tasty. Servers knowledgeable but somehow socially superficial. We would not go back nor recommend Alter to anyone.

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I
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The pre-fix menu was not as good as last time (last year). It was still fine, but it's difficult not to compare it to the menu from last year, which was amazing.

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Z
London
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it. We chose the 8 course Chef's menu and each and every course was a delightful experience. We enjoyed everything about it and we had a lovely waitress who was incredibly passionate about food. We can't recommend this place highly enough. If you love food and like to try unusual dishes which work perfectly- then go here!

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BR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alter was recommended by the bartender at our hotel. It was an amazing experience. Excellent food and beverages. The bartender at Alter came over to ask how I specifically wanted my drink prepared and he did not disappoint. Every course of the meal was truly outstanding!!

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Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Do not waste your money on this restaurant. It was one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had. The tzatziki ice cream was so salty we took one bite and felt like we swallowed the ocean. The beef tartare was from a mediocre cut and has the consistency of extra mushy ground meat and the mole sauce had absolutely no flavour. The barramundi smelled so bad that it ruined the food experience. The next course had mushrooms in it that clearly hadn’t been washed properly because we got a mouthful of sand, and the quail was severely underwhelming. The foie tart was the only dish that wasn’t bad. But after 6 courses (we didn’t even bother to stay for dessert) of minuscule portions we left starving and went around the corner for tacos feeling like we had been robbed. The only decent thing about our evening was the wine recommendation.

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1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Since Michael has gone, the menu and the business model has changed. Tasting Menu not worth the price, with items I would never order again. One has to buy the entire menu to order Wagyu beef, for example. Brad Kilcher and the sister Japanese restaurant Kaido can take a hike on the value of the experience now.

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VG
Brazil
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must have the “soft egg”!!!

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MT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A memorable and delicious meal.

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R
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines nite

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is an exceptional dining experience and likely the most beautiful meal I’ve ever had. The stars of the show were the bread and beurre and the soft egg add on.

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AF
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Much worse of what I had experienced in the past here. Everything was sweet and caramel taste was dominant and boring

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LS
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the 7 courses was absolutely delicious. It is quite pricey but so worth it if it's a special occasion.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Small portions of very eclectic somewhat challenging flavors. Outstanding service and nice atmosphere

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JW
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Alter was one of the worst, if not the worst, high-end dining experiences I have ever had. The food was consistently underwhelming, portions were tiny, and service and ambiance were no where near where they had to be for the price point.

We chose the five course meal ($95 I think) with the wine pairing ($68 as I recall). The first course was three of four tablespoons of pumpkin soup with one dollop of taziki. It was fine, but undistinguished. The server gave us a tiny tiny pour for our first pairing, maybe only an oz. of liquid. This was to be the pattern. The second course was a beef tartare that was completely overwhelmed by a molé sauce & whole roasted pistachios that covered it. The raw beef was indistinguishable under the weight of the sauce. No competent chef shpuld have approved that recipe or the plate. It was paired with a four oz. pour of an IPA that was on the menu for $8 a bottle. Let me remind you that I was charged nearly seventy dollars plus an autogratuity of 18% for the wine pairing. Each.

The highlight of the meal was a two oz. portion of barramundi that was perfectly cooked. I was served about a total of six ounces of protein for the entire meal. And maybe only a little more than that for the wine pairing. I have gotten better value in New York City or Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - and let me be clear, the food was not anywhere near the level that even a Beard-nominee should produce. The last savory course was essentially a piece of baked chicken with some soft stuffing. It was actually game bird, but nothing was done to emphasize this. It was just baked bird with a basic stuffing. Hardly a showstopper for even an amateur cook.

The dessert was a fitting end to the meal - a little mish-mash of mushy vegetable puddings, devoid of texture and attractiveness.

Alter is a tourist trap posing as a posing hipster restaurant. The food has no wow factor, lacking in imagination, style, and technique. There is no reason to go to Alter.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the food, to the outstanding service was well worth the pricey bill. Do yourself a favor and order the long noodles to accompany your tasting - you won’t be sorry!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very disappointing and extremely overpriced.
None sense menu, best dish is out the menu (soft egg) so they can charge even more. Not worth the visit, waste of money and time. Won't recommend to anyone

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Start to finish.

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New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special occasion meal - the 5 course tasting menu was delicious, and well worth adding a few more dishes from the side menu. The long noodles with lobster were a true highlight! Great service and a cool ambiance.

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