Alto Ristorante e Bar

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Cross over the bridge and through an inviting courtyard to find the vibrant, convivial setting of Alto Ristorante bar. This comfortable Italian restaurant offers light, fresh and flavorful dishes with an emphasis on "the season". Alto features its unique Formaggio & Salumi Cellar, a collection of Italy's best artisanal regional cheeses and meats. An extensive selection of wines from around the world, are cradled on two wine walls. Dinner is served both indoors and alfresco nestled around terrace fire pits, creating a very welcoming atmosphere. Join us for our Monthly Wine Dinners.
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OT
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Octopus and meatballs apps were pretty good. Fresh pasta is a bonus. Servers had pride in their work, which made a positive difference

AA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Came here for our anniversary in August and if was amazing, I couldn't wait to come back. We walked in and were told by the way our menu has changed.
This menu was not very good. Bruschetta was great as always but meal felt like leftovers tossed in a bowl and charged $35 for. It was not good. Very disappointed.

G
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food - would definitely return

BJ
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a great choice at Gainey Ranch...food is phenomenal and service perfect....thoroughly enjoyable...and the gondola ride after so much fun!

HM
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome but overpriced based on portion size

D
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proposed, she said yes. Alto was exquisite and the Gondola made it easy to take a knee in an unexpected place. Ambiance was wonderful. Thank you all, for real, each staff member from the bar to those in the wrong restaurant I wandered into made it a priority to assist. A night we will never forget.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere... truly terrible food! Even if it was priced like a food court meal, I wouldn’t return to eat there. $200 + for 2 adults and a child, and we left hungry and disappointed. Try another spot for italian. Even my pizza loving daughter wouldn’t eat her cheese pizza it was so awful.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an awesome time, the service was outstanding...

R
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent--it was my companion's birthday and the dessert was much enjoyed. We also enjoyed the gondola rid. Thanks to all.

R
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Prawns were chewy... 3 Prawns... 3. I am a grown man with an appetite and this was a joke of a portion.
They were like rubber.
Glass of wine tipped over and waiter did not offer to replace or help clean up???
Ordered a Margarita to find they used a small, very small martini glass.. Seriously for the price had 4 sips and it was gone. Live and learn...
I have been here several times over many years and this was not like it used to be, especially the food.

SD
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the food and service. We had a very enjoyable dinner and this was an excellent value.

P
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to have dinner , had a great time with my girlfriend for out anniversary. Our waiter was awesome as well . I wouldn't have choose a better place. Thank you

B
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been here a few times in the past and I've never been let down. The food is amazing and they servers are very knowledgeable. Not to mention, the gondola ride afterwards is such a unique experience. I would 100% recommend this place.

M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal great service just the right special treat as we near the end of our vacation!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding!!

KM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Steige was the best part, he was so nice and helpful, 10/10 would come again

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Octopus... Tender and delicious..served with a tangy, creamy sauce... Very nice cheese and meat board.....

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable family dinner and excellent price.

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I recently dined at Alto. It was something of a special occasion as twenty years earlier, we met in the lobby bar while listening to a flamenco guitarist by the name of Esteban. She suggested we have dinner in Alto, so I made a reservation. We were seated promptly and had a nice table overlooking the patio. Our server was prompt and took our drink and appetizer order. We shared a Burrata Bruschetta which was delicious and the perfect size to share. For our entrees, my wife had the Prawns while I had the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese. The prawns came with a healthy portion of lemon risotto and my wife seem to enjoy the dish. My pasta was just OK in my view. The pasta was well prepared, but the bolognese was not, at least to me, a traditional bolognese. Since my wife is first generation Italian, I have had lots of bolognese, both home cooked and in other Italian restaurants. This one just didn’t do it for me. I also noticed that there were lots of chunks of carrots in the sauce. Now I know that carrots are supposed to be in there to give some sweetness, but they are supposed be very finely chopped. It also did not seem to have very much flavor. Also, I was very surprised there were no veal dishes on the menu at all. For the Yelpers out there...be informed that the menu for this restaurant on Yelp is not current. Open Table’s menu for the restaurant is accurate. All in all, there are many better restaurants in Scottsdale if you are looking for Italian food. I will say it was a pretty decent value for the price and the Family Style Pasta Dinner special looks like the way to go for a family with a couple of kids.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ambiance was amazing. I don't think there was a rating high enough for our server Steven, the service was amazing! To follow up dinner with a nice anniversary Cruise in a gondola really topped it off. The food was amazing, cooked to perfection, and was matched by its presentation. I would recommend this restaurant to any one

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place for a Saturday night date night! From the attentive staff to the delicious food, you can't ask for a better experience at a reasonable price.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christoph was great. Super patient and timely and made great suggestions.

G
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I came to Alto for dinner during our Anniversary Vacation in Scottsdale. Our waiter Wade was awesome ! My boyfriend has a gluten sensitivity and normally most Italian restaurant don't carry gluten free pasta. Not only did Alto have gluten free pasta but also gluten free bread. My boyfriend was in heaven. The food was delicious ! They went above and beyond to make us feel special. We also we given two complimentary tickets for a gondola ride under the moonlight while having Marcus sing to us in Italian. This was a highlight to our trip !

MT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Steig was a great server. Good wine. Good meal. The prawns were awesome. The dessert was on point!

JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service by Steig and outstanding food. Appreciated the free gondola ride passes for the family.

SC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great service, Food was a disappointment. I likely won’t eat here again

KJ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and service exceeded all expectation.

KR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Trying to hard to be some kind of gourmet destination. Minimal choices, all over seasoned and certainly not Italian. If you begged someone in your table group to “share” you could access actual pasta and traditional sauces. What a disappointment, just not that good.

CB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

My linguine tasted like it was left over. The noodles were clumped together like day old pasta. My husband and daughter liked their meals however. Service was very nice but took quite a long time to get our meals when it was not even crowded. I overheard other patrons complaining about it taking a long time to get their meals as well. For the price I would expect better quality and more timely service. The complimentary gondola ride was the absolute best part!

RN
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Would have given five stars, but birds (blackbirds, ducks, etc) were constant visitors to our patio table. A blackbird even landed on our table and dipped his beak in our butter! Would have sat inside, but it was freezing.

GG
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This restaurant was one of our favorites. We have been coming to Alto's for years and they are creative, outstanding meals and attentive. Our waitress was extremely apologetic and took action to make it work out. Something in the Kitchen went very wrong. I'll just say that we'll give Alto's another chance since over the years we experienced many meals with creativity for some of the best Italian dining in the valley.

CR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic ambience and service. Food was good not fantastic. Ordered charcuterie board (great), chef salads (good), bolognese pasta (good), chicken penne white sauce (tasty), and dessert.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love Alto. The place has a consistency about their food and service that we greatly enjoy. We’re no strangers to fine dining, and Alto certainly beats many upscale places. If you are looking for a relaxed date night, you really can’t get much better - especially for the gondola ride. Thanks for a great date, will definitely return soon!

DH
Las Vegas
126 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice meal at Alto during our stay at the Hyatt Regency. Very stark ambience, but nice outside patio to dine.
Dinner included a Field Green Salad, Panzanella Salad, Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Pesto and Ricotta and Sautéed Prawns with Lemon Risotto. All dishes were presented beautifully and served at the proper temperature.Finished meal with a refreshing Basil Lime Sorbet.
Glasses of Louis Roederer, ZD Chardonnay and Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Pinot Noir paired wonderfully with our dinner.
Whitney, our server, was both friendly and professional. Alex, the restaurant manager, helped deliver dishes to our table. Wonderful personality!
Highly recommend this restaurant if you are staying at the Hyatt or live close.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere for a date night. We had such a relaxing evening on the patio surrounded palm trees and lights. It was secluded a bit from the live music at the bar next door. So we could faintly hear it, but it was not distracting. The best of both worlds! They also provided us with coupons for a free gondola ride around the property. Additionally, we just walked to the live music after dinner because it all shares a space. It was a wonderful experience, and we’re excited to go back!

L
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Couldn’t eat outside because of the loud drunken behavior from the adjacent pools. Inside was loud with music and extraneous noise. Menu was limited and very expensive. Didn’t give you much food. Very bad value. Was surprised that the. Hyatt regency has gone so far down hill.

LS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was good. Service took forever! Took 15 minutes to get our first drink order. Food took along time. I think they forgot some dishes as you could tell my sons dish was u see the heat plate for awhile and mine was fresh. Neither the waiter or his assistant delivered the food. The hostess brought it.

LD
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was very fresh. Tortellini was a very small portion and was ordered as a main meal.
Excellent scallops, salad and veal.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server Christoph was excellent!

MK
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience2

It was quite chilly in dining area. It would have been nice if I preferred the head and the tail of the fish removed before it was brought to the table. We all were grossed out by my dish presentation. The waitress was superb!