As always, the most fantastic meal in Seattle. Delectable. Perfect in all regards.
This was one of the best dinner experiences I've ever had. And it is an experience. Not only was everything delicious, it was different and the presentation was amazing. They took very good care of us and it's clear they really pay attention to the details. This was a dinner I'll remember always.
Great ambiance, the food was very creative and the service was impeccable. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.
Everything about the experience was fantastic. The chef and his team work in such a calm and precise manner it was such a delight to sit at the counter and watch all of the courses come together. Every bite eaten was delicious. Wouldn’t change a thing, loved everything eaten. Also they were so so good at accommodating allergies. If you’re considering definitely go!!
If you want the wine pairing be sure to ask. We were not told there were two levels of wine pairings and were sold the classic which is more expensive than the meal, for the most part we were disappointed with the wine selections however the food was amazing!
Outstanding creative cuisine in 13 courses which do not overwhelm you. Enjoy at a nice pace as you experience various flavors. Excellent!
Absolutely fantastic experience. Everything was as perfect as could be.
I have been a member of OpenTable since, like, the beginning and I have yet to write a review... until now. I have also eaten a many, many multi-starred Michelin spots as well as a hefty number from the Pelligrino best list (I'm looking at you DOM, Central, Blue Hill @ Stone Barns, Cosme, Astrid y Gastón - to name a few). But I will tell you this - Altura is RIGHT UP THERE! The food, the experience, the chef's interaction with clientele... Michelin and Pellegrino World's best should really branch out.
I always search for the best restaurant in whatever city I visit. I use the Michelin/Pellegrino lists as well as Eater and other sources. I can't say enough about this amazing restaurant in Seattle and I think every foodie should GET THERE NOW!
Amazing food and service. Unique dishes with excellent presentation. Would definitely come back. Come hungry!!
This is one of the most creative and inventive restaurants I have been to. We enjoyed the variety of seasonal ingredients and the unique flavors in the tasting menu. We sat at the counter where we could watch the preparation of all the dishes. The staff were attentive to my partner's allergies and seamlessly served him something else that was equally delicious.
There were several courses of food, but almost all of them were hits. The somelaire paired the wine with the meals very well. Price is a bit high for a resteraunt with shared tables. Would recommend this establishment for "once in a while" dining experiences.
Weekend getaway from LV. Restaurant was recommended by a friend who now lives in Seattle. Other than the lengthy time it takes to eat every dish prepared, the presentation, innovation, and of course taste was absolutely delicious!!! My boyfriend didn’t understand most of what was being described or served...
Wonderful 11-course surprise menu with superb wine pairings. We had a wonderful evening and it was on par with our previous anniversary dinners at Le bernadin and Victoria & Albert’s. Top notch.
Altura did an amazing job accommodating us (pregnancy restrictions) to make it an amazing meal. We had an amazing experience and will definitely be back!
So amazing. Completely worth it. Made our 5th anniversary even more memorable. Outrageously excellent food, impeccably orchestrated wonderful service.
Creatively prepared food presented with excellent service and beautiful plating. For foodies it’s one of those restaurants that you must go to at least once (but bring your platinum credit card). That said, it was a bit too precious and over-the-top for my taste.
The food was great but they need a new bakery chef. The desserts were pretty bad. Ending a meal with a nice desert really closes the meal in a good note. The pastry bread was unimpressive and the infuse it with alcohol which was too much. Someone got carried away with the booze
Overall it was very good, I like that almost everyone that worked there came to our table a part of the presentation. I had the Classic Pairing and although it was expensive they were also very generous with the amount and offered other items that weren't included. The only downside for me was I thought the main dish was a little disappointing, I had the duck and it was the least of what I ate. I would definitely go back.
Everything was delicious. We got the modern wine pairing which was great. Our servers were all very personable and explained the dishes and pairings well. Not quite a special occasion for us, but I'd definitely recommend it to anyone for any occasion.
Super expensive even for this type of dining.
$748 bill for two people. That was with bottle of wine and not wine pairing. Gulp.
Food was fantastic.
First off this was our first time celebrating our anniversary. Amazing experience, it took about 3 hours to finish up the ten course meal. Flavorful and super tasty but this is for us special occcasions only type of venue. We u fortunately both got sick an hour or so after we got home. Not sure which of the 10 dishes it was but we are recovering
This place was amazing. Took my wife there for her 30th Birthday and everything was excellent. The entire restaurant service staff was involved in the service from the greeter to the head chef. The food was excellent and the Kobe was the best tasting food I’ve ever eaten. Definitely recommend this to anyone for a special occasion.
The food was delicious and they were well-prepared to accommodate our request for vegetarian options for my wife with modified versions, substituting beets for beef in a cannoli, for example. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was comfortable. The volume levels made the place feel alive but not so loud you couldn’t hear across the table. The staff was polite and professional.
This was my second time dining at Altura and it is definitely one of the best restaurants in Seattle, possibly THE BEST. The food is the star here. The wagyu main course was so good I literally wanted to cry after my first bite. Every dish was delicious and the wine pairings were creative and complemented the courses extremely well. This is definitely the place to come in Seattle for a truly special culinary experience.
This was a one-of-a-kind meal and we had a really good time.
This is as my third time at altura and it was as unique as the last two times. I was blown away by the new dishes and taste explosion. This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle.
It was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Superb on every level: the artistry, the taste, the finest ingredients. We sat at the counter and got to watch the magic happen. Truly a peak life experience
I have mixed feelings about my experience at Altura.
First off I will say that most of the food my wife and I had was excellent. There were good flavor combinations and a variety of presentations that were all fun to look at and eat. The serving staff was very friendly and we felt taken care of. The dinner starts off with several bite sized eats that are diverse and mostly very tasty and represent a myriad of things I would never think about making or ordering elsewhere. Its the type of experience I come to restaurants with fixed menus for, food that isn't my norm. This builds to a entree (we had 2 options) and then cheese plate then desert.
The things I didn't love. Even knowing the dinner would be ~3 hrs long, I feel like I was getting tired of waiting in between dishes for the next one. It felt as if the gap in between was 5-10 minutes longer than it should have been, which adds up with that many courses. Next, I left feeling hungry. This isn't something I would've expected and am frankly kind of upset about. Yes, plates are small and are meant to be, but I don't expect to leave a restaurant that has such a high price tag hungry still. Unfortunately, to my wife's chagrin we did not get a pasta dish which is the unpredictability of their menu (which we understand but she had hoped for still since they are 'italian').
The atmosphere as many have noted is close. The serving staff are very good at trying to be out of the way but despite being nicely lit and decorated the nature of it being such a small, noisy space detracts from the romantic aspects considerably.
What this restaurant does, it does very well. For me, the price was not worth the experience. It isn't a place I would never go back to, if my wife would like to try it again for special occasions I'm all for it- but it isn't my kind of place. Remember the price tag is mostly going towards the taste and experience.
Just absolutely amazing experience.
Recommended by a friend as ideal for our birthday treat, we went with high expectations and were not disappointed. It’s a smallish space, converted from a bar, which means you can sit at what is now the counter and watch a dedicated band of cooks slip past each other in a space as narrow as my kitchen, finishing up a succession of teeny or small but yummy dishes that they must have been prepping since about 4.00am.
Seated there you get handed the next bite by either a cook or server with equal friendliness. The chefs achieve a succession of immaculately timed plates in virtual silence, including swap outs to cope with allergies or preferences. The servers are friendly and attentive without hovering, and they, and the sommelier manage to describe what’s next without producing the all-too-common ‘it’s going cold’ angst. (It’s also worth keeping an eye on the comings and goings of the washer-uppers, who slip back and forth replenishing dishes, pots and pans as unobtrusively as professional magicians.)
The food is described as Italian - I would say that Italy’s the inspiration for excellent modern American. So, expect pasta, tomatoes, offal/tail/belly of beastie and such like, cooked with care and talent, plated with a fair amount of patient tweezer action, accompanied by a very tasty wine (and beer) flight.
We had great fun, and enjoyed every bite. Cheap, it is not, but it’s definitely worth saving up for.
Amazing!! They truly know how to surprise and delight with the flurry of their tasting menu. Love the surprise of flavors all in one bite. The planning, preparation, creativeness, labor and art that goes into one bite is truly something to be appreciated!
This will not be a peaceful meal as guests and staff and jammed into a super tiny area and there is so much chaos and hustle and bustle that it’s almost impossible to have a decent conversation.
Many of the food items and cooking techniques were things you will have never seen before. Most plates were a hit. Some were not.
The wine program was subpar.
The prices are among the highest in Seattle, but don’t expect “a meal I will always remember” experience. There are numerous better options in town at half the price.
Food and service was outstanding. Excellent place for special occasions, dates, and foodie get togethers.
Altura was an incredible experience! My boyfriend brought me for my birthday. The menu was surreal and a surprise in every single bite. The service is OUTSTANDING and the quality of the food shines in every dish. This was the best meal I've ever had and the experience as a whole was phenomenal and so special. If I could eat the savory cannoli they served every day for the rest of my life, I would. I strongly recommend this restaurant to everyone. You can't beat it.
My first time at Altura was amazing. I booked a birthday dinner for my boyfriend, and all the staff welcomed us with happy birthday wishes. The courses served were both delicious and beautifully plated, and I especially enjoyed the fast paced small bites that came through the beginning. Standouts for me were the mustard spongecake, the savory prawn/uni cannoli, and then the eggplant pasta. Definitely choose wagyu over lamb!
We were surprised with a complimentary champagne pour from the sommelier, as well as a candle-lit last dessert course for my boyfriend to celebrate. Thank you for making that extra gesture!
The food and service was impeccable; this is definitely our new favorite restaurant in Seattle. Look forward to seeing the Altura team again soon.
One of the best restaurants in Seattle hands down. Never coasting on the same thing. Always innovative and absolutely amazing.
Nothing Italian about this. A dozen bite sized plates that are unidentifiable and didn't taste good. You get no options and drop 400 for 2 not including drinks. Can't get that night back
It’s a fun and unusual experience and the venue is pretty cosy.
All the slightly negative reviews are true though, for some reason just not reflected in the scoring:
There are so many different courses which are all great but do they all go together? - the wide variety can seem a little too much by the final courses
Sometimes courses come out very fast, sometimes you can wait twenty mins.
There are so many different servers and no one really takes the time to explain what you’re eating. They just quickly drop the plate down and tell you the headline. Also because of the different servers they don’t really take the the time to understand if you’re enjoying your experience.
If you do have dietary requirements, even if minor, they appear to forget them/not be able to execute them.
They do try and up charge you for certain dishes which seems unnecessary when you’re already paying $140 for the tasting menu (before tip and tax)
For all that you get in terms of complexity and number of courses the price seems acceptable but as they don’t nail everything then it makes it feel expensive as it doesn’t seem great value. You’ll easily have a bill between $350 and $800 depending on whether you do wine pairing, extras etc. which if you are unsatisfied by certain aspects stings a little!
Tasting menu here is amazing! except for one thing, but will start with good. The first few items were amazing intricate one bites. So many elements, great textures and amazing flavors! I'm a pretty big foodie now, so this was all great! First time here and on the menu there was legit wagyu beef with certificates shown above the kitchen and all. Paid extra per oz. but it was worth it for our special occasion. It was sooo melt in your mouth with full flavor and cooked right! We really appreciated too that the kitchen was out in the open for all to see (we sat at table, not counter). Also really appreciated the multicultural/diverse-ness of the chefs, very pleasant to see. Wait staff was amazing! everything was never missed, low water, replaced towels when you left for washroom, explained all the dishes, took plates away right away when finished, etc.
Now the one down side that almost ruined dinner. One main dish that was mid-way/early in the tasting menu had an extremely unexpected element to it. Saw a green pepper/okra looking vegetable cut up into about 3/4 inch chunks (very sizeable) and thought nothing of it. Popped a spoon full of the stew with the green vegetable into our mouths (first bite of dish), then BOOOM!!! MOUTH ON FIRE!!!! my wife had trouble getting rid of the heat for 15-20minutes! she can take some spice, but not this insanity suicide wing level hot. There was no warning from the chef/wait staff of the extremely hot pepper in the dish. And there were several chunks of it in the stew so it was meant to be eaten... my wife's tongue felt like it was burnt cause it was so spicy (not because it was temp hot). We were so afraid it killed our palatte for the rest of the evening. Being polite Canadians we didn't say anything and no one else in the restaurant complained so thought we shouldn't cause a stir (retrospect, we should have said something). Eventually the burning went away and we were able to enjoy the rest of the meal, thankfully...