Altura

4.8
1256 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
Altura applies the focus of ingredient-driven Italian cooking to the natural bounty of the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on wild foraged products, pristine Puget Sound seafood and locally raised heirloom meats and vegetables. Each day we prepare a menu that strives to elevate the ingredients we have found to be of the best quality. The price of our menu is $137 per person (price may vary on holidays).
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 402-6749
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nathan Lockwood
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Cross street
BROADWAY E & ROY ST
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Parking details
Three pay lots within one block
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Public transit
Stops for bus lines 9, 49 and 60 within one block.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Some of the best food I’ve ever had. Carefully crafted tasting menu with spot on wine pairings. Staff was gracious and helpful, service was excellent. One of the best restaurants around.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I will just say that this is the best meal I have ever eaten. Easily one of the best restaurants in Seattle. This dining experience will surprise you in many ways and leave you feeling like you had found a holy grail of cuisine. Go and enjoy.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The food was amazing and the service was top notch.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

This is one of the best restaurants in Seattle. There is a price fix menu, so you don't really choose anything except your choice of drink and main. Everything else is taken care of for you. From the first course to the last it just kept getting better. I highly recommend Altura!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve had in Seattle. Everything on the tasting menu was delicious, not a bad bite. The wine pairing felt overpriced, I wish there were a couple more glasses for the times I didn’t have anything to drink with a dish, especially for the price ($165 for the wine pairing) - the pairing also didn’t pair with the timing of the meal. There were multiple 10-15 minute gaps in the meal which are understandable but would have been better if I had something to sip on while waiting. Still, highly recommended and one of the top tasting menus in Seattle for sure.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

By far one of the best meals I have ever had. The overall experience was outstanding. Each plate had a multitude of sensory attributes.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

One of the best meals on the west coast.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Indescribably amazing! Whimsically delicious and magical. Fine dining in casual ambience. A true Seattle treasure.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Exquisite tasting! Great accommodations for my husband’s allergy to sulfites. I didnt want to add to the challenge that I dont care for seafood - turns out I liked every dish I tried. Well done!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Always amazing. How do they come up with such creative offerings? The amuse in particular are remarkable. This time we sat at the bar and watched the delectable delights come to life. It ain’t cheap by any means, especially with the wine pairings, but for an intriguing and just downright fun evening, it’s a must for diners with open minds.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We were so excited to celebrate our anniversary here. The host was wonderful but as soon as we sat down we started to feel a frantic, rushed energy from all of the waitstaff. This is not at all what we expected since having a high end, set menu typically results in a more intentional time frame around food that has so much care put into it.
Our first few courses were small tastes and each one was wonderful. They were brought out very quickly right after each other and served quickly with very little description before they ran away from the table. So strange for such a nice place.
Once the tasting courses were over, we then waited a really long time for the next few main courses. There were attentive people filling water and whisking away plates but none actually stayed long enough to engage with us, ask how dinner was going and/or apologize for the wait.
Once dessert came, we ended up having 1 incredible waiter who served our dessert wine and told us all about what delicious sweets were coming next. He was wonderful, engaging and exactly what we had hoped for the entire meal. Sad that it only came at the end.
All of the food was amazing and had we gotten the one waiter that served us our dessert wine for our entire meal, I think we would have had a very different experience. I would definitely try eating here again sometime, hoping that we just had a rare bad night.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Top notch service. Food was amazing and thoughtfully prepared. Great experience at the chef counter.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in Seattle if you can afford the price. Everything is superb. Everything.

The only criticism I ever have for Altura is the annoying effort to up-sell on pricey extras. In the past, they only attempted it with one special not on the tasting menu, which we did try once, and it proved to be, not just too much food, but not worth the hefty price. We felt taken advantage, and frankly, resentful. Ever since we've had a policy of refusing. The tasting menu is plenty of food. This time, however, they tried to up-sell us on two extra options, and then, when we didn't go for either, they broached a third possibility -- a cheese dish. Ugh.

Such a classy operation, impeccable in every other way, does itself a disservice by cheapening the experience -- approaching us that many times to push additional sales on what is already one of the pricier restaurants in town. After the third instance, my wife was incensed. It almost ruined what had been until then a divine experience.

We will continue our policy of politely refusing the up-sell offers, but I just wish they wouldn't waste our time and make us feel like they're more interested in parting us from our money than just serving up spectacular food.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Outstanding food, amazing service and they went above and beyond to provide an excellent evening.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Very good service with a nice variety of dishes. The flavor palette was a bouquet of different smells and tastes. Little hard to hear at times, but was part of the ambiance. Would give it a thought again for a special occasion.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I enjoy well thought out tasting menus. I have to say this restaurant has neither a well thought out nor an enjoyable menu. It is way overpriced for what it is. We were on vacation and had a birthday here. Never had I feel I wasted money so miserably in a restaurant before like in this place. This chef has a lot to learn from how to make a tasting menu dynamic, enjoyable, unique and cohesive; not much personality either.

Don’t let them trick you to get the cheese and truffles for extra $27.; it is dreadful and all over the place.

Online reviews for this place are mixed. Some people either like it or hate it. I definitely dislike everything about it and would never recommend it.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Amazing place. Sat at the counter bar to watch the kitchen in action. Service was fantastic. So fun to watch how they create such fantastic food in such a small space.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

El mejor restaurante en Seattle. Una experiencia increíble el menú degustación, con una atención de primera.

No te lo puedes perder

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This was a first for some of the persons that I was dinning with.
It was an amazing & pleasant surprise for them.
My friends were open to trying something new!

Our dinner was delicious & created a wonderful moment for us!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Best meal and service I’ve experienced in years!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Amazing experience. Would definitely tell people that the courses are meant to be had immediately. We got caught up talking and some stuff had gotten cold by the time we ate it.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Delicious course after delicious course. Unusual preparations of the finest ingredients.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Best food I had in a long time.
Must do on a business trip or for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Best restaurant experience in Seattle

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This is the best restaurant I've been to. The quality of the ingredients, complexity, and depth and variety of flavor was outstanding. The wine pairings were delicious. The only negative is such great quality doesn't come without cost. It's definitely worth it for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Amazing multi course meal that is absolutely DELICIOUS! Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

This is definitely one of, if not the best restaurant in Seattle. The tasting menu is well thought out with perfect portions for each course. Every bite big and small was delicious. Really looking forward to our next trip to Altura. If you have a chance to sit at the chefs counter I would highly recommend it, it's fun to watch the action and see how each course is put together. LOVE this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I chose Altura online for my husband’s birthday without knowing what we will eat and without having heard about it.
We were both amazed by what we ate, every dish was flavorful and beautiful, the wine pairing was wonderful.
The place is nice, with a pleasant ambiance, chefs and waiters were precise and presented each dish, with explanations.

A wonderful experience, to recommend and to come back.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had a bad experience at this restaurant. We made our reservation a month in advance and notified the restaurant that two in our party were vegetarian And confirm that the restaurant could take care of our situation. Even after the restaurant called us two times prior to our reservation day to confirm the dietary restrictions and also checked the dietary restrictions when we arrived, the restaurant was unprepared for our request. The very 1st dish had veal in it and really ruined the experience for all involved. Although this did not harm the people we were with, just imagine if they actually had a serious dietary restriction and the restaurant made such a Mistake! Even after this fiasco occurred, we decided to continue with the dining experience, but most of the dishes had some issues with them. Additionally the service took a very very long time to bring out the sets of food they had planned. This is most likely due to the fact that they were unprepared for the dietary restrictions we notified them about.

It is one thing if a restaurant decides not to or cannot acommodate dietary restrictions, but it's a whole nother thing if they agree to it and can't deliver. Over all I do not recommend this restaurant as a choice for a fine dining experience not only for their unpreparedness but most of the dishes were under par.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Well worth the splurge! Truly a dining experience with fantastic and friendly service. Loved every bite!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Excellent food, superb wine pairing, rivals if not better than 3 Star Michelin restaurants in other cities

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

A birthday celebration and an outstanding meal in all respects.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

So good!!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Simply amazing. 3.5 hours from start to finish. Was actually too full to finish everything. The portions are tiny, but there are many of them.

The service was impeccable. You are tended to non-stop. Very friendly staff, from the hostess, to the waiters, the person refilling our water, the sommelier, and the chefs themselves.

The value for the tasting menu is great. No problems there at all. I only docked a point because the drinks are very overpriced, in my opinion. For instance, a straight Grey Goose should not cost $12. You didn't manipulate the drink, but charge twice as much as a bar, which already marks up the cost from retail. The rest of the alcohol menu is similarly overpriced. The wine we had was delicious. Great recommendation by the sommelier. But it retails for $26 and Altura charges $95.

The restaurant itself is very clean and nice. Just feels a little dated. For such a high-end restaurant I'd like the interior to be more inspired, but I realize I'm nitpicking.

Treat yourself and visit Altura soon.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The service was amazing and the food was incredible!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My wife and I have eaten at fine restaurants around the world, and this was the best!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

courses are amazing . Just a little bit crowd!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

One of the best dining experiences were had in Seattle. The creativity, attention to detail, and presentation was 1st rate. We both loved the experience of an evening of continual surprise and delight.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Fascinating ingredients match. Super nice chef and waiter! One of the greatest experience in Seattle!

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